“Dating a girl like Sasha Trusova is a great responsibility and a great success.” Yana Rudkovskaya about Trusova/Kondratiuk and suspension of Russian athletes from international competitions
Interview with Yana Rudkovskaya. About Alexandra Trusova and Mark Kondratiuk and suspension of Russian athletes from international competitions.
source: matchtv.ru dd. 1st August 2022 by Sergei Podgornov
Last Saturday, a charity hockey match was held in Moscow, the event was attended by a huge number of celebrities, including producer and co-owner of the Angels of Plushenko Academy Yana Rudkovskaya and figure skaters Alexandra Trusova and Mark Kondratiuk.
Yana Rudkovskaya: Sasha Ovechkin invited me to this match. I am cheering for him along with his family. I love hockey, I love to watch Sasha in the game, because this is a man who is already a legend during his lifetime.
Do you believe that Ovechkin will beat Wayne Gretzky’s record?
Yana Rudkovskaya: Of course! I think it will take him a few years to do so. I think about three or four years.
He just has a contract with Washington until 2026.
Yana Rudkovskaya: I think that he will beat Gretzky’s record before the end of the contract. Because Sasha is a Russian knight, this is Ilia Muromets. Not Alyosha Popovich, namely Ilia Muromets. Sasha can do anything, I am sure that he will set a record that is unlikely to be broken by anyone in the future. I have no doubt in Ovechkin, we have been friends for 17 years.
After the end of the contract with Washington, will he return to Russia? Will he play another year for his native Dynamo?
Yana Rudkovskaya: Sasha is a great patriot. I don’t know about his plans, but I’m sure that any club would be happy to see Ovechkin in the roster. Ovechkin is big ticket sales, a drive, emotions that he gives not only to hockey fans. All the children at this event wanted to take a picture with him, I could not even come up. But let him first break the record there, and then return. I’m sure Sasha will do something brilliant in Russia too.
Everything that you just said about Ovechkin certainly can be applied to Sasha Trusova.
Yana Rudkovskaya: No doubts! Sasha is an outstanding athlete, I love her very much. She is my favorite female skater! Together with my husband, we invited her, and she traveled with us the entire tour of the “Union of Champions”. The stamina and perseverance of Trusova are amazing. No one in this world can be like her.
To date, there is no second “Russian rocket”. There are skaters who perform quadruple jumps, there are those who skate beautifully, but there is no other such a girl who was in Beijing 2022 with five quads.
Trusova has insane popularity, I bow to her. No one believed that Sasha could do five quads, only she herself. She believed and was able to do it at the Olympics. This is something from the “impossible – possible”. This is the jackpot, to which Trusova has been going through a lot of work, making every effort.
You just have no idea how much kids love her! In every city, wherever we went, they were waiting for the “Russian Rocket” everywhere! I am sure that Sasha will make a statement more than once. She has a wonderful family and a wonderful friend – Mark Kondratiuk.
What do you think about their couple?
Yana Rudkovskaya: Great guys – very kind and sincere. I watched them the whole tour and rejoiced. They are a very beautiful couple. I believe that dating a girl like Sasha Trusova is a great responsibility and a great success.
So, can these relationships have a positive impact on their careers?
Yana Rudkovskaya: Mark has a peculiar way. Right now he is absolutely the best Russian single skater. Mark jumped a huge number of quads during the entire tour of the Union of Champions. In each performance, he did at least two quadruple salchows. Yes, there were falls and underrotations, but mostly they were clean jumps.
I think that in the coming season Kondratiuk will be the best again. I’m really rooting for this guy. Mark did not immediately develop a career, but this year he made a statement – he won all possible titles. I think that at the World Championships without Nathan Chen and Yuzuru Hanyu, he would have competed for the top 3.
I believe that in this couple, both Sasha helps Mark and Mark helps Sasha. They cannot be separated. They are both strong and ambitious. They look like the heroes of some cartoon about a bright sincere love for each other and for the sport that tied them together.
We see that Trusova is now in great demand. She has already participated in athletics competitions, she is invited to rowing, diving, hockey. What helps her to prove herself in other sports?
Yana Rudkovskaya: Due to “physics”. My husband said that Trusova’s “physics” is better than Cristiano Ronaldo’s. These are the words of the great Plushenko! Not all men could withstand the physical training that she underwent with us. Sasha can fulfill herself in any sport due to natural and acquired data in sports.
So, is this not only genetics, but also the right preparation?
Yana Rudkovskaya: Undoubtedly. Sasha’s dad is very athletic. He instilled in her a love for sports. What is love for sports? This is a daily hard work. Nothing is given to anyone just like that, luck can only happen once. Nothing was brought to Sasha on a silver platter. She is the athlete who achieved everything through titanic efforts.
You said that Mark could compete for medals at the World Championships. Do you have any concerns that due to the current situation, our athletes may miss their primetime and not get the titles they deserve?
Yana Rudkovskaya: We are in a difficult situation right now. We need to think not about how many medals our athletes may lose, but about how to quickly return to the world elite and change the situation with sanctions.
We talked with our sports minister Oleg Matytsin. I think that the situation will change with the sanctions relief. Yes, this year will be difficult and we will miss it. But I really hope that next year, as Tatiana Anatolievna Tarasova said, our people will be back and tear them apart with even greater anger. Tatiana Anatolievna is absolutely right – you shouldn’t make Russian athletes angry. I wish our guys more sports anger. I want them to take all the pedestals after their return.
Do you expect a full return of our athletes or will there still be some restrictions?
Yana Rudkovskaya: I’m not sure the flag will be allowed. But, as far as I understand, there is such an option as competing in a neutral status. This should somehow save the situation before the Olympic Games.
I really hope that there will be only one year of the pass, because my son is still growing up. He will not qualify for the next Olympics, but after one. But still, my heart skips a beat. I really want him to perform on the world stage. Sasha himself dreams of getting to the Olympic Games and coming there not just to ride.
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