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Hearsay: Aliona Savchenko may continue competing with a new partner...

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    Elena Vaitsekhovskaya spoke to Artur Dmitriev in Saitama - link to her blog: http://winter.sport-express.ru/figureskating/reviews/42729/
    Relevant excerpt (via Google Translate):
    Lynn Rutherford tweeted earlier today:
    "KKany reports Aliona Savchenko said she & coach Steuer might announce her new partner at an exhibition in Chemnitz in 4 wks"

    ETA that Ingo Steuer used to coach Popova/Massot - he's listed in their ISU bio: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00013737.htm
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2014
  2. annabrown

    annabrown Member

    Massot!?!? That would be crazy. What does she think she will accomplish with that weak skater.
  3. poths

    poths Well-Known Member

    Uhm...Masot is dire.
  4. annabrown

    annabrown Member

    Massot would also be crazy to leave his current partnership for Savchenko. Savchenko will get frusterated and dump him within 2 months, and then he will have nobody. Talk about stepping out of your league.
  5. kirkbiggestfan

    kirkbiggestfan Well-Known Member

    Massot is a consistent jumper. He rarely misses a 3S, 3T or 2A.
    He is used to Ingo's technique on twists and throws. By the way, Popova/Massot have a better triple twist than S/S, and Popova is not a light-weight Chinese girl.
    Massot is taller than Robin and is an excellent lifter too.
    As a pair skater, Robin is a legend with amazing strength and power, but Bruno is an underappreciated talent. I wish he found stronger partners before and now he has the opportunity to skate with Aliona, the very best in the business.
  6. annabrown

    annabrown Member

    If Bruno is such a talent why is he always 15th at worlds and 10th at Europeans. Who would they even be coached by if she is moving to France. Steuer or would they be coached by Massot's current coach.
  7. love_skate2011

    love_skate2011 Well-Known Member

    Massot ? :slinkaway
  8. modern_muslimah

    modern_muslimah Thinking of witty user title and coming up blank

    I have to admit that I had dreams of Aliona skating with some great male pairs skater who is either unpaired or floundering with an unequal partner. Someone like Brubaker or Tran. But Massot. I have to admit that before this news, I didn't even know who he was.
  9. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    Well, that would explain why Daria Popova looked so grumpy during the pairs competition, especially in the K&C. But we don't know for sure that it is Massot.
  10. Jammers

    Jammers Well-Known Member

    Is this yet another example of someone chasing that elusive Olympic Gold medal when they should probably be thinking about retiring? She's going to be 31 and there is no way she will achieve the same results with a new partner.
  11. kosjenka

    kosjenka Pogorilaya’s fairy godmother

    Well... Who better can she get?

    Massot is consistant, he is familiar with Steuer's technique and has been at his rink, he is tall enough and strong enough. he is French - part of EU like Germany. I wont say this with 100% but I think it makes it easier for them to sort out citizenship if 2018 is the goal.
  12. rfisher

    rfisher Will you rise like a phoenix or be a burnt chicken

    After their skates here, I have no doubt Popova and Massot are going to split. He's lucky she didn't murder him in his sleep. Aliona must reeeeaaaaallllly want to continue skating is all I can say, but if the male partner can do the heavy work, the female partner can earn the points. Of course, that means you don't fall on nothing like Bruno did in the free skate. They'd skate for Germany and he'd move.
  13. kirkbiggestfan

    kirkbiggestfan Well-Known Member

    Popova could not land a jump all year and has been struggling with injuries. You are as good as your weakest link.
    Massot is going to surprise a lot people.
  14. AxelAnnie

    AxelAnnie Well-Known Member

    Perhaps when Aliona has a time to think - and is away from the intense training and competition - she may realize she could find something else to do. Not that she shouldn't skate. But sometimes it is easier to stay with the familiar than to declare that part "complete".
  15. Irish-Angel

    Irish-Angel Member

    Amen to that:D Thing is, it is said that S/S have signed a preliminary 3 years contract with Art on Ice .... she won´t be jobless
  16. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    Who are the others? :shuffle: Aliona just won Worlds, she is (arguably) the best pairs woman around and she doesn't have any serious injury issues AFAIK. If she wants to continue competing, why shouldn't she?
  17. Xela M

    Xela M Well-Known Member

    Rodnina could never call it quits :D
  18. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Yuzuru, Medvedeva, T&M, Shibs, P&C

    Can Aliona skate with Robin at Art on Ice and skate with a different partner for eligible competitions at the same time? I don't mean 'as per rules' but physically- is that possible to skate with two different partners in nearly the same time frame?
  19. julieann

    julieann Well-Known Member

    If all pairs only skated for a gold medal, most would have to quit except for about 5 or 6 pairs. If she can continue then she should if she wants to. She is one of the best ladies pairs skaters, even after all this time.
  20. Irish-Angel

    Irish-Angel Member

    I think that's what might have been considered with the word "preliminary". That doesn´t sound like a definite contract to me. I´m still stumbling across that word.... that seems to be Alionas plan B , for not being "jobless" in the end. But who knows......
  21. Rafter

    Rafter Well-Known Member

    I take it she and Robin do not want to try to cash in by doing tons of shows in Asia and Europe?
  22. Irish-Angel

    Irish-Angel Member

    For Aliona, if the question competition or show comes up, I think she´ll go with competition. As for both of them (S/S) not competing anymore, I don´t see a reason why they shouldn´t try to cash. It´s no secret that they were paid crap plus have to pay their coach for themselves.
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  23. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    I remember the excitement when S/S paired up, but he wasn't the Robin Szolkowy he later became. He had a lot of unused potential.

    Whether they skate for GER or FRA, he wouldn't have to lose French citizenship, as a holder of an EU passport.
  24. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    That would suck for Popova if Massot left her considering she came to France to try and make the Olympics. They didnt go due to citizenship issues, and then to be dumped. It would be almost cruel.
  25. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    Because Popova is always making mistakes on the jumps. Not only that but, in the 2014 Worlds FS ,she has also made him fall by cutting him under... :slinkaway

    I don't know what the issue with her is but judging from her facial expressions and body language, she seems really tense and nervous when competing.

    He, on the other hand, seems to be a very strong and consistent partner.

    He almost never missed his sbs jumps and P/M have a huge triple twist despite Popova being larger than an average pairs girl.

    So he deserves respect.
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2014
  26. judgejudy27

    judgejudy27 Well-Known Member

    I think it is a false rumor and Popova and Massot will stay together and Savchenko will keep looking or retire.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2014
  27. RFOS

    RFOS Well-Known Member

  28. casken

    casken Well-Known Member

    I think he'd be crazy not to. I was intrigued by Popova and Massot's potential at first, but they're going nowhere.
  29. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    Yeah. It would be as bad as if Van Cleave, having just got German citizenship, dumped Vartmann for her!
  30. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    If she's into trying out with French guys, I just had another thought, what has Yannick Bonheur been up to?