Last edited by vivika1982; 04-06-2014 at 10:55 PM.
As much as I thought that I/K were the super-stars and the semi-godlike perfect dancers, given the history, the coach, the problems, the material they were given and (mostly her) attitude, this probably was never to happen anyway. And if one of the couples becomes the new Gorshkova/Butikov, at least I'll be entertained.
Now, Zabiako/Zaboev - that's a loss
I really liked them. What a stupid choice for Larionov (and her). Bazarova - I don't care.
Between this and elimination of SPs, the off season is being a bit too eventful for my taste.
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So, if I'm understanding this right, I/K and S/Z essentially traded partners?
It's sad. I really enjoyed I/K at the Olympics.
Zabijako - I saw them practising in Nebelhorn and thought she was a clone of Bazarova. Nice not too big jumps, great lines. Then during the competition she couldn't land a thing. Perhaps working with all the specialists the Mozer group can offer would bring her to Bazarova's level and higher quite fast. Am sorry for Zaboev and hope he can find a partner (can Leonova switch to pairs please?)
I have a feeling the I/Z partnership was fueled by bitterness and a desire for revenge. What a horrible idea! That said, I hope they win against S/K.
Keeper of Nathalie Pechelat's bitchface.
I'm sad - I loved I&K and thought they had such a bright future together. Schindlers List - that was the first I noticed them and I was so amazed. Whoever leaked the breakup rumour before World's sure had a scoop. Very tragic if that is in fact where Elena learned of it. It is interesting how conveniently they all have new partners. In North America there often seems to be a partner left for months - or longer - do you think the Russian Skating Federation, who claimed to be against the split. facilitated some of this?
Ugh can't believe not only did Morozov bamboozle Elena, he then managed to do it with Nikita! I always found it strange given I/K's history how Nikita always seemed to be in awe of Morozov in the KnC ... guess it wasn't acting and he genuinely loves the dude (how? whyyyy?? sigh).
What a strange situation. And sure to get very confusing as people wonder when and where Ina & Zimmerman are competing against Stolbova & Klimov.
The good news is that ice dance finally has some drama again I was beginning to miss the love/sex/revenge triangles and partner swaps of the 90's. V/M and D/W were both too goody goody for my liking. Bring on the death stares and "accidental" clashes
Off the top of my head:
- Ilinykh and Katsalapov used to be a couple off-ice as well as on-ice
- but they broke up and Ilinykh eventually became Morozov's next victim
- but then Morozov moved on to somebody new I guess, creating an - I imagine - very uncomfortable situation (training with your two ex'es)
- there have been accusations of I/K lacking work ethic, Diva-Ilinykh in particular which apparently frustrated Katsalapov
- on-ice, they were never consistent
Taking all of the above into account, the split doesn't surprise me at all.
I agree with Andrey that 'on paper' they were one of the most incredible teams in the history of Ice Dance with potential that seemed absolutely huge. But things never worked out for them.
Last edited by Ziggy; 04-07-2014 at 04:40 AM.
Other Russian dance teams have endured abuses and personal problems in order to dominate or compete for dominance. I didn't think the Russian fed would let these two split up without one heck of a fight.
Much as I loved their Swan Lake, I wasn't looking forward to them dominating because I don't agree that they are so far ahead of W/P and C/L. So ice dance just got more interesting for me.
Though I do feel very sad for Ilinykh as Morozov's most recent victim. It seems to me that there should be general consensus among everyone who works with/near Morozov that girls should be warned away from him. If I was involved in FS in come capacity and came anywhere near him and the girls who might fall victim to him, I'd want to protect them from him.
And I don't know what they see him. I understand that he has the benefit of a power imbalance with teenage girls, but he's not sexy or charming in my view. Nothing exotic or alluring about him. He's just oily and creepy.
This means I don't like any of the ice dance teams anymore. I wish D&W would return to competition.
So should we get the #TeamElena and #TeamNikita t-shirts ready to go for next season?
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I hope one day, the russian federation will be accountable for letting his oilyness get to all those girls. And I am using the word GIRLS.
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