Updates on Team Canton and Igor Shpilband

More news is coming in on Igor Shpilband’s dismissal. The most important piece of information so far is the three top teams (and the ones that Marina and Igor concentrated on) – Virtue & Moir, Davis & White and the Shibutanis are staying with Marina according to this article. It seems that Marina and Igor have been having disagreements over scheduling and Igor seemed to want to open a school separate from Marina despite being business partners. According to Charlie’s mum, the disagreement seems to be mainly between the two coaches and the students are unfortunately caught up in the drama.

The drama gets upped a notch as Mother Russia puts in her two cents and announces that they would welcome Igor with open arms and provide him with all the working conditions he needs to help out Russian skaters. We’ll need to wait and see if he does respond to this offer. On one hand, it sounds like a good one especially with Igor losing what seems to be his favourite team (Davis & White) and Mother Russia so desperate on getting a foothold back onto the ice dance podium. On the other hand, Igor did defect from the Soviet Union for a reason… Now I’m wondering if Ilinykh/Katsalapov would leave Morozov if Igor went back to Mother Russia. It’s too soon to say but I admit that this is a scary prospect for my two favourite teams.

In other news, John Kerr tweeted this:

At this point, this would be true… if the Kerrs were at the top of the ice dance world. Let’s face it, the Kerrs had been stagnating technically from 2008 all the way to when they retired. Their main European rivals, Pechalat & Bourzat, on the other hand had improved on their edges, presentation and unison year by year while the Kerrs remained sloppy and rough around the edges. Unlike the Kerrs, the top two teams at Team Canton are heads and shoulders above the rest technically. Pechalat & Bourzat may have done the rumba pattern better than Team Canton at Worlds this year but they still lack speed, polish, charisma and programs that people can actually relate to in order to topple the top 2 teams. At the moment, the French really are the only ones who are somewhat near the level of V/M and D/W… in a sense, they’re like Joannie Rochette in 2009 – not quite at Yuna and Mao’s level but better than the rest of the pack beneath the top 2. To say that the Olympic title is wide open is a statement that comes a little too soon. We have yet to see if there are any veritable challengers despite this coaching drama.


~Rinkside Cafe


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  1. Trackback: Team Canton Update: Virtue & Moir Staying with Marina – Confirmed « The Rinkside Cafe

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