@TheGrandSophy: There are many threads here concerning Sochi ladies' event judging scandal, South Korea filing an official complaint because of the said scandal, a recent petition to remove Cinquanta from the ISU leadership position etc.
Subjects like these attract trolls and vicious ad hominem -attacks so I don't know if I can RECOMMEND browsing through those threads, but if you are really curious about politicking and judging and how it is perceived/justified/questioned in these parts... Good luck!
Regarding TheGrandSophy's concerns about lobbying and politicking, this doesn't always mean rigging the results, choosing predetermined winners, or making deals. It simply means showing support to skaters who otherwise don't yet have the backing of judges and the cushion for errors. Showing support, interest, and investment of time and energy from the Federations. If Judge X is having coffee with Federation rep talking about Trixie Schuba's hair from the 70s, Fed. Rep. can mention and show interest in Skater X. That alone gives that Skater X advantage.
This year was the first time in years that ALL the podium spots became open, particularly with B&S withdrawing, and then I&K messing up the SD. The fact that I&K placed 1st in the FD and so high in PCS in the SD does back up your contention that they may have been favoured. Part of that may be because they were the only medalists from the Olympics who went to Sochi. But some of the close results between positions 1-4 (scores all between 175-174) may also just be a reflection of what happens when you have a field of teams that are close in ability when you remove gold and silver medalists (D&W and V&M).
An interview with Bobrova & Soloviev, they are going to start creating new programs this week. Great idea.
…sorry for Lena and Ruslan and Victoria and Nikita…they still don’t know if a Russian Federation will allow them to stay together??? Russian Federation should ask Zueva - not if Victoria and Nikita are compatible, but they should aks her in what time is it ideal to creat new programs…and they should also ask her what can happen if a new born couple starts to practise two new programs in June…maybe Russian Federation would be shocked with Zueva’s answers and they would hurry their decisions.
As to Kustarova’s comments about word’s of head coach, I think that it is a very modest and maybe too modest citation. All team is waiting for final Nikita/Victoria/Federation‘s decision to be able to start with all preparations for next season on 100%. But with such strange behaviour from Russian Federation nobody knows what to expect….
I am sure that Zueva will come with superlatives for S&K, there is no reason why she should be not optimistic, it will help her too…she can gain a new promising team who will be best skilled in Canton (with Tessa and Scott out). And she is a smart woman she is sure that Russian Federation with such behaviour really wants to creat a new team, if they didn’t want to, they wouldn’t put such energy into sending S&K to her.
I have one question…who arranged this vacations with Zueva? Nikita? But he wanted Morozov. So, Russian Federation, yes? And that is my question…Both Lena & Ruslan and Victoria & Nikita live in vacuum – they are not in their previous teams no more, but still they are not in a new team, because oficially Russian Federation didn’t confirm them. Is it possible for Russian Federation to make an international trade with tryout of a couple who “doesn’t exist“? With confirmation in media, Russian Federation made from S&K's travel to Detroit an oficial thing with Federation's agreement/arrangement...but a couple is not ificially confirmed and does not exist. Is it legal? Lena being young girl came to Zueva/Sphilband but it was her own business for her own money, nothing with Federation. Did Victoria & Nikita asked Zueva for help? It could be possible…but wait, it looks like a nonsense, if kids would really asked her for a help, they would go to her after confirmation about new couple from Russian Federation, not before it. If Zueva talks about three weeks test to look for compatibility, it looks much more like Russian Federation’s wish to know what Zueva thinks. But how can Russian Federation send non existing couple abroad? And for what money? Victoria & Nikita’s money (more precisely their parents?)? Or for Russian Federation’s money? But Mutko refused financial support to anyone who is not in National Team.
It would be interesting to see Marina coaching a Russian team again. She's become so well-known for coaching North American teams in the Virtue/Moir and Davis/White era that it seems like a long time since she has coached a high-profile Russian team!
You mentioned the parents of these skaters. Do they come from wealthy families who have the money to pay for their children's skating independent of the Russian Federation?
About the money, either the Rus Fed is paying no matter what Mutko is saying or Nikita and Victoria is, just for this period.
Nevertheless, It's not fair for Elena and Ruslan to be waiting for the Rus Fed. decision. They should be working on their new program, if they've already decided that they want to skate together.
I don't know who pays for it, but I am sure the families can afford to pay for their children to train somewhere for 3 weeks. After all, most families pay for their coaches all year round. It is only in several countries that skaters get some funding. Most countries can't afford it and the skaters/their parents pay themselves (sponsors, or parents doing several jobs, or skaters having some part time job e.g. teaching skating classes, or remortgaging house if they have to). Besides, Nikita's family may not be rich, but Nikita for example brought a gold and bronze medal from Sochi and got a car as a reward. If they were really struggling financially, I am sure he could sell the car! But there may not be need for that; he must have some sponsors. Skating is popular in Russia and he brought two medals from Olympics.
If I'm not mistaken I&Z have applied officially to the federation, right?
And if kids want to ask region for help like Mutko suggested like the only chance for them...it will take some time to get money from region (if region will agree, of course)...but they are all from one Moscow region. So, is region ready to sponsor both I&Z and S&K, while it means that for S&K will be needed 3 time bigger dotation thanks to fact where they want to train and with who?
Sisinka, please, stop worrying about their money. Do you think that someone who brought two medals from Sochi, gold and bronze, doesn't have any sponsors? Besides, he can always sell the car they got for their medal. I am sure that Nikita would not have financial problems even if the Federation did not fund him for a while.
Some of these delays and roadblocks may have also been to make sure this is what these new teams really want and to make them think it through before cutting the cord for good.
So Marina wins in battle over Morozov with Russian Fed? RF punishing Morozov for influencing Nikita to not skate with Lena anymore because she dumped him?
Either way, Viktoria kept away from the dreaded Morozov's clutches. And Marina gets a new couple - WIN WIN.