Tarasova thinks anyone could see Bourne and Kraatz don't deserve a medal.
"In my professional view, the Canadians are not ready for competition this year,"
said Tarasova, who coached the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympic dance champions.
Dubova, the Canadians' coach, countered: "Probably we are being attacked because for the first time in history, a North American couple (is trying) to win an Olympic gold medal in ice dancing."
Canada's Jean Senft, who is judging the Olympic ice dancing, said last month that deals are being made among the French, Italians and Russians, with dance votes presumably being traded for support in the other three disciplines.
"When people start to speak about this, it always means they feel they are probably weak and are going to lose," Grishuk said.