Alexandra Stepanova / Ivan Bukin and Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov are not going to the training camp of Russian Olympic team in Japan.
Their coaches gave some comments:
The situation with Vanya’s suspension from participation in the Olympic Games was a shock for us. We could not even imagine that something like this could happen. It is clear that the guys who have been preparing for this Olympiad all their lives, and we refused to believe it. Therefore, it was decided that Sasha and Vanya should go to the training camp in Japan, because we thought that it would be psychologically easier for them to be together with other skaters of our team. – Irina Zhuck said
But, weighed all the pros and cons, consulted with Sasha and Ivan we decided that this should not be done because of the time difference, time zones. Stepanova and Bukin will not fly to Japan, we will prepare for the World Championships. If the International Olympic Committee changes its decision and allows Ivan to participate in the Olympics, we will immediately fly to Pyeongchang before the competition of ice dancers. – told Alexander Svinin.
Ksenia and Fedor refused to participate in the pre-Olympic training camp in Japan. First, they need to recover, psychologically they are in bad condition. Secondly, they decided not to disturb the guys who are preparing for the Olympics. They will recover and will start the preparation for the World Championships. – Nina Mozer said.