Kesenia Stolbova told about changes in their programs before European Championships 2018:
We will have changes in our free program. Instead of combination “3-3-2” we will do “3-3” (toe loop-toe loop).We decided to try this way at the European Championships, but it’s not the fact that we will switch to a combination of two jumps and will perform it at the Olympic Games. – Ksenia said
Oleg Vasiliev also told that he doesn’t think that competitions will be less exciting without Aliona Savchenko and Bruno Massot, who withdrew from European Championships in order to prepare better for the Games:
Of course, there is less intrigue now, because Savchenko / Massot were contenders for medals. But we have enough competitors inside the country. There will be very interesting fight between Tarasova / Morozov and Stolbova Klimov. So I’m sure that the Championships will still be interesting. Of course, the German pair is very strong, but its absence will not change much. If our couples do what they can on 100%, it’s just as interesting as the performance of Savchenko / Massot.