Excellent news about Korobeinikova!
Excellent news about Korobeinikova!
and yes, I watched but I also wasn't so enamored by M/R performance that I would think they are better so much better than S/K. I think people were so shocked and happy Martiusheva didn't land on her ass that they were willing to give the pair more credit than they were due. Don't forget, in the absence of the top two pair everyone would have been bumped down two places, so really they would have been in 5th not 3rd.
Have M/R done well this year? Absolutely, they won the Golden Spin of Zagreb in front of Gierok/Just and Montalbano/Krasnopolski. They also won the Warsaw Cup in front of Bakirova/Kamianchuk who were the only other competitors. Not exactly they toughest competitions for them but they won nevertheless with ok scores.
Stolbova and Klimov got 4th and 7th during the grand prix, not exactly their best showing but she was also ill and they had much tougher competition, the top pairs in the world.
All the teams going into Russian nationals knew full and well if V/T or K/S were not healed in time to go to the EC whoever got second would be going (maybe even third) so doing their best was crucial.
It just so happened one team was better in the short and one team was better in the free and S/K came out ahead - by 2.19 points. There was no robbing unless your favorite didn't win
S/K rightly deserved 2nd as much as M/R deserved 3rd over Gerboldt and Enbert. It was rotten luck on Smirnov's part that he got an appendicitis and had to withdrawal and now S/K get the chance to go, good for them.
From a developmental point of view, they might not want to send M/R to a major championship until they've shown more consistency, since a bad performance might hurt their confidence long-term, and, by comparison, S/K come off of an excellent Juniors record and have solid results for a new senior team at GP.
I think the Russian Fed should have made that decision regardless of which was one place ahead of the other.
the voids! VOIDS!
I think G/E should take Eislauffan's suggestion and compete for Germany.
And, I find S/K oddly entertaining especially since we know she is quite capable giving a Skary Babs stare. Of course, if my partner dropped me twice in a competiton, I'd be giving him more than the Evil Eye.
Your program sucks and your partner just fell: lay down and play dead or think Feck this and do a Th3A at the end of the program: Aliona Savchenko: Definition of a competitor
And after all - here they have a competition while in Germany they won't have it. Sure it's motivating enough to skate on the same rink with S/S, but what they can really hope to achieve in Germany is to outscore Hausch/Wende, if they are lucky enough.
Switching countries is not an option if they want to compete as a team. They will have to sit out at least 2 years before they ca compete for Germany. After the Olympics K/S and B/L both will retire so they have one of 3 spots to fight for.
they are both German-russians and will have more opportunity
and get more exposure from International judges
besides, the russian pairs group is too crowded for them
even without the top pairs they still will have to battle stolbova/klimov, martiusheva/rogonov and
there are many upcoming juniors,like in a few years seniors eligible davankova/deputat
Based on how the two pairs skated at nationals, I think M&R (even with a few mistakes) should have beaten S&K, but the judges may have held them down a bit due to their history (it shouldn't be that way, but that's what happens in FS), and also about putting them in a pressure situation like going to Euros this early.
G/E had no history and I/M did but they sent G/E anyway even though I/M were the only team of the two who could have feasibly got 3rd place over B/L because they did it a month before the GPF. But it’s how you perform in the nationals that seems to matter and when it’s a difference of only 2.19 as it was with M/R and S/K, I doubt the feds care who they send. At that point it’s a matter of if your favorites won or not.
The difference between last year and this year is, as you said, G/E did not have history and had strong showing at last years nationals, so the judges did not have any reason to not wanting to send them. In comparison, this year M/R did have history that went against them; they have been inconsistent last few years. Whereas S/K don't have such mark against them. If you compare the quality of skating, surely you must see that M/R have much better skating, posture etc. They did not get (especially on second mark) what they deserved. S/K doesn't even look like a Russian pair. It is like if they have never heard the words ballet, posture etc. On the other hand, they are consistent. And unlike you, I do think that Russian federation cares who to send. This is not about who my favourite pair is, this is about trying to be objective and I do think that M/R did deserve to go. Although it might be better that they are not going, because if they messed up, the Federation would not forgive and forget that for a long time. It may be better if they become consistent first.