“I don’t know what I expected, but I imagined it would be somehow different,” she mentioned. “After I fell off the axel jump, the rest I did easily.”
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After her efficiency, Trusova sat stone-faced and frozen in the space the place skaters wait for his or her scores, as if it hadn’t even registered that she may rating 74.60 factors and sit simply off the medals stand as the girls go into the free skate.
Shcherbakova, the reigning world champion, didn’t wish to discuss medals, saying, “It’s early to speak about the medals. It’s too early for the medals.” But she is in place, actually, to win one after touchdown her double axel and three triple jumps, and checking off talent after talent with dedication.
“I realized how important this skate was and I tried to pay attention to every detail,” she mentioned.
When requested about Valieva and the doping state of affairs, Shcherbakova mentioned she wouldn’t touch upon it. Valieva didn’t make herself obtainable to reporters, both, strolling previous them after which skipping the information convention after the occasion.
Sakamoto admitted that there have been occasions when she puzzled what was going to occur with the Valieva affair, however as with most skaters right here she wanted to attempt to block it out if she was going to skate her finest.
“I’m not really focusing on those matters,” she mentioned. “I need to focus on me, on my game.”
Because of Valieva, a medal ceremony for the girls’s occasion might not even happen.
If Valieva goes on to win or place in the prime three in this occasion, there might be no medal ceremony for any of the medalists — not even a ceremony the place they’re awarded stuffed Olympic panda mascots — as a result of her doping case stays underneath investigation. Already, medals for the group occasion Russia gained final week, when it beat the United States and Japan, are on maintain till her case is resolved.