Ekaterina Bobrova: “With his performance Kevin Aymoz showed disrespect to the audience at the European Championships.”
Translation of Ekaterina Bobrova’s comment about Kevin Aymoz’s performance at the 2024 European Championships.
original source: MatchTV
Former Russian ice dancer, Olympic champion in the team event, Ekaterina Bobrova, believes that French figure skater Kevin Aymoz showed disrespect to the audience at the European Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania.
Aymoz did not qualify for the free skate at the recent competition, finishing in the penultimate 31st place.
“Incredible skating in the short program from Kevin Aymoz —the last in technical score… It was something. Yes, people have different characters, but athletes have certain notes of developed character — overcoming oneself, never giving up, pushing forward. Without these character traits, you cannot perform at such a level. Now, Kevin has shown a lack of this character. Perhaps there is something we don’t know. Perhaps he has an injury, perhaps something is happening in his life. But to give up skating to this extent… Honestly, for me personally, as an athlete, it feels like disrespect to the audience,” said Bobrova.
“I love him as a skater; he has an amazing talent. During clean performances, we admired his programs this season. Yes, something went wrong; he missed the first jump. But when he didn’t go into the spin, adjusting his hair, I got the impression that he thought: ‘I don’t want to make it to the free skate.’ It felt like he gave up, like no matter how he would have skated the free program, he had already missed what he came to the European Championships for, and it’s a shame. But he decided to put a beautiful point on it with a Level 4 sequence at +4,” she added.
In the midst of this situation, Bobrova expressed the most sympathy for the coaches, emphasizing the wasted effort and work they had put in.”
Ed. Note: FS Gossips completely disagree with Bobrova’s statement and think that her comments are awful and posts its translation because believes that world of skating should know the true colors of their athletes.