Federations of major European countries are interested in the possible transition of Russian skaters Veronika Zhilina and Sofia Titova.
This was reported by RIA NEWS, citing a source familiar with the situation. Specific countries were not named.
Both athletes are trained by Yevgeny Plushenko. According to the source, the coach did not accept any offers to move.
The day before Zhilina won silver at the Russian Junior Championship in Perm, Titova took fourth place. After the competition, Plushchenko criticized the judging and said that his wards may consider a transition to other national teams.
And he said the following:
“If my athletes are judged the way they are now, there will be a transition to other countries.
The transition of those athletes who are being judged unfairly,” the two-time Olympic champion said.
“I have the following statement: my athletes who do ultras are being given much lower scores for some reason. They give the judges lower points, even though the jumps are great. If someone else had done them, the scores would have been different.
I looked at the printouts, an order of magnitude higher. Mine, if they have ribs, they can see right away. Other athletes don’t. This has been the case for several seasons. I talked to the judges, the federation, I said: “Why are you judging me strictly? Judge everyone equally.
We are for justice. If a girl makes a butterfly, she gets a plus 2, and if mine makes a butterfly, she gets a minus 4. What kind of bias is that? Where’s the fairness?
For the second year I am telling the athletes about it, warning, reminding. Everyone in the federation says it’s okay. Not again. I was patient, but today I talked to the athletes, to the parents.
It is most likely that there will be transfers of many athletes to other countries. Those who are judged unfairly. Do the guys also have to fight for justice? I’m tired. If the federation doesn’t need us, we’ll go where we’re needed,” Sport-Express quoted Plushchenko as saying.
Representatives of the Russian Figure Skating Federation tried to influence the behavior of coach Yevgeny Plushenko after his criticism of the judges in the 2020/21 season.
RIA NEWS Sport writes about it.
“Prior to this, the relationship of the two-time Olympic champion with the bosses of figure skating were tense, the parties were constantly balancing on a knife edge, but no one moved to decisive action. Until now, the most acute incident between them was in the 2020/21 season, when Alexandra Trusova and Alena Kostornaya were training under Plushchenko.
At several points Evgeni Viktorovich did not like the way his athletes were being judged, and at the Russian Championships in Chelyabinsk he even said that the judges were “fed and energized”. At the same time Eteri Tutberidze’s group, with whom Plushchenko had an active conflict, signed a sponsorship agreement with a fuel producer. Taking into consideration that it was the representatives of “Khrustalnyi” who won two out of three medals at that time (including the gold for Anna Shcherbakova), there can be no ambiguity.
So: both before and after these words, the federation representatives tried in every way to influence Plushchenko’s behavior. And the feud between Tutberidze and Plushchenko eventually died down,” the article says.
P. S. Initially in the article of RIA NEWS was the phrase “deprivation of accreditation”, but it does not correspond to reality.
Tatiana Tarasova, an honorary coach of the USSR, reacted to the words of Yevgeny Plushenko that his students can move to the national teams of other countries because of unfair refereeing.
“This is a serious question. No one is afraid of anything. No one is afraid of losing something good and outstanding. No one will be afraid of his kids leaving him.
But maybe he won’t have kids coming to him if the judges are bad at judging. That would be very bad for his job, and he works very well, interested and professional.
When Yevgeny Plushenko thinks about it, he’ll realize that no one needs to know and no one needs to say it. If he thinks it should be done, let him do it,” said Tarasova.
Choreographer Betina Popova shared her opinion about Evgeny Plushenko’s criticism of the judges at the Russian Junior Championship in Perm.
“It seems to me that everything was said a little bit on emotion. We haven’t had enough time to watch and analyze our own and our rivals’ performances.
Maybe if you sit down and analyze it calmly, you won’t have such a radical opinion. In fact, I would not say that there was any judgment.
It always seems to someone that there was a little bit of oversight, and here there was more attention to someone else. As my coach told me, you need to skate two heads above the others, and then no one will have any questions.
To complain about the fact that you get undercorrections and others don’t, is a little strange position,” Popova said.
Coach Tatiana Mishina assessed Yevgeny Plushenko’s criticism of the judges.
“It was his reaction to the competition, because his girls rolled the free skating very well. I don’t know what his actual plans are. He may have said it in the heat of the moment, or he is really planning something.
But I hope it’s just emotions. The coach puts so much effort and he may have such a reaction after a good performance. But still, one free program will not solve anything. We have two programs. Only time will tell, whether there will be any actions connected with the change of citizenship on his part.
I do not feel that the girls Plushchenko is judged more strictly. But to be honest, we should analyze the evaluation of the short and free skating in details: how many points were given for each jump, what were the bonus points. Only after that we can say anything.
As for the rest, I can’t say that his girls were judged very badly. Muravyova was a good skater, she got her own points. At all the last starts, she got her points,” Mishina said.