so Kovtun is both going to Junior Worlds and Worlds ?
isn't that a bit too much ?
If they want they can send him to Worlds, not sure if he can merit a Top 10
but juniors I think they can earn 3 spots anyways with Samarin and Petrov
The Russian fed had Leonova do euros jr worlds and sr worlds and they got all that they wanted from that situation and they could try that with kovtun.
So are the RFSF going to still have the skateoff between Gachinski and Menshov (with Kovtun's Euros result considered) to decide who gets the Worlds spot? Fifth is good but I was a little surprised at Kovtun's PCS. He did beat Voronov which was well done.
I still think Menshov earned the spot.
Skate America Senior Ladies 7 Alena LEONOVA RUS 153.49
Rostelecom Cup Senior Ladies 6 Alena LEONOVA RUS 157.27
European Championships Senior Ladies 6 Nikol GOSVIANI RUS 154.41
Russian Nationals Senior Ladies 6 Nikol Gosviani
Russian Nationals Senior Ladies 7 Alena Leonova - 169.64
Leonova came is as the reigning World Silver medalist, and I don't see a lot of difference in international scores between hers and Gosviani, who went into Euros as a Russia #3 unknown. I think it's pretty remarkable that in a rushed Junior international she made the TES SP minimum and barely missed it at Euros, and when the heat was on, she made the FS minimum, with a couple of points to spare. She shook out some nerves and went out and competed like she wanted it. I'm not sure the same can be said for Leonova, who's been struggling so far this season.
"This, after all, is opera, opera in New York, not some dainty pastime like professional hockey..." -- Chip Brown, NYT Magazine 24 Mar 13
Gosviani really impressed me - I wonder what kind of shape Leonova is in?
The scores for leonova vs gosviani represent gosviani a her best and leonova at her worst. Now no one knows if she's still at her worst but her at her worst is basically equal to gosviani at her best. So who is chosen? The person at their best probably. If the are equal at the skateoff like they were basically a Russian nationals then it's all gosviani for worlds probably.
Remember, the men in the 21-25-year-old age group were born at the same time as women like Ksenia Doronina and Nina Petushkova, who were quickly surpassed on the domestic level by the much younger rivals like Adelina Sotnikova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. Since female singles skaters tend to reach their peak at a younger age than their male counterparts, we saw the long-term consequences of the economic collapse most markedly in the Ladies' division earlier than we did in the Men's.
So true if a great young talent was born in 1990 they would have had to go through major economic and social changes for like 10 years. People were leaving until 1999 in big numbers. I was going through novice and jr ice dance in us nationals and I saw a Russian team and then read about them and the parents left in 1998. Then you have the Majorovs and rogozines of other countries. Also the dance team I'm talking about does not involve the Ponimarenko son!
But I can see how Russian Fed is in big dilemma now! They probably even hoped that Govsiani would not reach TES for Worlds!
Any idea when Russia will announce its world 2013 team?
That's what the scores posted inidcated-that leonova and gosviani were equal given gosviani is a no name basically - maybe her scores would go up if she did go to worlds and did well.
According to Govshkov, they will announce it after Cup of Russia which will take place this January. Also, Plushenko will possibly be competing at Worlds.
Plushenko is going to treat his back and start training on March 1st.
Looks like the Russian up final is feb 16-19th?
INSTANT fan of Gosviani. I'm a sucker for sophisticated, balletic, elegant skaters.
Rockin' Finnish commentator: "And that was supposed to be a flip but it turned out to be a flop."
Ugh... I hate Gosviani's jump technique
Good for her that she's proving herself. She went in as an alternate to Russian nats IIRC