Trusova against ISU rules
The debut of Alexandra Trusova, a 15-year-old pupil of Eteri Tutberidze, became one of the most anticipated and discussed events of the past offseason. Alexandra’s form and potential make the figure skating experts optimistic about the prospects of the young athlete. Trusova is considered the main competitor of Alina Zagitova and a contender for prizes in the competitions of the opening season.
At the very first adult competitions of the Challenger series in Bratislava, yesterday's junior for the first time in the history of women's skating performed three quadruple jumps. For her extremely complex free program, Trusova received 163.78 points from the judges, and in total scored 238.69 points, thus breaking two Zagitova's records at once.
However, because of the performance of the quadruple jumps, the Russian woman cannot claim a record in the short program - according to the rules of the International Union of Skaters (ISU), skaters are forbidden to make jumps in four turns.
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The best result in history still belongs to the Japanese Rika Kihira, in the arsenal of which appears another leap in the classification of the "ultra-si" triple axel, which Trusov has not yet performed.
Experts are sure that in this way the international federation artificially supports the principle of healthy competition, because the limit for ultra-si jumps gives athletes who do not own quadruples a chance to compete against more technical competitors on equal terms.
At the same time, in addition to Trusova, the net jumps in four turns are performed by other students of Tutberidze - Anna Shcherbakova and the representative of Kazakhstan, Elizabeth Tursynbaeva. This trend will eventually force ISU to review the current ban. Such an opinion in an interview with RT was expressed by Olympic champion in figure skating Alexei Yagudin.
“Everything goes to the point that even more girls will start jumping, so it is possible that such a question will be raised at a high level. I think that over time, the four will add to the registry a short program, ”said the athlete.
Another representative of the Russian figure skating elite Ilya Averbukh urged Trusov not to pay attention to points and set other goals.
“Records in figure skating are on the tenth plane. It makes no sense to equal them. Numbers are a very conditional thing in our sport, yet we do not have athletics, where seconds and minutes decide everything. The rules are constantly changing, so the main thing is victory. The records are not about figure skating, ”explained the Olympic silver medalist in an interview with RT.
Fears for Medvedev's choice
The silver medalist of the Olympic Games, Yevgeny Medvedev, began the season by hitting the podium. The Russian woman took second place in the tournament in Canadian Oakville, letting only Kihira go ahead.
However, the most discussed news related to Medvedeva was not the first official release, but the announcement of Ilya Averbukh's New Year's ice show "The Wizard of Oz", in which Medvedev will play the main role of the girl Dorothy.
In the career of the Russian figure skater, participation in several demonstration shows that took place in Korea, Canada and Japan is already listed. However, the current situation is causing concern.
The fact is that the premiere of the performance is scheduled for December 30, the day before, the Russian Figure Skating Championship will end in Krasnoyarsk. Thus, in the event of a hit on a pedestal and participation in a gala show, Medvedev will miss the dress rehearsal and arrive at the corpses only a few hours before the first performance. According to the fans, this may mean that the 19-year-old skater does not count on a high result and getting into the Russian team.
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Such rumors in an interview with RT were dispelled by the director of "The Wizard of Oz" Averbukh.
“For those who don’t want Zhenya’s participation in the championship of Russia, this fact is really presented as desired. This is not true. She will definitely perform at the Russian Championship. Zhenya will join our performance only after she is completely freed from all programs in Krasnoyarsk, ”Averbukh explained.
The skater also explained that even at the stage of negotiations on participation in the show, all the interests of Medvedveda regarding the official starts of the new season were taken into account.
“She will ride with us until January 8, therefore, if she is selected for the European Championship according to the sporting principle, she will get a full-fledged opportunity to prepare for him. Our show will not affect any of the starts. Absolutely normal practice, many athletes participate in Christmas rentals. This is a great opportunity to relax, emotionally discharge and make good money, ”said the director.
At the end of the conversation, Averbukh assessed the prospects of the Russians in the season and emphasized that not one of the participants in the domestic championship would be easy.
“Eugene did not give up, she will fight! Yes, the competition is crazy. Trusova performs brilliantly, Zagitova is in great shape, strong Shcherbakova, well entered the season Tuktamysheva. A very interesting season awaits us, ”the 2002 world champion summed up.
The attention of fans of figure skating was also attracted by the publication of two-time Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko. On his Instagram page, he posted a video fragment of a family vacation in Karelia. It shows that he is driving a car with his son Alexander, who is also in the driver's seat.
The family video sketch, in which the six-year-old Plushenko Jr. shares his knowledge of the Russian forest, delighted the majority of subscribers, but there were also those who drew attention to the fact that the three-time world champion flagrantly violated the rules of the road.
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Fans criticized the skater and noted that the children had no place in the driver's seat.
The famous athlete violated the rules on the transport of children under seven years of age. According to part 3 of article 12.23 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation for non-compliance with the rules, an administrative fine of 3 thousand rubles may be imposed on him.
We add that earlier in violation of traffic rules was another star of Russian figure skating Alina Zagitova. In May, a video appeared on the network in which a 17-year-old Olympic champion, under the age of obtaining rights, drives a vehicle while on vacation in her native Izhevsk.