If Russia is gaining ANOTHER pairs team, could they PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE release Lubov?!
I have no problem with him in pairs. In fact, I thought he'd be quite good at pairs.
But Russia? Really? Any other country would be an easier field to be in for pairs than Russia!
It seem the team "We can't stop competing" is becoming true...
Maybe there should be a support group for the time a skater decide to retire....It seem the team "We can't stop competing" is becoming true...
Is anyone else worried about the fact that most pairs skaters have strong skating skills and musicality and Joubert doesn't? Anytime he has done well it has been because he out-jumped the competition, which he can't in pairs.
I think it would be cool to see a skater be a successful singles skater then later move over to pairs and be successful, though trying to compete in Russia vs. France seems like a strange decision. France has very few pairs (2014 Nationals - only 1 team competed and 2013 the number was 2) and Russia is incredibly deep.
Maybe he chose Russia because he wanted motivation to push himself? That's the only explanation I can think of.
My opinion is that pairs skaters vary in their skating skills, musicality and range as performers, just like singles skaters. Joubert is not Patrick Chan or Takahiko Kozuka in terms of skating skills, but he is hardly a novice-level skater in this regard. His international results cannot be attributed solely to jumping; there are many skaters who can jump and whose record does not match up well with Joubert's. I know that many people love to diminish what Joubert has achieved and portray him as someone who can only jump and cares about nothing else, but this is simply not true. He has at times challenged himself in terms of musical choices (e.g. Aranjuez, Beethoven's 9th) and is now challenging himself to become a pairs skater. This does not necessarily mean that he is aiming for the top of the podium, only that he wants to be meet whatever goals he and Gerboldt have set themselves.
When I first saw the thread title: Wow!
Then, almost automatically: Briiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!!!
(I'm a Brian fan okay? )
Then when I read the news... I'm not sure if choosing Russia is the best option. Euros/Worlds can have a total of three slots - if they are earned - and France does not, even if we count Savchenko/Massot as potentially French, have three pairs (as far as I know?). So, there would be a better opening for them there, I would have thought...
Anyway, reading the interview kindly linked by mermaid, it seems that he is very aware that it won't be easy, and that it will take a lot of hard work, and it does not seem that he is nurturing particular "delusions of grandeur". Why not try? If he fails, he fails. Should one never try anything just because of the fear of failure and "what people will say?"
Good luck in becoming a "greenhouse" Brian. (Google translate can truly be hilarious sometimes... )
Well, lovely news indeed. No one should underappreciate the beauty. Have no idea if they will ever hit any podium but no doubt they will be invited in shows. The most handsome French skater with the Russian blonde, you know.
But please no more mentioning blond Russian beauty unless you want to enter the twilight zone.