“The Russians will surely destroy a few young people.” | you saw?

It was just a few years ago when Western federations agreed to raise the minimum age for skaters, recalls choreographer Julie Marcotte, who worked with Canadian couple Vanessa James and Eric Radford. It is Russia and China that usually go in the opposite direction, for the reasons that the whole world witnessed in the last Olympics.

these Reasons As Julie Marcotte reported, it was Valeeva’s case that marred the Beijing Games last February. A disaster for the International Federation and the International Olympic Committee.

Young Camila Valeeva, only 15, failed a doping test just weeks before the Olympics kicked off. The result was not announced until the day after the team event, which was won by the Republic of China. In an erroneous decision, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) a few days later ruled in favor of the young skater, claiming that the suspension would have caused her great harm.

The news had the effect of a bomb, and Valeeva did not escape the explosion. Temporarily in the lead after the short program, I cracked in front of the cameras during the free program and ended up at the foot of the podium.

A little, barely old girl travels alone and grieves on the central ice during the Olympics. It sounded like reality TV, and the audience held their breath before they saw the extent of the damage. Nothing helps improve the image of sports …

It always seems like it takes a scandal to get things going. Sometimes scandal is desirableto Marcotte when she talks about her sport’s history.

She regrets that Valeeva’s age could have influenced the CAS decision, and also stresses that an increase in the minimum age could eliminate these double standards in competition.

If you are going to an event, you have to face the same rules. To play with adults, you must be able to meet the same rules as adults.

Pressures are strong since the chaos in Beijing. Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, immediately called on international federations to discuss the minimum age for athletes.

When you are in the International Skating Union (ISU) and you manage to pass a regulation that puts Russia at a disadvantage, it means that you are not the only one who thinks this waysays Julie Marcotte.

Protecting athletes above all

Doping in figure skating does not make it possible to jump higher immediately, but it allows athletes to take on a greater workload, more repetitions, more volume in training, thus mastering the synonymous forms of the platform faster.

I’m not ruling anything out of the coaches’ technical skills, because they work, except they still have new little bodies of little girls who can iterate. When you are 16 years old and a size larger than a 25-30 year old woman, it is hard to be competitive.

This increased workload does not come without long-term adverse effects on the body and mental health of athletes. And Julie Marcotte is convinced that the new procedure will also extend the life of the skaters.

The effect will be that the Russians will certainly destroy fewer young people. What is important for them is to tie the gold medals. Here, we don’t develop it at 6 or 7 years old, it’s a long-term development that we give our youth, you remember. Our Canadian heroine, Madeline Chisas, is 19 years old. The Russian, 19-year-old, practically does not exist.

Raising the age limit by two years, according to Julie Marcotte, would improve the spectacle presented to the public, especially since the addition of quadruple jumps in competitions, another controversy that has been tearing the figure skating world apart a few years ago.

It’s no longer fun to go to competitions because they are machines. She says the technical side is suffering a little. Going beyond our sport quad jumps, it’s all work.

On the verge of adulthood, 15-year-old skaters have hips narrow enough to perform highly complex maneuvers such as quadruple jumps. At 17, this Features The risk of disappearing, and this will allow athletes, according to Julie Marcotte, For everyone to be equal, this will protect the athlete and the person instead of just protecting the medals for the country. It also argues that it is the women’s event that will be most affected by this new law.

The Russians will be less efficient. The reason they do so well is because they are young and not yet mature. So, automatically, once these young Russian women become young and develop a woman’s body, the quads will drop.

The outcome of the Valeeva case is still awaited, and no vote by ISU members will be able to hide this sad episode.

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