Also poor Popova.
Everything considered, Massot is a good skater with potential. They would have a good look together.
Aliona probably has competitive issues with Tatiana.
I think the person who suffers the most is Robin. No chance he is going to cash out on shows anymore.
Wish them the best. I don't get why people always think skaters should move on. This is their career. No one ever tells a 31 year old movie star to call it quits just because he or she has already "made it".
Obviously, Daria couldn't get the French citizenship before Sochi because France requires the applicants to live in France at least for 5 years.
Daria knew that she doesn't meet this requirement but still applied hoping she could get an exception because of the olympics but she did not. So, if it didn't work for Daria, how can it work out for Aliona?
They also will be ineligible for the 2015 worlds and wont even be able to skate in the grand prix in either 2014 or 2015.
OMG!!!! I hope Aljona partnering a Frenchman does not mean the end of her working with Robin and Ingo! They were an absolute dream team!
So, Aljona is teaming up with Bruno. I didn't see that one coming!
There again, Bruno's current partner, Daria Popova, couldn't get French citizenship, so they were unlikely to continue together anyway.
HOWEVER, I just saw this comment that Daria posted on her Facebook profile on Thursday:
Source: https://www.facebook.com/daria.popov...02839478361686Close one door and the other is gonna open.
And a thought just occurred to me. Daria is from Moscow. So, she will likely go for a Russian partner. Save all the bother of trying to get citizenship of a different country.
But, with all the fallout from the Ilinykh/Katsalapov split, might we see her switching to Dance...?
If so, the obvious candidate is Ruslan. But I'm not sure about partnering him with Daria. Yes, she is a lot shorter than Viktoria. But, I just don't think they would look right together.
Although Daria is a few months younger than Ruslan, she looks a lot older than him. Which kinda works against the tradition of partnering younger girls with older fellas.
But, has anybody thought that maybe Daria could end up with Nikita? For me, that would work. And it wouldn't necessitate splitting Viktoria and Ruslan up.
It's just an "outside-the-box" thought. But, what do you think?
German federation does not politik because it can't for anybody. There is not any bargainor or influence to give. No big event or money. Lot of people on German Fed leader board like president and vice president are ice hockey people. It is sad state for Germany, but without strong S/S, skating will go on fade away even more there.
It seems to me like a good choice. Massot has more experience than Szolkowy did when he teamed up with Savchenko, and Popova/Massot did some training with Ingo so all involved know each other and have some idea as to whether this is doable. For Massot, this is definitely moving up in the skating world, and he and Popova were going nowhere. He's very lucky to have this chance.
I think Popova would be more likely to team up with Alexei Rogonov for Russia than to switch to ice dance.
I feel bad for Robin because of the show thing, but then again, Aliona can do what she wants and if she wants to continue competing, she should. She shouldn't sacrifice her dreams just so they can make money if that's not what she really wants. Plus, Robin can skate in group numbers in shows by himself, he could even skate alone, or he could team up with someone else. Shae-Lynn Bourne was rather successful in SOI without Victor, not to mention Ekaterina Gordeeva although her skating alone wasn't a choice, I know.