My first post so I thought I should break the ice with this interesting interview made after the European's.
A few quotes from the translated interview...
And...- Wouldn’t American Johnnie Weir or Canadian Jeffrey Buttle get on your level if they finally learn the quad? They are very gifted skaters in all the other aspects.
- I know they do this element at practice, but they don’t risk including it in the program. That’s the new judging system. Before, everyone tried to risk, and now, many are satisfied with what they learned well. If Weir and Buttle don’t try for more, that means they are afraid to lose their current position. That’s not the first position.
- Is that judges attempting to create the intrigue artificially so the spectators won’t get bored?
- I think so. Everyone understands that the skating stopped in its development so they are trying to move it ahead somehow. I don’t understand why Joubert is set as my main rival. It would be more fair if it were Stefan Lambiel. He is gifted skater all-around. I can say responsibly and without emotion – in skating quality, spins, footwork and artistic expressiveness, he is stronger than Joubert. With that, Lambiel’s second mark in the free program was four points lower. Nothing changed. Judging just like it was before. Judges are free in their likes and dislikes as before. And just like before, the second mark is the tool to express their likes and dislikes. So what, then it’s Joubert. I’m ready for pressure.
You can read the rest of the translated interview made by Trinity at FSU- Would you stay in the sport if you dream comes true and you take a gold in Torino in a year?
- I’m not ready to answer that now. It will depend on how I would feel at the moment. If I would be tired from the sport, I would leave. It’s very hard to come to any event thinking you must be first. Plus, not only I can get tired of having to win, the fans can get tired of my victories. Leaving timely is a big art.