Ilia Averbukh: “I didn’t watch Worlds. I boycotted it. The guys who won there are not to blame for anything, but the absence of Russians devalues their medals.”
Ilia Averbukh about 2023 World Championships.
Have you watched the World Championships?
Ilia Averbukh: I deliberately didn’t watched. Boycotted. I understand that they don’t care about me, but I don’t care what they do there. The World Championships should be held among the strongest. And Russian figure skating is one of the strongest on the planet. Until there is a competition of the best of the best, I will not watch the World Championships. The guys who won gold there are not to blame for anything, but the absence of Russians devalues their medals. Even though there are 8 quads, even 10, I won’t watch and comment on the World Championships without our skaters.
Daniel Grassl: “It took me a while to decide to go to Tutberidze. But I was very sad after Nationals and I thought that new environment, a place where they jump a lot of quads can motivate me.”