Yes please.I don't think Zhulin's programs are usually that awful - of course, he had several big misses (Bobrova/Soloviev's FD in 2014 being the biggest one), but the same can be said about most top coaches - Shpilband, Krylova, Morozov, Zhuk and even Zueva..
Montreal team is usually an exception, but don't forget that Hubbell/Donohue's R&J program also came from that coaching team
As for SinKats, I truly enjoy their Rhythm Dance, it is one of my favorite s so far. I don't think that it's a better program than P/C's one (which I also enjoy) or that they can challenge the French with this program. Most importantly for them, their RD can help them to ensure their #2/#3 position in the World. Yes, we haven't seen Stepanova/Bukin and Hubbell/Donohue yet but given their music choices (H/D) and some technical limitations (S/B), I highly doubt that they will have better rhythm dances (with better scoring potential) than what we have seen from SinKats.
I also hoped for something different for Victoria/Nikita this season - either a classical blues or some true Russian drama. Their current Free Dance is on the line between being completely boring and quite catchy. In the beginning of the season it is definitely closer to the former one, but as the season progresses and when they add cleanliness to their movements, speed and power the program may look much better, especially from the arena.
That's why I believe that in the end teams like SinKats and Hubbell/Donohue will always have an edge over other teams like Chock/Bates or Gilles/Poirier, who may have more interesting choreo but lack some quality and skating skills.
Still hate that straight line 'knee' lift and hope they change it, though..
Now I'm imagining Sinitsina dressed as a cigarette smoking witch at the beginning of the program, and then there's a costume change and she becomes Pasha as Marilyn Monroe lip syncing "Happy Birthday" and flashing her landing strip.You are all going to regret encouraging Zhulin to indulge himself, next season he should have S/K tell the story of his own fateful love triangle, with Nikita as himself and Victoria as both Usova and Pasha.
Carol Lane as Agent Smith omggggShocking news out of Hollywood, the Wachowskis sisters are taking everyone by surprise: "the Uber Matrix" is to be the title of their upcoming fourth installment of the Matrix series set in the unforgiving world of figure skating fans. Starring P/C, the golden couple trying to change the mere fabric of the Ice dance Matrix thanks to a trashy yet chic attempt at Fame and a cloying yet somehow mesmerizing slam dunk poetry. Featuring S/K, the redeemed couple taking over Russian ice dance one RD at a time yet near missing their FDs (at least for now). And the US and Canadian ice dance scene full of intrigue and potential upsets: will twos become the new ones? Supporting roles by Marie-France Dubreuil as Oracle and Romain Hagenauer as Morpheus. Of course, Carol Lane as Agent Smith along with Zhulin as Agent Brown and the fans as all the agent clones.
I really wanted to be on board with C/B's FD. But on reviewing it several times, it needs a bit more drive and power also the music more or less stays at the same level for way too long and it seems to only superficially build at the end. IMHO, a piece like this needs more drama of either the Baiul or Ilinykh type that Maddie just does not have. Does their size difference hinder their ability to generate power? This is a genuine question not the typical hysterics I'm prone to.It's funny how much taste in ice dance (supported or not by various levels of knowledge about the technical elements) varies. I think C/B's FD is dreadful, while P/C's FD is my favourite of theirs since To Build a Home. I think the spoken word poem is pretentious as hell by itself, but somehow they make it work when combined with their skating.
I love how Zhulin is a realist and he knows that power of Nikita's love would not save herI remember reading Zhulin’s interview about her being depressed and even suicidal and him saving her with the power of her love.
Oh, good. Let's use it in a free dance.Now I'm imagining Sinitsina dressed as a cigarette smoking witch at the beginning of the program, and then there's a costume change and she becomes Pasha as Marilyn Monroe lip syncing "Happy Birthday" and flashing her landing strip.
This is going to change ice dance forever. I think I'm going to go write a slam poem about it.
Lots of interesting and enlightening info in this interview about music selection and editing, and about Chouinard's career, plus blasts from the past. I don't remember Chouinard from his ice dancing career, but I spotted Patch Lauzon in this group podium photo, standing next to a young lady who was probably his first partner, Marisa Gravino:Hugo Chouinard (here's a recent Q&A with him): https://www.ice-dance.com/site/hugo-chouinard-the-man-behind-the-music/
If only he calmed down somewhat in this years RD, he truly makes it look messy and uninspired as he's just rushing through the choreography. The execution of this years material also IMHO cannot compete with the SD he did in 2014.From Zhulin's interview as linked by @Gris:
"I was looking for such a music for the free program in which Nikita wouldn’t 'jump out of his pants'..."
Uh, errm, okay.
Apparently, Zhulin found the music, Vika perservered, Nikita calmed himself down to a lesser flashpoint, plus V&N worked harder, fans rallied, Shibs took extended & likely permanent time-out, V/M, B/S, C/L, W/P, et al retired, and Rusfed politics took over the rest of the necessities, thus slam-dunking Vik/Nik's hefty scoring transformation that began last season.
Nobody is actually. But he can't seem to wrap his mind about the fact that going at warp speed doesn't always look best. It may be impressive athletically but the dance suffers. But hey..Zhulin knows Nikita well. Nikita always tends to rush elements. Last year he was controlled, which is why they did so well as his current partner, lovely as she is, is not as fast as he is.
He may well be an abusive piece of trash but it's also possible people cheering for them are not privy to the information you seem to possess so I don't understand how they would need to take a long hard look at themselves. Most on this board know nothing about training environments and the real personalities of the skaters we watch.Nikita is an abusive piece of trash and people who are cheering for him & Victoria need at best to take a long hard look at themselves.
I don't know definitively what she knows about him. But if we've been reading between the lines of Zhulin's and Ilinykh's interviews over the years or even Zueva's we'd pick up that this man is a piece of work. But this is also Victoria's choice.He may well be an abusive piece of trash but it's also possible people cheering for them are not privy to the information you seem to possess so I don't understand how they would need to take a long hard look at themselves. Most on this board know nothing about training environments and the real personalities of the skaters we watch.
You can't judge people on what they don't know.
can people say exactly what they are talking about instead of beating around the bush? this is confusing.I don't know definitively what she knows about him. But if we've been reading between the lines of Zhulin's and Ilinykh's interviews over the years or even Zueva's we'd pick up that this man is a piece of work. But this is also Victoria's choice.
When do you believe information? The reports came 2nd hand. Do you only believe a source if someone personally witnessed it? What if that person retold this story. Is the story itself problematic unless you heard it from the source? I’m just curious where people think the line is, because the burden of proof some here are suggesting pretty much negates almost any and all news and reporting.I’m guessing they know nothing but innuendo and rumours.