Yavanovskaya is very lucky. Her height must be least 1.70m and still have good height difference with her partner.(Mozgov) She have picture with Elena in here:
I think Mozgov has the potential to be a better partner than either Ruslan or Nikita. He just needs to extend a bit more and Kustarova needs to stop putting him in costumes that make him look like a truck driver. And if Zueva wanted a couple with chemistry, she should have taken Yanovskaya and Mozgov. Except their chemistry screams sex rather than love so maybe they were too R rated for her and she took the G rated version of Sinitsina and Katsalapov.
I really don't understand the Shibs tbh. What the hell are they doing with Zueva?
I once again looked at Yanovskaya & Mozgov’s dances at Junior World Champs. I like their short dance a lot, they had the best presentation of the dance from all junior couples. They also have very good technique, deep edges, but sometimes a little stiff knee action. I would like to see an improvement in Sergei’s hand position, it doesn’t look elegant, but overall he is natural dancer inside, but he shouldn’t overact in face like Nikita, it is puting his naturalness down. Extension of free leg is sometimes a problem. Anna has shaky twizzles quite often, she needs to work on it. She improved since last season, in short dance she was very elegant. While I like their short dance I was dissapointed with the presentation in free dance. They used very powerful music for the second part of the dance, and althought a couple improved from every next competition, even at junior World Champs it was not equally expressed, it lacked the power and the dynamics in movements in comparison with music. I also prefer Anna’s posture and arm work much more in short dance than in free dance.
Comparing Y&M with past Junior World Champions from Russia since 2010 (I&K, M&K, S&Z, S&B), they were quite comparable in short dance with them, but in free dance they were behind first three couples a lot, comparable with S&B’s FD. Taking into account today’s Russian senior male dancers, personally I would prefer Sergei over Ivan Bukin, but all Dima Soloviev, Ruslan Zhiganshin, Nikita Katsalapov and Kirill Khaliavin are better technicians and have better presentation. But of course Y&M are young and if they continue working hard than will improve.
Right now I find it wise that Y&M stay in juniors, it would have no sense to finish around 6th place at Russian Nationals like S&B did this season. What I take like a possible disadvantage is Sergei’s heights. He is only 19 years old, but he is very tall and heavily build. Just looks at Nikita, Kirill or Dima how they were looking at the age of 19 and how they look now. Maybe he is not growing taller but he will be definitelly much more mascular and “big“ – which can be a problem for coordination and fast and dynamic moves. I remember Vitali Novikov.¨
Yes, Sergei really looks like truck driver, but it is not thanks to his costumes…
Finally, a spot of class. Thank you Marina Someone realized rather quickly the rudeness of Katsalapov's latest remarks
- Most likely for reasons of delicacy you refrain from discussing the theme: "Was the Nikita, parting with Elena Il'inykh."
- I really liked this couple. Very. They had a great future. I always thought that they could be the main rivals Virtue / Moir, Davis / White. When I heard that they parted, I was shocked by it's strong enough. But more than anything I would not want to speak on this sensitive topic. I'm not this couple created, I did not smash. And then, you know ... Dance world consists of very sensitive, artistic and therefore very vulnerable people. I try to be careful in words. Hurt by a careless statement easily. But why? Lena Il'inykh I sincerely wish you good luck with your new partner. I'm sure that in the face of these two new, recently formed Russian team will receive pairs competition, which will play all of us only benefit.
Krylova is good too (she is not going to choice hide than work) bu she also have Weaver/Poje, Hubbell/Donohue and Hawayek/Baker.