Nikita Katsalapov: “American fans, athletes left the stands before the last women’s warm-up. Because no one can, they are all afraid of us. We have a very strong team.”
Olympic champion in the team event at the 2022 Olympics Nikita Katsalapov noted that American fans and athletes left the stands before the start of the strongest warm-up in the women’s singles skating at the Beijing Games, where the Russians performed.
Nikita Katsalapov: Kamila is a very strong athlete, she is a very strong girl. It worth a lot to endure all this under such pressure. Now not everything work out, she is 15 years old, everything is ahead – a bright future. We all see it, we all see how she skates and what she can do. I personally wish her the best, to endure and to withstand. Now after the Olympic Games she will be much stronger.
Do you think it happened purely because of psychology?
Nikita Katsalapov: I’m sure it’s purely psychological. We all saw how she skated at the Russian and European Championships. This person did the maximum for pleasure and skated flawlessly. 15 years, I think, such a heat, all the situation that happened around is hard to endure. She skated with dignity, despite all the mistakes, she did everything, with mistakes, but she did it, she fought to the last. I think everything will be fine.
Katsalapov also noted that Alexandra Trusova made a historical performance, and he is also happy for the winner Anna Shcherbakova.
Nikita Katsalapov: Sasha made a historical performance, super complex content. I’m insanely happy. Even in the short program, Vika and I noted how much she improved in skating, which, probably, many expected from her. It was very cool, we are very happy for Sasha and for Anechka, who probably delivered the performance of her life today. Our girls are super, we are proud of them. They are huge motivators for the whole world, not only for our Russian fans. I can say one more thing, this is only for our Russian fans, I saw with my own eyes how American fans left the stands after the penultimate warm-up.
Do you mean delegation?
Nikita Katsalapov: Fans, athletes left. Because no one can, they are all afraid of us. We have a very strong team.
What can you say to Trusova’s fans who will ask: “Why is Sasha without gold”?
Nikita Katsalapov: I don’t know what to tell them, because Sasha skated super well. Everything has its time. We are not the judges here. The judges sit there, so they know better some small mistakes, some pluses. Apparently something was missing. But the girls skated brilliantly.
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