Skating icon attacks Ukraine for gloating over canceled Russian masterclass


Olympic medalist Alexandra Trusova was planning to coach youngsters in Stockholm before the event was canceled

Famous figure skating coach Tatiana Tarasova says Ukrainian officials should think about improving their own results rather than chasing “vile” campaigns against Russian rivals. The comments came after a Swedish club were forced to cancel a planned masterclass by Russian Olympic silver medalist Alexandra Trusova.

“If I were them, I would think about their positions and the places Ukrainians envision for themselves in the Olympics…” Tarasova said in comments shared by TASS.

“You have to think of a result that could surprise and attract the attention of the entire figure skating public, and not of despicable letters and denunciations of athletes whose results they will never achieve”,added the respected veteran coach, who has coached a long list of skaters to Olympic and World title glory.

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Swedish skating club forced to cancel Russian masterclass – reports

Skating club Djurgardens IF Konstakning in Stockholm confirmed last month that it had canceled a two-day masterclass with Trusova which was scheduled for August 27-28.

It was reported that the venue had been pressured by the Swedish Skating Federation to drop the show, where the 18-year-old Russian “Quad Queen”had to share advice with young aspiring skaters and fans.

Ukrainian figures have claimed some of the credit for the cancellation of the event, with the national figure skating federation (USFS) bragging that it was due to the“active position and perseverance” of his actions.

Russian and Belarusian skaters are currently banned by the International Skating Union (ISU) due to the conflict in Ukraine – a stage which has deprived women’s figure skating in particular of its biggest and brightest stars.

In a social media post on Monday, Russian coach Eteri Tutberidze – who coaches Trusova, Olympic champion Anna Shcherbakova and world record holder Kamila Valieva – said he was“absurd”that the titles would be decided next season without the participation of the Russian skaters.

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Although not welcome in countries like Sweden, Russian figure skating stars could find more opportunities abroad in places like China.

Speaking to the media last month, local businessman Li Jun of Beijing Global Dynamic Media said the company wanted to organize a tour featuring teenage trio Trusova, Valieva and Shcherbakova.

The stars have been collectively nicknamed “Sanva” – which means “Three Va” in Chinese – and enjoy immense popularity in the country, according to Li.


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