I literally don't know what to say about Sasha Trusova's skating. I find her beyond adorable and very plucky. But I can't watch her, I just can't. I've seen 10 year old juniors with far superior skating skills and ability to interpret music. She is so rough. Just going from jump to jump, poor extension, not holding positions, etc. At least she has some charisma. But Sasha will be done the moment she gets a little bigger. I am rooting hard to Kostornaia to be able to stick around.
Boikova and Kozlovskii are total stars. So pleased for their two Grand Prix Series wins this season, as well as earning well-deserved personal bests for the short, free, and overall at this event.
I couldn’t agree moreI know some people are pointing to the home ice inflation but they were in my opinion under marked at Skate Canada in both the SP and FS. I think in Canada the judges were marking based on the perception that it was a T/M vs M-T/M race for gold in the SP and in the FS trying not make the mountain too high for M-T/M to climb.
They are supposed to be. We’ll see. I don’t have high expectations with a whole season off. Plus, IMO, B/K are stronger technically and have more charisma and presentation skills than T/M. Of course B/K will have to skate clean.B/K have a good chance at Euros but how about James/Cipres? Will they be back?
I would like to see T/M skate clean (and with some sort of passion) at the Euros - and win. They really need a confidence boost. I still believe that they are capable of great things. On the other hand, I wonder whether Vlad has checked out and the split is imminent. B/K are a total work in progress at this point. Yes, they are already amazing. But still a delicious irresistible half-baked chocolate cake. Keep in mind, Sui/Han and T/M are both 24 and 27 years old to BoiKoz's 17 and 19. That's a pretty insane 7-8 year difference. Almost two full Olympic cycles, folks.
ps. Everyone thought I was crazy when I said after seeing baby B/K the the Euros last year that they would be Russia's #1 by the end of this season.
All these are very fair points. But to me the biggest problem is that they seem uncomfortable with each other.My read on T&M is that in addition to all the changes in their life and surroundings they are not yet comfortable with this program (LP). It is a very different style for them. It seems they have been searching for the right style but nothing has really worked. I still don’t know if this one will work. Only time will tell. Rachmaninov SP worked very well for them last year. They may not want to skate classical all the time, so TE Amo May be a good experiment. It does have some very interesting things. Due to their lack of familiarity it is possible that they make different mistakes. I am hoping that after going through the Russian nationals and Europeans (GPF is still an uncertainty) they may feel comfortable with the new program.
If that's the case, I am thrilled. I didn't like the dynamic between the two them at Skate Canada at practices.They don't look uncomfortable together to me. Evgenia looks happy to me, like she got her man back. I am assuming it's the challenge of skating a much more complex program and reinventing their style, as Vladimir noted in that post-SC interview linked a week or two ago in their fan thread (I think). I haven't looked at their programs analytically enough to see what he means. If anyone else has, I would love to read some analysis. Maybe I'll give it a try but I'm sure others could do it better.
They don't look uncomfortable to me either. Whenever they have a good skate (like today, and at the 2019 worlds LP) Zhenya hugs or kisses him. When one of them messes up, the other puts an arm around the other after they finish. They may not be an off ice couple anymore, but they are good friends, based on one of Zhenya's interviews. In general (starting from the 2016 worlds, when I had a chance to ask for an autograph) I noticed that Zhenya is always smiling, and Vladimir is always very reserved. Their on ice personalities seem to be the same. For some other pairs (e.g. G&G) their off ice personalities are very different. To me, they both appear rather reserved on the ice, but it doesn't mean they are uncomfortable with one another.They don't look uncomfortable together to me. Evgenia looks happy to me, like she got her man back. I am assuming it's the challenge of skating a much more complex program and reinventing their style, as Vladimir noted in that post-SC interview linked a week or two ago in their fan thread (I think). I haven't looked at their programs analytically enough to see what he means. If anyone else has, I would love to read some analysis. Maybe I'll give it a try but I'm sure others could do it better.
It seems Trusova got her poodle. Congratulations, @rfisher, I know you were hoping for this. https://twitter.com/absoluteskating/status/1196127475396481024?s=19
That's a puppy trim, but I doubt they'll do a show cut when she grows up as it's way too much work to maintain. I guess her mother decided a win and a trip to the GPF was enough. It was supposed to be when she mastered the 3A. Unless she has and plans to unveil it later. The potential dresses boggle the mind.She is very cute. I hope they leave her like that and don't give her the fancy poodle-cut, which I've never cared for!
I wouldn’t be surprised if she already had 3A, or if she has been working extremely hard on it and is very close. Trusova is very competitive and she must be aware that how the rules are now (triple axel allowed but quads not allowed in the SP) puts her in disadvantage in the SP and she must be catching up in the FS.I guess her mother decided a win and a trip to the GPF was enough. It was supposed to be when she mastered the 3A. Unless she has and plans to unveil it later. The potential dresses boggle the mind.
The pressure from her mother "to get 3A" was not healthy mentally on Trusova, who is mad about jumping and animals and dogs specifically. TeamTutberidze and "inner circle" fans where concerned. Because Trusova will jump 5-turns at a snap of a finger, and it is not a good idea in her coming out in seniors. So they collected some, and suggested to Trusova's mother and father to give her a dog now, and not hold it as a "carrot" to make Trusova do crazy stunts....It seems Trusova got her poodle. Congratulations, @rfisher, I know you were hoping for this. https://twitter.com/absoluteskating/status/1196127475396481024?s=19