Nikita Katsalapov: “We were surprised to see that Vincent Zhou is doing the free program. Apparently, Chen wants to show some kind of divine skating and saves energy for individual event.’
Nikita Katsalapov, who is the captain of the Russian team at the team event at the Beijing Olympics, summed up the results of the second day of the competitions.
Nikita Katsalapov: I can say that we were surprised to see that Vincent Zhou is skating the free program. But we don’t know the strategy of the American team. They probably know what they’re doing. Apparently, Chen wants to show some kind of divine skating and save as much energy as possible for individualt competitions.
Valieva combined all the best qualities of a figure skater. She charges the whole team, she is wonderful athlete and person. It’s great that we have a lot of these young athletes who are already the greatest skaters.
Why doesn’t Kamila’s fragility show up on ice? This question needs to be asked to Eteri. Apparently she has a secret. I’m myself surprised. Fragile – we say so in Russian, she is very young, sweet. But on the ice she is very strong. When I look at the performances of our girls, I don’t think about their age. Just enjoying difficult elements! They are very strong skaters. It’s so interesting. When you watch them skating, they are mature, strong and motivated. Is there something childish in their life… We don’t see them that often. They probably have childhood habits, but when they come to the ice, they forget it.
Nikita also confirmed that he and Vika are doing the free dance in the team event
Nikita Katsalapov: Yes, we are doing a free dance. I was allowed to say this.