The main achievement of these World championships is the gold medal in pairs skating, for the first time since 2005. There are different kinds of victories. This one was convincing. As we say: with a clear advantage.
What was especially good? Interesting programs. Textbook elements. To win such a crowd! You know how difficult it is to skate in Canada, because here, they support mainly their own skaters. But Volosozhar and Trankov managed to make the audience cheer for them. And many Americans and Canadians came up after the competition and congratulated, because it was indeed a big win.
First of all, I want to congratulate Tatiana, Maxim and the coaching team of Nina Mikhailovna Moser and Stanislav Morozov on their success.
Speaking of other Russian pairs, they skated to their level. To fight for podium, you need not only pairs element, but jumps as well. Perform them consistently, because if it happens from time to time, judges start to doubt if it would be executed or not. You need to be consistent throughout a season. Not lose the point anywhere.
But, in general, Bazarova/Larionov and Kavaguti/Smirnov skated as they could. What they could have shown, they did.
As for a new coach for Bazarova/Larionov, we are not going to hurry with this matter. Everything should be thought through. There are certain offers. We will consider them carefully. We'll make it better than it was before.
Ice dance - we haven't been on World podium since 2009. After the Olympics, when Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin had retired, our teams didn't have any medals. It is great that Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitry Soloviev won the bronze here. Indeed, after they switched to Alexander Zhulin, they improved from competition to competition and achieved such success.
Another Russian couple, Elena Ilynykh/Nikita Katsalapov, are a very interesting team. Talented. One of the most talented. But, in addition to talent, you need also to work hard. It is something they lack, in my opinion. And not only in mine. You need to work not only depending on what mood you are in. If we're in a mood - we work. No mood - we rest. If the skaters change their preparation system, they will, I am sure, achieve good results. But what can you do, unfortunately, so far they lack work discipline.
In singles, this year we had three debutants - Adelina Sotnikova, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva and Maxim Kovtun. It had shown, of course, because it is hard to skate in seniors, in such company, with such an audience, it isn't easy. That is why, as Maxim says, that when he got on the ice, he was lost, and came to his senses only when he missed the combination. But he skated well in the free. He was exhausted by the end of the program. If the ending had been good, I think, he would be higher.
But I have to say, that level of men's skating in our country is lower than in the world.
About Maxim Kovtun. I know there were many discussions whether to send him to the Worlds or not. I am convinced that we did the right thing. He needs this experience. Technically, he is prepared much better than the rest of our skaters.
Looking at last year's results, our experienced skaters Gachinsky, Voronov were 13th and 18th in Nice. And for Kovtun, it was his first big competition. He has a great potential. Bigger than any other our skater. Of course, I am not talking about Plushenko. It is different subject altogether. But as for the rest, Voronov, Gachinsky and others, when people compare the scores they got in Tver, you need to understand that Tver is Tver. It is a completely different level of competition. Plus bonuses.
Girls. The level of ladies skating is such that we don't lack anything in technique. Both Sotnikova and Tuktamysheva have good technique. What do they lack? They lack consistency to skate both programs like they can. On the good level.
They both can fight for medals. At the recent European championships, they outskated Carolina Kostner, who won silver here. One of them won the short program, another won the free. Of course, they need experience and reputation. They not always can make it to the last group. And when athletes skate in the last group, they get completely different component scores.
It means that they need to compete more, to gain experience. It is a pity we have only two spots next year. We have many girls who will fight for the right to go to Sochi. But I believe that in ladies in Sochi, we will fight for medals.