I'm a bit confused, because I though they'd have to do 2 Russian Cup events to get to Nationals, but the Tallinn Trophy is at the same time as the 5th Russian Cup - but maybe because the ice dance field is smaller, they are OK if they get a good placing at the first event, or maybe they have a direct invitation to Nats?
Olympic champions probably can break a few rules!
So it's going to be hard to make it to Nationals this year for the lower level teams, with 7 dance teams on the GP getting automatic qualification B/S, S/B, S/K, Z/G, E/B, L/D, P/M. That leaves just 3 spots.
Morozov/Bagin & Elena/Anton should get 2 of them, so just 1 spot left for the rest to fight over.
Probably it will go to Vlad SOLOVYEVA / Yuri VLASENKO
Russia (and IMO the world) doesn't have another ice dancer like Elena, but unfortunately it has no shortage of better-connected ones, and that's what counts with the Rus Fed. The fact that IS are ahead of Morozov/Bagin only by 3 points is a disgrace.I just saw their short dance from Kazan. Elena has such huge presence. She just go for every move. Its not like Ru has unlimited amount of ice dance ladies its such a pitty she is not out there at the international big events. That's what she is made for.
Russia (and IMO the world) doesn't have another ice dancer like Elena, but unfortunately it has no shortage of better-connected ones, and that's what counts with the Rus Fed. The fact that IS are ahead of Morozov/Bagin only by 3 points is a disgrace.
They won overall, but lost the FD by 0.2 to Morozov/Bagin. Anton made a big mistake on the twizzles and at the end of the 2nd step sequence. The choreo was again, really different from the test skates - overall I liked it but it's a shame they moved the twizzles because the exit from the first set was a real highlight for me. The biggest challenge from them is skating together in the step sequences, but the lifts are really great.
I don't know what this means for qualification to nationals :confused2: