Let the skating begin
I didn't read that as a categorical denial, but rather that she didn't remember saying it and things said in the heat of the moment of a competition didn't necessarily reflect the true feelings. There have been multiple reports that she did say that. Which is no big deal and did reflect her disappointment at losing the OGM.Eteri had gone on Russia’s Channel One soon after the split, and said Evgenia had told her in PC after Alina’s win, that she wished Eteri had held Alina back in jrs. one more year. Here Evgenia categorically denies having said that.
I don’t have any official poll numbers (Will Levada please get on that?) But the movers and shakers in the skating community mostly seem to support Med. Private citizens, however, hiding behind the anonymity of the internet, have been pouring vitriol on her social media pages.