|Happier Morozov-less times|
UPDATE: Praise be to God, Allah, Xenu, Flying Spaghetti Monster, whatever! It looks like Daisuke Takahashi has not completely lost his mind and is only taking on Nikolai Morozov as an advisor/assistant coach. And best of all, Mr. Takahashi says Mr. Morozov is "probably not" going to be his choreographer this season though it's still undecided. Maybe this won't be such a disaster after all.....though hopefully Mr. Morozov won't strip away all the choreography by the end of next season. We all know how Mr. Morozov likes his empty programs....
Daisuke Takahashi is apparently returning to Nikolai Morozov. See also here.
Only a gif can adequately sum up my facial expression upon hearing this
Well, let's at least try to be somewhat rational and level-headed....
Pros of Daisuke Takahashi returning to Nikolai Morozov:
-Mr. Takahashi has previously spoken about how Mr. Morozov is great at instilling confidence. This may be sorely needed after the results of Worlds in Nice
-Mr. Morozov is good at somehow managing to get his students high PCS despite the fact that his programs are sorely lacking across multiple components of PCS. Example: http://www.isuresults.com/results/wc2012/WC2012_Ladies_SP_Scores.pdf
-the Russian politiking factor, which will be useful as the Olympics are to be held in Sochi, Russia
-Mr. Morozov was able to bring Mr. Takahashi to his technical peak in terms of jumps back in the day (2 quads, 2 3As in the LP). Maybe he'll be able to do it again.
Cons of Daisuke Takahashi returning to Nikolai Morozov:
-absolutely wretched choreography and program construction. Case in point here.
-possible return to boring old figure skating warhorse music, especially in the LP
-possibility of horrible recycled choreography (like Javier Fernandez's and Alena Leonova's Pirates, Adam Rippon's and Sergei Voronov's Pagliacci, etc)
-Mr. Morozov has a whole stable of students, thus the possibility of neglect and less individualized attention (remember Adam Rippon? Javier Fernandez? I'm sure Nikolai Morozov doesn't)
-bad blood from last coaching switch.....didn't Mr. Morozov make some rather passive-aggressive and begrudging remarks about Mr. Takahashi and Japanese skaters in general in the past?
-possibility of 'disturbing' kiss-and-cry moments à la Florent Amodio, etc
For me, the possibility of dreadful choreography and program construction is the deal-breaker. But Morozombie, you may ask, didn't you like Cyber Swan? Yes, but Mr. Takahashi has progressed as a skater since then. When one is capable at skating at this level:
...even going back to Cyber Swan seems like a bit of a downgrade. Of course, there's the possibility that Mr. Morozov may be able to produce some intricate artistic masterpiece for Mr. Takahashi next season, but given what Mr. Morozov has choreographed this season:
...forgive me if hope does not exactly spring eternal. The only tolerable thing in this scenario is if Mr. Takahashi uses other choreographers, but given that Mr. Morozov tends to do the vast majority of his students' programs himself, this possibility seems as remote as the former.
I hope I'm wrong. But given the universal revulsion that has greeted this news, I am afraid. Very afraid.....