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    Typical entertaining Russian Interview, very blunt but pretty accurate.

    It is nice to read someone being very true in their opinions...I would however love to see an American/Canadian coach get away with these type of comments...they would be strung up on the stake by their federations!

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    I think the issue Meagan has on the jumps (and it is particularly with the Lutz, both solo and thrown), is that she tips her head forward and slightly up when she jumps, and has a tendancy to wrap the free leg too which, when she rotates, gives a funny impression of her head flapping around (as it is slightly forward), plus her free leg flapping around (due to the wrap).
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    Off course, you would not see a witty reply from a Canadian coach talking about Vera Bazarova's body and jumping technique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirkbiggestfan View Post
    Off course, you would not see a witty reply from a Canadian coach talking about Vera Bazarova's body and jumping technique.
    Well, we did see US coach (Frank Carroll) talking about Liza Tuktamysheva a year or two ago, so what's the difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanca View Post
    Well, we did see US coach (Frank Carroll) talking about Liza Tuktamysheva a year or two ago, so what's the difference?
    The Canadian coach would have said it in a polite and PC way. I loved the bat comment from Carroll though. He let the claws out for once. As the Olympics arrive, we'll see more catty comments like that from all over the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirkbiggestfan View Post
    The Canadian coach would have said it in a polite and PC way. I loved the bat comment from Carroll though. He let the claws out for once. As the Olympics arrive, we'll see more catty comments like that from all over the place.
    Exactly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rfisher View Post
    I don't think she was bashing D/R at all nor was she intending an insult by the male body type comment. Males typically are more muscular, especially, in pairs. I think it's just a difference in expression. Some people are quick to find "bashing" when none was intended and are quick to fail to realize there are cultural differences in language and expression.
    Would "criticism" have been a better word? It's not that I thought she was inaccurate, it just wasn't a very kind way to say things. I realize their are cultural differences and so many of the Russian interviews are blunt like this. I appreciate the honesty. But why throw stones when you live in a glass house? We all could go on and on about Bazarova's jumping technique for sure. Still a nice interview to read though. I guess in a way it's a compliment to D/R that she has observed them so carefully.

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    Mozer was asked specifically about the Canadian teams in the context of 2001-2 with S/P and then a follow-up question about D/R. She gave a complete answer, and it was pretty amazing that she said there were some things she preferred about S/P. While we're all about B/L moving to her, she's much more cautious, and her concerns are more about getting Bazarova up to the physical level where she'll be competitive.

    From the dates, it seems like she's been keeping her eyes open. D/R aren't in the same position as S/P coming into Sochi as the reigning World Champions, and D/R didn't beat a relatively weak (for them) S/S, but I don't see them retiring before they have a shot at a world title, i.e S/S and V/T leave the field, and Mozer likely is looking at them in terms of how they will compete against B/L and her future teams.

    Russian coaches in general have the same physical aesthetic that the Russian ballet companies have: a world in which Bazarova is the physical ideal, Duhamel is built like a man, and Virtue is a heifer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Russian coaches in general have the same physical aesthetic that the Russian ballet companies have: a world in which Bazarova is the physical ideal, Duhamel is built like a man, and Virtue is a heifer.
    What was Slutskaya, in terms of this physical aesthetic?

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    I don't remember any of the Russian coaches talking about her, but that could be my memory.

    On the other hand, Russian singles skaters are not held to the same exacting standards as Pairs and Dance women. Think of what Mozer said about Duhamel's physique: "It is good for skating, makes easier exiting jumps."
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    I think Duhamel has a great body, I just think her and Radford are mis-matched height wise and style wise. But they make the best with what they have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanca View Post
    Well, we did see US coach (Frank Carroll) talking about Liza Tuktamysheva a year or two ago, so what's the difference?
    Not much...but with all due respect to Mozer, she has awhile to go before she is at Carroll's status as a coach.

    He, like his counterparts Mishin and Nicks have earned the right to say it as they see it... IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FunnyBut View Post
    What was Slutskaya, in terms of this physical aesthetic?
    According to many on FSU (not including myself, who strongly disagrees with the description), it would be truck-driver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdonavan View Post
    Not much...but with all due respect to Mozer, she has awhile to go before she is at Carroll's status as a coach.

    He, like his counterparts Mishin and Nicks have earned the right to say it as they see it... IMO.
    Hung on! Either everyone has the right to express their opinion (under freedom of speech etc), or you can play the political correctness card and none should by so open about competitors weaknesses. But you can't have it both ways! To say that one person earned the right to criticise competitor, (who was at the time 14!), whereas someone else doesn't have a right because Mozer didn't earn the right...what a bull***t!

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    Carroll made comments about Tuk's skating skills, jumping technique, speed and mostly technical points. He had some snarky comments, because people were already seeing Lisa as the next OGM.
    I don't think he commented on Tuk's body. That is a totally different level of criticism. Duhamel has a muscular upper body with a low body fat %. She looks like an athlete in top shape with muscular shoulders and arms. For some people, it is distracting. My guess is that she will be covering her arms/shoulders next season because of those nasty comments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirkbiggestfan View Post
    Carroll made comments about Tuk's skating skills, jumping technique, speed and mostly technical points. He had some snarky comments, because people were already seeing Lisa as the next OGM.
    I don't think he commented on Tuk's body. That is a totally different level of criticism. Duhamel has a muscular upper body with a low body fat %. She looks like an athlete in top shape with muscular shoulders and arms. For some people, it is distracting. My guess is that she will be covering her arms/shoulders next season because of those nasty comments.
    I agree. I see it more acceptable to criticise an adult woman like Duhamel, than a 14 year old child.

    Besides, Mozer did not say that Duhamel is fat. She said that Duhamel has muscular body. I think if Duhamel has a mirror at home, she would have known by now that she indeed has a muscular body, so probably nothing new for her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirkbiggestfan View Post
    Carroll made comments about Tuk's skating skills, jumping technique, speed and mostly technical points. He had some snarky comments, because people were already seeing Lisa as the next OGM.
    I don't think he commented on Tuk's body. That is a totally different level of criticism. Duhamel has a muscular upper body with a low body fat %. She looks like an athlete in top shape with muscular shoulders and arms. For some people, it is distracting. My guess is that she will be covering her arms/shoulders next season because of those nasty comments.
    You thought those were nasty comments?????? Seriously??? What a delicate little flower you are. Aliona Savchenko is totally buff. So is Volo. I also seriously doubt Duhamel is being all about this at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hanca View Post
    I agree. I see it more acceptable to criticise an adult woman like Duhamel, than a 14 year old child.

    Besides, Mozer did not say that Duhamel is fat. She said that Duhamel has muscular body. I think if Duhamel has a mirror at home, she would have known by now that she indeed has a muscular body, so probably nothing new for her.
    The complaints people are making are not that Mozer said she was muscular (i'm sure most people would take that well), it was the way she phrased it likening her to a man, that people have taken issue with.

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    On valentine's day, tell a woman she has a man's body and she'll throw the delicate flowers at you.
    Now, I wish someone from Skate Canada would get back at Moser and comment about her body.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kirkbiggestfan View Post
    Now, I wish someone from Skate Canada would get back at Moser and comment about her body.
    Is the sport really that juvenile that it's all about a tit for tat?
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