Sadly, I think the same. Ialin needs a girl who is like Pavliuchenko, or someone of Polina's height but with a smaller build and less curves. I hope he will not be outgrown by one prepubescent girl after another. But I think that if Vislobokova and Ialin were deemed ready, then there is some success going on. And she is 16, hopefully she won't grow too much more.I may not be very popular to say this, but I don’t think Vislobokova/Ialin will last very long. One season, max two. Vislobokova is much bigger in statue in comparison with Kostiukovich. Not only height, but also build. Ialin is not particularly tall for a pair skater. Last season he struggled with lifting Kostiukovich, and now he is having even taller/more robust partner. Last season he struggled with back pains... and Vislobokova struggled with jumps. Possibly just due to puberty, so it may settle, but she has not been landing them for quite a while, so it may not be as easy to regain the jumps. I think what happens is, Ialin tried with some small but not very experienced much younger skater. She wasn’t doing much progress (or very slow) and it was clear that she would be nowhere ready to move to senior. In the meantime, Vislobokova was also trying with some guy with little pair experience. It also didn’t go that great. So Vislobokova and Ialin realised that if they want to have at least some season, they need an experienced pair partner. There were none available so they decided to try with each other, but at some stage the reality will hit. If Ialin was struggling with lifts with Kostiukovich, why does he thinks that with Vislobokova it will be alright? And without jumps she definitely won’t be ready to skate for seniors.
Lina Kudriavtseva used to skate with Spiridonov and now she is skating with Zaporozhets. I don’t think Zaporozhets is a very good partner (skating wise). She also has the figure that might be compatible with Ialin. But even though her jumps are pretty stable, she struggled with throw jumps. That would be a possible partner for Ialin, if it doesn’t work out with Vislobokova. Or finding out where Labazina is. She was skating with TJ Nyman but I heard that broke down. She is a pretty decent pair partner and her size would also be a better match. Well, we will see.
I don’t think they would get that score at the nationals though. I think the marking they got at this event was a bit generous. Because the other pairs were so much lower level, the judges did appreciate that at least someone is a half-decent pair. But they still need a lot of work. They were good, definitely, for a newly created pair, but they were not good to be the best junior pair yet. At the moment, from what we have seen this season, the pairs on the national team would beat them.Pairs has finished, Pavliuchenko/Khodykin prevail over Kadyrova/Balchenko. As expected, the mighty Kostiukovich and her new partner too kthe junior pairs copmetition by a landslide. I would like to note that both the score they had here and at the St. Petersburg competition would have put them 2nd in junior worlds last year.
I think as long as Polina does not grow, K/B have an incredibly bright future.
I wish they'd enforce mask wearing properly at Russia Cup
That is an impressive mask. I hope it will keep you safe and in good health.I have bought myself 'sporting masks' with a nose clip, headband, generous air inlet and replaceable carbon filter and exhaling valves. Hockey players use these kind of masks.
If they are good enough to play hockey in, they should be good enough for figure skating:
You mean like when in the Switzerland they tried to introduce face masks in the ice hockey, but all the players threw them away within the first periodWe aren't really seeing similar situations elsewhere though, where the excuse is "training together". They really need to establish protocol even in training, it sadly seems lacking.