So apparently Rika was in fact considering a move to Plushenko? Oh god, I hoped he was bluffing.
I think it's too early to take it seriously, because "Nikkan-Gendai", plushyfan quote, is a kind of tabloid, which often publish topics based on nothing but rumor, or pictures focusing female skaters' butt. I want more reliable information.https://www.nikkan-gendai.com/articles/view/sports/279649/2 via google translate
Information on "studying under Plushenko" to Rika Kihira who gave up going to Canada
According to European media such as Russia, the name of the Russian emperor has emerged as a new coach to replace Mr. Orser. Evgeni Plushenko (37), who stood at the top of nine times in total at the Olympics, World Championships and GP Finals. Currently, he runs skating classes in Russia, mainly in Moscow, and is working hard to train the next generation of top skaters, mainly juniors.
Kihira is currently communicating with Mr. Plushenko of Moscow through online such as SNS and receiving specific acting advice.
Kihira has been whispering a feud with coach Mie Hamada, who has been instructed for a long time, due to a disagreement over the practice method. It is said that the reason why the coach was changed from Canadian to Russian this time is because he prioritized overcoming the challenges, although it was influenced by the coronavirus wreck.
Kihira is improving his jumping and skating skills by succeeding in the quadruple salchow, which is said to be difficult for girls to practice in the off-season. On the other hand, there remains a problem with expressiveness, which is said to be inferior to overseas players. The aim is to improve his level by studying under Plushenko, who used his expressive power to express emotions as a weapon when he was active.
Can the Russian coach's guidance destroy the Russian stronghold?
She was at Japan Open and she did really good.Does anyone know what happened to Mako? She was one of my favorite skaters back in 2018 and she had a really nice long program that I think got her on the podium at skate Canada. I really liked her skating but she kind of seemed to disappear
I don’t think anything in particular really happened. Mako has always been technically inconsistent even in juniors and I guess after 2018 Skate Canada that inconsistency just started to get worse and kept hammering her down the standings. She also regularly struggles with URs and downgrades (her jumps have fantastic height but it seems she can’t complete the rotation sometimes).Does anyone know what happened to Mako? She was one of my favorite skaters back in 2018 and she had a really nice long program that I think got her on the podium at skate Canada. I really liked her skating but she kind of seemed to disappear
Sakamoto’s on a mission to refeem herself! Spins were her weak points, but she’s definitely improved; it seems she’s been working on her flexibility. I noticed her new and improved layback immediately. This is the sort of thing I like to hear: working on non-jump elements to grab those points (no more losing levels!) instead of splatting on a Hail Mary 4T. Work on the basics first, then train a 4T, but don’t put it into your programs until you have a consistent land rate.Kaori said in the interview that she's been working on the spin and steps. It's obvious as she got all level 4 for both SP and FS.