Elena Vaitsekhovskaya: “Valieva was so good in her first senior season that now all the programs look like an attempt to catch up with the image that has gone.”
Journalist Elena Vaitsekhovskaya shared her impressions of Kamila Valieva’s performance at the Russian Grand Prix in Kazan.
After the short program
Elena Vaitsekhovskaya: She was so good in her first senior season that now all the programs look like an attempt to catch up with the image that has gone. And so far, Kamila is losing this race. But she skates, tries, pulls out jumps – and for this a separate respect to her.
After the free program
Elena Vaitsekhovskaya: In all honesty, it should be noted that a good half of Kamila Valieva’s giant gap from her rivals was formed not as a result of a real assessment of Kamila’s skating, but thanks to the background with the reputation of the most talented single skater in the history of figure skating, her difficult Olympic story, capable to bring into tears even a marble sculpture, Kazan entourage, and nostalgia for the huge quadruple toe loop and triple axel, which were Valieva’s hallmark last season.
In fact, Kamila is still far from ideal shape, she is a little heavy in jumps and skating, and her free program, which made a strong impression in September at the test skates, is losing its sound. Think for yourself, if the program was planned as a not too veiled message to the whole world: “Look what you did to me!”, This suggests exactly the performance that Valieva showed in the Olympic team event. Confident, unmistakable, with the most difficult jumps.
Now, one can only be said about the program that Kamila is waging an uncompromising battle not with the world, but with a quadruple toe loop, and this battle is still not in her favor …
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Kamila Valieva: “It was a pity that quad toe loop didn’t worked out, so I decided to try it again after my performance. I don’t know if this is allowed, but I was the last to skate so I tried.”
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