Alexei Gorshkov: “I can’t understand the scores of Riazanova/Tkachenko”

Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko

The coach of the Russian ice dance team Ekaterina Riazanova and Ilia Tkachenko Alexei Gorshkov found it difficult to explain low scores obtained by his students in a free dance at the Moscow stage of Grand Prix.

Riazanova and Tkachenko received in Moscow for their free dance 76.90 points; lower than at the Grand Prix in Canada by 0.52 points. Two lifts and a step sequence have been evaluated by the lowest level.

“I can’t understand why the lifts were evaluated by the first level,” said Gorshkov to the media. In Canada the same lifts were evaluated by the fourth level. Similarly, I do not understand why the elements for which in Canada Riazanova / Tkachenko received low scores, in Moscow were rated higher.” he continued.

According to the coach, trying to find out from the technical specialists the reasons for such discrepancies is meaningless.

“It’s useless to ask them questions. First, I know what they will answer me and second, in spite of their answers we can take video tapes of two performances and compare them. And what do I do after that – submit a protest? Nonsense is obtained.” Gorshkov noted.

“I can’t understand how the step sequence of Riazanova / Tkachenko was evaluated by the first level. They could just execute simple steps and still receive the same score.” he added.

Thus the expert has noticed that the same technical team has estimated the short dance elements of his students by normal levels.

“Apparently, there are some trends that we do not know. And if we do not know about them, then talk about it makes no sense.” concluded the coach.

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