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ICYMI, @clairecloutier spoke to Bruno Marcotte at Worlds in Montpellier "to get his take on Miura/Kihara, Moore-Towers/Marinaro, and the issues facing Canadian pairs" among other things:
“I have mixed emotions,” coach Bruno Marcotte confessed Thursday night, after his students Riku Miura, 20, and Ryuichi Kihara, 29, won the silver medal at the ISU World Championships in Montpellier…
ETA link to the ISU's Junior Worlds pairs recap (April 15, 2022): https://www.isu.org/figure-skating/...nior-pairs-title-for-georgia?templateParam=15With this season ending, Marcotte’s own thoughts are turning to the next quad, and how to prepare his students Miura/Kihara for continued success. He expects to see some rules changes (although nothing momentous) announced after the ISU Congress in June.
“After every quad, typically, there are rules changes,” Marcotte said. “I like this, because it challenges the athletes. I work with them on meeting the demands of the new rules. I do think we will see more side-by-side jump combinations in pairs in years to come. I don’t think we will see any more throw quads until they change the point values [of quads]. Until then, the risk isn’t worth the reward.”
Marcotte said that Miura/Kihara have already started working on some new jump combinations. “Because we don’t want to be behind the pairs who are leading the way,” he explained.