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I would have to disagree that Duhamel is the weaker link. I think they're about equal. I would say she falls more on the SBS jumps, but he struggles with the lifts at times.
Originally Posted by CanadianSkaterGuy
Artur Dmitriev will be a great choice. She will return to her homeland and train together with Moskvina...
It would certainly be complicated to pair up with Tran or any skater from a country other than Germany, but if she's serious about carrying on I really don't see any possibility that would be an ideal solution. There aren't any pairs skaters in Germany anywhere near where she and Robin were, so either she teams up with someone below her skill level in the hopes he can catch up, or she tries a partnership with another world-class pairs skater from a different country and deals with the complexity of that. Either way, it'll be difficult.
Originally Posted by FlattFan
That's assuming she's going to try to go through with this. It may be that her deep disappointment is talking right now, and she'll see things differently in a few months.
Ruben Blommaert. And then skate for Belgium
I'm gonna Customize the CRAP out of this Title!!!
I don't think this will end up in something...
If it does, Rogonov does indeed have great qualities, but I don't know how Aliona would feel about being the "grandma" in the couple, with him being - and looking! - so young...
Tran would fit, imo, I always liked the guy and felt really bad for him losing the Olympics because of a nationality issue.
Just as a laugh: Brian Joubert has always said (as a joke) many years ago that he wanted to win the Olympics as a singles skater and then win the Olympics as a pairs skater... So: here's your shot, dude! You won't find any better available lady to partner with!
If she and her new partner need another country to quickly provide them with citizenship for 2018, they can always skate for Israel. Amazing how many Ukranians ended up representing Israel in Figure Skating, even when not residing there.
Can skating get anymore histrionic these days?
I nominate Chaz Michael Michaels to be her partner. Sex on ice. With her looking so good in mini skirts, only he would do.
I don't think that , if she really said that, that she relly think like that. She was in the heat of the disaster, she still had the adrenaline in her body.
I think it would be very very difficult for someone having 30 years and the level she has to adjust to a new partner. Not impossible, but very hard to get to a similar level. Especially for the woman, as she must adjust to the power the man brings.
I hope tehy will come for a last hurraaaa at the WM, they still have a shot at a silver even a gold if the russian are now relaxing.
Didn't Joubert say he would be interested to try pair skating Brian and Aliona :D
Joubert would be great for her. They have that athletic look down!
Jboo can still land triples easily. They should be competitive immediately.
One does not simply skate into Sochi
uh, you guys are aware that this is a rumour, and Aliona denied this? It is just interpretation of her saying she'd like to continue. She is very ambitious and her dreams were crushed. But how realistic is this? Think about it! I honestly don't think she will continue, the only way I see it happening is with Robin.
But Brian and Aliona...wow, great thinking! That would be a fantastic pair !
Blommaesrt is with Anabelle still right ?
Originally Posted by Trewyn
but since she has German citizenship now, she only needs to look inside Germany
thats like finding a needle in a haystack
Damnit, Savchenko did indeed deny this and obviously now it does look ridiculously unrealistic when you think of it. Oh well, back to reality.
Eric Radford is the weakest lifter I've ever seen in competitive senior pair skating, barring a few tragically bad teams.
Originally Posted by pangtongfan
Duhamel is the Akiko of pairs skating.
She just lights up my day watching her, so I hope she continues.
Aliona is fit enough to stay another four years but finding a good enough partner within Germany is the tough one.
I don't think she will stay on though.
Can Zhang change nationality to german?, It would be great he with Aliona, he with her young partner looks very werid .
I don't see Zhang leaving the Chinese pairs program. I imagine he feels a deep personal loyalty to both his country and his coach, Yao Bin (and now to Hongbo Zhao). But I am speaking from complete ignorance, and life will always surprise us.