Wishing I could go back to the Lake Placid JGP
Starting off this new thread with Anatoly Samokhvalov's article in which Anna Shcherbakova's mother is quoted:
Google translated excerpts:
Одна из главных надежд российского фигурного катания Анна Щербакова два дня держала в напряжении общественность, добиваясь победы на чемпионате России, борясь с Спорт РИА Новости, 28.12.2020
First, how a young woman, exhausted by pneumonia, managed to order her body to become a robot in the right five minutes of a free program. Secondly, as a 16-year-old "little, thin girl" (Tatiana Tarasova's formulation) actually ruled over adult parents, her venerable coaches and, possibly, the leaders of the federation.
"In your family, parents really can't order their children?" - I asked Julia, to which I received an exhaustive answer.
"No! We can't," [Anna's] mother replied. "I know that mistakes are a part of life. And not always the one who is older, smarter and wiser. I do not understand parents who rigidly impose their own on children. I remember many of my mistakes, I do not idealize them, but I am grateful that they taught me a lot. And Anya has either innate or acquired in sports very sharp thinking. She grasps things that do not imply a child's experience."