Why are S&K listed at two Grand Prix events when Zueva noticed that they plan only one?
If it is true, it will be interesting which one. Home advantage (and also Russian Fed on their side at home) or event where they will avoid I&Z?
With two Grand Prix events S&K have a chance to meet all their rivals for medal at Russian Nationals.
I&Z will start at Cup of China, so no home advantage.
I&Z’s second start will be at home BUT….Russian Fed looks to support more S&K and Tarasova looks to love Bukin, so I quess that this will be a tough event for I&Z despite the fact that they will skate home Russian Fes will probably try to influence judges to give higher marks to S&K and S&B.
Russian Federation gave Ilinykh/Zhiganshin two spot and one of them is CoR. I thought they will only send I/Z to some senior B while they will give all the GP spots and home advantage to Sinitsina/Katsalapov. Why not?
Go Elena and Ruslan!
The CoR looks like it's going to be a battle of nerves.
What actually annoys me in all this , is the way, some russian posters in russian forums,and most of the times,fans or 'friends' of certain groups try to create impressions and then take them around for a walk in english speaking forums as well.
And the fact that some of them, try to create the impression of IZ being underdogs,thinking they can make it come true this way.It's been going around for a while now, and I guess it's not working. One could easily say IZ would get no events, and compete in some obscure Senior B like Elif said, given the way things are presented. And then , we all take a look at a training video, where these poor underdogs have almost mastered IK's signature lift in a couple of months, and do another one, and it's as if Zhiganshin is lifting a rag doll ( which drops the theory of heavy Ilinykh as well)
Sometimes I wonder what this woman has done to those people over there to be something like the female version of poor Evgeny Plushenko for them.
And CoC, traditionally is something like CoR and even better for russian skaters, the whole contigeon is working for them. TAT's opinion, who really cares about TAT's opinion, she's the one complaining no one cares.She wanted Bukin in the team, she got SZ, maybe she wanted Ilinykh for Bukin again, a lot of maybes to be honest, but we really overestimate Tarasova's power. Yes, she's loud and she can be annoying and maybe it's good to have some drama and present I/Z as the poor underdogs and doubt if they will compete or not, start rumours, create gossip, spread it all around.
The fact is, they still got two of the best events for Russian couples, so maybe, someone kind of believes in the guys.
It's actually IZ fans who are the biggest culprits of the whole world is against Elena trope. They complained that IZ were put in reserves when basically every new team was put in reserves. They complained that the lack of press coverage for IZ is viewed as the federation isn't supporting them, nevermind all the press coverage in April. Yanovskaya saying she missed Sinitsina is viewed as a sign that the whole Kustarova group was against Elena. Heck, the fact that Ruslan did the talking in that video instead of Elena is viewed by the IZ fan group admin that Elena is unhappy.
While SK have alot of support, the truth is IZ have been given money to pay for two top notch choreographers and two GP assignments when they could easily have been given to Zenkova and Sinitsyn. SK may be the chosen ones but money for Najarro, Averbukh, and Latvia isn't coming from Ruslan's and Maxim Kuyrdyukov's auto business.
I would guess that the federation would have rather not had both teams facing each other at CoR (unlike your implication, I'm one of the numerous sane Lena fans who doesn't think the Fed is against them, they aren't going to bet everything on S/K when neither team has competed - maybe you should stop reading the hysterical ramblings of the teenies on FSO...), but as the GP fields for dance are down to 8, they had to use the host picks to be sure that both teams got 2 spots & a chance to get to GPF.