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The silver medalists of the European Championship in ice dancing Alexandra Stepanova - Ivan Bukin, as well as the bronze medalists of the World Championships in pair skating Natalya Zabiyako - Alexander Enbert will not be able to show their programs due to the illness of Alexandra Stepanova and Alexander Enbert.
It is most unlikely considering what he told in interviews after splitting with Natalia. She would rather do shows with Enbert or as she stated recently she might try in a movie.Just thought you may be interested to know that, while on there looking for something else, I discovered that Alexandr Zaboev is on Ice Partner Search.
So, now that Natalja is competing for Sasha's home country rather than her own, could we see them reunited?
It is most unlikely considering what he told in interviews after splitting with Natalia. She would rather do shows with Enbert or as she stated recently she might try in a movie.
Just thought you may be interested to know that, while on there looking for something else, I discovered that Alexandr Zaboev is on Ice Partner Search.
So, now that Natalja is competing for Sasha's home country rather than her own, could we see them reunited? After all, the whole reason they split is that, having qualified for the Sochi Olympics, his application for Estonian citizenship was turned down. But, now that she has Russian citizenship, red tape would no longer be a problem for going to the Olympics. The only problem they would now have is the comptition for the slots.
For technician, I don't think he is good enough for Natasha, though he has good jumps. If you've seen their performance before, like 2014 Europeans, Zaboev seems not strong enough to hold Natasha. He is 177cm, compared with Enbert's 189cm. He is slow during lifts, and the heights of twists and throws are also very poor. I also don't think his skating skills can match with Natalja's.
For the relationship, I can't make judgements, but what can be sure is that this partnership seems is a total nightmare for Natalja. For all 5 partners, Zaboev is the only one Natalja gave very bad comments, and she mentioned in an interview that she never contacted Zaboev since she moved to Russia. During their partnership, Natalja even refused to add Zaboev to her friend list on vk.
For Natalja's own willing, if she still wants to compete, she can just find someone who is much better than Zaboev in Russia, like Korovin. I remembered last year some fans even suggested her to have a tryout with Volodin. But it seems she gets along very well with Enbert, so she doesn't want to skate with anyone else. Enbert also confirmed that although they retired, the partnership of Natalia Zabiiako / Alexander Enbert will maintain.
Thank you so much for your insights. It does sound like they didn't have a good relationship, so I will forget about that as a possibility.
I have liked Natalja from her days in Singles, and as a fan I want to see her continue. Her partnership with Enbert was definitely her best Pairs partnership, and it is a shame to see it end. But, injuries are something you can't help.
The thing is, I do not want Sasha to risk doing himself further damage. So, although I like him, I would actually prefer to see him not to do shows with Natalja but to instead stop completely. Perhaps take up coaching or something.
And because I like Natalja, I was trying to find for ways for her to continue. I am one of those people that doesn't like splitting up existing partnerships just to make new ones, so I was looking at who was actually available and looking. And Zaboev's name jumped out at me.
But now that I know Zabijako and Zaboev didn't get on, I will scratch that off as a possibility for my desperate attempt to keep Natalja competing.
Thank you so much for opening my eyes to all this.
And welcome to the forum! I hope you have a good time on here!
Thank you so much. I will enjoy my time here although my English is poor.
Natasha first grabed my attention in 2011 world championships. I though that was very early. You seemed to pay attention to her earlier than me!
I'm glad Natasha and Sasha met each other after both of them had changed so many partners, and made huge achievements in just 4 years.
I was heartbroken when I knew both of them decided to retire, and due to Sasha's health problems, I think ice shows are nearly impossible.
Like you, since Natasha is still healthy, I also desparately want to see her on the ice again, but maybe Natasha thought it was meaningless to skate without Sasha, considering the paths they've gone through.
Most importantly, no matter what choice they make, even it's not what we want, we wish both of them happiness forever.
I just realized Z/E retired! And after showing so much promise with a World bronze medal! What is this "trauma" that Enbert sustained? Psychological or physical or both?