Why do we invest so much energy in spewing all this hate towards a young pair like I/K? It is obvious that they were very nervous here, they almost always seem to not be able to give their best in Russia. I think the answers to their failings lie in the psychological fallout after leaving Zhulin. The hate directed at them for not leaving in a more discrete manner, has been epic. I think there is a lot going on behind the scenes that we are not privy to.
Somehow however they need to get the past out of their heads and move on. They were simply sublime in Paris, so I am not quite ready to write them off. Besides in their post fd interview Nik mentioned that their skates clashed, maybe they were just going for too much. Freak spills happen to everyone. B/S had a big one at GPF last year, and they had two falls this season. Let's see how they move forward :-)
I/k are vets! being in seniors for 4 years now and around as long as vm and dw when they started doing really well. But they can't have more than one or two good compeitons a season! They aren't working out. They start the season with a virtual all level 2 SD and look like incompetent boobs at this nationals just like they did in 2013 worlds.
So who is the Russian 3rd dance team for Sochi now.
Huge Scott Moir Fan
Yeah I think it's improved a lot. It doesn't look as ridiculous as it did when they started. Still like their FD from last year a lot more though.
Originally Posted by Lota
Their SD from this season is good though. I like all the closed dance holds they have at the end. Just wish they'd do a rotational lift at the end to match the music and end with a bang.
the Golden Era
Sinitsina / Zhiganshin will go to Euros
Originally Posted by pangtongfan
I guess R/T will be sacrificial lambs in favor of a younger team to gain experience for an Olympics spot
I just got back. So Ilynikh/Katsalopov messed up the twizzles, fell (both of them) before a lift and had an extended lift and still placed second?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fELRKt-_GHo - it is from test skate.
Originally Posted by Frenchie
It was Zhulin's decision to change short dance and music for free dance. But the Russian Federation reccomended it to him. To change short dance was a good choice. To change free dance music - it is still quetion, so many people like the previous one more, but classical music is almost always stronger then modern music (even beautiful). Last year Zhulin was forced to change at least a part of music from free dance to Tosca - he was forced by Tarasova.
What is surprising me is the time when all changes were done. At the end of August, while all other couple are ready to compete (at least American, French and Canadian couples). From April to August Russian Federation is talking about great preparation of Russian skaters and how everything is well, everybody is fine, they are all satisfied how skaters are working and so on......
and suddenly at the end of August Russian Federation found that Bobrova had bad programs or bad music - too late, no? They didn't notice it sooner??? What they were waiting for?
And don't forget that programs were changed even before some competitions, very often changing of programs starts when judges don't like it (than a couple comes with new one or comes to last year program), this time judges even didn't see the dance. So it was obviously Russian Federation decision.
For Bobrova and Soloviev it was completely new situation, new short and so fast music for free dance. While other couples prepared their new programs since April and May, Bobrova had new dance and new music for free dance at August and September. It think that this step of Russian Federation was strange and weird a lot.
Ilinykh/Katsalapov shouldn't get any base value for the lift because there is no lift. Maybe they thought last choreographic lift, actually a lift too. Their TES is really high.
This is beyond frustrating in too many ways.
Ilynikh/Katsalopov were special in the season they won Junior Worlds. They had so much potential. Now, I obviously don't know all the details but according to some sources, their work ethic is questionable and while they have blamed Zhulin for not making more progress, I heard some people say the problem was them not working hard enough.
And now we have this ridiculous, unhealthy situation with Ilynikh being both Morozov's student and romantic partner and there is a total lack of consistency for which there can be only two reasons. Either there are some psychological issues (lack of focus, inability to deal with pressure) or there is indeed a lack of a work ethic.
Given they have shown in the past that they aren't consistent, why is the Russian Federation pushing them so much, placing them 2nd despite having made those mistakes?
Originally Posted by Ziggy
- Lena fell before second lift (I saw it again and again even in slow motion, the final decision is that it was Lena's mistake, before the lift she normally opens her legs to allowed Nikita's leg to get into position, this time Lena open her legs and immediately closed them, which caused that her skates crashed into Nikita's skate)
- after the fall it took so long to get to the dance again
- in circular step sequence they were looking for each other (the distance was too huge between them), Elena forget to straight her free leg completely, and they were out of rhythm again
- again bad position in spin with not 180 degrees (sorry to repeat it but I don't undestand how they can get level for it)
- all three series of twizzles were out of synchro
- in second step sequence Nikita almost stumbled in the middle in turns and Lena almost stumbled in last turns
- after last lift Lena didn't hold her back and posture and crash both hands into the ice (hard to describe it) - probably it was counted like fall also
- overall slower skating then usually, lost concept, just doing elements and failing in some of them
They didn't fight after the fall which was the biggest disappointment for me.
Still they get 99 point overall, and 46 point for element score - without one element and with other elements with mistakes (Bobrova had about 50, Sinitsina 48, Riazanova, Monko and others had less than Ilinykh with such bad performance).
I hope that no more there will be opinions about Russian Federation putting down Ilinykh. Such score is ridiculous for what they did there. But I understand that they needed to finish second because only first and second couple is quaranteed to skate at Euros and probably Olympics. But to finish second after this....all first seven couples had better skate today.
Because they are the second best team in Russia. I'm no I/K fan, but the other teams below them aren't quite soup yet. Even if I/K is terribly inconsistent on a really good day they can score extremely well (see TEB 2013). You can't say that with the other couples below them.
Originally Posted by Ziggy
And even if they do terribly, they still can at least still be at least in the top 10, something, again, the other teams can't do. Even with that meltdown at Worlds, they still finished 9th. The other teams would likely finish 9th with a clean program.
So it makes total sense they would want to ensure their place in the Olympics because at their best they do have a shot at bronze.
That said it is maddening that they can go from complexly amazing one day to completely mess the next.
ISU - yeah, well, what are YOU gonna do about it?
Ah, thanks a lot Sisinka!
Originally Posted by sisinka
I understood the previous posts like there was a (minor) change in music in the LP, but that it was basically the same program, with the same theme.
In this video, I don't recognize the frightened birds at all, so it looks like a 99% different program to me... Given what I think of the frightened bird idea, that's a good thing!
The music break in the middle sounded to me like the program and the music arrangement weren't finished yet. But yes, I like this more, mainly because the "new" start isn't there, where they sit together at the beginning and "look around frantically", which is my main issue with the "frightened birds".
Their leg position enough for the level. You can see from page 93. Requirement is not 180 degree. If both legs are straight and higher than the head, this will count as level, at least in spins.
Originally Posted by sisinka
They aren't the second best team in Russia. This belief is wrong and is blocking better teams like s/z and s/b! It's time to end their place as second because they may practice for a day or two and then Elena may go on a trip with morozov and be a couple and then I/k can practice again.
Originally Posted by Mrs. P