“Today I was surprisingly nervous. I came to the rink in a normal condition, I had a six-minute warm-up, and then suddenly I started to feel pounding. It’s good that in the skating I was able to pull myself together and fight until the end.
For me it is important not just to win, I want to move our sport forward. Yes, I knew that I would lose a couple points on the somersault, but my goal to do something for the development of figure skating was too attractive.
I want to put the somersault back on the ice, back in the skating rink. You see, it only looks so dangerous – it’s actually a pretty safe element. I would be happy if in the future other skaters will do something that is not yet in the strict rules, do new elements, push the boundaries of what is possible.
I guess it’s similar to what Ilya Malinin is doing – we both want to do a bit more of what everyone is used to – each in our own way.
I decided to do the flip this afternoon, after practice. It’s clear that I wasn’t one hundred percent sure – I had to do a good program first. But after the last jump I said to myself: “It’s time! Do it!”. The coaches don’t seem to pout at me too much, ha-ha.
Will I do somersaults at the World Championships in Montreal? I don’t think so, I’m afraid it will be too risky,” said Siao Him Fa