Anyway, we have hijacked the Pechalat/Bourzat thread.
It is strange how on one of the best russian figure skating boards http://forum.fsonline.ru/ no one is talking about this. Maybe it is just a rumor. Last year many were talking that B/S are going to Linichuck. Obviously it didn't happen.
I don't mind I/K going to another coach if a better one than Zhulin for them at the moment existed. I am afraid the RF will ruin them if they force them to change coaches.
Sad but true, twizzling fast and being able to chuck the girl around your shoulders like a sack are the most important things in ice now and the Russians need to adapt. I wouldn't mind the Russian/French teams going to S&Z *just* for those skills. Just keep them away from program selection and "choreography".
And the critiques of Morozov are true, but I will always give him credit for making Bourne and Kraatz watchable for me.
I'm not one of those who feels that current dance is terrible - I love COP dance more than any other discipline and it's actually inspired me to go back and watch a lot of earlier dance teams that I either didn't have the knowledge to appreciate (G/P in particular) or just didnt know (too many to name). I actually really disliked most of Zhulin's choregraphy this year (or his choreography for P/B and I/K at any rate).
On http://forum.fsonline.ru/ I read posts about Arthur Verner's comment that there is a small conflict between I/K and Zhulin but he is pretty sure it will be resolved.
I guess in any case we should now soon what will happen. If they change coaches with would be in the next two weeks. After that would be late (to move somewhere, start learning new technique, etc)
What is Linichuk up to these days?
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P&B are being forced to leave Zhulin and now I&K are as well (possibly?) I'm not sure what on earth the reasoning behind that could be unless the Russian Federation is doing some Monday morning quarterbacking and are thinking along the same lines as some others on this thread. They are looking for someone who can overcome the S/Z icedance monopoly? I hope come 2014 they don't live to regret the decisions being made this year. This also reminds me of the situation with Chen Lu and her coach after the 1996 season.
I wouldn't actually think that moving I/K from Zhulin is so bad.Yes, he is really good in promoting his teams but I don't think this was in favor of I/K in the end.They should give them the time to evolve as skaters before trying to turn them into stars.I personally didn't like the russian fluff made about them around Worlds time.They don't need that much attention that early, they're too young.
The problem is that there is nobody they can work with in Russia except for Morozov.Unless they enter the Zhuk/Svinin group.
I also don't think that the problem were the Shibutanis.Nobody expected a medal from I/K at that point.And I also blame the RF for pressuring both their teams that early in their careers and not being able to support their teams.Journalists,commentators,fans,people involved into the skating clubs,everyone fights with eachother and hurting both teams at this point.Next year should be the Russian couples' year , not this one.It's like they're doing one mistake after the other and only helping the S/Z group.
If both P/B and I/K are out of the Zhulin camp does this mean that he chose 'Ice Age'?I remember Piseev openly asking him to make a choice.
What is the conflict ? And could you answer in Elena and Nikita's topic please ?
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