He didn't say anything that most people weren't thinking already. It's nice to see someone be honest. I would love to see him coach better teams like S/K and Russian jrs.
"'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
Wow, this is giving me a certain awed respect for Vera, what a girl! Standing up to Piseev and renowned coaches. She was right to do it as things turned out good for them.
Love how many things become clear when reading this forum. The stage is lit from backstage, and it ain't over till the fat lady sings
Touching the void.
Thanks for the great interview Vaitsekhovskaya! I've always loved Oleg, he is so handsome
I agree that he has said what a lot of people think. I thought that maybe he was taking a breather because he hasn't been coaching anyone in the higher ranks lately. Any pairs team would benefit from his experience....ok well Murkhortova/Trankov were just too mismatched to begin with so that team doesn't count....but man he could take more teams to a gold medal in the future.
I think the problem lies in the focus of the sport currently. It seems there are too many skaters and coaches that are putting all their eggs in the quad and triple+triple baskets or more difficult side by side triple jumps and throw triple jumps while ignoring the skating skills and presentation baskets. I can think of nothing more that makes me want to turn the channel than seeing a skater struggle to land a quad or triple+triple or throw triple because he or she doesn't have the speed or flow across the ice either individually or from the help of their partner to even attempt such maneuvers. Then, the agony of seeing said skaters attempt to interpret music that is beyond their understanding or sophistication level and they are already behind the music anyway because they are so damn slow. UGH, where's the remote?
I'm still amused that he thinks the problem with S/S is that there programs are repetitive. I can't imagine how someone with any understanding of skating can say that with a straight face.
If he means they are repetitive generally in their career, then yeah, that's insane.
OV: What's there to be interesting if people without 2 jumps, 2 throw jumps and a so-so lift get 130 points and a season best? There is something wrong with that. I understand the audience that left the rinks after the CoP was introduced. They stopped understanding figure skating altogether.
I think anyone who watched the Ladies NHK final understands exactly what he is saying here. Instead of focusing on what ladies he has "dated", we should be focusing on saving figure skating from the judges.