Saturday, December 29, 2012
An unprecedented 10th national title puts Plushenko in good stead for the rest of the season. Dude can still do quads without proper knees. I think he receives a Pulitzer Prize just for that. Controversy over the "coaches council" pick for the European men's team ensued after 3rd place finisher Konstantin Menshov was ousted over Junior Grand Prix Final winner Maksim Kovtun who placed 5th. Russian pairs champion Maksim Trankov wrote a rather seething Twitter post protesting the decision. “The coaching council is garbage!!! All the athletes stand by Menshov. Without exception!" He was this close to throwing the F bomb. The coaches council, whoever they may be, made the right decision -- Russia should not send a man to the European championships with an 80s magic mullet. Just. not. okay. anymore.
The Russian ladies have seen a trend lately -- tiny little wunderkids splash onto the scene performing triple lutz/triple toes right after naptime while the labored old whores fall into the pits of puberty punishment. They see their dreams diminish while their endowment swells. This year is different however as the champion became Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. Coming out on the other side of puberty, Ms. Liza still looks like Irina Slutskaya circa 1997, but is skating stronger than ever. Her flailing arms is a problem that only someone like Tarasova could fix, but Mishin is enough of a crazy to do the job...well, at least politick her way to a medal at Worlds.
A slew of new talent stepped up to the plate this year in the senior division - Our beautiful little JPGF champion Radionova placed 2nd, knees of a goddess Serafima Sakhonavich placed 4th and pretty Nikol Gosviani placed 6th but with all the under-age skaters placing ahead of her, Gosviani booked her ticket to the European championships. Sotnikova continues to sway to the beat of Christina Aguilera's belting, but skated well enough to place 3rd.
Oldies Leonova and Makarova placed 7th and 8th (un)respectively, and were left off the Euro team by the "coaches council." That one's gotta hurt, especially for Leonova as a World Silver medalist (one of the more curious facts of this world).