What's with this continual insistence that his new coach is Sokolovskaya? Nothing's been announced yet.
Well, karne, look at it this way: if it isn't true, than no matter how much people say it is, it won't make it so, so it doesn't much matter from that perspective.
So, assuming Sokolovskaya really is that bad news (what do I know about Russian coaches? - or most coaches, to be honest )
- either it will turn out to be true, and you will be prepared for it
- or it will turn out to be false and you will be pleasantly relieved.
So, as a Rumour Repeated So Often It Becomes "Fact", this seems to be the more harmless variety. Meanwhile, I suppose there should be some official announcement of Gachinski's coaching situation soon? Though if it were already a "done deal" there would be no reason to delay announcement - or would there?
Plushenko is planning to return, so this changes things.
But who would seriously put Medvedeva and Proklova over Lipnitskaya and Radionova in a podium prediction?
It's not like any of these girls are inconsistent - quite the contrary... They're quite dependable. The only wild card is Sotnikova and since her problems in 2012-13 she hasn't really been bombing as consistently as she was when she first came onto the scene, so she still have room for a mistake to still place above most of the rest.
Proklova is certainly a threat. Medvedeva too, especially if she starts skating a bit faster (other than that I have no problems with her, she's amazing). But they aren't beating any of the top 3 at this point unless those skaters make multiple mistakes.
I'd like to see Gachinski make a comeback. I know he's had so many problems, but Kovtun isn't exactly a study of consistency either. Gachinski's just got so much potential, and I find him lightyears ahead of Kovtun artistically. (All this assuming Plush isn't going to return).
For ladies, Sotnikova if she's there (and I suspect she will be). She'll get a reigning Olympic champ boost, and she's been National Champion how many times now? Yulia second if puberty is kind to her (and I really hope it is). I'm rooting for Tuk to make a comeback, because like Gachinski, she's just this bottle of talent.