Okay that was obviously just to troll skyfly, but I do still think from what we've seen S/K have a beautiful, soft yet bland/vapid look. I know it's new but their exhibition was a weird sort of paint by numbers of a V/M program, except they were just going through the motions. They both seemed pretty blank, and I get the impression they don't understand why they are making the expressions or the movements they're making. Just my 2 cents. I can't quite explain it but they remind me of the Mona Lisa without the mysterious smile.
Shhh never take skyfly seriously. He/she will be first to leave Sinitsina/Katsalapov after fighting for bronze at russian nationals with Stepanova/Bukin. Remember ''headcase'' Sotnikova
All the rest world have less deep edges, worse knee work.
If you realise that Virtue & Moir were Zueva's students - good for her, but if you realise that she also coaches Shibutani who are fighting with edges and knee's work with difficulty and she also coached Davis & White whose edges were not deep and knee's work was not great - than it is a question whether V&M's technique is the result of enormous talent or if it was the result of Zueva's work.
Who coached Bobrova & Soloviev since childhood? Kustarova. Who coached Sinitsina & Zhiganshin since childhood? Kustarova. She also have Yanovskaya & Mozgov, who have a reputation of very good technicians. While she coached Monko & Khaliavin - they were taken like great technicians in juniors.
Who coached Ilinykh & Katsalapov? Zhulin gave them great basics and Morozov gave them a lot of ice, so their technique improved also (but I think that less than if they stayed with Zhulin). Also Zhulin coaches B&S for last two years - they still have deep edges and good knee's work.
If you would be looking for a coach with students having the best technique - it would work for Kustarova, not Zueva.
First of all, I hope I&Z get the same financial support as S&K just to be fair.
But I'm curious what their fed thinks about them. As fans we maybe biased. Didn't an officer visit I&Z training a few weeks ago? What was their REAL thought? What are the thoughts from other experts, such as Tarasova? Why I&Z went on vacation if funding was not solved? Are they working hard to prove themselves? Did their fed see something and decide to promote SK and leave IZ alone?
I also speculate that K may have some strong backing or a strong PR team. That they can get away with this kind of split and not have to bear any consequence. They dumped I, Z (most unfairly treated), and Morozov, Z's coaches. When I/K dumped Zhulin, they had big backing too.
Kustarova is a junior skaters coach, her students have a hard time transitioning into seniors
doesn't mean great juniors you'll be great technicians in seniors
This is chance for Kustarova and Zoueva to prove themselves. Zoueva had to prove she can create good team without Igor. Kustarova had to prove she can be also good presentation coach.
Do you realize how disappointing, especially technically the Shibs have been doing since 1) Igor left and 2) Maia filled out? It seems to me that Marina primarily has one good idea for every team she trains. Then she just hits the repeat button every year, this is why V/M were so bland at the OG. If I had been S/K I would have been more adventurous with my coaching choice. Marina can be good but she can be utterly safe and unimaginative at times. But no worries they are blond right?