To answer the original question-yes Zhulin has lost his mind.
But I think that happened a long time ago !.
Well, B/S's Birds FD was truly for the birds...so maybe Zhulin knows what he's doing.
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Zhulin made a mistake for changing the music. First program was better. But I prefer the old FD to this one. This is not bad thing for me.
I was really unhappy when they went to Zhulin in the first place. But I'm also unhappy that I was right to be so unhappy.
Its probably good to go to the old FD, the birdshit just didn't work. I don't think they will be penalized for going back and they believe a lot more in the old FD so it should work pretty well for them.
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That is some title for a thread but i don't think he lost his mind just being creative and doesn't follow the rules and pisses of the wrong people.
I disagree that he wasn't the dominant member of that team. Unlike some other ice dance couples, U&Z were very equal in their talent and expression. Zhulin wasn't just showcasing his partner. He was passionate, and very involved in the performance. They really were 50-50 like other great ice dance teams. It's a shame that for the 94 Oly FD they picked a style that did not bring out their strengths. Had they selected something similar to what they had in 89-93, they would have won the OGM- but I am digressing. May be he learned from the experience and decided to can the FD that was not working, but I wish he had done it earlier, and not so close to the Olympics.
Their last season's FD had part of the music changed at Tarasova's orders. Which means the diagonal step sequence is completely off-time to the music. The music is racing, very high tempo and their steps are way way slower (nobody could perform high level steps at that speed which is why you wouldn't pick this piece of music for that point in the program normally). It's just .
While in theory they should score well if they do the elements well in their old FD, I still don't see the point. They have been getting good PCS this year (at least, I keep reading that everyone thinks they were gifted), so it doesn't seem that the judges dislike the material. They just aren't hitting the tech. So the rationale would be that they're more comfortable with last year's choreography which would allow them to perform the elements better... but I don't remember the elements being all that great last year either. Who can forget their almost last place at GPF, losing to I&K in the FD at Euros and to C&L in the FD at Worlds? It's not like they were bringing the house down with that FD.
Honestly I attribute most of their success last year being due to P&B being out of Euros and injured at Worlds.
If they had to bring back an FD, their Faust might have been a better pick. "The Man with the Harmonica" is not exactly "Olympic" music anymore than their original birds music.
I do think they look a lot better in last year's costumes though. Although they will probably change their costumes.
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Lol well if his change was going to benefit I/k in any way that was just ended! I/k couldn't even win euros so b/s is still number one and more solidly than ever as b/s is the only hope and only option.
I don't know if he has lost his mind but I don't really think there is any other choice at this point. The bird dance just wasn't going to cut it. It probably would be laughed out of the building. Maybe not to the level of D/S OD in Vancouver but it wasn't going to be a pleasant experience for them I'm sure. So what can you do at this point? I'm sure he didn't mean to purposefully hurt or stress them or put them in this sitution in the first place but what's done is done. Will he still be their coach next season? I would say not likely.
On the bright side 95% of people watching the Olympics have never seen or don't remember this FD anyways.