Oh wow. They’re going to recreate their 2015-2016 season.
Unless they also withdraw from IdF, which at present they aren’t expected to, it doesn’t affect Gilles/Poirier either way. It still comes down to getting silver at IdF.Too bad.I guess that means G&P also have a better chance to make the final now?
I KNOWThis season the fields in the resp. Grand Prix are quite uneven
As did Sinitsina & Katsalapov (and Smart & Diaz). The interesting thing, though, is that G&P didn't just "find" themselves at those two events. Canada invited Sinitsina & Katsalapov. (And the fields with S&K were likely to be deeper because S&K weren't seeded). I wonder if Canada was last in the draw.Poor Gilles/Poirier found themselves at both of the toughest events.
That’s dumb considering what happened at 2015 Skate America.As did Sinitsina & Katsalapov (and Smart & Diaz). The interesting thing, though, is that G&P didn't just "find" themselves at those two events. Canada invited Sinitsina & Katsalapov. (And the fields with S&K were likely to be deeper because S&K weren't seeded). I wonder if Canada was last in the draw
Big interview with Elena, here are her thoughts on currently competing teamshttp://www.insideskating.net/2018/1...ew-life-with-the-same-old-passion-for-skating
Interview with Elena Ilinykh - there's a lot about her academy project with Lipnitskaya & Miroshkin and thoughts on her future involvement with skating.
- And who else…?
- I really like Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, because they’re really innovative, and I love to see their programs, their costumes, and how they’re doing their things, always interesting, and sometimes I’m just like: “Wow, great job, guys!”
And I really love the relationship, the power of Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue. I love how they skate, I really love it! And in the Olympics I was like: “What are you doing?!!!”, because they were giving so much, so much!, and they weren’t controlling it… but for me, I don’t care about the mistakes, I was like: Yeee!
And, as I said, I’m cheering for Victoria and Nikita, because I think they have the Russian school of skating, they have a soul, and their skating skills are great. So if they’re gonna make it through their mistakes, I think they’re gonna be on the podium soon.
And I want to talk about Gabriella and Guillaume separately. Because such apparent lightness in their skating is the result of great work.
And it wasn’t a shock for me, because for three years already I was kind of into them, and I am also in love with them – and I think in the Grand Prix Final they won! Like they really won! Truthfully, deservedly. Because I was watching them, and I was amazed [with them], and Tessa and Scott didn’t win that time.
That’s why I was nervous in the Olympics! [laughing] Because, with all my love to Tessa and Scott, and I can give all the medals to Tessa, I knew the French could win. And I really want to see what’s going on with them next, I’m waiting for them very much, because they’re like the strongest couple out there.
Not just 1 relevant team withdrew from NHK. Muramoto & Reed withdrew as well, and that is relevant in this field as M&R defeated the Parsons at 4CCs, Hawayek & Baker in the RD at the U.S. Classic and Skate America, and Zagorski & Guerreiro in the FD at the Olympics last season.Ridiculously uneven GP events this season where just 1 WD or unexpected miscue/injury likely results in even more of a wildly crazy point standing situation
Bravo to Elena for her words about Nikita in the entire interview. The woman is a role model in building a bridge and moving on to better things in life with gracious maturity.Crossposting from From Russia With Love thread:
Big interview with Elena, here are her thoughts on currently competing teams
I think SinKats are better but I can’t trust them yet (lol). They are looking good this season but I still felt stressed watching them at SC. I love S/B’s energy and speed and their vibe. If SinKats can keep it together tho...I can see judges going with them as #1.Who do people feel the stronger team between SinKats and Stepanova/Bukin is? I feel like Sinitsina has improved a ton and has much better edges than Stepanova does...
I much prefer both to Bobrova/Soloviev...
Ilinykh/Katsalapov were great but I think Vikita are a better physical match because of the lack of height difference.I don't really care for either but if I were to choose it would be stepanova and bukin, the best ice dance team Russia had was ilinykh and katsalapov and they spilt.
S/K is better, but S/B are more consistent and their consistency is mistaken for skill. I swear I said the same thing on Golden Skate.Who do people feel the stronger team between SinKats and Stepanova/Bukin is? I feel like Sinitsina has improved a ton and has much better edges than Stepanova does...
I much prefer both to Bobrova/Soloviev...