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Russian Ice Dance champion Zhiganshin retires

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by caseyedwards, May 18, 2017 at 3:23 PM.

  1. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    I'm sad about this, but I heard whisperings of it earlier, so I'm not that shocked. I've had time to get used to the news. I wonder if Elena can find another partner. Would they try to pair her with Guerreiro and break up Z/G? I hope not.
  2. Coquelicot14

    Coquelicot14 Well-Known Member

    Nah, Guerreiro is a perfect match with Tiffany.

    Besides, Elena needs a guy that's a bit more her build. Khaliavin might work, or Mozgov.
  3. Perky Shae Lynn

    Perky Shae Lynn Well-Known Member

    I feel exactly the same way.
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  4. Coco

    Coco Well-Known Member

    Elena has gold and bronze Olympic medals. My guess is she will move on to shows.
  5. Areski

    Areski Well-Known Member

    I share your view.
  6. Wyliefan

    Wyliefan Well-Known Member

    Our own personal St. Jude!
    Lanie likes this.
  7. Katarzyna

    Katarzyna Well-Known Member

    This is very sad news, in particular for Elena. Russian Ice Dance is pretty frustrating. :(
  8. Coco

    Coco Well-Known Member

    In a way, I blame WADA's mishandling of the meldonium ban. Didn't that cost Russia a 3ed spot for dance? Once you lose it, it's hard to get back.
  9. Coquelicot14

    Coquelicot14 Well-Known Member

    It absolutely did. I honestly think something should have been done to cover the damages of their incompetence as far as B&S are concerned.
  10. Jammers

    Jammers Well-Known Member

    Not sure why people think Russia was going to get their 3rd spot back last year at Worlds if B/S had competed they would have had to been in the top 4 and while doable there was also a good chance they would have finished as low as 6th.
  11. Dobre

    Dobre Well-Known Member

    7th. Hubbell & Donohue were sixth, skating at home, and had split placements with Bobrova & Soloviev twice during the season. There was a very good chance B&S would have finished 7th. Sixth was the most likely. B&S could have been higher (C&L and W&P did open some doors), but it would have meant passing teams that defeated B&S twice each last season. 6th or 7th were the most likely outcomes.

    When all is said and done, though, we should have had the chance to see Bobrova & Soloviev compete at Worlds, and we didn't get it. We were robbed of seeing Anna Karenina, and that stinks.

    But we were not robbed of seeing Bobrova & Soloviev ever compete again. Which seemed very plausible at the time, and would have been much, much worse.
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  12. VIETgrlTerifa

    VIETgrlTerifa Well-Known Member

    Russia lost that third spot at 2015 Worlds. Maybe with B/S's help they and S/K could have gained it back with a 3rd place placement from B/S (remember with B/S there and assumingly placing higher than S/K, then S/K's ninth place finish would become a tenth place finish). However, many teams performed extremely well at those Worlds and the caller was a bit more lenient which meant many teams were getting all level 4 calls.