This is maybe not the right thread to ask this, but what is exactly L&K's problem, I mean beside their awful choreography. I know that, when Faiella & Scali switched to them their skating skills improved, but they didn't manage anymore to get the levels on their lifts and steps.
Pushkash could be trouble for Elena and her boyfriend. Good news if it happens, she may see the light and flee to anyone available
poths Void: MarieM carries a rusty old blade in her handbag!
2008 and actually regressed a bit with Linichuk. They went back to making mistakes, their choreography went back to being mostly separated in hand to hand position, and she went back to looking looking like he was pulling her around the rink.
Those are wonderful photos -- many thanks for posting them!
"'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney
It's not just that their skaters can't get the levels despite improved skating technique. IMO the problem is also their usual tactics of withdrawing their skaters from competitions if they think they're disadvantaged either politically or preparation-wise.
These tactics used to work with the 6.0 system, when if a team was beaten by their immediate rivals in the beginning of the season, they were doomed to the end - or at least severely compromised. These are disastrous tactics with the CoP, where placements can switch and teams have to get as much feedback as possible for their levels.
According to ISU congress, Lipnitskaya will not be able to do GP. Pity for her and pity for me. I was looking forward to seeing her at Trophee Eric Bompard. But Tuk is my favorite of the wonderbabies and she's there and it's still an amazing field.
It's a pity about Lipnitskaya. Does it mean that Korobeynikova and Shelepen may get second assignment?
So Lipnitskaya will stay in JGP for one more season I suppose?
"I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine."
so does this mean Lipnitskaya will be barred also for 2014 Olympics ?
or does it only apply for Grand Prix rules but will stick with the Olympics age rule
not much competition for Juniors
I guess there is Miyahara and Radionova she can be with
Julia can do GP and Olympics next year. Still sad though.
And hopefully Korobeynikova will get another chance. She has amazing jumps (her programs seem really empty, but that could improve) and it's a pity that she was so terrible at Worlds since Volchkova couldn't be there with her.
That is Nagasu and Korpi and they should be replacing Lipnitskaya.
Biryukova, Korobeynikova and Shelepen (in that order) are further down the list and I think that theoretically they could be picked as well but I imagine that the organisers will want Mirai and Kiira given they are "big names" (to skating fans anyway).
What has been done at congress is equalising the Senior minimum age at 15, so the only consequence of that is 14 year old skaters not being able to do GP any more.
Last edited by Ziggy; 06-15-2012 at 04:09 PM.