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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    The bit where Shcherbakova says she weighed 25kg when she jumped her first quad (I assume at 13 or a bit older) is interesting. Those girls are very small indeed. One can understand how when the senior age was 15, it encouraged coaches to teach a 25kg 12/13 year old to land a quad and then just...
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    I imagine the only need South Korea would have for that kind of drafting is if something really kicked off with North Korea. And with Seoul so close to the northern border then pretty much everyone would be in trouble if that occurred.
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    This is all propaganda 101. I guess they are having to walk back (at least on the surface) some of the ‘rules for thee and not for me’ that have applied to the privileged so there is not complete uproar amongst the common folk. A lot of countries with compulsory conscription make a real point...
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    I’m not surprised that Jonathan, who is Australian born and did all his schooling in Australia isn’t lining up to go back into Russia and possibly get drafted. I can see from Instagram that Tiffany is in France, so I assume Jonathan is either with her or in Australia.
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    Somewhere I read it as the ‘we will keep killing our people until you give us what we want’ style of diplomacy.
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    War or no war, that program has displayed quite clearly that the mindset of Russian skating is that doping is no big deal at all. And it seems it’s an attitude that well predated the Ukraine situation.
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    In terms of skating, my concerns lie with the doping culture because that is directly perpetrated by the skaters and coaches and is entirely of their doing. It’s also in their control. The war is much more complicated and is a different kind of issue. The skaters and coaches don’t control the...
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    The whole innocent baby thing is also at odds with the fact her country is sending boys not two years older than her to be meat shields.
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    You know what… Valieva program was likely a publicity stunt. So to keep the sport alive, they are now doing made for TV exhibition comps. Test skates were a big production. Tutberidze has Shcherbakova, Trusova and Kostornaya all injured. Valieva doesn’t have quads or 3A. She has couple of...
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    The cushion of the huge popularity in Russian skating at the moment gives them the leverage to alienate the whole international skating community. They can seclude themselves away in a little bubble of their own with big expensive competitions for the next while. These bubbles don’t last...
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    I think I fell into the trap of mentally comparing her to Australian swimmers (specifically Ian Thorpe) who at 16/17 was giving interviews about the huge lengths he went to ensure that none of his food was contaminated to the point he refused to take supplements. BUT you are all right that the...
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    Yep that program was basically a giant neon middle finger to the international skating community.
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    Eteri tearfully clutching Valieva after her test skate free is beyond performative. This is all theatrics. Interesting though because the glory and success for Eteri for the next while is going to be in shows and endorsements rather than medals and prize money for whatever wunderkind is next...
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    Surely Kamilla is old enough now these days to take some responsibility too? The line is being crossed now where she’s actively participating in this big pity party. Setting the bar super low, the least she could have done is to insist on skating to a more abstract program.
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    Russian figure skating news & updates in 2022

    Well after hearing about Valieva’s free skate it seems the Russian skating and Tutberidze are doubling down hard. Not really sure what kind of pathway in the future could allow anyone to believe Russian skaters are clean. Although it seems to that being out of competition and being able to...
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