“At the age of 14, you cannot give “10” for components.” Evgeni Plushenko about judging at the Russian Cup
Evgeni Plushenko about judging at the second stage of the Russian Cup.
by Dmitri Kuznetsov for sport-express.ru dd.16th October 2020
Evgeni Plushenko: I’m dissatisfied with the scores in the short program of all three girls (Trusova, Valieva and Usacheva. – ed). At the age of 14, you cannot give “10” for components. This is junior skating, and no matter how beautiful they skate, no matter how beautiful the lines and spins are, this is not 10. Where should they grow further? Some judges have already agreed with me, coaches, the leadership of the federation – that this was a bit wrong. 10 for Valieva – it’s impossible. I understand that the judges wanted to create a safety cushion for the free program. I know these judges, I even know where and whom they coach. But I don’t want to go into specifics.
So why do we make a circus out of figure skating? Why do we specially heat up the opposition. Maybe all that happened is some kind of agreement between some people. But why? Let’s all understand that the time for justice has come. You need to treat everyone equally. I had a substantive conversation, I think they heard me.
It was just a part from the big interview with Evgeni. So more to come)