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    Quote Originally Posted by TAHbKA View Post
    She really should stop letting her husband do sports interviews. He is an incredible idiot (I lasted for about 5 minutes of the interview...)
    NO he isn't. He's only a public person who plays his role. When he played serious roles in the theatre and composed and sang beautiful shansons, no one was interested. Do you know some of his previous work? I guess not and it's a shame, it's really good. Now, he plays idiot and he's very famous, gets a lot of money and attention...it's a sad truth. In reality, he's talented, alsolutely lovely, very charming, hearty man, a great father and a loving husband. I feel I can say this as I met him twice and he was really great.

    Quote Originally Posted by zotza View Post
    I could give anything to see Marina's husband on the stands singing and dancing to "opa dzighurda"
    They could make the new free dance to opa dzhigurda. That would be something completely new and creative, exactly like she wants

    Quote Originally Posted by alij View Post
    Might be even trickier to return if she forgets to ask him first!


    Quote Originally Posted by Nours View Post
    Can't believe it's true. I love her but what's the point really ???
    That's exactly waht I would like to know....money? fame? to save French medal hopes ? Btw they look quitte serious and realistic, the aim is the bronze medal, silver and gold will go to the USA and Canada

    Quote Originally Posted by nuge View Post
    We all know what happened to FP/M at their comeback
    French would be better off asking Shoenfelder back .Anyway A/P are history Papadakis/Cizeron are coming
    I would actually like to see Olivier again, otoh I'm not sur who could be his partner, I can imagine Isabele's return even less than Anissina's.

    Quote Originally Posted by BigB08822 View Post
    This has got to be a joke or something said for publicity. They can't possibly be competitive or even expect to be so when they come back during the Olympic season. They would have to go get a qualifying score at some small competition, right? Then they would basically make their big debut at Europeans and finally have the Olympics. Ice dance politics would dictate that they would have zero chance at the podium, anyway. I think this is all for attention/publicity.
    Theoreticaly, they could get TEB TBA spot, couldn't they ? And seriously, what I don't get is....if it's really done for publicity, why to invent such a complicated story and talk about so many details (P/B, Gailhaguet, who will coach them,...) ? There are much easier ways to get attention. And also, why to use such a serious chanel and not some "yellow" tv show like "pust govoriat" on First channel, "govorim i pokazivaem" on NTV,...? This way, only skating fans will know about it. It doesn't make sens to me at all.

    Marina had some interesting points about today's figure skating and also the part about their children was nice, though

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    Not even getting a fraction of a hope up, but I would like to see them skate again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fridge_Break View Post
    Not even getting a fraction of a hope up, but I would like to see them skate again
    I agree, but I think them just getting back to do shows would be a good start... And I still want to know what Gwendal thinks!
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    Well the Russian federation might as well ask Pasha back, I bet she could still outskate most of these girls.

    I think I read that Marina had been hired by the French fed as some sort of consultant for Sochi preparation, so I doubt she would say anything to make P&B look bad on purpose (and I always thought of P&B as mini-A&P, especially in their early career ). I agree with TAHbKA, this is probably just her husband being an idiot...

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceIceBaby View Post
    Maybe she or her weirdo husband need more publicity.
    i guess their freaky birth video strategy failed
    I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!

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    As much as I love Marina and Gwendal, (they still are my favorite dance team) I would say Pechalat/Bourzat have a much better chance right now to place well at the Olympics than them. They have never ever skated under COP so that alone, I'd think, would mean they don't stand a chance considering how difficult it was for the younger couples to adjust to the new system. I doubt it's true anyway, I cannot see Gwendal coming back, but just in case there's a grain of truth to that, I sincerely hope they don't come back for their own sake.

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    Gwendal cannot skate with Marina because he has to come help me pass the Swing Dance when I test it
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    If they come back, P/B will surely place above them and they will be lucky to even place in the top 10. Did it necessarily say Marina was coming back with Gwendal though? I'm not sure who else she would pair up with, if not Schoenfelder..

    Maybe she can team up with Pascal Lavanchy or Paul Duschesnay.. now those would really be comebacks..

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    Well we all know that Linichuk and Karponosov are shoe ins for Sochi with their comeback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ballettmaus View Post
    As . I doubt it's true anyway, I cannot see Gwendal coming back, but just in case there's a grain of truth to that, I sincerely hope they don't come back for their own sake.
    They were not to good at twizzles 11 years ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuge View Post
    They were not to good at twizzles 11 years ago
    And god awful spins

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    Quote Originally Posted by nuge View Post
    They were not to good at twizzles 11 years ago
    It was not all about twizzles 11 years ago (thanks God !). Also, I don't get where the idea of them being weak technicaly comes from, other couples did 2+2 series of twizzles, usualy almost at place (L/A? F-P/M, D/V...the only couple that did a little better vere B/K with fast twizzles, but they weren't moving much neither) , A/P generaly did more difficult stuff. They had some problems in 2001, but their twizzles were very difficult that season, changing positions in the middle of twizzles, covering huge amount of the ice,... We will never know how well they would do if the twizzles were their training priority.

    Quote Originally Posted by Macassar88 View Post
    And god awful spins
    Sorry, but this is ridiculous...can you specify, what was awful about their spins? Ok, they had 1 weak spin in Carmina, but other than that, they had always good spead, centred spins with great lines, interesting new positions. They (and D/V) were the only ones who were able to change positions during the spin. Also, I always appreciated their spins were very well incorporated in the choreography.

    For example P/B (who I appreciate a lot) have not great spins imo and I think A/P could do their spins without so much difficulty. As for twizzles, those are not P/B's strong point neither. I'd say in their primes, A/P could easily compete with today's best couples, I'm sad they don't get any recognition here.
    That said, I don't wish their return at all, but I would be very happy to see them in shows again.

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    Anissina and Schoenfelder for gold!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sykr View Post
    For example P/B (who I appreciate a lot) have not great spins imo and I think A/P could do their spins without so much difficulty. As for twizzles, those are not P/B's strong point neither. I'd say in their primes, A/P could easily compete with today's best couples, I'm sad they don't get any recognition here.
    They may have had the technical ability to compete with today's best couples, however, their programs from those days could not have because they didn't even come close to what's required today. None of that diminishes their ability though. They skated in a different era, they would have been a different couple had they skated in today's era, obviously. I'm not sure I'd want that; I'd rather remember them for what they were because the way they were, they were great and I like that they had all those liberties that today's couples don't have when creating their programs!

    Which brings me to another (general) thought - Marina and Gwendal have both, repeatedly, expressed that they're no fan of the new judging system and that they regret the lack of creativity in today's ice dance. Why would they return to a world of ice dance they don't agree with and more importantly, don't like?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sykr View Post
    Sorry, but this is ridiculous...can you specify, what was awful about their spins? Ok, they had 1 weak spin in Carmina, but other than that, they had always good spead, centred spins with great lines, interesting new positions. They (and D/V) were the only ones who were able to change positions during the spin. Also, I always appreciated their spins were very well incorporated in the choreography.

    For example P/B (who I appreciate a lot) have not great spins imo and I think A/P could do their spins without so much difficulty. As for twizzles, those are not P/B's strong point neither. I'd say in their primes, A/P could easily compete with today's best couples, I'm sad they don't get any recognition here.
    That said, I don't wish their return at all, but I would be very happy to see them in shows again.
    I disagree about them having good speed. I also didn't think they had very difficult positions. Maybe difficult compared to the field but definitely not anywhere near the level they'd need to get high levels and GOE's today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sykr View Post
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    I totally agree. Moreover I'd add they were the only one to do their twizzles on both feet (of the top teams). B/K did not - in my memory but I'm pretty sure - except maybe in their first version of MJ medley (difficult twizzles right in front of the judges toward the end), sadly they changed them after the GP (too difficult maybe?).

    As for spins, they just don't belong to ice dancing anyway. It's a nonsense to have them as mandatory elements and most of the time is painfull to watch/disruptive of the program composition (even though there's not that much anymore, just elements championships). I wonder who had this brilliant idea to include them back in 99.

    Also, maybe A/P can't do what the dance team do nowadays but the reverse is also true. V/M couldn't even interpret CDs correctly... I have very hard time picturing them skating as A/P did their 1995 tango FD or R&J, MITIM, Carmina Burana. Even A/P FD from 1994 (Flamenco, still my favorite from them, it was awesome. Close call with Jeanne y Paul 95 FD though, wonderful intricacy & interpretation) would be a challenge too high given V/M's everything but spanish 2010 OD aka "show me how wonderful skaters you are with ramdom music in the background".
    Don't be angry at me V/M fans, I took them as an exemple because they are better than almost all the other teams in this area and the best overall dancers of today. The germans, Z/S and I/K are the only one I can see doing a good job under the 90's ice dancing criteras redarding what you have to do with your musics.

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    I agree how about trying to do whole programs without having every single second taken up by required technical elements! Ice dance used to be much more creatively harder!

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