13 February 2014
Alexander Zhukov: We couldn’t even imagine such great success of our figure skaters
Russian figure skaters have already won two gold medals: in the team event and in pairs figure skating where Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov were the best. The silver was also taken by the Russians – Ksenia Stolbova and Fyodor Klimov. At the press conference, held at the Main Media Center of the Olympic Games, the ROC President Alexander Zhukov said that we could predict the good performance of our skaters at the Olympics in Sochi, but such a smashing success became a surprise:
“Figure skating really stands apart among all other competitions, because the whole team is performing brilliantly. We were waiting for a good performance of our figure skaters, but honestly, we did not expect such a success”.
Yulia Lipnitskaya, a young figure skater, became an Olympic champion performing in the team event.
“She is certainly an unusual girl , – said the head of the ROC. – She is so serious and adult for a fifteen year old, and I really hope that the increased amount of attention she is getting now, will not affect her individual single skating. What she showed as part of the team was fantastic. I think that her performance is one of the main sensations of the Olympic Games. She has immediately become a favorite, and this excitement around her is perfectly understandable. Hopefully this week she will go to Moscow, prepare calmly and then return for the victory. Of course, she will have a very strong competitor – Korean, but if she will show the same level , everything will be just perfect”.
” By the way , I very much hope that Sotnikova will also perform successfully. We have two very strong girls” , – said Alexander Zhukov.