“There are moments where you take a step back and evaluate whether this situation was ideal,” Moir said in a press conference Tuesday. “We have to credit Marina. There were times when we weren’t happy, and we sometimes felt that she wasn’t in our corner.”
In other words, Virtue and Moir don’t believe that Zoueva rooted equally for both duos. Here is a shot of everyone together from Getty Images:
Zoueva has coached both Davis-White and Virtue-Moir for at least seven years. It’s worth noting that it was Virtue and Moir who won gold in Vancouver while Davis and White took silver.
The NBC Olympics report points to a few signs beyond the unsettling finish that indicate something was awry. For one thing, Virtue and Moir were increasingly seeking outside advice. There’s also this consideration:
Zoueva told NBCOlympics.com after the short dance Sunday that her full support was behind both teams, though she confirmed that she attended the U.S. Championships in January (and therefore not the Canadian National Championships) because she had more teams competing in the U.S. Zoueva also coaches Americans Maia and Alex Shibutani, who placed ninth in the ice dance competition in Sochi.
Virtue, 24, and Moir, 26, aren’t sure if this will be their last Olympic appearance. If it is, they’ll retire with some mixed feelings, including toward their long-time coach.
Rafael Nadal, owner of two Olympic gold medals, recently parroted arguably the most famous moment in Spanish Olympic history.
Nadal and Marc Lopez, the 2016 Olympic doubles champions, took up bows and arrows and joined archer Antonio Rebollo on Monday at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Stadium. It brought back memories of Rebollo’s unforgettable cauldron lighting from the only Olympics held in Spain.
Nadal is in Barcelona for an ATP Tour event as he prepares to vie for a 10th French Open title next month.
Rebollo, now 61 years old, was one of 200 hundred archers considered to light the cauldron in 1992. He learned that he was chosen for the role over four other finalists two hours ahead of time, according to an NBC Olympics profile in 1996.
The cauldron would be 195 feet away. Fearing Rebollo would miss the target, organizers instructed him to fire his arrow beyond the stadium walls. As the arrow soared, a technician lit the natural gas flame with a remote control.
The illusion worked. The true story wasn’t revealed for another 20 years.
“There were no fears,” Rebollo, a Barcelona native who contracted polio at age 8, told NBC two decades ago. “I was practically a robot. I focused on my positioning and reaching the target. That was all. … My feelings were taken from the people who described to me how they saw it. What they felt, their emotions, their cries. This is what made me realize what the moment actually meant.”