From Russia with love - Summer through Autumn 2013

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by allezfred, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. DobrinFan

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    She seems alright, busy posting pictures of her trip to Disneyland on instagram ;)
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  2. senorita

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    Are V/T really going to Euros? I m sceptical, any european teams /skaters that will participate in team event will have a 15-16 days from Euros to Olympic team event short competition.
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  3. lala

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  4. ciocio

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    Nowadays everybody is offended by Chan's marks, Yuna's, Mao's, Carolina's etc. Are we a board of offended fans? Should we sue ISU?:confused:

    This is a very original comment about Plushenko's skating, LOL!
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  5. theshrew

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    The comment on how Plushenko’s shite because people actually respond to him, like him, love him is ........:lol:
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  6. lala

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    yes.:lol: http://twitter.com/anais167/status/400177550493630464/photo/1
    http://vk.com/album7654896_182071255
    http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/poln40/album/155429/?&p=2
    http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/poln40/album/155429/?&p=4

    An Italian fan, who travelled to Riga
    http://evgeniplushenkoitalia.blogspot.it/2013/11/alla-volvo-cup-plushenko-vince-contro.html
    scroll down for the english version.. very nice and affectionate words on that shite man.
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  7. senorita

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    Well I saw him in Sheffield 2012, and he was nothing like that.
  8. morqet

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    I saw him in Sheffield too, and trust me, he was plenty like that.
  9. navire

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    Old song says "he who seeks will always find". If one wants to see bad things in a skater, so he'll see, and if one wants to see good things, he'll see them either. One and the same spin or jump can be described as wonderful and ugly by different people.
    When you come to watch Plushenko or any of the top skaters, you already have certain image of him in your mind, created by media, other people opinions on boards, etc. If you're all ready to see shite, most likely that's right what you'll see.
    Whatever some media say, Evgeni is just a skater. I see he ain't no blushing flower, but hardly such a monster.
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  10. misskarne

    misskarne Spirit. Focus. Ability. Tenacity. Aussie Grit.

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    Precisely. The car goes where the eyes go. Those that think he's the most evil thing to ever happen to figure skating will always say he skated badly. Those who enjoy him will always say he skated well.
  11. lala

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    If you was there, you remember the crowd's reaction, there was a big standing ovation. I remember the Eurosport guys euphoric words. They said, he is better than ever, his presence, his energy is fantastic, he owning the arena, his SS is very good and so on.....And I heard the BBC commentator, I think he was Robin Cousins ('m not sure, but I think)he also praised him. The whole European media celebrated him, and S. Bianconi, S. Kerr, Morosov, Tarasova, Orser.... praised him.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBJtNXvyWbg Universal Sport version. The ES version is prohibited

    What you are doing here it appears to me fright! A lot of people get scared, OMG! He will do it again!:lol::cool:
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  12. shah

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    V/T could skip Euros to give S/S a chance for a farewell gold medal ;).
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  13. hanca

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    If S/S wants farewell gold medal, they will have to earn it. I know that some posters have been criticizing V/T's marks at their GP events, suggesting they are overmarked, but V/T skated 2 clean programs at each events. S/S skated programs with mistakes. I would understand that S/S make a mistake on their 3A, but there is no reason why the rest of the elements are not clean. I believe that if S/S skated clean, they do have a good chance to get gold, but they haven't been clean for a while. While not clean S/S may be still better than the rest of the field, it is not better than clean V/T.
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  14. caseyedwards

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    Menshov replaces plushenko so it fulfills the mandate to have a 30+ skater. Lol
  15. DobrinFan

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    Anna Shershak skates again, her SP (47.10; 3rd place) from today's Russian Cup.
  16. Holley Calmes

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    I'm one who can appreciate Plushenko without worshipping him. However, I do know 2 things:

    -People will jump to their feet for a mediocre performance by someone they were told is great....they don't want to look stupid when actually they don't know shite.

    -I truly believe a lot of people so badly want Plushenko to fulfill a storyline of survival, preserverence and triumph that they are blind to whether he deserves the marks he gets. They're just in love with the potential great story. The truth isn't as important as the myth.

    I admire his determination tremendously. It's his skating that I just don't seem to be wild about most of the time.
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  17. hanca

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    Is it correct that Korobeynikova didn't manage to qualify for Russians nationals?
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    i think this depends whether her 'bye' given to her due planned grand prix starts is still alive. if not, i fear she is out.
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  19. hanca

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    But Shershak could be in if she skates well at her second event.
  20. DobrinFan

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    I think she's still in actually. I have to do my calculations and I will post the results in the K&C but I think she's tied Agafonova 18 pts (Agafonova wins the tiebreak though).
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    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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  23. misskarne

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    Tarasova's PR machine is very effective. Now all anyone talks about is it's either Plushenko or Kovtun. It's like the other Russian men are all invisible!
  24. Domshabfan

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    At least GPs they have invisible, the performance of both Vornov and Menshov was forgettable at best.
  25. Kasey

    Kasey Loving on babies!

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    and yet, Voronov at least had medaled in two international senior "B" events prior to his one GP appearance. But yes, Tarasova's PR machine has not lost steam.

    (hoping Menshov kicks ass at RC so that at least there is some mention of another decent Russian skater)
  26. misskarne

    misskarne Spirit. Focus. Ability. Tenacity. Aussie Grit.

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    Dream RC podium: Menshov, Gachinski, Farris. And Tarasova would be spewing if that ended up happening.
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    I understand you, but I think it's too early to write Fernandez off completely because of one unsuccessful competition.
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  28. misskarne

    misskarne Spirit. Focus. Ability. Tenacity. Aussie Grit.

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    I don't mean to write off Fernandez, but I just don't love him as much as the three mentioned. After all, it is a DREAM podium. ;)
  29. Domshabfan

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    Kovtun was actually the one to win a medal at the GP event this year. As for Menshov, he narrowly beat Vornov to not finish last at his last GP outing. Even if Tarasova is politicking for Kovtun, Kovtun did win silver in his last GP event.
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  30. navire

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    Kovtun is Russia's only hope to get a single man to GPF. Usual scheme is to let judges put the other two Russians as low as they want, so that they give the guy higher GOE and PCS.
    But funnily enough, despite of Tarasova's propaganda, the others just don't give a damn. Voronov is all "my new coach, oh she's so wonderful", Gachinski is all "my programme, my precious", Menshov is all "no way I stop now". You read their interviews and suddenly there's someting else in the world besides Sochi. Strange people, why don't they write themselves off and go cry on the graves of their careers? :lol:
  31. Marco

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    It's honestly just between Kovtun and Plushenko for the sole Sochi spot, no?
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    The Team Event spot is honestly Plushenko's as long as he can stand on two legs, no?
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    Drop the word "honestly" ;)
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    :lol:

    I do feel sorry for all three - Voronov for being denied the chance in 2010 (I mean, where did Borodulin go after Vancouver!); Gachinski for losing much love from the authorities so quickly after bad performances in Nice; and Menshov, well, for never making the world team (and for being left out of the European team last year of course ... we've heard so much about that).

    But I certainly respect them all - Voronov for his perseverance and being able to "sort his head out" and being a solid competitor most of the time; Gachinski for improving his artistry and style; and Menshov for not giving up in spite of being an old man. :)

    I have to add though that Kovtun is (as far as this season is concerned anyway) living up to the hype. In a way, it's no fault of his own that he gained all the love from the Federation as a result of being Tatiana's star pupil (and pet). And while I think Kovtun does need a LOT of improvements in different areas, it does make sense, at this point in time, to send him to Sochi (if Plushy doesn't make it).

    But then again, Plushy may decide to go anyway so this Kovtun, Gachinski, Menshov and Voronov can all sit in front of their TVs next February.
  35. skatingguy

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    This is one of the most interesting aspects of this team event going into the Olympics - the competition itself is a joke - if I understand the rules properly the Russians have one spot for the men's event at the Olympics and so they have to have the same skater skate both segments of the team event and then skate the individual event. But they can name alternates - so if Plushenko is named to the Russian team could he really skate four times in competition in less than two weeks? does Plushenko skate the team event as a favour to him by the Russian Federation and then pull out of the individual event because of injury? - which would be easy to back up, or does Kovtun skate the Team Event and then withdraw to allow Plushenko to skate the individual event? - and will the ISU/IOC allow these switches to happen?
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    It would be great if someone could ask this to someone invovled in writing the rules! Plushenko needs major rest time after he competes every time! Maybe a little surgery after each time!
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    The rules are clear: if a country enters the TE, and has one skater for a discipline, that skater is expected to do bith the TE and the individual event. Each team can enter substitutes by the 27 Jan 14 date, who don't get Olympic housing unless they are called to sub. (I don't remember if the same is true of credentials.)

    There can be substitutes, just as Emily Hughes substituted for Michelle Kwan in Torino. Substitutes aren't limited to disciplines where there are only one entry. Any athlete can get hurt in official practice, come down with a sudden flu or food poisoning, or trip off a curb walking down the street. It could happen before, during, or after the TE or before or during the individual event.

    What isn't published is by what date/triggering event substitutions can be made. Russia will enter substitutes for their athletes. If Plushenko is in no shape to skate after the TE, he can withdraw from the individual event. If the withdrawal is by the deadline, a substitute will take his place in the individual event.

    What he couldn't do as the single skater in his discipline is be entered in the Men's spot, and refuse to skate the TE, with Russia entering the TE with Dance, Pairs, and Ladies. Then he'd be barred from participating in the individual event, which does not apply to his situation: if he had only wanted to skate the individual event, then Russia could stage a Gutsu and have the TE man be injured and Plushenko would step in as alternate.

    I assume the Russian Fed learned from its mistake of having submitted his name as a participant in 2010 Worlds, instead of listing him as a substitute, and letting him decide right before the deadline if he wanted to skate and swapping out a participant, which would have avoided the whole suspension thing.
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  38. ComplimentsFrom

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    This Team Event is so much horseshit. I bet over half involved don't really feel up for it anyway, but of course they can't say anything about it.
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