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    Quote Originally Posted by love_skate2011 View Post
    now bring in more quad twits
    You mean....those who still support Plushenko? Haven't we got enough on the board already?

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    Adelina and her beautiful triple flip on Nike commercial Play Russian
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=RzRm9--UmPw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autumn_girl View Post
    Adelina and her beautiful triple flip on Nike commercial Play Russian
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=RzRm9--UmPw
    Awesome!

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    Elena Ilinykh in the bikini on the cover of PROsport magazine: http://prosports.ru/magazine/225

    An excerpt of the interview here: http://www.sports.ru/others/figure-s...154663166.html

    Elena says that she has very little time for friends, but her friends in the world of figure skating are Nikol Gosviani and Adelina Sotnikova, and adds that she tries to spend less time on the Internet.
    Last edited by quiqie; 11-30-2013 at 02:04 PM.

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    Elena looks great! Spending less time on the net during the Olympic season is a very good idea.

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    This story in Japanese shows Kavaguti and Smirnov are training. I don't think it says anything more than what was already known, they know they have to take things slowly. There is a picture of them doing a lift.

    http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/sp...902000107.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autumn_girl View Post
    Adelina and her beautiful triple flip on Nike commercial Play Russian
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=RzRm9--UmPw
    Great for Adelina to get that kind of sponsorship!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by quiqie View Post
    Elena Ilinykh in the bikini on the cover of PROsport magazine: http://prosports.ru/magazine/225

    An excerpt of the interview here: http://www.sports.ru/others/figure-s...154663166.html

    Elena says that she has very little time for friends, but her friends in the world of figure skating are Nikol Gosviani and Adelina Sotnikova, and adds that she tries to spend less time on the Internet.
    Elena looks great. Nice to know her, Nikol & Adelina are all friends.

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    everyone was so into Sakahnovich, Proklova and Medvedeva

    but the real surprise is Sotskova http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI4AI8i_kDA
    1st in SP, Sotskova skates like Kostner , maybe her idol no ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by love_skate2011 View Post
    everyone was so into Sakahnovich, Proklova and Medvedeva

    but the real surprise is Sotskova http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI4AI8i_kDA
    1st in SP, Sotskova skates like Kostner , maybe her idol no ?
    Don't celebrate yet. There is still the FS! But I do like her new SP.

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    Lol I'm having so many issues with my 'puter tonight. Anyhow, I wanted to quote Autumn_girl's post about Adelina getting that super cool sponsorship from Nike. Seriously, don't think I've ever watched a Russian commercial before and omg they are better than our American ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hanca View Post
    Don't celebrate yet. There is still the FS! But I do like her new SP.
    Sotskova won the LP too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VPRAbYQJoHc

    her skates are transition packed and she doesn't look tiny for a 13 year old
    very mature for her age and hopefully she'll survive puberty

    I can see Carolina Kostner in her

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    I feel bad for the current badge of junior ladies.

    The seniors field is way too deep and many are still eligible for Jr Worlds. The top skaters who made senior GPF but don't make Euros, Sochi or Worlds (or simply age-ineligible like Rad) might return to Jr Worlds. Out of the 4 junior ladies who made JGPF, it's entirely possible that only one will get to go to Jr Worlds.

    Even next year when / if Russia gets its third spot back for Worlds, it's still going to be so crowded. Talented ladies like Sakahnovich, Proklova and Medvedeva may never get to go to Jr Worlds, let alone Sr Worlds.

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    I feel bad for the likes of Pogo and Tuk too, they are both so talented but it's highly unlikely either of them get to go to Sochi, and only one will get to Euros, or possibly neither if someone like Leonova, Gosviani, or Biryukova were to beat them at Nationals and get sent instead. And if Pogo were to go to Euros, Liza's season would be over after Nationals, and if Liza or someone else were to get the Euros spot too, Pogo's season could be over after (Junior) Nationals as well, because there are a bunch of girls eligible for JW that could beat her at Junior Nationals and get those spots instead. Both Pogo and Tuk are too good to have their seasons over after Nationals IMO, however there is a good chance that happens

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    Well, one or two might be switching countries over the next few seasons perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loves_Shizuka View Post
    Well, one or two might be switching countries over the next few seasons perhaps?
    Gosviani could skate for Georgia and Pogorilaya for Ukraine I think. But if they plan on switching they should do it within the next year or two because I believe you need to sit out 2 seasons of ISU competition before you can represent another country internationally. Perhaps it's only 1 season though. Either way, I guess to participate in the Olympics in 2018, they would have to gain citizenship of the other country, which might be difficult to do anyways. Pogo might have a chance to make it to big events in Russia, we'll have to wait and see, but Gosviani I doubt will ever get to a competition as big as Euros again skating for Russia, and next season she might only get senior Bs, so it could be a smart move. Gedevanishvilli is probably retiring after Sochi, but even if she doesn't Nikol would probably beat her most of the time anyways. In Ukraine the only strong lady is Popova, whom Pogorilaya is already head and shoulders ahead of in her skating, or at least jumping ability, for the time being. Idk if Tuk would have any other options but Russia but I think she can bounce back once she adjusts to her new body, her technique is so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loves_Shizuka View Post
    Well, one or two might be switching countries over the next few seasons perhaps?
    I wouldn't mind at all. We definitely need at least one talented lady.

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    The rules for singles who change countries are that they must not have competed for another country

    1. Within one year of July 1 of the current season for international competitions
    2. Within 18 months of July 1 of the current season for championships.

    Any skater who competes internationally for one country this season must wait:

    1. Until the 2015-16 season to compete for another country at Senior B's, GP's, JGP's, and maybe WTT (N/A for Georgia or Ukraine).

    2. Until the 2015-16 season if that skater last competes internationally by December 31, 2013 or until the 2016-17 season if the skater last competes internationally between January 1-June 30, 2014 to compete for another country at championships.

    Unless the ISU grants an exception, as the did for Ivan Bariev to skate for Italy a season early.

    The rules for Pairs and Dance are different, where it is one calendar year from the last competition.
    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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    Pitkeev's FS - with Plushenko's Njinsky program music

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dmea91Ketk

    regarding switching countries, that will only be optional for B list skaters
    for now Pogo and Tuk arent B list yet, maybe if they continue to struggle for many years ?
    to remain competitive in the Russian field, they have to play catch up with the other girls or be the federation pet like Sotnikova

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    Actually, what they need to do is win. Tuk is in 3rd place in her current comp behind Ando who just delivered a baby less than a year ago. I get that she's had some growth adjustments to make, but she's got to get back in form now or she'll go the Leonova route. She hasn't skated 2 clean programs in quite some time.
    Those who never succeed themselves are always the first to tell you how.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pinky166 View Post
    Both Pogo and Tuk are too good to have their seasons over after Nationals IMO, however there is a good chance that happens
    Has Tuk had a clean short program yet? She must have competed 4 or 5 times this season now.

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