“I hope I gave at least some part of my soul to the judges, spectators and coaches.” Kamila Valieva and Karen Chen comments after skates
“When I entered the short program, I was very tense. Due to the fact that this is a team event, there was a little more responsibility than usual. I am glad that I did it, that I skated today for my own pleasure, that I controlled all the movements that I do.
I hope I gave at least some part of my soul to the judges, spectators and coaches.
I am very happy to be at the Olympics. I got the maximum amount of points to my country and our team today. I will not talk about the goals for the Olympics. Why did I skate with headphones in training? It’s just music, no secret.
Did the Americans give me a standing ovation? It’s very nice, these are the athletes who understand how to skate. It’s great that they all enjoyed it. Not only Americans – Canadians, other national teams. It’s inspiring.”
Said Kamila Valieva to MatchTV
“I don’t really think about it – I go and skate my program. It makes no sense to think about age, it will not give me anything”
Said Kamila Valieva to TASS
“Obviously, the Russians are doing amazing things. I can only dream of such things, it is not available to me. But I can’t think about how good their team is. I just need to focus on making everyone around me happy.”
Said Karen Chen to MatchTV
“I wanted to skate a clean program for myself, the team, my family and all the fans. Didn’t even know what to expect. Everything here feels like a national championships.
My fall? In training, everything was fine, I performed all the jumps. But here I made a mistake. I’ll try to improve for the next skates. I was upset about the fall. I wanted a chance to go out again and make things right. But this is experience. Now I understand what it’s like to perform at this level. I hope my fall on the triple loop will not affect the overall result. I did not have time to look at the general table.
I knew I would be skating in team right after the U.S. Nationals.”
Said Karen Chen to SE
Renat Laishev: “Before Valieva’s performance we can only hope that the judges still have a conscience. We Russians still believe in it.”