“Gubanova can face biased judging because everyone knows that she is Russian anyway” Alexei Zheleznyakov, choreographer of Tutberidze’s group
Alexei Zheleznyakov, choreographer of the Eteri Tutberidze group, assessed the prospects of ex-Russians, as well as figure skaters training in Russia, at the World Championships in Saitama, Japan.
Alexei Zheleznyakov: Gubanova may well compete for medals at the World Championships. Nice, clean skating, and there will be a result. The only thing is that she may face biased judging because everyone knows that she is Russian anyway. However, biased refereeing may not happen.
It is not easy to determine this in advance. Every judge is a person. Everyone has their own point of view and stereotypes. I can’t look into their heads. As for the prospects for the students of Eteri Tutberidze, I know that they all went prepared, and then let’s see how it goes for them. I will definitely keep an eye on their performances.
Tatiana Tarasova: “Grassl didn’t leave any particular impression. He jumps with difficulty. Does he have a chance to compete for medals? No.”