"Skating's technical level was very difficult, and everybody was trying to reach this goal," he says. "Now, with the judging system, you don't have to reach that because it's not promoting that. For example, back then the quadruple meant a lot. In present day, it seems the quadruple doesn't mean anything.
"I was doing quadruples -- such as Salchow and toe loop -- and I know what it takes to even do it in a program," he adds. "It's not just physical, it's mental. It's major, major work. This is gone."