When 17-year-old Evgeni Semenenko took to the ice for the Short Program at the 2021 ISU World Figure Championships in Stockholm, Sweden, the very first
For the most part, the Russian skating community, social media and fans took this decision critically. How could the federation send such an inexperienced skater, who only had one grand prix (Rostelecom Cup) under his belt and had not yet even competed at the World Junior Championships yet? Many insinuated that Russia risked ending up with only one quota for the Olympic Games.
Semenenko felt that criticism, too. “I read positive, but also many negative comments on Instagram,” he said.
Was it just "luck" or is Semenenko going to become a front-runner for Russia in the future? Where do you see him in two years? Four?