please there will be no new rivalry
Kovtun and especially Gachinski are not even half the level of Zhenya and even Yagudins at their age
its better to bank on young promising skaters like Pitkeev and Patrov
than someone like Gachinski, he peaked already and his one hit wonder moment already passed
After grinning with glee at the anticipated drama yesterday, I'm worried now that it's actually happened. I don't think this coaching change will be good for anybody.
Kovtun-Tarasova-Gachinski will probably lead to another Yagudin-Mishin-Plushenko situation. Two elite skaters (from the same country!) in one group is bound to cause trouble. As Mishin put it, "It's like having two wives. How do you love them both the same amount?"
And yes, the old rivalry was the best thing that happened for the sport. But right now, Kovtun and Gachinski aren't top of the world. They'll wear each other down, but it's unlikely they're touching Hanyu. It'll just lead to one of them finding a new coach (again) soon, but probably without the whole "incredible rivalry that pushes the sport to a whole new level."
Dunno who the shared coach is gonna affect more. Gachinski is the older, "fading" skater. But he's also the new one to Tarasova's group; if I were Kovtun, I'd definitely feel a bit discarded. And Gachinski has nothing to lose at this point, while Kovtun's shouldering all the pressure.
And I think we might as well as get used to Plush's return, because now it's inevitable. *sigh* If the whole "making up for Sochi" thing wasn't enough, he's got new motivation: Gachinski pulled a Yagudin, Mishin's left without elite senior students, and Plushenko now must fight for Mishin's honour! I'm worried about his health (nothing new), but I suspect the drama won't do any good for Mishin or TAT either. Neither of them are young anymore, and considering TAT's health problems, I wonder how handling both Kovtun and Gachinski would fare. (Love them or hate them, they were two coaches who contributed a lot to figure skating).
The closest person to a winner here is Voronov. He could sneak onto the podium while the rest wear themselves out with the rivalry and drama.
I know, that's good, but Petrov is unlikely to challenge for the podium next season. And we don't know if he'll continue on an upward trajectory. I hope he does well, because that means Plush will only (only...) have to fight for a little bit longer.
Well, how much coaching does Plushy really need? I mean, hands-on coaching? After all, he's been doing quads since he was - 15? He probably doesn't need attention 24/7... I'm sure Mishin will find at least a few minutes to spare for his other students... (shrugs)
Plush isn't going to take any time away from Petrov. He can practically be a coach in his own right at this point. I do hope Mishin keeps an eye on Plush though, just to make sure he doesn't over-exert himself.
I don't expect a big quarrels in mens group. And I don't belive TAT would be badmouthing somebody mentioned above. She did Voronov SP this season (and helped him to get in Tutberidze group), during the Olimpic she said in NTV plus live that something like "there is a young junior, he is just 15, but he can do things that Yagudin did at 15 and I expect a lot of him". She didn't call his name but said "you should watch JWС" - the only 15 years old russian at JWC was Pitkeev. Averbuch mentioned in interview that he would be working with Adian next season, so I hope he would have a decent programs finally.
I'm more afraid about Tutberidze insanely strong senior (junior) girls group. Having Lipnitskaia, Medvedeva, Sakhanovich (she moved to Moscow some weeks ago) and Tsurskaia on the same ice is really a "bloodbath".