“They can show all their skills anywhere and still be ambassadors of Russian ideas, thoughts, our national team, our country.” Zhulin, Tarasova, Laishev about rumours that Davis and Smolkin will skate for USA
More comments from Russia about possible change of citizenship by Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin.
You know there’re five stages of acceptance: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. How do you think where they are at the moment?) Read and enjoy how quickly some of the so called “specialists” change their mind about “change of sport citizenship” = “betrayal”.
Tatiana Tarasova: Smolkin and Davis got married? How nice, we should congratulate them.
What do I think about the information about them monitoring by the USFS? Once Alena Savchenko was without a job, without a partner, without a country. The Germans picked her up.
She found a partner, they became winners of the European Championships. Later she conquered the whole world, she will never be forgotten. She is the only one who became the Olympic champion having three partners. No one condemned her, no one was chasing information about what she was doing. And now the kids are married. We need to promote this story.
I do not participate in these gossip either as a person, or as a woman, or as a coach. Even if tomorrow they have a baby and they will skate for the United States, do not forget that ours were not allowed to the European and World Championships. This is a horrendous injustice, an ugly event of world significance.
Some people thought. Instead of sitting this year, it is better to lose it in America, and then skate for the USA. If the New York Times made an offer to you now, you would immediately agree.
Alexander Zhulin: There is no smoke without fire, they are probably considering some options. Yes, the competition there is high, but I heard that Hubbell and Donohue (bronze medalists in Beijing 2022) are ending their career.
It is not clear for how long Russia was baned, and their coach is American, she is American, if he marries her, he will also be American.
In case of a change of citizenship, they will be able to compete at the stages of the Grand Prix, the World Championships, the Four Continents, so I do not exclude such a possibility.
Tough decision, only they know what’s best for them.
Renat Laishev: There are no other reasons why Eteri Tutberidze (mother of Diana Davis) is delayed in the USA. This is the right of the guys to skate for another federation, for God’s sake, let them skate.
They can show all their skills anywhere and still be ambassadors of Russian ideas, thoughts, our national team, our country.
What Eteri did for our country proves that we should not doubt the guys.
We must be more democratic than everyone else. When our cards are all revealed, there is no better country than us on earth, better than Russia. I am absolutely calm about the decision of the guys to compete for another federation.
“This is not true! I believe that our guys, our students are our people.” Tarasova and Laishev about rumours that Davis and Smolkin having a try out for USFS