Alexey Gudipati: Alexander vilf / RIA Novosti
Olympic champion and Merited master of sports Alexei Yagudin commented on criticism of American Ashley Wagner to the Russian figure skater Alina Sagitova. Words Yagudin leads “CHempionata”.
“As for Alina Sagitova. On the contrary it is an enormous work that she has the strength and opportunity to leave all the jumps in the second half of the performances. There are even bonuses for jumping when they performed in the second half of the program. Maybe Ashley says resentment over the fact that she can’t do that. I was never criticized for speaking out. But just Ashley Wagner is now at home in the United States, and Alina performs at the Olympic games and proudly represents our great country,” — said Yagudin.
Earlier on 12 February, Wagner criticized the skating 15-year-old figure skater of the Russian team in his Twitter account, after which she became a target of attacks social network users.
On February 11 the performance of Sagitova who won the long program odinochnits, ensured the national team of Russia figure skating silver medal in the team competition at the Games in Pyeongchang. The gold was won by team Canada — bronze skaters from the United States.
Wagner became Olympic champion in team competitions in Sochi. 26-year-old American was selected to team USA and does not participate in the Olympics 2018.
XXIII Olympic games will last until February 25.
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