Ilia Averbukh talks about ladies’ Grand-prix Final 2017.
Ilia: Medvedeva and Zagitova can meet for the first time at Grand Prix final, but I do not know if it makes sense to do it now, because if one of them misses the final, nothing terrible will happen. Apparently, both athletes will be in the team, they showed themself better than others. However, I think that Elena Radionova can also interfere.
Zhenya is the absolute leader of the season, and her main task is to cope with excitement and skate cleanly. I am sure that with her diligence and talent she will cope with all the difficulties of the Olympic season, everyone has such. As for her decision to participate in the Grand Prix Final, I hope, Medvedeva and her coach Eteri Tutberidze will make the right choice based athlete’s health. This is not a super competition where you should really show your best to win, Olympics is ahead.
This season Sotskova showed herself very well, I like her program, she did well. As for Zagitova, she brilliantly skated all the free programs and also confidently failed all the short ones. So, she need to look for a psychological balance, because her jumping content is the most difficult in the world now.
Speaking about rivals of the Russians, Ilia mentioned Kostner:
Ilia: She is a great figure-skater, who has become a legend. Bravo – she performed well, got into the Final. Even though she is not taken into account as an Olympic medal contender, she is winning back her positions guided by legendary coach Alexei Mishin. I’m sure at the upcoming European Championships she will have a good result, because she does her job and waits for competitors.
Canadian Osmond wasn’t able to show a bright result, her scores were lower than Medvedeva’s, despite the excellent jumps the breakthrough did not happen. Still, our athletes are much ahead.
by Veronika Sovetova for tass.ru