Gazing at a Glorious Great Lakes sunset
- Aug 12, 2014
Reiterating how lovely Sasha is, to say "No way, I won't let her go" and "Only after my death." Nastya seems like a very well-grounded young woman in her own right, and yet it must also be wonderful to have such verbal support from her partner of what a wonderful skater and partner she herself is, after her earlier experience.Yes, of course.
Q: Guys. What did you lose on the ice?
AG: I went for the scarf. But thanks to the arena workers, they picked it up and laid on a chair for me not to run back. But who knew it…
Q: Tamara Nikolaevna Moskvina asked Anya Shcherbakova to switch for the pairs. Don’t you want to switch for singles in that case, Nastya?
AG: No way, I won’t let her go.
AM: I’m afraid, no. They won’t accept me.
Q: And if Eteri Geogrievna asks?
AM: Then, forgive me, Sasha.
G: Only after my death.
Q: The World Team Trophy is ahead. Will you be able to add the gold there to your WC gold?
AG: Now we are going to continue preparation and there we will show everything and you will see.
Q: We will root for you. Thank you.
AM &AG: Thank you.
On this subject, a couple of days ago, the CBC commentary with M/G's skate popped up. I believe it's Meagan Duhamel doing part of the wonderful commentary with Kurt Browning (and maybe Debbie?). Anyway, at the end Meagan said something I hadn't heard before, and I wondered if anyone here can confirm, or is it an embellished version or what? She said Nastya's "coach and partner" at the time (2016-17) had said she was too large and if she couldn't get smaller she would no longer be part of the team. I wondered if that's what others understand to be the story. I know that she and Sasha stayed with the same coaches. Of course, one missed detail may be that their coaches agreed that it was risking injury for both, for Mirzoev to continue to be her partner, which I can certainly see. When I watch their videos, even far after the fact, I worry about him, because he seems so frail and too small to be lifting her, for her safety. But there would be a world of difference between saying it that way (which, to give American coach Dalilah Sappenfield credit, is how she always put it) and the way it seemed Meagan characterized.
A second note: It's such a pleasure to re-watch and listen with different commentators (both CBC, and Simon and Chris with Esp2) -- to hear them all using superlatives and rhapsodizing over M/G's skates -- because that's how I saw and experienced it at the time. Both commentating teams even hinted that M/G might indeed become the champions of the event. Which was not at all what most people (around GS, certainly) were thinking, given that they'd be followed by Sui/Han (!) and by Boikova/Kovlozkii, who had several points lead after the short and were expected to perform well during the FS.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeqmP1HAqW4 - CBC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=ATPXE4erO-o - Esp 2