- Apr 26, 2018
Mishin is capable of that. He might not take direct competition for Liza next season, but surely the world of figure skating doesn’t revolve around next season, there are many more seasons to come. He already has a new girl with a 3A btw, so a girl to push Liza out is already growing up.
Panova and Davydov have multiple girls jumping 3A and quads. Samodelkina might have beat Akatieva this season, and as Davydov said, the only unfortunate thing is that despite being very prepared for Junior Nationals she got too nervous and didn’t deliver. I’m sure she’ll learn to deal with that and give Akatieva a good fight.
I didn’t say they weren’t a good match. I think they’re good match. I said it’s “not an ideal” match. There’s a difference.
Mishin is capable but can you really call him the future of Russian ladies coaching? Panova’s club has traditionally suffered from a lack of ice time and we‘ve seen more skaters leave than join her for a number of seasons. Davydov really seems to be the only one on track to develop competition for Eteri‘s team but he‘s not nearly on equal terms yet. For a discipline that has produced multiple Olympic, World and European Champions, it is pretty bleak to have only one highly successful team and another one silently growing in its shadows. I think it would be good for the athletes and the sport overall to have different teams of equal status for skaters to choose. But we can agree to disagree here.
Well, good for you. I‘ll disagree with you then and call it a bad match. Eteri‘s and Sasha‘s fundamental principles in this sport do not align. Eteri wants consistency, Sasha strives for records, no matter the cost. How is this supposed to work out? I‘ll be happy if it does but it‘s a pretty risky move to bank on that. Her Olympic chances may be higher now but you need to be in sync with your team mentally as well.