Blind date? Me too! ::: I love Olympics and all the excitement connected with it, but I hate all the retirements following soon afterwards. I think Russia came close in the late 90-ies. E.g. in 1999 they had 4 Men in GPF, very promising Juniors (Ilia Klimkin won JW that year) and some skaters decided to switch countries (Davydov, Paskevitch) due to that depths. In Ladies Irina Slutskaya, twice European Champion, couldnt qualify for Euros and Worlds that year as Butyrskaja, Soldatova and Volchkova all were in excellent shape. Elena Sokolova, who had competed successfully the previous season, also didnt make the team. Im also pretty sure that Russia will have more depth in Senior Ladies than Japan in the upcoming years. But for the time being Japan is probably clear winner in this field.