Nikolai likes to paint a picture that is not quite accurate. Many men have big egos suffice it to say.
He had already been training in Montreal with another partner that chose to quit skating with him.
I heard it was Marie-France that suggested Nikolai and Vanessa still wanting to skate agreed...
But why? From what I have heard mentioned, Lane and Poirier Senior had a lot to do with causing/encouraging the problem as opposed to trying to help them work things out, and Gilles was already in the background stirring the pot.
And I would say that Vanessa was nowhere near as bad as some claimed.
Piper is much older than when Vanessa and Paul skated together. The posture and small presentation for V/P was far overblown, they were between 17 and 20 when they skated all their international programs together and still...