Kovtun didn't seem too intimidated at Russian nationals, so I don't know why other contenders at the Olympics would be. Besides, if the Russian Fed had scored Plushy correctly after that horrible free skate and not propped him up on the PCS to stay in the second spot, I think a lot of this would be a mute issue.Originally Posted by ItalianFan
I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.
Plushenko demands? He seems to be full of himself. A snob who thinks he is a king. I hope that if he goes to the Olympics, he messes up big time.
I am finding incredible amusement in watching both the USFSA and Russian Federation squirm around because they failed to establish clear criterion for choosing the Olympic team and now are stuck with it. I think Piseev and St. Peters should get together in Sochi and get really drunk and commiserate.
Having said that, I have a certain amount of sympathy because of the tremendous pressure after the last Olympics to make sure the home team does well in Sochi. While I think Piseev deserves some blame for mishandling the skaters, the Russian men certainly haven't proved themselves as likely medal threats over the last 4 years. I am not a Plushy fan at all but based upon the last Olympic, he was certainly a viable option. Having said that, I think the Russian Federation should have met with him and clearly stated that if he wanted to skate in the Olympics there were certain expectations regarding competing in international events over the last 4 years and placements at those events. If injury prevented him from fulfilling those expectations, then they should either have told him before Nationals that he had to win to get the Olympic spot or that he was required to compete in Europeans and place ahead of whoever won Nationals. Then the criteria would be clear and there wouldn't be space for all this "demanding" in arguing selection in the press.
I would wait until Euros to even think about this.What i read between the lines is that Pluchenko isn't demanding anything but Russian Federation almost make up their minds to send him in Sochi and playing "rather be safe than sorry" card. Maybe he is mentally more stable than Kovtun in competitions and has double experience in years but compare to 2010 now he seems to have less changes of being among the winners. Let's wait and see
Blah, Olympic spots are turning into lifetime achievement awards. Might was well follow the trend and send Plushenko. If anyone's "body of work" deserves the trip it's him.
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I have learned a new cliché this week: body of work!
The term "piece of work" has been coming to mind a lot lately.
I'm not following US pairs so I can't comment on D/C, but I don't remember them having major international success.
Kovtun this season medalled in GP event and made the GPF, and also won Nationals, while Plushenko did - what exactly?
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78% of Russian's plan to follow the #Sochi2014, "Face the Sochi Olympics" - Plushenko 9%, Zaitseva 4%, Ovechkin 3%... http://translate.google.com/translat...-item%2F675421
78% of Russia's plan to follow the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center conducted a study which found that 78% of the population will be watching the Olympics. While 54% of respondents are going to watch the Games on television, 22% would be interested in the news, and 2% going directly to support the team in the stadiums during the competition.
The most popular sports among the population are traditionally Russian subjects: hockey, biathlon, figure skating. It is in these sports team representatives most recognizable: as a "person of the Sochi Olympics" interviewed called E. Plushenko, O. Zaitsev, A. Ovechkin, A. and E. Malkin Shipulina. These are athletes and leaders in the number of personal fans of Russians surveyed: a substantial margin leads E. Plushenko - 9%, then O. Zaitsev - 4%. Option "sick of all for Russia" also scored 4%, slightly less popular among the population SHIPULIN A. and A. Ovechkin (3%).