The Russian fed has a history of making good matches, and I doubt they went all soft now. I assume it will all work out for having the best medal chances for Russia.
What would Jenny do?
Oh, well, never mind. Let's hope that Vera's choice of partner will be more sensible than Yuri's choice.
The biggest loser here is Natalia Zabijako. She is going to be 20 and Yuri 28 this year and by they time they can compete they will be 21 and 29. If they don't gel immediately they will be in serious trouble. If injuries don't get him first, age will. By they time 2018 rolls around he will almost 32 and she will have to start over with another partner if she still wants to compete past the age of 24.
She is a good skater/jumper but that won't fix Yuri's problems. Moser put them on the back burner this season so unless she gives them all her attention (which she won't with V/T and S/K there) there will be neglected as bad as B/L were. They will have to comete with V/T, K/S, S/K and A/M so they could very well be #5 in Russia at nationals.
I disagree about Natalia Zabijako loosing most. It always helps to skate with more experienced partner, so she will gain plenty no matter what. Yuri will loose much more, because from 6th at worlds he may suddenly not even get spot at worlds (too many Russian pairs will be fighting for the third spot). But I don't really care about him. He was nothing special.
Can't believe I'm saying this but the only one of those partnerships I'm interesting in seeing is Larionov's! I really thought he would go the route of teaching some young girl how to skate pairs so I'm intrigued by this choice. If they're choosing to skate for Russia instead of Estonia, they must feel like have the potential to go all the way. I guess I'm the only one who wants to see them. The rest all sounds horrendous. I'm sure one of the dance teams will split within two years.
Now Russia is in real danger of not having any dancers on the podium in 2018. I don't think Ilinykh is that special that she's going to succeed with another partner when she could barely succeed with the more talented Katsalapov (and Alexeeva/Kustarova are probably worse coaches than Morozov). I really won't miss I&K's dazed and confused looks after they bomb their programs and their shrugging in the K&C.
I guess we will see Bobrova/Soloviev change coaches soon. I wonder if Riazanova/Tkachenko are staying. Stepanova/Bukin completely screwed up their senior debut. Very dire all around.
I do commend the Russian fed for quickly finding new training situations for their skaters when one partner gets iced out by their partner and coach. Too bad some federations let their skaters fall through the cracks. I find just swapping the partners/coaches to be uncreative though.
Russia was very lucky I/k rallied at the sochi Olympics. They weren't look good for a medal there for years! With the b/s terrible slump without a last minute rally they wouldnt have won a medal anyway! Good that the russian federation isn't going to allow a situation where a team that was suppose to be great and dominant basically show up at their full potential once in four years because they decided they would put all their personal animosities aside and actually try to do well!
Please tell me this will be like "Wife Swap" where everybody goes back to their original partners after two weeks?
To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.
I am also interested what Riazanova and Tkachenko are thinking to do now. With not so dusty programs they have had in the last seasons they could climb to the Europeans/Worlds team again.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
I am in total denial. Why didn't Elena go to Bubkin at least ?
poths Void: MarieM carries a rusty old blade in her handbag!