Does anybody know why Plushenko didn't skate at the exhibition at Russian Nats? Was he at the medal ceremony?
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I dont think the decision is made for Worlds for the "man", maybe they are testing Kovtun same for Nikol
Antipova/Maisuradze finished 4th at Nationals, their FS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gZkfTjKY3E
she reminds of Liubov with a lesser personality, I think they are compatible with technicalities huge twists, lutz throw , she might be a better jumper than Liubov
Sakhanovich also placed 4th: eligible next season for JGP
Arghhhhhh why don't they send menshov! I know that kovtun has more potential, but menshov earned his place fair and square. Menshov deserves his swan song on the big international stage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Note to self: don't make assumptions based on muddled lists you read at 2:30am. It gets rather embarrassing.
Age eligibility aside for the ladies, I question the intelligence of sending a skater who hasn't skated an international in over two years...and who doesn't even have a qualifying score, over others who do.
There were two men for Russia at last Worlds. Gachinski didn't do that great, that's true. But neither did the much-vaunted Voronov. If Voronov is so reliable, so trustworthy and solid, shouldn't HE have secured two spots for this year? It wasn't all Gachinski. He wasn't the only one who was responsible.
It's a shame Menshov misses out, but I think Kovtun has done enough on the JGP & at Nationals to make a case for a trip to Zagreb, and it's nice to see the Russian Federation showing faith in him & looking to the future as Plushenko isn't going to last forever, however much he may wish he could I'm looking forward to seeing him skate there!
I am free of all prejudices. I hate everyone equally.~W. C. Fields
I feel for Menshov, but I'm so happy for Gosviani!!!
I suspect Menshov might make the World team since Plushenko has already stated he's not going. If I were the Russian fed, I'd rather give Kovtun a chance at Europeans as a test skating as a senior in a big event than at Worlds which will determine the number of skaters for the Olympic team. If he does well at Europeans, he'll go to Worlds. If he does not, I suspect the World team will include Menshov. The situation may suck for Menshov, but I can understand the Federations's logic. They are looking ahead to 2014 and beyond. It will be a total battle for the 2nd spot on the Olympic team in Russia. I'm reasonably confident Menshov won't be there. There is a reasonable chance Kovtun will. There is a difference in skating as a junior and a senior and I understand the decision to give him a test at a comp that isn't that important in the grand scheme of things.
on a happier note, gosviani lit up the arena yesterday by skating OUT OF THIS WORLD to finish as the 3rd best senior Russian lady. She cried in Urmanov's shoulders ..... awww ..... it must be quite frustrating for her, seeing all these other girls being given so many opportunities. She had one opportunity yesterday and took it.
she has a nice style (balletic arm movements and beaming smile) though her jumps can be higher/done with more flow. I like the free programe music too! (Gizmo skated to it some years ago).
OTOH, Polina K. is also v. elegant but I've kinda given up on her already in her 2nd season as a senior. Poor girl! what a fleeting sport this is ...
Now that I've seen Kovtun skate, I'm less supicious of the coach's council decision to send him to Euros. Not only is he pretty damn good, he's Russia's first truly CoP-friendly mens skater. All the guys in recent years have been Plushenko knock-offs to varying degrees of success, and all very much in the image of 6.0 skating. The results speak for themselves. They need to re-invest in someone now.
Kovtun was 3 points off the bronze here with a skate that has a lot of room to grow (possibility of 3 quads, good spins and steps, young and coached by Tarasova). Although it's terrible for Menshov, this decision seems to be in the Federation's best interests.