I was perusing Japanese news re: Yuzuru Hanyu for the upcoming GP (in Paris, of course), but then I came across a news that perked me up even more .
Here is the link to the Japanese article: http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/n...2-1217149.html
I did English translation as I found no update on K/S at the Russian skaters' thread, but really wanted to share this news. Perhaps Russian fans can enlighten us with more details.
Japanese Nikkan Sport paper announced that according to Yuko Kavaguti, her partner Alexander SMIRNOV resumed training on 11/9/2013. Smirnov returned to St. Petersburg, his training location the last week, from Germany where he had been undergoing rehabilitation. The initial training, of course is done carefully.
Yuko Kavaguti gained her Russian citizenship in 2009 and had been gunning for the second Olympics until Smirnov’s right knee injury in October, 2013. On participating the upcoming Russian National Championships in the late December, Kavaguti was careful not to say decisively whether the couple could attend in that she “did not wish to push him too hard .”
Nevertheless, Kavaguti spoke favorably of their long program, Manfred Symphony in B minor, Op. 58, by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (choreographed by Peter Tchernyshev), and clearly expressed her wish to be able to skate the program at Sochi. She said that that’s her dearest dream.
I wish Smirnov's training goes smoothly without setback.