Yana Rudkovskaya: “You don’t need to pity children in sports if you want to raise an Olympic champion.”
Producer, co-owner of “Angels of Plushenko” Yana Rudkovskaya about what needs to be done to become a champion and aga minimum in figure skating.
Yana Rudkovskaya: To become a champion you have to work hard. You don’t need to pity children in sports, because if you want to have an Olympic champion … In general, I haven’t raised an Olympic champion yet. I really want my children to become outstanding athletes like their dad. But I can say that I went through two Olympics with my husband. And I want to say that it is impossible to pity the athletes.
Yana Rudkovskaya: Of course, everyone is used to the fact that girls win at the age of 15. And, in fact, the career ends there. I want their career to continue, like Liza Tuktamysheva’s. Her story deserves great respect, as does the story of Yuna Kim, Katarina Witt, Mao Asada.
Many people ask: why did the careers of Adelina Sotnikova and Yulia Lipnitskaya end so quickly? And, I think, Zhenya Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova also had short careers. Each of these girls is an amazing skater. But such short stories in sports. And when I, for example, look at the story of my husband, this is really a story. Even Rafael Arutyunyan said: sport is a long-distance race. And in sports it is interesting to conquer more than one peak.
But for many girls, this is sad news. For some, this is a test of strength. Perhaps this is a difficult but serious path that girls must go through in order to become Olympic champions in the future. Perhaps this is an ambiguous decision. But it seems to me that now it will be even more interesting. At the age of 15, many people can jump quadruple jumps. But it is more difficult to do this at the age of 17-19. For world figure skating, this is the only way out, and for Russian figure skating, this is a test of strength.
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