Thanks! Guess we'll know soon enough! And good for him! It's about time he gets an actual decision!
Article & photo by dpa today on Savchenko/Massot (in German):
Content similar to what they said in the video interview (posted above). They also confirm that they hope to have a decision by the German and French Federations by the end of June. The German NOC president confirms that he hopes they can find a solution to keep Aliona and Ingo Steuer in Germany. Steuer is quoted saying that he thinks it is realistic to say that they can fight for the gold in Korea in 2018.
He's so sooo unattractive.... kidding omg
Has anyone discussed or approached any Ukrainian oligarchs to sponsor Aliona and Bruno and have them rep Ukraine? (Or, even sponsor the Ukranienne federation...)
As much as I want to see the beautiful MASSOT skate for France, Ukraine needs it more; and one skater would rep his/her home country.
From the above article:
Azerbaijan, I am guessing?The coach also has offers from other national skating federations, but he didn't want to name them.
a) Do you really think a real Ukrainian oligarch would sponsor a team made of grenouille, sports-defector and stasi-snitch?
b) Do you really think that grenouille, sports-defector and stasi-snitch want a Ukrainian citizenship?
I must say though... Alyona and MASSOT look gooooood together! well matched.
FYI, a new article was posted in the German news thread:
Decision time looms for pair Savchenko, Massot: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2014/07/09/83855050
On July 18, a commission appointed by Germany's interior ministry will rule whether the pair's coach, Ingo Steuer, can receive public money for his work. (The former East German, who won the 1997 world pairs title with Mandy Wötzel, worked for the Stasi secret police as a youth, an association that has prevented him from receiving government funding for many years.) If Steuer is denied the money, Savchenko and Massot will compete for France.
The German interior ministry's decision will also impact where Savchenko and Masso train. The Chemnitz rink is a public facility and will not donate free ice time to a non-German couple. Steuer is fielding several offers, and may move to France, Florida or Toronto.
"One offer is a contract which runs for four years; it is like [an annuity] for me," Steuer said. "I would like to stay in Chemnitz because this is my hometown; I have family here. I am hoping for a compromise because I want to coach the pair for Germany until an Olympic victory in 2018."
Even if the interior ministry decides in Steuer's favor, there are obstacles. The president of the French skating federation, Didier Gailhaguet -- who last month fought off a challenge from Gwendal Peizerat to gain re-election -- told German skating officials at the recent ISU congress that France may not release Massot to compete for Germany. This means the pair would have to wait two years before it is allowed to compete for Germany.
Either way, the skaters will leave Chemnitz at the end of July, when the rink closes for the summer. They plan to go to Coral Springs, Florida, to train with John Zimmerman's group. While there, Steuer also plans to work with U.S. skaters, including Zimmerman's top pupils, 2013 world junior champions Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier. When they return to Chemnitz in September, they will announce their decision: Germany or France.
Last edited by Sylvia; 07-09-2014 at 09:14 PM.
FLORIDA!!! I vote for that route, much closer to me September sure is a long time!
A two-year break from competition seems too long. Two years is a lifetime in skating--so much can happen. Aliona is a huge name in pairs skating, but even her brand would dim a bit over 2 years. Plus it just seems like it would be difficult to maintain intense training without the pressure of having to prepare for competitions, and they would miss out on exposure to other top pairs at competitions.
That said, Shen/Zhao came back successfully after a 2 year break, and so did Gordeeva/Grinkov after a 3 year break, so maybe it is possible, although not optimal.
It could be an advantage though, because if Aliona as to maintain her competitive shape for only 2 years instead of 3 it might be easier for her body to cope with injuries and difficulties.
The time issue is what it is and they'll just have to deal with it. Whether or not they are competitive as a team depends on them. My money is on Savchenko and Steuer's drive and determination to be Olympic champions. They'll do whatever they have to do.
Those who never succeed themselves are always the first to tell you how.