Inna Goncharenko drew a parallel between the achievements of Ilia Malinin and Russian figure skaters. The American won the Grand Prix final in Beijing by successfully performing a quadruple axel in the short program.
“What Malinin represents is what our girls had previously practiced in the women’s singles. It caused stress for a lot of people because it became an integral part of it. Always when someone starts doing such things, many people think that it is temporary.
Gradually, people get used to it as a norm, realizing that life has taken a step forward. Yuzuru Hanyu started something like this, it was a dream for him, and Malinin realized it, and, moreover, with grace and ease, despite the apparent lightness.
He has tremendous motivation, work capacity and confidence that nothing is impossible: ‘I’m doing it, and I’m going to keep doing it’. He didn’t have a hundred percent confidence that the judges would rate it highly, but he wanted to test himself, demonstrate his ability and prove once again that he can do it at a high level.
He is a truly talented and dedicated person. Yes, there are aspects to work on – expressiveness, artistry of the performance, but he is moving forward, transforming from a teenager into a master, developing his style,” said Honored Coach of Russia Inna Goncharenko.