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Thread: Elena Ilinykh & Nikita Katsalapov Split

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    Quote Originally Posted by skateluver View Post
    I tend to agree with you. I personally can't wait to see Nikita and Victoria next season and think their first performance together was VERY promising. They also look absolutely beautiful together. I am very surprised by all the haters here.
    Vika and Nikita look beautifully together, nobody says anything strong against it.
    Why is Sky_Fly20 attacking Ruslan’s look and Lena’s lazyness permanently and he is the only one doing it, while almost everybody else has nothing against this topic…

    Just look around, so many couples split this season, everybody announced it, almost everybody thanked oficially to his partner, wished him the best and looked for another partner. Vika and Nikita are the only one who 1) first lied to everybody, 2) then didn’t confirm their decision, so both Lena and Ruslan and their coaches stayed in vacuum for 1,5 months and didn’t know how their career will look like next, 3) Vika and Nikita are the only one from all splitting couples, who looked like their previous partners didn’t exist. Don’t forget that they are all sportsmen, so it means that their career is one of the most important things on the world for them. In such case having vacuum period of 1,5 months without being able to decide what will be next, because your ex-partner didn’t decide for sure…that is really bad situation…and Nikita and Vika are top sportsmen as well, I refuse to believe that they would be so infantile not realising Lena and Ruslan’s situation. If this behaviour showed by Vika and Nikita is OK, why all other couples chose much better way how to deal with the situation? And you may notice that this Vika and Nikita’s split is the only one which was done in such way and the only way which is really criticised by people. Surprising?

    As to haters – I don’t think somebody here is real hater (OK, probably Sky_Fly20 really don’t like Lena and really hates young looking blonde man). In my opinion people who criticise Sinitsina & Katsalapov are 1) people who compare them with Lena & Nikita, I agree that it is too soon for such comparison, 2) people who prefer Lena’s more open and “loud“ way of presenting herself, 3) people who can’t forget Vika and Nikita’s poor behaviour, 4) Virtue & Moir’s fans who don’t like choreography which copies their darlings, 5) people who don’t like sweet style of smiling and skating, 6) people who are not supporting super sweet interviews done by Zueva/Vika/Nikita.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cebi26 View Post
    So the blue eyes with skates got the money and nothing to Elena and Ruslan?
    Why worry so? Maybe Lena and Ruslan don't need that sort of investment now. You do realize that I/Z represent probably the more more dynamic and technically sound partners? Let it be....this is a marathon not a sprint.

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    Let it rip Sisinka, you've been out of practice lately

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    Quote Originally Posted by bramweld View Post
    Why worry so? Maybe Lena and Ruslan don't need that sort of investment now. You do realize that I/Z represent probably the more more dynamic and technically sound partners? Let it be....this is a marathon not a sprint.
    Why I agree with other posts by you above, I don't agree with this one.
    Financial support is very important. Today's top figure skating sport especially in Ice Dance Cathegory means that you need a big group around yourself, and every single person you must paid for his/her time.
    First some skating accessories:_
    - skates - about three pair of skates
    - costumes, at least two costumes, but almost all dancers have more costumes for whole season (Lena had eight costumes for competitions plus gala costumes last season)

    - then training camps

    And people around you:
    - coach, assistent of coach
    - choreographer (two competive programs, plus gala program)
    - athletic coach
    - masseur
    - ballet coach
    - dance coach
    - lift's coach
    - sometimes you need a doctor too
    If you want to have the best specialists in every discipline, those people are expensive.

    And don't forget about competitions - money for travelling there (you have to pay your coaches travelling as well), money for being able to compete at certain competition.

    Maybe I forgot something...but this is all very very expensive.

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    Why no money for Elena and Ruslan? Especially after Sinitsina/Katsalapov getting money, this is just so unfair.

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    Yeah, if I/Z truly are not being given money after all this, I am beyond angry. I know Moscow is giving them some funding, but it is not the same, and it is not fair. Bluntly, Nikita is the weaker link between he and Lena, and he is the one who ended the partnership. Victoria is also the weaker link, I am sorry. I don't think very many if any people who are honestly being objective would disagree with me. So basically, the weaker links who also are the ones responsible for the new pairs existing at all are being rewarded and Lena and Ruslan are left with crumbs?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulosai View Post
    Yeah, if I/Z truly are not being given money after all this, I am beyond angry. I know Moscow is giving them some funding, but it is not the same, and it is not fair. Bluntly, Nikita is the weaker link between he and Lena, and he is the one who ended the partnership. Victoria is also the weaker link, I am sorry. I don't think very many if any people who are honestly being objective would disagree with me. So basically, the weaker links who also are the ones responsible for the new pairs existing at all are being rewarded and Lena and Ruslan are left with crumbs?
    Thank you so much! These are my sentiments but I couldn't find a way to say them as eloquently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sisinka View Post
    Why I agree with other posts by you above, I don't agree with this one.
    Financial support is very important. Today's top figure skating sport especially in Ice Dance Cathegory means that you need a big group around yourself, and every single person you must paid for his/her time.
    First some skating accessories:_
    - skates - about three pair of skates
    - costumes, at least two costumes, but almost all dancers have more costumes for whole season (Lena had eight costumes for competitions plus gala costumes last season)

    - then training camps

    And people around you:
    - coach, assistent of coach
    - choreographer (two competive programs, plus gala program)
    - athletic coach
    - masseur
    - ballet coach
    - dance coach
    - lift's coach
    - sometimes you need a doctor too
    If you want to have the best specialists in every discipline, those people are expensive.

    And don't forget about competitions - money for travelling there (you have to pay your coaches travelling as well), money for being able to compete at certain competition.

    Maybe I forgot something...but this is all very very expensive.
    I know you're right sisinka, but look at it with all that Nikita and Victoria have at their disposal from the offset. Though beautiful, no one was overwhelmed really by their performance. We are all still waiting to see I/Z. Also count me as one of the few that really liked B/S's Chess and Adagio. Everyone even some russian experts, have been saying from the get go how wonderful and strong S/K are going to be but no one expects anything much from I/Z. They are the ones that have the potential to surprise. If they do, it may work out pretty well for them. Hence it is good for them to play it low key. The real pressure is on S/K, and they are the one's who have put themselves in that position, by virtue of how they came to their new coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tulosai View Post
    Yeah, if I/Z truly are not being given money after all this, I am beyond angry. I know Moscow is giving them some funding, but it is not the same, and it is not fair. Bluntly, Nikita is the weaker link between he and Lena, and he is the one who ended the partnership. Victoria is also the weaker link, I am sorry. I don't think very many if any people who are honestly being objective would disagree with me. So basically, the weaker links who also are the ones responsible for the new pairs existing at all are being rewarded and Lena and Ruslan are left with crumbs?

    Beauty, blinds many. Let's hope however judges know differently. Consider W/P, very beautiful couple but not always darlings of judges, they had to bring the goods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bramweld View Post
    Beauty, blinds many. Let's hope however judges know differently. Consider W/P, very beautiful couple but not always darlings of judges, they had to bring the goods.
    Honestly with the number of people that think the looks of skaters equate great skaters, I'm surprised "Pageants on Ice" doesn't exist....there's probably an audience for that. Then they could have their looks judged and I guess everyone's talent would be some form of skating...

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    I am glad Sinitsina / Katasalapov will get funding from the Russian Fed
    it shows that they see more potential with them, who wouldn't ? a perfectly matched couple and will be coached by one of the most influential Ice Dance coach

    It is Elena's fault herself she chose a partner weaker than her, big mistake of not convincing to pair for Ivan Bukin
    If I was on the panel, I too will not give them any funding just looking at the pair alone, they are a mismatch couple in both look and technique !

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    I am glad Sinitsina / Katasalapov will get funding from the Russian Fed it shows that they see more potential with them, who wouldn't ? a perfectly matched couple and will be coached by one of the most influential Ice Dance coach It is Elena's fault herself she chose a partner weaker than her, big mistake of not convincing to pair for Ivan Bukin If I was on the panel, I too will not give them any funding just looking at the pair alone, they are a mismatch couple in both look and technique !
    Ahh that hate you speak of. And do not forget that Vika was the weaker skater in her partnership with Ruslan. And speaking of mid matched talk to your girl about that knee bend...

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowflakebeautiful View Post
    Honestly with the number of people that think the looks of skaters equate great skaters, I'm surprised "Pageants on Ice" doesn't exist....there's probably an audience for that. Then they could have their looks judged and I guess everyone's talent would be some form of skating...
    All beauty notices are sometimes funny because...I was looking for the most beautiful ladies in 2014 (don't know how many people voted or who decided it). I found this - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiwWPFmivQ4 . You can see that every woman is different, some women are interesting, another just beautiful, some have sexy and tiger look, some are a very romantic and quiet ones, so beauty is not just one type of face.

    Then I found some of those beauties without make-up - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r94KxwM7ovs .
    I would say that 98 percent of Ice Dancers are much more beautiful than those make-up free women. And with appropriate make-up, wow, we have suddenly some many beauties on the ice.

    But if beauty which is accepted by the whole World (or at least by journals where the results are published) means a beauty taken with appropriate make-up and photo shop correction only - what real beauty are we talking about????

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    Quote Originally Posted by MK's Winter View Post
    Ahh that hate you speak of. And do not forget that Vika was the weaker skater in her partnership with Ruslan. And speaking of mid matched talk to your girl about that knee bend...
    who is hating ? I am pin pointing out what the Russian Federation sees from their point of view
    as I see it, the Russian Fed sees what S/K will have as advantage over I/Z

    * Will be coached by an influential Ice dance coach
    * A very beautiful looking couple
    * Will have more room for improvements for technique, what room can I/Z have being coached by Kustaova and co ? aka the Grim reaper of Ice Dance

    Beauty and Aesthetics is part of Ice dance

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    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    I am glad Sinitsina / Katasalapov will get funding from the Russian Fed
    it shows that they see more potential with them, who wouldn't ? a perfectly matched couple and will be coached by one of the most influential Ice Dance coach
    I expected that you will be happy to have the best coach on the World, but you are satisfied with the most influential coach, so you will be satisfied seeing your couple to win over better couples at the competitions? Just because Marina is the most influential coach?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    It is Elena's fault herself she chose a partner weaker than her, big mistake of not convincing to pair for Ivan Bukin
    She could choose from more partners and she chose the best one, even if she would take the partner from another strong couple behind I&K and B&S - it would go to Ruslan (3rd at Nationals, 4th at European Champs, 7th at World Champs). Why she should choose Ivan, who finished 6th at Russian Nationals (even Ruslan and Victoria finished one place above at their first Nationals), Ivan who never skated at European and World Champs, Ivan who finished last at his only Grand Prix competition, Ivan who lost to Ruslan at every competition where they met? Ivan whose partner Alexandra is more expressive in presentation?

    Quote Originally Posted by sky_fly20 View Post
    If I was on the panel, I too will not give them any funding just looking at the pair alone, they are a mismatch couple in both look and technique !
    If you would really behave like that, you would loose your judging licence very soon.

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