I know this team doesnt get a lot of respect around here - but I think that is mostly because of their awful programs. Their choreography has gotten steadily worse year by year since they switched to seniors, culminating in this season's calamity
But I dont think they're a bad team. In some ways they are really strong. They get phenomenal ice coverage on their twizzles - it looked pretty near to half the rink I dont think any other team comes close [do they?]. And they are expressive - far more so than Bob/Sol - and I think they could be interesting with better material.
I saw them live at NHK a few years ago - when they had the Godfather FD - and I was surprised. They looked much better live than on TV - smoother, faster, more elegant and more connection. [They made some big mistakes, so ] But I was much more impressed with them than with Sam/Bates [who I liked better on TV].
I'm wondering why they dont find a new coach or something - is it really hard in Russia to do that [like, do you need approval of the Federation or something?] I think K/N's old coaches could really create a program for them that would show off their strengths and grab the audience.
Partly, this is selfish - I can't stand the thought of having to watch Bob/Sol for 4 years instead of something a lot more interesting.
Does anyone think there is any chance for this team? What would they have to do to start moving up? Or are they hopeless and out of their depth at the top????