It was interesting to hear Ruslan’s perspective on training in one of the big crowded centres. I heard a lot in general at the time that they struggled to adjust to the hands off approach and lack of individual attention when they were used to having every aspect monitored closely by their coach.
In retrospect such an environment would not have suited Elena Illinykh at all as she was a skater that needed a lot of external motivation and monitoring. As we know she struggled to self motivate to maintain a high level while at Novi.
I can imagine it was super easy to fall through the cracks at Novi - and I imagine it’s the same for Gadbois. If you can’t independently motivate you’ll just get over run and forgotten.
But I can imagine that other skaters would enjoy the autonomy and independence. I guess there’s a lid for every pot.
The politics within ice dancing is real. If a coach isn't interested, ultimately neither will the Federation. Going to Igor was the biggest mistake of I/Z's career, an absolute waste of time. I think she was depressed and just exhausted by it all.