Ilia Aberbukh: “We lost a generation of ice dancers”
Olympic silver medalist Ilia Averbukh expressed his opinion about the low results of Russian ice dancers.
“Have Russian ice dance duos stuck in the last century? Yes, you are right, they have. This can be seen with the naked eye,” said Averbukh to Izvestia newspaper. ”The main problem, in my opinion, is that coaches don’t invite new choreographers. Seems like they think that know everything better than anyone else.” he continued.
“Fortunately, recently the situation was improving. We have an ice dance team of Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov, which already this season performed in tune with the times. They have a real chance to compete for medals at the Sochi Olympics. Of course, at some point we lost a whole generation of ice dancers, because our competitors are quickly adapting to the new rules. And we were moving sluggishly, because were confident that we just can’t lose leadership in this figure skating discipline.” Averbukh noted.
Ilia Averbukh is the 1990 & 1992 World Junior champion with Marina Anissina. With former wife Irina Lobacheva, he is the 2002 Olympic silver medalist, the 2002 World Champion and the 2003 European Champion.