- Mar 7, 2015
sorry but please do not rewrite history... Patrick's circumstances were very different... the only thing they having in common is that they got outquad during their last competitive years... Patrick almost retired before the games, feeling he could no longer compete... Zhenya still wants very much to skate. Very different circumstances... Patrick was instrumental for Canada's victory in the team event, but pretty much ANY Russian girl from the top 6-7 contenders could do the job... Canada needed Patrick, Russia does not need Zhenya.I think Evgenia is trying to do a Patrick Chan and get a team gold medal. But getting into the Russian ladies team for the olympics is a near impossible feat. She'll have to bet on luck that 2 of the top 4 become inconsistent enough that her weak TES can overcome them.
I have not seen much of the younger rising stars... I suspect that we may have even different names in mind in a 6-9 months from now... but considering what I have seen recently, Anna S is clearly the biggest contender.... I was disappointed with A. K. and Sasha this year, but we will see if it's just a period of adaptation to change or if it's decline... It looks like Sasha will come back stronger... Liza is proving how much she wants this by recovering her 3A... and bringing up real programs for the first time in a long time...
So my dream team... and by the way, they will not be competing for Russia.. as they are not allowed to do so (like at previous olympics, they will represent a team of independent athletes, and i suspect, will need to be invited from the IOC) would be Liza, Anna and Zhenya... definitely not what is going to happen but all 3 girls to me show something different, rather than having 3 Eteri quadsters