Of course S/K is going to work out. I can picture them being a V/M clone already (if they can fix Viktoria's various problems). Why isn't the Fed more worried about I/Z working out? Who in Kustarova's group ever really worked out? Why don't the Fed send them to an impartial party to test out their compatibility? Doesn't seem all that fair or smart.
After I stopped blaming Nikita, I'm starting to really worry about Lena being fizzled out like a Samuelson or a Murkhotova. If Marina gets S/K to success rather quickly, no one is gonna be talking about Diva Ilinykh in a year's time, and I so can not have that.
Like somebody already mentioned today Mutko repeats that financial side is on regions now until moment when a couple will get into a National Team. He told that he announced it to kids to let them understand all risks.
Gorshkov says that a split and a changement‘s topic needs a delicacy and patience mainly from the media. He says that media wants to know everything and that he would like them to be more delicacy and patient. And a very interesting sentence about coach who is working with Viki and Nikita: “The will try with one coach, then, maybe with another coach.“
Well, the President of Russian Federation, Olympic Champion in Ice Dance…and he thinks that it all needs a patience…while all other teams are already preparing for next season… and he is asking patience to waste time to prepare new teams properly, perfect. I expected that a head of Russian Federation will support Russian skaters, not help American and Canadian and other European skaters to get more time to prepare better…well, I was wrong.
Some people in North America were worried before last month's Worlds that with Virtue & Moir and Davis & White absent, it might mean the end of North American strength in Ice Dance. There was a concern that W&P wouldn't ever get on the podium, and that Canada and the U.S. might lose their 3 dance spots. As it turned out, W&P replaced V&M on the podium, and both Canada and America retained 3 spots.
So you are right that Russia cannot take anything for granted. W&P are now on the podium, and C&B, The Shibutanis, G&P and P&I are all in the Top 10 and are becoming more competitive.
The climate in Russian ice dance for me is just primitive with too much unhealthy rivalries between schools. This just leads to infighting and myopic thinking on the part of their skaters. In other skaters I think it may have contributed to unhealthy or desperate choices; case in point Ilinykh with Morozov. The Americans and Canadians and others are just laughing there way unto the podium. I wonder if things would have been even more testy if Katsalapov did indeed make his twizzles and I/K had won WC.
What new coach for I/Z? The article said it was S/K maybe moving on to another coach after Zoueva's tryout. Not I/Z.
I/Z said they are working with Kustarova.
I/Z are not waiting on S/K they are moving full speed ahead. Good for them, now I don't feel so worried. Let's face it you have four talented people here. They can't go too wrong. Katsalapov's greatest love right now is Scott Moir, I mean his skating. He has jumped at the chance to be coached by Scott's mentor with a girl he probably has a friendly relationship off ice. AFAIK, Elena completely ignored him off ice for reasons only they know. He is good friends with Max and Tanya, so maybe he wanted that sort of partnership for himself. He was not going to have that with Lena, so game over. I can sort of begin to understand his actions as a somewhat naive 22 year old. It will work to their advantage I believe if I/Z also do very well as the fed will be willing to trust that at least one pair will provide great returns on their investment. But enough of getting all emotional now, it's time to just get on with it. So glad to hear that I/Z are not letting this get them down. I hope they get some good help from their own experts.