It was a very long time ago. If you go back far enough on his VK wall, you can still see all the love yous Stepanovs wrote. Stepanova was only 13-14 at the time so it was probably more like your typical first boyfriend/girlfriend relationship than any I/K drama b
The picture looks good! I think his hairstyle can be easily fixed. Actually, Elena's previous partner had dorky hair (in Juniors) until it got trimmed (in Seniors). If anyone knows which competition they will be participating in first, that would be very interesting to see. I just hope he has the speed and strength - Elena (and N) previously did such spectacular lifts that it would be a pity to lose that with the breakup of the partnership. I wonder if they also get "rights" to their moves. Will both couples be allowed to do their "swan" lift and their version of the "corkscrew" spin? (apologies if that's not the official name of their moves...anyone who knows, please enlighten me, thanks)
Originally Posted by Abraxis12345 - For a dweeby looking guy...LOL! I actually legitimately think that he's a cutie. I think he has a cute face and nice facial features - hair styles can easily be changed, facial structure - not so easily (and not always correctly or for the better).Originally Posted by Mattieu - Must have a great personality
But, that being said.....I suppose he's isn't some stereotypically "hot" guy. He is cute....and for some reason he just looks like he'd be a sweetie to me, lol.
Charlie White doesn't have more muscles or height but he is olympic ice dance champion (Scott Moir too).
I'll grant you, I think Ruslan could use a different hair cut, but aesthetics are easily changed...
Looking mature isn't a necessary qualification for ice dancing, although in some cases, it does help. I'm of the opinion that Ruslan's younger appearance could be used well in various themes, especially since he seems to emote well. With so many romance themed programs, the coaches could definitely play off of his innocent appearance to add drama to a program. He has a gentle aura that reminds me a bit of Scott's younger days and behavior towards Tessa. The coaches could also play off of the tenderness Ruslan's shown towards Elena so far in their training together.
Anyway, really looking forward to I/Z. I remember HE was the one the commentators (Johnny Weir especially) cared/talked about in the S/Z pairing during the Olympics, so I'm optimistic he'll hold his own against Elena.
I honestly think they'll have a well-matched dynamic... I think he'll bring the light to her darkness. And I agree with OrdinaryDreamer! I think that there are multiple romantic storylines that they could portry very well; and he does really seem sweet to me - "gentle aura."
In those pics, I don't think his body language to Elena is any different than his body language towards Sinitsina with whom he was never involved in romantically (as far as I know). He seemed to have a brotherly affection towards Sinitsina, nothing more.
I am curious how Elena will fit into the dynamic of Kustarova's group. In all the training camp pics I've seen, the group likes to have fun and play jokes on each other. I somehow can't see Elena interacting with, say, Yanovskaya like that.