“I couldn’t have done better the job that I did with them. The initiative to end our cooperation was not mine.” Igor Shpilband about Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin
Igor Shpilband spoke about why he no longer works with Russian figure skaters Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin.
source: sports.ru dd. 11th September by Maia Bagryantseva
At the end of June it became known that Davis and Smolkin left the group of Igor Shpilband. Now athletes are working with Elena Novak and Alexei Kilyakov in the USA.
Later, Match TV reported that the skaters stopped working with Shpilband at the initiative of Diana’s mother, Eteri Tutberidze.
Igor Shpilband: I would not like to comment in any detail on the end of our joint work. We parted very friendly. I think that I couldn’t have done better the job that I did with them. I think they are grateful for our joint journey. I am very glad that Gleb and Diana took place as a pair, and I wish them further development.
Can you say on whose initiative your collaboration ended?
Igor Shpilband: The initiative was not mine.
Eteri Tutberidze: “You don’t have to consider yourself the best. You just have to show what you was working on. And if this leads to the highest step of the pedestal – well, great.”