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.
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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 !!!