“Her style is athletic and strong, not the typical fairy on the ice. I think that’s very good. It sets her apart from the rest.” Kevin van der Perren about Loena Hendrickx
Translation of Kevin van der Perren’s comments about Loena Hendrickx.
original source: Sporza.be
Translation of former Belgian figure skater, European bronze medalist, Kevin Van der Perren about Loena Hendrickx posted in the article on Sporza.
“I have always believed in her,” says Van der Perren. “Even when others did not. I have always said, ‘When it starts to click, then everything will be fine.’ And now it is.
When there is media attention, you are quickly written off. You are afraid to make a mistake, but the difference in self-confidence is now significant.
Hendrickx exudes a newfound self-confidence, marked by her distinctive choices and style, such as skating to pop music, a step away from the typical conventions of the sport.
Van der Perren adds, “It’s not like thirteen in a dozen. It’s athletic and strong, not the typical fairy on the ice. I think that’s very good. It sets her apart from the rest.
The judges are finally going along with it now. Her style is different. I always wanted to do that myself.
I hope many people take this as an example. This way, modernization can also come, and this sport can become more popular.”
As for the European Championships, Van der Perren shares his opinion about Loena’s chances of winning it, “On paper, she should be able to win that with her eyes closed. Although it remains a moment in time. If something goes wrong in those 4 minutes, it’s quickly done. But normally she should easily win it, and it will be very difficult to keep her from the world title.”
Alexandra Trusova: “People were also saying ‘If there were a second gold, I would give it to you,’ they think they support you. The only thing I asked fans was not to make me a medal.”