Best of luck to Lubov & Charlie!
I def plan on being a fan and can't wait to see how they look next fall.
I def plan on being a fan and can't wait to see how they look next fall.
I agree with this. Junior pairs (and other skaters) are already good enough that they are interesting to watch, but it's not obvious yet whether or not they will ultimately succeed in their goals. It's fascinating to watch the progression from year to year, to see how their skating changes. For the ones that continue to improve, the changes from year to year can be dramatic and exciting. For the ones that ultimately don't reach their goals, I don't have as much invested in their progress as for senior skaters. I find it easier to accept their decisions to retire or to continue to skate but with a lower priority in their overall lives.I actually don’t find it frustrating jr is a great time to learn and I enjoy watching all of the skaters as they grow and switch partners etc. I think it’s exciting.
I think so too. Luba has a fantastic figure and lines.And I think she (Luba) & Charlie may actually match better in terms of line and physique than either did with their previous partners.
She is still working on her jumps
She was also in my mind really consistent in her first two years with Dylan.
I think it's a bit of everything.Julianne never said Charlie pressured her about weight issues. The highlighted sentence is about physical conditioning not weight (être en forme = being in shape, not being overweight or too heavy).
ITA but the choreographer needs to check all the boxes. Innovation in lifts and transitions will now bring in the high marks and this year's pairs are going for this. In this Lubov should be consulted as she is very creative and can invision things which lots of pairs girls cannot do. I just hope Charlie is strong enough to do his part. It takes two.She was also in my mind really consistent in her first two years with Dylan.
Bruno is actually a really good technician. He had all his jumps up to lutz in his early days as a singles skater. If he's not involved and it ends up being all Richard I'll be less excited.
Also based on Meagan's comments, Montreal seems to be a highly positive and supportive training environment. No bickering, crying, shouting allowed. Might be the right place for her more than what Aljona might bring on the nurturing side.
As for an announcement, Charlie said 'winter', so I might guess that they'll announce as they actually start training together. Random things could happen between now and when they formally come together, so perhaps best to talk about it when it's real. Also there might be some complications with Lubov's contract for all we know so perhaps it's not the right time for her to signal she's leaving her current gig. Whatever it is, I'm sure there's a good reason.
The good news is that there's evidence they are both training and getting/staying in shape. If the synergy is in fact there, this might come together quickly.
My biggest anxiety in all this is waiting to see who does their programs. I don't want to see particularly safe choices even in year one. Life is short....as are careers sometimes.
Over the winter? Isn't it winter in Canada now? I'm thinking as others have suggested that it may be announced at Canadian Nationals -- a great photo opportunity and all that.Charlie was just on the radio (Ici Radio Canada Première) and said he will announce the name of his new partner over the winter. The plan is to start competing in September.
YAY!!!Charlie was just on the radio (Ici Radio Canada Première) and said he will announce the name of his new partner over the winter. The plan is to start competing in September.
OMG I'M GOING TO CRY FROM HAPPINESS!!! Seguin/Bilodeau were good together and achieved great things, but Lubov is a freaking QUEEN and deserves another chance at her Olympic dream! In terms of extension, lift positions, and overall grace, she is the cream of the crop. I honestly think this could be magical. Charlie is also a great skater and probably the only guy out there who could possibly do her justice, so I will wait patiently! (Also, no release problems, since they're both skating for Canada! What a relief!)While I understand the disappointment of Seguin/Bilodeau fans, I am very very glad that Lubov will have this opportunity to continue her competitive career. As great as she and Dylan were together, I am convinced she still has much more to show us,potentially, in the competitive realm. And I think she & Charlie may actually match better in terms of line and physique than either did with their previous partners. You never know what will happen going into a new partnership, but I am very much looking forward to seeing this new team together and I wish them the best of luck!!
Ugh, the weight discussion is always exhausting. All these skaters are in good enough shape to do what they need to do. If the guy can lift her and she can still jump, she's not too heavy. I wish her all the best.Agree to disagree. Julianne clearly said right after the part I quoted that it was very difficult to be a woman in this sport because you always have to look good, keep your weight down, be made up when you are in public, etc. She went on to say that one cannot perform miracles when you are injured and aren't training optimally, and then said her relationship with her body hasn't always been positive and that one can be intimidated when they see people with seemingly ideal body types in the sport, but she was able to keep it in perspective over the years. To me, she was obviously trying to be judicious, but it does sound like she felt pressure about her size/weight and it wasn't just internal.
Not to mention, why would Stolbova want to pair with Bilodeau and skate for Canada?Russia should be mad to release Stolbova, that will never happen. She should also have a comfortable pension etc for her Olympic gold medal, why jeopardise that with a country hop.
This is exciting. I hope they make full use of her amazing flexibility in their programmes...
If Luba & Charlie are indeed pairing, there seems to be reason for hopeful promise. Luba is listed at 5'0", while Julianne is listed at 5'1", so no real difference there. But with Charlie's height (5'11") and his partnering skills, matched with Luba's flexibility, lovely aesthetics, and wowza lift positions, we may get to see some great lifts and throws. Time will tell if/how it all works out.I honestly think this could be magical...
Lovey-dovey cheesy dreck doesn't seem to be either of their personalities, so likely not. Shae Lynn would be a dream match.If they do any sort of lovey-dovey cheesy dreck, I will not be happy...
The problem with Bruno and company is that it seems you HAVE to use Julie Marcotte for choreo. I’d like to see someone else other than Julie M choreo for I/B.
Does Julie do the choreo for each and every one of Gauthier/Marcotte pairs? Or is it just considered a requirement for Canadian pairs? I think Julie has created some interesting choreo for a lot of teams over the years, including U.S. teams. But yes, variety is sometimes the spice of life; mixing it up and challenging a comfort zone.it seems you HAVE to use Julie Marcotte for choreo