She just seems very self-absorbed, the "it's all about me" kind of performer. Poor Evan is just a background for her (or at least I see it that way). And I still miss Emily.
As for I/K, someone in the Russian Fed should start working hard to get their priorities straight before the country's dance teams fall even lower than they are now. At this point, a no medal for Russia seems not only possible, but also probable and if I'm not wrong, it would be the first time in history. If I were in the Russian Fed, I'd start worrying.
First, I don't think I and k should be completely written off. I am not sure about their work ethic - though I am sure this website hasn't helped but blow things up even more and perhaps out of proportion.
Second, there is still time for them to up the ante/tes. This is only their first event they have skated.
B/S have been treated as if they were D/W! I/K treated like a great number 2 team. R/T can't even go below third or above third after 2011. Some Russian judges were seemingly desperate to get khokhlova/Andreev to 2011 euros but failed.
B&S aren't skating geniuses, but at least it's evident they put in the effort to improve and their levels are recognized by the judges.
I&K's Swan Lake had gorgeous highlights, but there was very little complex content in between the tricks. Elena seems to be in much better shape than Nikita who seems to struggle lifting her and sustaining positions. They can't ride on looking good and natural basics forever.
What you are saying is right! I'm just saying at this point why are I/K still in the sport? Now that they do SDs with 4 level 2 elements and are back behind the shibutanis and don't like to even practice why are they going to gp events and blocking other Russian teams. They can be on ice shows on tv in Russia and the pro stuff there is seemingly very active. Can you believe this team is actually considered locked into a spot at Sochi! With mostly level 2s in a SD! I forgot zhulin has power over a lot of those ice shows and because they may like to skate but not train or compete competing may be the only thing I/k can do! A big question is why do they stay and change nothing when they get 4 level 2 technical elements and not retire?
I guess one way to look at is if I/K was as weak as they have become are still a lock for the Russian team, it shows the teams behind them are really weak and don't even deserve the opportunity anyway. Russian dance is so strange right now. They are producing many World Junior winners, and all go Senior and do nothing. Coaching seems bad, choreography seems outdated, and they just don't seem to get anywhere. When V&M and D&W retire things will be fairly open again, but right now the Russians seem in no position to capatilize that much.