Alexander Enbert: “Loena Hendrickx lost her trust in Russian skaters, and it certainly happened to many. Not only did Valieva suffer very badly, but the reputation of Russian sports also suffered.”
2018 Olympic silver medalist in team event, Alexander Enbert, who performed in pair skating, said that he understood the nature of the Belgian Luna Hendrickx’s statement about Russian figure skaters.
Earlier in an interview with Sports.ru, Hendrickx said, “Russian figure skaters are very strong. However, when questions about the fairness of some of their results arose, the thought “Would they be so much stronger than the rest of the skaters if they played by the rules?” also arose. Many people now have such doubts.”
Of course, a wave of hate from Russian “specialists” started toward Loeana, including Alexei Yagudin and Tatiana Tarasova, who spoke, “Why do I need to hear some Belgian skater? She’s no one.” (Sport 24 citing Yagudin). So it’s nice to see that not all Russian skaters think the same.
Alexander Enbert: This situation (the doping case of Kamila Valieva) could help not but affect the general atmosphere. The athlete is associated with the country, so after such incidents, trust in their compatriots may also disappear. Loena Hendrickx lost her trust, and it certainly happened to many. But it didn’t happen to everyone. This, of course, is a big pain. Not only did Kamila suffer very badly, but the reputation of Russian sports also suffered.
I hope the situation will be resolved as soon as possible in our favor. Then such statements will become inappropriate and will cease to bring confusion to the world of figure skating. I know how hard everyone is working in training to learn new elements, so it’s unpleasant to hear that. But again, we should have expected that.
Loena Hendrickx: “I always believed in Russian girls and their results, but after the Olympics, certain doubts appeared. I think this is very sad and hurts figure skating.”