Just came across this piece of information...
Petr Durnev was a technical specialist in the same competition where Zlobiva/Sitnikov competed (7 - 9 Sept Ice Star Minsk, Belarus )
I didnt think coachs/Choreographer: were allowed to judges they own students????
You'd think so...
Margaglio is a tech specialist, and coach of the Finns.
Bloomberg is a tech panel member, and she has fine tuned COP stuff for Detroit skaters.
So I don't think it is a first.
Many Tech Panel members have worked as consultants with their national teams, other national teams, and for certain coaches and skaters, but has Margaglio been on a tech panel where Finnish skaters have competed since he's had a contract with them, or for Zoueva's skaters, since he's had a contract with her?
The conflicts of interest in the small, incestuous skating world are rife, with spouses and best friends rampant.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
I'm not sure...but I do know Piseev's wife has judged Russian skaters.
And Blumberg has worked Skate America, where & when, of course, Detroit teams have skated.
And they are going off to the grand prix final with that
hot mess of a free dance over Weaver & Poje?? What a joke !! Surely they'll expect to beat W&P at worlds too, unbelievable !!!
As for the worlds I do think W/P could be passed by many teams like B/S and C/L, however i am not convinced about I/K yet, especially since I/K's scores haven't been that great to begin. One can only predict that result with some conviction closer to the worlds.
I think it is early to tell who will finish where when looking at the teams ranked 4th through 8th at last year's worlds - Weaver/Poje struggled with levels in their free dance and need to rework the middle section to compete this season and that is why they finished behind Bobrova/Soloviev - they beat them in the short dance at both grand prix events.
With Worlds in Canada I wouldn't worry about W&P. In fact, since I expect the Russian dancers to get a boost at GPF, W&P are probably better off not going, lest they be slotted in behind both.
Curious to see what I&K have done. Adding music to the vocal part is a no-brainer since they almost got a deduction for not having an audible beat. I certainly hope there's more changes coming.
Any way you look at it s/s did better but I/k just made dumb mistakes that got deductions and their poor pattern on one polka. got to be because the free dance and team is facing incredible turmoil.
I luv that B&S and C&L are going to the grand prix final, just have a feeling that I & K are prob feeling a bit entilted if thats the correct word to use, I love their open and free skating kind of reminds me of Bourne & Kraatz in a way but more to the point its not them its their overmarked programs that i disagree with getting them to the final !!!