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    sadly Olympics dream goal is out of reach for them
    hope they can compete in Worlds at least

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    Hi folks: I may have missed something, but did I see something stating that there would be a test skate for K/S on January 27? Or is that no longer taking place? Sorry, can't find the link, but that was a date I recall seeing as being the ultimate deciding factor.

    In any event, I saw that the entries for the Olympics have been posted on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figure_...3_Pair_skating - they list V/T, B/L, S/K as the three Russian teams.

    Nothing's been posted on their Facebook page since January 5, just after Sasha tried out his jumps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anyanka View Post
    Hi folks: I may have missed something, but did I see something stating that there would be a test skate for K/S on January 27? Or is that no longer taking place? Sorry, can't find the link, but that was a date I recall seeing as being the ultimate deciding factor.

    In any event, I saw that the entries for the Olympics have been posted on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Figure_...3_Pair_skating - they list V/T, B/L, S/K as the three Russian teams.

    Nothing's been posted on their Facebook page since January 5, just after Sasha tried out his jumps.
    As far as I know Russia has NOT named their team yet officially. Many are 'sure' of the team (myself included) but to my knowledge, it is NOT official.

    That said, I don't think K/S have any prayer of Olys at this point. The most they can hope for is Worlds, and that only (probably) if S/K or BL finishes outside top 10 at Olys which may or may not happen.

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    I think that 25th January is the date I've seen for the Russian team announcement? (I may be mistaken, though, and if so... corrections welcome! )

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    that's my understanding and apparently he is doing double jumps.

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    Kavaguti / Smirnov plan to compete in Russian Cup final in February

    as already mentioned before he is now doing double jumps
    can do normal thorws and lifts, even do tehir quad throw practices
    lets hope they don't throw a quad and reinjure themselves at the event, they want to get ready for Worlds in Japan
    hopefully get that 3rd spot over Bazarova / Larionov ?

    http://gallery.ru/watch?a=1T-lrj8#feature=subsregs

    "Speaking to the point, Sasha slowly recovering. Already jumping double jumps , a double axel . During training guys do a quadruple release , other elements. Hopefully if all goes well , the Russian Cup final show good ride . Upcoming Russian Cup Final will be for us not just start after a long break , and selection for the World Cup in Japan, where Yuko and Sasha really want to speak "- quoted Moskvin official website of Federation of figure skating in Russia .

    Russian Cup final will be held in 2014 in Novgorod from February 26 to March 2.
    some very nice practice photos http://gallery.ru/watch?a=1T-lrj8#feature=subsregs
    the cake is heartbreaking

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    Kavaguti / Smirnov SP at the test skate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8e8qp0Fvq0

    what a lovely program too bad no Olympics , but hope they can be ready by Worlds
    music would fit well for their Japanese fans

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    Kavaguti / Smirnov SP at the test skate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8e8qp0Fvq0

    what a lovely program too bad no Olympics , but hope they can be ready by Worlds
    music would fit well for their Japanese fans
    Oh, I hope so! Fingers are crossed for them.

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    i don't like the music, costumes or choreography. technically, little things need to be polished here and there.

    he's ao handsome. i don't understand why the can't give him a decent haircut and good costume like here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yylbzjug-gE

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    A quick update on Yuko & Sasha from their Facebook page. If Google Translate is correct, they will miss the worlds as we, and the entire season was a wash. We all kind of knew, but this appears to be confirmation:

    http://rsport.ru/figure_skating/20140224/729515155.html

    Here's a recent exhibition in Moscow they performed the day after Sochi ended:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DFoirVSzSI

    I'm sad it never happened for these two at the Olympics. They would likely have been the second pair on the team instead of S/K and gotten a medal. But I'll always root for them!

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    Ooooohhh! (sad sigh) I was really holding up hope for World's.... I do hope they continue next season at least....

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    Quote Originally Posted by anyanka View Post
    A quick update on Yuko & Sasha from their Facebook page. If Google Translate is correct, they will miss the worlds as we, and the entire season was a wash. We all kind of knew, but this appears to be confirmation:

    http://rsport.ru/figure_skating/20140224/729515155.html

    Here's a recent exhibition in Moscow they performed the day after Sochi ended:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7DFoirVSzSI

    I'm sad it never happened for these two at the Olympics. They would likely have been the second pair on the team instead of S/K and gotten a medal. But I'll always root for them!
    Honestly, the fed wasn't going to give them a bye for Worlds anyway. I know many people dislike B/L but K/S simply have not outperformed them in the past few seasons. While I like B/L, K/S are one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE pairs, so I am sad about this, but it's a fact. B/L's record since 2010/2011 season: Worlds: 5, 6, 7. Euros: 3, 2, WD, 3. GPF: 5, didn't make it, 2nd, didn't make it. K/S record since 2010/2011 season: Worlds 4, 7, 6. Euros: 2, WD, 5. GPF: didn't make it, 3, 6, didn't make it.

    At competitions where thy have gone head to head:

    2011 Worlds: K/S 1 space above B/L. 2012 Worlds: B/L one space above K/S. 2013 Worlds K/S one space above B/L.
    Euros 2011: K/S 1 space above B/L.
    GPF 2013: B/L 2nd, K/S 6th.

    In fact, a strong argument can be made that the teams are essentially equal internationally, with K/S possibly being Russia's #4 team, even with this injury not taking place. I don't like it. But facts are facts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulosai View Post
    Honestly, the fed wasn't going to give them a bye for Worlds anyway. I know many people dislike B/L but K/S simply have not outperformed them in the past few seasons. While I like B/L, K/S are one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE pairs, so I am sad about this, but it's a fact. B/L's record since 2010/2011 season: Worlds: 5, 6, 7. Euros: 3, 2, WD, 3. GPF: 5, didn't make it, 2nd, didn't make it. K/S record since 2010/2011 season: Worlds 4, 7, 6. Euros: 2, WD, 5. GPF: didn't make it, 3, 6, didn't make it.

    At competitions where thy have gone head to head:

    2011 Worlds: K/S 1 space above B/L. 2012 Worlds: B/L one space above K/S. 2013 Worlds K/S one space above B/L.
    Euros 2011: K/S 1 space above B/L.
    GPF 2013: B/L 2nd, K/S 6th.

    In fact, a strong argument can be made that the teams are essentially equal internationally, with K/S possibly being Russia's #4 team, even with this injury not taking place. I don't like it. But facts are facts.
    Thanks for the stats and comparisons! I agree, they haven't been performing up to their standards in the last quad, at least not since V/T showed up at the 2011 worlds and absolutely stole their thunder.

    Additional question: but wouldn't Moskvina have had some pull in getting them a spot on the team? I know we can't answer that for sure, but I would guess if they won Russian Nationals this year it would strengthen their case for a slot. In any event, it's just speculation at this point.

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    Question kawaguchi/smirnov

    does anyone have news about this pair ?

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    All I know is that they recently skated in an EX, and did not compete in the Russian Cup Final.

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