U.S. Qualifying season is underway!
Fan Zone article on 16-year-old Ilia Malinin by Darci Miller before he competes in Courchevel (his 3rd JGP since 2019):
Armed with New Repertoire of Quads, Ilia Malinin Prepared and Excited for Return of Junior Grand Prix - U.S. Figure Skating Fan Zone
Ilia Malinin is making a bold statement with his Instagram handle.
That focus on his quads comes naturally for Malinin. He's coached by his parents, Tatyana Malinina and Roman Skorniakov, who were Olympic figure skaters for Uzbekistan.
There's not a whole lot of separation between skating and home, but it certainly came in handy when rinks were shut down, when Malinin got to see his coaches and do off-ice training every day.
"There's some good and bad sides about it," Malinin said. "Like for example, you definitely get free lessons, which I guess is everyone's dream. But also, since you basically see them every day and all the time, you can talk about all the stuff that I need to do, instead of them having to come up to me for 30 minutes and tell me what I have to do, and I do that, and I go home. You get reminded of what you need to do.
"I'd say that there's a lot of good things, more than there are bad things."