I have been a fan of Russian pairs skating ever since I started watching pairs skating. Part of the reason I became a fan of FS was watching Gordeeva-Grinkov skate in 1988. Fortunately we got to see many great Russian pairs- past and present. Right now though, I don't see any senior pairs beyond Volosozhar & Trankov. The #2 (B&L),3(K&S),4(S&K), etc. are just OK- not OGM material, IMO. Pairs that were expected to develop, like (e.g.) Gerbolt-Enberg (sp?) have pretty much disappeared. Mukhartova, who had the talent, could not find a partner. Iliushechkina-Maisuradze break up was very disappointing. So I am wondering who will carry the torch for Russian pairs after V&T retire (probably after 2014 Olympics)? Will there be another golden age of pairs skating in Russia? It's too early to tell, but I do like some of the young pairs right now. They are too young to pin hopes on though. Last year I liked Davankova-Deputat, but they kind of disappeared this year. I do like Federova-Miroshkin. Can they develop into something? Tarasova-Morozov? I liked them this year Will Maisuradze be successful with his new partner? I am nostalgic for the good old days of watching pairs like Gordeeva-Grinkov, Mishketenok-Dmitriev, Berezhnaya-Sikharulidze, and even Totmianina-Marinin, Bechke & Petrov- pairs that created masterpieces as eligible and/or pro skaters. Valova-Vassilev, Shishkova- Naumov were also very good pairs, and the great Protopopovs and to some extent Rodnina-Zaitsev are still interesting to watch. Will there be 2-3 medal worthy Russian pairs at a time again? I don't know the answer. I don't have any positive or negative feelings about it, just curiosity. How do others feel about this?