State of Russian ice dance drama [11.08.2017]

Posted on 2017-08-11 • 7 comments


It’s hot summer Friday – a perfect time to take a look what is happening in Russian ice dance.  Olympic season is coming so it’s gonna be hot)

Dima Soloviev mentally prepares himself. Should we follow his example?

Dmitri Soloviev

Victoria and Nikita went to a football match. Nikita also did a first kick.

Nikita Katsalapov

Victoria Sinitsina Nikita Katsalapov

Meanwhile Tarasova gave a comment about their preparation for the season:

I saw Sinitsina and Katsalapov once, but without lifts. But they look very good, indeed as always. I want to wish them to look the same during the whole program. Nikita is an Olympic champion and world champion in skating programs partly. This is known about him. And if he learns from Alexander Zhulin how to skate the program till the end, then I will be only happy about that.

Oh, TAT is TAT))))

There’s also some inside info that Nikita and Victoria currently don’t do lifts (that’s why Tarasova didn’t see them), because Nikita cut his hand at trainings. Maria Stavitskaya accidentally hurt him with her blades.

Tarasova’s favorites Stepanova / Bukin and their team announce that today they’re starting the season. Don’t know exactly where, probably in show.

Stepanova Bukin

For them she found some big words) Yeah fight for Olympics has already started.

I was at their practice, I really liked their free dance, but the short stunned me. Their skill has grown. This is a concistent, young and very capable pair who are able to do a very large amount of work at trainings. This gives me the right to say that they will represent the country at the European, World Championships and Olympics properly.

Pavel Drozd attended Festival of Indonesia. Hope he won’t be too inspired to do an Indonesian free dance)))

Pavel Drozd

Junior dancers finished test skates in Novogorsk. Thanks to photographer Mikhail Sharov we can take a glance at free dances.

Diana Davis (Eteri Tutberidze’s daughter) and Fedor Varlamov

Anastasia Skoptcova and Kirill Aleshin

Anastasiia Scoptcova Kirill Aleshin

Sofia Polishchuk and Alexander Vakhnov

Polischuk Vakhnov

and potential leaders of Russian junior team – Anastasia Shpilevaya and Grigory Smirnov.

This lift is beautiful!

Anastasiya Shpilevaya Grogory Smirnov

But this two photos scare me) Guess I can say goodbye to the hopes for lovely dance and say hello to another acrobatic etude by team Zhuk.

Anastasiya Shpilevaya Gregori Smirnov

Anastasiya Shpilevaya Grigory Smirnov

Elena Ilinykh with beautiful photo and interesting comment: “This is our story, this is our fate. This is our kingdom, this is our place. This is our freedom, cut off them chains. This is our struggle, this is our pain. This is our love, this is our trust. Give me back my wings” :)

Elena Ilinykh

Ruslan Zhiganshin and his girlfriend ballerina Ksenia Zhiganshina in Germany.

Ruslan Zhiganshin

Ruslan Zhiganshin

See you next week!

Previous episode: State of Russian ice dance drama [04.08.2017]


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7 Responses to “State of Russian ice dance drama [11.08.2017]”

  1. OlgaLV says:

    Ruslan seems to be more happy than Elena. Wish them luck!

    • Noob says:

      You mean Ruslan isn’t sitting at home, unemployed, watching Frida for the 1000th time? To think, Elena’s die hards spent the whole spring and early summer painting Ruslan as a loafer and all this time he’s been networking and securing opportunities for himself.

      • OlgaLV says:

        Watching Frida 1000 times- well said! Yes,I meant that, however I do not know much about Elena’s die hards..:))

        • Noob says:

          Most figure skating fans recognize Elena as the most naturally gifted female ice dancer competing today but also are pretty objective about her skating. There’s a group of fans though that believe the entire world is out to get Elena and nothing is ever her fault. Last season was Igor’s fault. The one before that was Kustarova’s. Elena’s weight gain was part of Tarasova’s mind games. And of course it’s all Ruslan’s fault he quit.

      • FS Gossips says:

        I heard he actually found a job. Not in a famous coaching group, but still. He’s only at the beginning of his coaching/choreographing career. Good luck to him!

  2. Noob says:

    Russian skating actually has an official start and end date for the season. If you’ve noticed over the years, skaters typically celebrate early May as the end of the season, even if they haven’t competed in over a month.

    Stavitskaya has been in Zhulins group for as long as she has been doing ice dance

    • FS Gossips says:

      “Stavitskaya has been in Zhulins group for as long as she has been doing ice dance”
      You are right! I was thinking about her partner who skates with Annabelle Morozov now and changed a coach) I’ll correct this.

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