A new article on icenetwork.com has surfaced and it seems as if Igor has not defected back to the Russians… yet. In any case, he has moved to Novi Ice Arena in Novi, Michigan which isn’t supposed to be too far from Arctic Edge. With Marina too preoccupied with the top Canadians and Americans, I guess it doesn’t come as a surprise that a somewhat no-name team like Madison Chock & Evan Bates have left Arctic Edge with Igor who may be able to politick them somewhere. Nonetheless, this couple has long ways to go – they need to solidify their partnership and actually give it some chemistry. One of the biggest problems of Samuelson & Bates was that they felt like a brother and sister couple, which was detrimental to their programs despite Emily’s perfect toe points.
Either way, they’ll have to fight their way to the number 1 position – something that won’t happen until Meryl & Charlie retire – if they are to get any sort of backing from the USFSA. You saw how the judges sank the Shibuntanis so easily through their mistakes this season. Being the #2 Americans made those low scores even easier to dish out. In any case, I admit to having my reservations about this team. We’ll just have to see them in the new season
to see how they improve. Because, seriously icenetwork, finishing 5th in a GP event is not a compliment to your career since there are only 8 teams per competition which means they were in the bottom half of skaters.
~The Rinkside Cafe