Although S&Z finished well at Worlds, their FD was not perfect, and they ended up finishing behind G&P in the FD. Maybe their partnership was already feeling the strain of the I&K situation?
I spoke to someone yesterday who has talked to Elena - she says eventually she'll be OK and move on, but at the moment everything feels like a bad dream, she couldn't see this coming at all and she still doesn't know who she'll be partnered with in the future.
Nothing to do with the thread BUT WHATS GOING ON WITH ALL THOSE POSTS @.@
Article from Elena Vaitsekhovskaya - she believes that thanks to the federation giving S/K time to consider whether they will work together, Nikita will be able to understand the amount of work it will take to make a new partnership work, and that they can't expect to seamlessly replace their old partners. The implication is that at the moment he doesn't really understand that, or hasn't thought about the position the new team will be in, especially as none of the other teams are sitting around waiting for Katsalapov to sort himself out, they are already working for next season. She then goes on to discuss how much the athletes should be free to make these kinds of decisions considering that they are in effect employees of the RFSF, and then how much they should be willing to fund this new project considering how much was already put into I/K and S/Z and how many other established dance teams there are in Russia. Then she praises Elena for her adult response to this in getting back on her feet quickly with Kustarova - she says a lot of coaches were interested, and Elena chose Kustarova after working with her last year when Morozov went to Japan for personal reasons & left his dancers in Moscow & Elena knew from this experience that Kustarova would work well with her. She also suggests I/Z may have an advantage because their coaching set up is established, where as S/K will also have to deal with Morozov setting up in New Jersey, a process that she says is not always easy.
Then she finishes by saying that it may still be possible that I/K won't split in the end, but that they would have to completely reassess who they train with, and there would always be the worry that these issues could raise their head again, and she points out that the cycle for 2018 has already begun, and the winners may not be the most talented, but it will be the team that manages to have a secure set up, trusting their partner & coaches, and who are willing to make sacrifices for those years to achieve what they want in their careers.
I'm saying this as a fan of Iliynkh/Katsalapov, they should split up after all this drama. OK Zhiganshin looks like a little kid next to Katsalapov but at least he can do twizzles.
But unfortunately until ISU will not accept Mister Universe like another Olympic discipline we should force dancers to skate and dance brilliantly on the first place. But of course dance ladies can have their own opinions...
How much is an athlete free for doing such decisions, that is a real question. Behaviour of Russian Federation shows that Nikita is probably the first skater in Russia who is not really criticised by Federation for such decision – they are giving him a time and they allow him to tryout with Victoria and nobody knows for how long.
I think that destroying two top Russian couples (and both couples are very promising and young and this season’s results were great)…that is a bad decision and it will affect Russian Dance for next four years – how much that is also a question. From this way of view it looks like a very bad decision from Russian Federation to think about a split and creating new couples.
From other side skaters were paid for every season and money for I&K from this season came back in two Olympic medals and European Medal, so Nikita can take it like he paid up the bill and now he is free...
This page was confirmed to be real Nikita’s page by Adelina Sotnikova.
He was asked why he skates with Lena if he doesn’t love her and he answered that he and Lena suit very well to each other, that they take skating seriously and that looking at fact what fan writes about – if skaters don’t love each other it would mean that they have to split? – he looks to take this fan’s question like a bad joke. He looks to be sceptic to idea that love and ice relationship must go hand in hand.
…this question was answered 9 days ago. (When he already knew that he would left Lena for sure.)
Different approach to figure skating is also visible for both Nikita and Ruslan.
While Nikita in 2012 interview answered that he doesn’t know a couple who would skate together and not date (he told they all couples usually got married)…
Two years ago Ruslan answered some fans/friend‘s answer about dating ice dancers on Twitter and he told that 90% of dancers are not dating, that they only play their role on the ice. Funny, two guys from one country, the same skating school and totally different ideas.
Viki is beautiful girl, I am sure they will date with Nikita if they are not dating yet. But I am not sure if this is strong enought reason for splitting two of three best couples. If they simply couldn’t stay without each other, Lena and Nikita could go to Kustarova / Alexeeva or to another Moscow coach as well to allow Victoria and Nikita be together. There were rumours all the time at Russian Forums that I&K will leave Morozov after this season (but the same rumours were made in last season as well). Why to solve love romance in this way?
If you are employed by someone, are you in position of choosing with whom you want to work? What if you invested in some long term project (because bringing up ice dancers to be world competitive is not only a project for one season) and then when you are near to getting rewards for your investment, someone decided to abandon the project? Would you be happy loosing the money you invested for the last 6 years?