Pretty sure I saw them in Seattle after I moved here in 2005.
2006 COI sounds right.
The fact (if it is one) that Anissina stayed out of the United States to evade questioning by the FBI does not mean that she had a visa revoked.
Has anyone heard anything on this in the last month or so? I haven't heard a peep.
What do we remember about FP/M ? Their world gold ? No we remember the fall ghastly FD and the Babs stare
Gwendal is doing the reality tv show: Ice Show and will be one of the coaches for celebrities.
Marina has been doing some coaching/choreographing work with French skaters, including some work with Amodio.
Perhaps the one thing COP/IJS scoring has killed is an appreciation for elegant simplicity, such as Rahkoma & Kokko's deep knee bends in their wonderful Valse Triste program, or the quick shuffle steps in Torvil & Dean's Mack & Mabel program. Those simple steps can be choreographically profound and delightful. But, alas, they aren't big point generators...
Last edited by WeakAnkles; 09-18-2013 at 04:46 PM.
I found a recent video promo of Gwendall's TV appearance, with Candeloro, Bonaly and Abitbol.
Doesn't look like serious Olympic training to me.
Last edited by Susan M; 12-04-2013 at 06:50 AM.
What a surprise…
Taking this comeback seriously for a moment, I think it's better that this never happened. Better to have 2002 be their last Olympic moment as opposed to failing to qualify to Sochi or to actually qualify (no matter how impossible that may seem) and fail to place in the top 15 (more or less). I'm not familiar with the TES requirement rules, but when would have A/P even have had a chance to meet the requirements if they had not done so already?
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Read the end of the third paragraph of Nmsis' post:
If they were to come back, they wanted to train with Zazoui, but Gailhaguet nixed it, and that was the end of that. Had they been able to train with her starting in the summer, and had they felt they could have been successful (as they defined it), there would have been plenty of Volvo Cups for them to have made the minimums.
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I have to say I think it was probably a good decision not to try it, but as a big A/P fan, I will probably always think "what if...". But if they did something as great as Gilles/Poirier or Hurtado/Diaz's FD, it would be completely stunning and I wouldn't mind the result at all. And I think it was also Marina's motivation.
As far as I know from a completely reliable source, Marina was indeed asked to come back by Gailhaguet and he was obviously convincing her so long, she started to believe it. But Gwendal talked her out of it. In Russian press, Marina was quoted, saying Gwendal didn't disagree at first, but then changed his mind. She's now working till Sotchi, as consultant/coach for French team. Gwendal is working in that Tv Show, but to be honest, I was very disappointed with it last week. I think Gwendal would be a great choreographer and I think him choreographing/coaching celebrities is a waste of time and especially his talent. I would love to see him work with real skaters and especially to skate with Marina in shows again, but ...oh well...he seems happy and I hope Marina is too
Based on the scoring at Cup of Russia, I'm assuming Anissina's return has all been behind the scenes.
I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.
I kind of feel that way whenever a great skater from the past announces a come-back to competition. I was interested in seeing what Cohen could do with more maturity and her incredible fitness routine. I would have been interested in seeing what An/P would have done. I was really interested to see how much Lysacek's dancing experience and training might have improved his skating. Oh, well.