After Inna Goncharenko’s comment that Maxim Kovtun is doing everything possible to compete at Skate America it was quite clear that it’s hard to expect a good skate. And it didn’t happen. Here what Maxim said about his performance in the short program.
I haven’t skated for a long time. The leaders of the skating federation saw my condition, but they still advised me to go here, we agreed, because at competitions it’s faster to get the shape.
Of course, it was possible not to go and start competing later, but who knows, maybe there would be the same performance. We decided that now we must leave the comfort zone. We were ready for such performance. We hoped for the most decent skate, but that’s just how it is so far. Everybody knows the situation.
Honestly, I skated the short program very easily, although it’s more difficult with the falls, more energy is spending. If the jumps were clean, it would be better. The mood, of course, isn’t great, but I think I have enough power for the free program. And, probably, after I worked through and skated the short program, there will be a step forward.