Ekaterina Bobrova: “Without Russians women’s single skating rolled back for 8-10 years. This’s degradation.”
Sochi 2014 Olympic champion in the team event Ekaterina Bobrova shared her opinion about the level of women’s single skating at the European Championships in Espoo, Finland.
Our girls started a huge growth in the development of women’s single skating. Lipnitskaya and Sotnikova won due to their consistency. Then came Medvedeva, Zagitova—the same story: beautiful 3-3 combinations, very fast spins, all jumps in the second half. Then, when it stopped being allowed, they moved combinations to the second half. Yes, women started to jump the triple axel a long time ago, but it was our girls, Liza and Alena, who began to jump it consistently (FS Gossips wonders whether Mr. Bobrova heard about Mao Asada), for which they received a lot of points.
Then quads started with our juniors, and it all grew, grew, grew. Now everything that the Russian team has gained over the years has been rolled back for 8-10 years. This, in my opinion, is the degradation of figure skating in women’s single skating. You can skate incredibly beautifully, and this should be rewarded as highly as quadruple jumps. For example, Jason Brown, even without quadruple jumps, can be close to Ilia Malinin, who is doing something incredible. But then, girls, you need to skate like Jason Brown. They skate beautifully, but not outstandingly.
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