It's not Danya himself who is the issue by any means, he is not in charge of spots and visas. But he's Eteri's only senior-eligible man and that makes all the difference. Maybe one day Eteri's male skaters will stop getting perks for her success in women's skating, and RusFed get it through their heads that boys jumping quads in novices doesn't mean anything, but not yet it seems. Pushing juniors too hard isn't even a figure skating problem, it's a general problem in Russian sport, and in the great majority of cases it's counterproductive. And it's not like a skater with Osgood-Schlatter can't come back successfully without anyone holding a place open for him, Kondratiuk did it just fine.I am very aware of all that, having had followed Mozalev since he set his blade on ice in 2019 JGP because I loved his SP so much and through his troubled last season. Heck, by now even my cat might be vaguely aware of that. but it’s still not Samsonov’s fault. They both are athletically gifted young men. Whichever official didn’t take notice in September when Samsonov was conspicuous by his absence at the test skates and didn’t question his ability to compete in a few weeks, wasn’t doing their job, or saw no compelling reason to WD early enough for the spot to be filled.