Georgy Kunitsa stood up for Alena Kostornaia after the Russian Grand Prix stage in Omsk.
Kostornaya and Kunitsa took fourth place in pairs skating. The figure skater criticized the judging in an interview after rolling the free skating program.
“Dear our fans and “non-fans”. The Grand Prix stage in Omsk has come to an end. It could have been worse, it could have been much better. I consider these competitions a great starting point for the future.
I want to support my beloved wife and partner Alena Kostornaya in connection with the fact that in the last few days you all jumped on her like animals. Put all this negativity, all these completely undeserved insults in one place.
Alyona clearly said that there was not very clear and biased judging in the short program by some judges, and I completely agree with her. The free program was judged objectively.
We go our own way and we have our own path. We are making history, and I will always be on my wife’s side, as we are one,” Kunitsa wrote.
Aliona Kostornaia spoke out about her debut in pairs skating.
“We consider the first start a great experience. And we can not say that the first pancake is a pancake, now we know what to expect, what to prepare for, what to build on, what to work on even more. Still, the official start and the test skating are completely different things.
Yes, we had some misunderstandings in the judging of the short program, but in the free skate all our mistakes were our fault. In general, the judging was completely objective. What we rolled up, that’s what we got,” Kostornaia said.
“As for the question of changing citizenship, there are options, of course. But now we skate for our country – the country that gives us the opportunity to perform and train, to improve, to show ourselves.
We are a very new couple, but nevertheless we were included in the Grand Prix, which is a great luck and honor for us. And what will happen next, it’s pointless to guess,” TASS quoted Kostornaia as saying.
Aliona Kostornaia called her statements about the judging impermissible.
“Yesterday I said impermissibly much, I will not give any more comments. We will prove everything by deed,” Kostornaia said.
There were some strange moments in the judging of the short program. The referees rated the participants’ support from -3 to +3, and in the components for the skaters’ skating skills they gave marks from 6.75 to 9.25. Such significant differences in scores seem somewhat unusual from a rules point of view. Despite this, the final scores were quite objective, so there is no need to openly protest against the judges’ decisions. The pair’s coaches Sergey Roslyakov and Georgy Kunitsa appear to be happy with the results, which can be judged by their joyful reaction in the kiss-and-tell. Alyona expressed her displeasure by hiding her thumbs up, although she hasn’t seen the official protocols yet.
It seems Kostornaia had inflated expectations when she traveled to Omsk. The competition at this stage was very high, and it would be possible to rise above fourth place only if other competitors fail. Aliona and Gosha are still finding it difficult to compete with the other pairs, except for parallel jumps, as they are doing senior triple jumps. However, their low scores on the backspin and todes may reduce that advantage.
“Right now the doubles elements are harder than the singles. This way is long both in skating and in the execution of elements,” said Maxim Trankov, commenting on the free skating program. And it’s really true. Alyona and Gosha will have to work long and hard before they can compete for prizes.
The competition in pairs skating is very tough at the moment. Not only Mishina – Galliamov and Boikova – Kozlovsky have outstanding results, but also many young and talented pairs are gradually developing. To reach the level of top 3 at the Russian Championships, Aliona and Gosha will need many years of work. Even getting into the top five pairs will not be an easy task for them. If Kostornaia is really set up for success in a new discipline, she will have to work patiently and diligently, rather than identify the mistakes of the judges.