04-14-2014, 07:23 PM
I think Elena and Ruslan (or whomever Elena ends up with) will come out on top, in this situation. While there could be some debate about whether Elena or Nikita are better in practice depending on who you talk to, Elena is a better skater in the individual sense, and she also works well in a pair with her consistency. If you look at skating skills from a consistency standpoint, she would be the stronger of the former(?) I/K pair. No matter whether your discipline is theatre, dancing, ice skating, indoor drumline, music, or anything else involving performances which are judged, it doesn't matter whether you can put on the best show in the world if you can't do it on a consistent basis. Yes, Nikita can be a skilled skater, but he needs to work on being consistent in his performances if he wants to reach his full potential. Elena is already fairly consistent. You can go a lot further with consistency and determination than just raw talent. That's why Elena and Ruslan have a better chance to succeed coming out of this than Victoria and Nikita. That's just my opinion, though, take it or leave it.
04-14-2014, 08:50 PM
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Nikita has been much more consistent with the twizzles this season worlds aside. She messed up the twizzles at Euro. And they got better partially because the two of them by all accounts were practicing more. If the rumors are true that he was the one who wanted to practice more. Than he may very well do better than her with a partner who is willing to put more hours in the rink. If your partner needs more work on the twizzles and your not willing to put in that work, than you are a big part of the problem.
Originally Posted by OrdinaryDreamer
Its hard to know whose at fault, but there were a lot of work ethic issues around Elena and Nikita which would explain their inconsistency. If the problem was one more than the other, than the harder worker may end being the one who comes on top.
I love both and hope both do well.
04-14-2014, 09:16 PM
I hope that at least one of those teams do good in 2018
04-14-2014, 09:17 PM
The problem with Nikita's twizzles in general is that the technique looks suspect. Lena's for the most part are smooth as silk. So that means she has been putting in the hours to train them, because in 2011/2 they could be a little wonky. Now Elena cannot practice with him 24/7 to correct his. He will need to perfect his technique on his own then apply himself when they come together. She has looked frustrated many a time because of his twizzle mistakes and I think part of the problem is Nikita maybe not taking full responsibility for his own shortcomings in this area. Look at replays of the WC SD its almost as if he wants to blame her for his own mistake when he is the one who messed up. Incredulous! So no Lena may have her faults but I sense that Nikita comes with his own set of issues.
Originally Posted by bekalc
04-15-2014, 12:04 AM
With regard to looks, part of it can be connected to the personality an ice dancer has on the ice. I think you're right that Charlie White was able to use his boyish, puppy dog looks & laid-back persona in a way that worked for him. It also provided a contrast with Scott Moir who has a more aggressive, brash, outspoken personality both on and off the ice.
Originally Posted by sisinka
During the Worlds there were quite a few posters saying how good-looking Andrew Poje is. I actually don't think Poje has been able to use his looks until recently because he hasn't really had a lot of personality. Poje is a nice guy, but he's kind of soft spoken and low key. He tended to get overshadowed by Moir & White (and other dancers). I think Poje has begun to emerge a little bit more with confidence after recent improved results. He's still not as fiery or outgoing as Kaitlyn Weaver, but he has improved his presence.
04-15-2014, 12:54 AM
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