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    Quote Originally Posted by snowflakebeautiful View Post
    Yes, it is, lol
    Nope, she's with Rus in all these pics. That's his serious face

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    Quote Originally Posted by bramweld View Post
    Nope, she's with Rus in all these pics. That's his serious face
    I'm not sure if you're joking or serious....lol....But the last pic sky_fly linked was definitely Elena and Plushy. (Granted now that you're saying this, I could see Ruslan looking similar when he gets older....)

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowflakebeautiful View Post
    I'm not sure if you're joking or serious....lol....But the last pic sky_fly linked was definitely Elena and Plushy. (Granted now that you're saying this, I could see Ruslan looking similar when he gets older....)
    No seriously, its from Lena's instagram. Here http://ink361.com/app/photo/ig-73177...712_1103267565 They make for a very elegant interesting couple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bramweld View Post
    No seriously, its from Lena's instagram. Here http://ink361.com/app/photo/ig-73177...712_1103267565 They make for a very elegant interesting couple.
    I thought this list is what Doris was referring to: In which case the last picture of the list is Lena with Plushy

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowflakebeautiful View Post
    I thought this list is what Doris was referring to:

    In which case the last picture of the list is Lena with Plushy
    Oh well yes that is Plushy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam-Skwantch View Post
    Elena's eyes are so beautiful it's hard to look anywhere else. She is in a class all her own :wowzers:
    True.

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    Hello! I'm a little bit late on posting, but I've been a fan of Elena's and while I'm a little sad to see that Elena and Nikita separated (they had lots of potential!), I'm excited to see what Elena and Ruslan can bring to the table so to speak!

    Elena and Ruslan, in my opinion, may not be the "conventional" pairing, but like others have said, many of the top ice dance teams for the past decade aren't either. Meryl and Charlie were criticized for lack of emotional connection for years and both have been criticized (shallowly!) about their looks (Meryl especially). Tessa and Scott are not exactly congruous in personality and also in build one could say, but both these couples made it work in a big, big way. I think even more so than appearance compatibility and having "good looks" (so, so subjective and shallow though!), the relationship and mutual trust & respect between the partners must be there. And their goals have to align perfectly so that they're moving towards the same hopes and dreams together. Both Tessa and Scott and Meryl and Charlie have been together for more than a decade. Meryl and Charlie were together for 17 years. I'm not sure about Tessa and Scott, but they've been together for probably around as long. And both couples knew what they wanted together and fought toward it together.

    I think Elena and Ruslan has the potential to truly have a relationship like some of the past ice dance IGM couples - meaning that there is mutual respect and harmony and they work together toward the same goal (obviously not the case for Nikita and Elena...). Also in the sense that one half of the partnership is more outspoken/effusive (Elena), and one is more quiet but still expressive (Ruslan). Meryl (more quiet) and Charlie (more outgoing) were like that and so were Tessa (more shy) and Scott (more boisterous). It's a good complementary dynamic in my opinion, because outspoken vs. outspoken sometimes clashes too much especially when they both can't compromise easily. There is good hope for this judging from the little practice pictures and gala photos in my opinion. At the very least, they have a common thread (both being unceremoniously treated by their past partners) and I think genuinely like and respect one another. And that's most important to me in terms of the "extras" like looks, appearance, etc. Of course perfecting technique, musicality, and style is always #1 though!! Good luck to Elena and Ruslan! I can't wait to see them in the next competitive season!

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    Awesome photos! They look good together!
    and Ruslan should just live in tuxes haha I almost couldn't tell it was him!

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    Well put, kauh888. I look forward to seeing how the harmony I sense between them transfers into their programmes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surimi View Post
    Well put, kauh888. I look forward to seeing how the harmony I sense between them transfers into their programmes.
    Yes, welcome kauh888!!! Always nice to have another fan!!! And I agree with what you said. I think that from what we've seen from pictures and such that they already seem to have a nice friendship and chemistry that I suspect and hope will translate onto the ice easily. I hope they train hard and have a promising first season together!

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    I'm so happy to hear they're training hard and improving, but cannot help but wish that they were a bit more active in the social media as well. S/K are already doing all they can to make people remember them, and for all my approval of I/Z concentrating on skating, I wish they too would pipe up more frequently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surimi View Post
    I'm so happy to hear they're training hard and improving, but cannot help but wish that they were a bit more active in the social media as well. S/K are already doing all they can to make people remember them, and for all my approval of I/Z concentrating on skating, I wish they too would pipe up more frequently.
    I love seeing/hearing updates from all of my favorite skaters.... This being said, I wouldn't worry about it. Elena did do an interview a month or so back on it; and now I think she knows she needs to focus on the future. I think S/K are just now being more vocal and trying to get out there more because after all of the drama that has occurred they're the ones that some people are viewing negatively - imo it seems like damage control. And if they don't live up to what they're being touted to be technically, then they may end up being disappointing for some people. - It all just seems like there's a fine line to walk between saying/doing too little or too much...
    If I/Z come out this season and do well (aka look to have promise - this is still a first season for them after all), then their skating will speak for them in a way that words can't measure up to. (Granted, I do hope that as they show success or the potential for that they have coaches who will politick for them because Zueva certainly will for S/K.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowflakebeautiful View Post
    I love seeing/hearing updates from all of my favorite skaters.... This being said, I wouldn't worry about it. Elena did do an interview a month or so back on it; and now I think she knows she needs to focus on the future. I think S/K are just now being more vocal and trying to get out there more because after all of the drama that has occurred they're the ones that some people are viewing negatively - imo it seems like damage control. And if they don't live up to what they're being touted to be technically, then they may end up being disappointing for some people. - It all just seems like there's a fine line to walk between saying/doing too little or too much...
    If I/Z come out this season and do well (aka look to have promise - this is still a first season for them after all), then their skating will speak for them in a way that words can't measure up to. (Granted, I do hope that as they show success or the potential for that they have coaches who will politick for them because Zueva certainly will for S/K.)
    I fully agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowflakebeautiful View Post
    I love seeing/hearing updates from all of my favorite skaters.... This being said, I wouldn't worry about it. Elena did do an interview a month or so back on it; and now I think she knows she needs to focus on the future. I think S/K are just now being more vocal and trying to get out there more because after all of the drama that has occurred they're the ones that some people are viewing negatively - imo it seems like damage control. And if they don't live up to what they're being touted to be technically, then they may end up being disappointing for some people. - It all just seems like there's a fine line to walk between saying/doing too little or too much...
    If I/Z come out this season and do well (aka look to have promise - this is still a first season for them after all), then their skating will speak for them in a way that words can't measure up to. (Granted, I do hope that as they show success or the potential for that they have coaches who will politick for them because Zueva certainly will for S/K.)
    ITA. But a couple more practice photos or maybe even a very short clip of a move they're working on wouldn't hurt (maybe later though on the videos).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kauh888 View Post
    ITA. But a couple more practice photos or maybe even a very short clip of a move they're working on wouldn't hurt (maybe later though on the videos).
    Hey, I am selfishly totally on board for this too, haha! Like I said, I am always curious as to what's going on in training season. I'm most excited to hear what music and programs all my favs will be skating to this upcoming season...

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