The Junior Russian Divas Revisited

So Russian Nationals was this week and there were a few interesting developments. Volosozhar and Trankov won the pairs competition and they look to be a pair to look out for next year. Bobrova and Sloviev won the ice dance competition although the baby Russians, Ilinykh and Katsalapov lost silver to a relatively unknown team whose names I probably can’t pronounce. These two did not have the meteoric rise that I thought they would have this season but next season might be the beginning of a fruitful career. The Russian men are a non entity so I’d have to say that the most exciting competition belongs to the Russian ladies.

Ksenia Makarova failed to defend her title as National champion as it was taken away by a young and talented lady by the name of Adelina Sotnikova. Adelina has a long way to go before she can even reach last year’s junior world champion, Kanako Murakami, though both of them lack polish and performance quality. She also doesn’t seem to be very tight in the air, which I’d like to see corrected. I wonder if she can manage those jumps once her growth spurt hits her because I’ve got a feeling it’s going to hit hard. It would be a pity if that happened because she’s such a classic Russian balletic skater and she’s very elegant for her age.

I hate the dress for her SP. It makes her look so immature and just simply juvenile.

Alena Leonova won silver but she’s a bit of a non-entity. Using Aunt Joyce’s adjective, I’d call her skating pedestrian and simply forgettable. One of my friends hates her Slutskaya hair and that’s pretty much all she can think about when she watches Alena skate. I think she’s subconsciously recalling the days when Irina Slutskaya beat Michelle Kwan. *shudder*

Anyways, onto another topic. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva – a diva on ice who got buried in the SP and made a comeback in the LP, undoubtedly, with some help from Papa Mishin. Despite Mishin’s choreography, I can’t help but like Johnny Weir’s twin sister Elizaveta. All she has to do is look at the camera and you can tell that she just spews star quality. I just wish that she would move to another – bigger and better – figure skating mafia don coach, in other words, Tatiana Tarasova. Tati can take her star quality and turn it into something great, not to mention Liza is in need of good choreography. I think she’d be able to pull of Bells of Moscow better than Mao… Or even the Masquerade Waltz. I’m shivering from excitement as I’m imagining it. So please, Liza, do a Yagudin and go to Mother Tanya.

Aunt Joyce has all the videos for the ladies short and long programs on his blog.



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