I don't exactly know if I'm a fan..I certainly have been intrigued by the whole attempt from day one. Their first appearance at Zagreb was , I thought , not as bad as the naysayers were predicting and not as good as some were hoping, but showed a lot of promise considering the length of time they've been together and that he was not an ice dancer to begin with. I see an improvement in him in the short period between Zagreb and Nationals. And I'll continue to watch with interest . I still say it's an awfully big risk for all parties to be taking at the coaching/ federation level, so I think they must have some confidence in what they can accomplish over the next year or two. For Jana and Fedor there's nothing to lose , so they might as well go for it.
Good luck to them.
I actually like their programs but I still think it's kind of weird that Fedor decided to become an ice dancer just like that. I don't think his skill is anywhere near her level. Hopefully he improves.. I really think she could have found abetter partner but may have ended up with him instead because he's Marina Zoueva's son. I think that's why there's a lot of hate toward him - people feel he doesn't deserve the position he's in.
I was honestly expecting to hate them, since I never really liked either of them on their own, but I was actually impressed by the youtube vids from Russian nationals. Andreev looks rough on some of the footwork, but given the amount of time he's been training as a dancer, I think he's doing amazingly well. It was also nice to see a tamer version of Jana. I never cared much for her skating, but I greatly prefer her without the overly dramatic acrobatics and crazy costumes. I also liked their connection with the music and each other. All in all, I think they'll do well. Its a shame it took them so long to find each other.
I have been a fan of Fedor's skating for a while, after what happened at Canadian nationals and then when he tried to get Azerbajin citizenship in an effort to be able to compete at the 2010 Olympic games, this partnership is just what he needs to fulfill his potential, Yana is a brilliant dancer, and they seem to really care for each other, plus having him dancing, training hard, focused, competing in his mother's field of expertise, and representing the nation of his birth must make him mom really happy. They a beautiful team, and I cannot wait to continue watching them improve and develop as a team.
I believe that they have the talent, chemistry, and enough heavy support behind them to be serious competitors and medal winners in ice dancing.
I don´t dislike this pair, it´s just that I have a horrible feeling that Yana is wasting crucial time with Fedor and should have found a more stabil character (and a more experienced guy in ice dance) as a pair. But on the other hand Yana looks very happy now, I just hope it will last and she will not regret her decision after a year or two...
Last edited by Jaana; 01-02-2011 at 10:32 AM.
Jana is such a good ice dancer. I miss her at high level and I'm very disappointed that they are only in 4th at Russian Nats.
This pair is not bad at all, but Fedor is not an ice dancer, and you really see this on the ice. His knee bend is not enough.
I hope he can improve to see them at Euros or Worlds next season !
for those who dont like yana being paired up with fedor, who else out there would've been a better match for her?
I like this team, but he really has to improve this in order to be at her height and level.
You know, Jana is not as tall as Oksana Domnina (I don't know about the others, and I don't really care).
It also appears to be a good thing I haven't read through most of the K&A thread.
I finally saw their FD and I did'nt like it. I blame most of that on the fact that I am one of the few people on the earth that hates The Beatles. I also thought the first lift was awkward and ugly. The second was nice and he seems secure- I am sure some of his previous pair training helped in that regard. But yes they did seem to be skating farther apart than I am used to from elite level ice-dancers Also just to be shallow I hated his hair and did'nt think he looked as attractive as I remember. But she looked great!
I think they do have potential. Fedor's twizzles were better than I expected but I do agree he looked stiff. I could actually see that Jana had to hold back to wait for him to catch up and I am no expert. That being said I do think they have a future if they (ie Fedor) works hard and put the time in. The chemistry is there but not as strong as I thought it would be. I like Jana's new look but also miss her old one. I hope Zueva ends up giving them some truly over the top dances down the line but I doubt it. That part I will miss the most.
She said they are planning to win the Russian Nationals next year. Realistic?
Andreev does need to more active on the ice inbetween lifts and twizzles. But even if lifts really. He does have a great expression on the ice-no doubt about that.