What a sweet girl is! Nice and wise interview from her. I like her, too. Congratulation! Anna!
It was a poster here who said "saboteur," and if you had a problem with that, you could have attacked the poster instead of attacking the skater with the equivalent of "I hope your dog gets run over."
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
Whatever the case is, I do not see it as a big deal. It is cutthroat competition among Russian Ladies. The possibilities for rash behavior and misinterpretation are vast. I can't wait to see how both ladies stand to pressure in Paris.
It's a Gladiator's Ring for them every time, isn't it.
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Well, did anyone consider Anna a serious threat before CoC? I sure didn't.
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
Anna is in a good place. I'm sure if she maintains her consistency she'll see a slight boost to her scores but it won't be enough to threaten for gold unless there are some major meltdowns among the top ladies (a la what happen to Carolina at COC). I do think she'll be in contention for silver or bronze at TEB unless Ashley melts down in which case she could be a threat for gold. But against all of the top names (Mao, Ashley, Akiko, Julia, Carolina on a good day) even her best wouldn't be good enough...not yet.
Just for notice. Having read the articles, I was glad to see them smiling together at CoR.
Sorry, these photos were shot during TEB not CoR. My short memory.
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There were also pictures of them touristing all over Paris together on Adelina's instagram (during TEB). I'm more inclined to think that Anna was definitely misquoted.
I'm confused. Do the two pieces of media say the same thing, or not? Ice Alyssa says not, and is fluent in Russian.
Are those who are saying they are different also fluent in Russian - and in English?
FWIW, even if the translation is accurate, it doesn't give me reason to dislike one skater more and another less.
Aggression, or perceived aggression, isn't that uncommon on the practice rink. And the media loves it and it is harder to say where the facts end and fabrication begins. We saw that in SLC, when Anton S. and Jamie Sale collided on the practice rink. There was just a slight insinuation that it had been intentional, just enough to make the audience even angrier when B&S won the gold.
Well Sot has been annointed as the chosen one for years and she hasn't even won a GP event ever. She actually was lucky enough to be skating in some of the easier fields this season and still didn't win any. No wonder she is upset / frustrated. It's probably more upsetting in China because she was leading quite comfortably after the short and the only other real big name there was Kostner who was shaky. Still, in France she did well enough to qualify for GPF and beat Pog so I am sure that is sufficient to calm her down for now. With the Olympics on the line and 3 age-eligible Russian ladies making GPF I am sure it's going to be another intense competition for them all.
Having said that, from all accounts Sot has been a lovely girl off the ice. On some level, there needs to be a competitive mindset to be a champion. So as long as she isn't dropping pins into their skate boots or using voodoo dolls on them, I wouldn't read too much into it.
I would never underestimate what could be delivered by an ingenue who has the talent and skills and total THRILL of being in the mix for the very first time. Talk about benefitting from having almost nothing to lose. Will be exciting to watch her at GPF and Russian Nationals!
What a striking young lady she is (particularly off-ice)
This is a big challenge for Adelina. The pressure will be on her. Anna will not have much pressure, and she seems to love competing. If Adelina skates nearly clean at GPF and RN, she will definitely make the Russian Olympic team. Anna has the potential to skate nearly clean at both, but if Adelina skates clean, I don't think Anna's PCS will be high enough to beat her.