“Don’t call me a sex symbol!” Ignatov about fears, Yagudin and Trusova’s emotions

The silver medalist of the Russian Championship of the 2020/21 season, the bronze medalist of the Grand Prix stage Makar Ignatov, in an interview, spoke about the most difficult cascades that he tries to perform, shared his opinion on the results of the Beijing Olympics, and also admitted that he was tired of the stamp that he was awarded Alexey Yagudin.

“The main difficulty of the five jump is to enter it, it’s scary”

— Makar, tell us what you do in mid-April?
– Now we will put programs. I’m still learning and trying new things.
– You own all quadruple jumps.
– I try complex cascades. The other day I did a cascade of triple axel – oiler – quadruple salchow. Another triple axel is a quadruple sheepskin coat.
– But there seems to be no point in including such cascades in competitive programs?
– Who knows? Maybe it will come to that. Let’s see, depending on how and what will go in training.
– Didn’t the idea come up at the First Channel Cup in Saransk – after Mark Kondratyuk performed a cascade of two quadruple salchows there?
“Then the thought came to me that I could try it. At the First Channel Cup, I tried to do a triple axel – a quadruple sheepskin coat, fell. And then I decided to remember the cascade with salchow. I performed it a year ago.
– Kondratyuk still made an attempt at a five-jump, uploaded a video. Utopia?
– Why? Once upon a time, quads were considered directly “wah”. And now people do five quads in programs. Maybe someday triples will be like doubles now.
– But on the basic technique that you and other skaters who are performing now, is it really possible to do this?
– I think it’s quite realistic.
– And what then is the main difficulty – to get out of such a jump?
– The main difficulty is to enter (laughs). Because it’s scary. It is not clear what will come of this. I haven’t tried it, because it seems to me that if I try and fall, I will continue to lie in a horizontal position for the next month. But in general, I think it is possible to make such a jump.

“The task of becoming a sex symbol has never been”

– You have participated in the First Channel Cup for the second year already, how did it go for you this time?
– This time I liked the way I performed there less. But in general, good, on a positive note. I’m joking that I helped Markusha (Kondratyuk) and Sasha (Samarin) there. He helped them, being in another team, he was for them.
– The format of the jumping tournament has changed a bit this time.
– Yes, it has become a little easier, because last year we stood on the ice for three hours without a break. But all the same, it is still necessary to modernize it somehow, because it was hard.
– Do it more dynamically?
– Yes, because after you stand for a long time, it is very difficult to go out and do something. Well, before the personal tournament, it was worth filling in, the ice already left much to be desired. The third hour went by, before that the greenhouses jumped, and they usually leave a lot of traces, a lot of single skaters rode. We could have paused and put the ice in order, and we would have had a rest before the individual, it would have been better to perform.
– Once again, Alexei Yagudin introduced you as a sex symbol of Russian men’s figure skating.
– Yes, how would I look at Lesha Yagudin, trying to say with a glance: “Well, that’s enough, well, it’s not necessary already, well, good” (laughs). I feel awkward. I am an athlete first and foremost, and I never had the task of becoming the sex symbol of figure skating. Not that such words unsettled me, but uncomfortable.
Were you satisfied with at least one of the programs there?
– And short not really, and arbitrary not at all. In the free program, something did not immediately go according to plan, and so it continued.

“It’s not profitable to dwell on failures”

— What is the sediment from the whole season? Surely they expected to get to the European Championship and the Olympics.
“I wanted more, of course. But we have what we have. I don’t want to dwell on the past and stay in it.
Have you done an analysis?
– It’s understandable. I reviewed some things, and analyzed what I lacked and lacked. It is difficult to formulate, and I don’t really want to, probably, this is something personal, deep. But in any case, the result, even if it is negative, is still an experience, still a result. I wanted something else, I don’t argue, but it turned out this way, and I want there to be no further such results.
Did you manage to let go of the situation? Do not dream of those pedestals that were not?
– If I dreamed, then I don’t remember it (laughs). No, they don’t dream. It is clear that I was upset, but in general, I leave such things rather quickly. I switch to what is at the moment. What’s the point of dwelling on the past? We have to think about what will happen. And focus on what is now. It is more profitable, or something, it will be more sensitive.
– What will probably be difficult to concentrate on in the current situation?
– They will say to ride in the Cups of Russia – I will ride in the Cups of Russia. I won’t have a choice. I will have a choice of how to ride. And I want to choose to ride well – no matter where and with whom. First of all, for myself, I want to show what I can. And the fact that I can do a lot, I know. And I do a lot in training. I want to improve, so that later when international competitions return, I would go to them.

“I understood Sasha Trusova, but it was incorrect to broadcast her emotions”

– In parallel with the First Channel Cup, the World Championship was held. Watched?
To be honest, I don’t remember why. It seems to me that I followed but at the level of viewing the results and ratings. I myself rode, I was not up to it.
– And the Olympics?
– Watched. But more so, episodically – I watched Markusha, worried about him, for our girls.
– Thoughts “it’s a pity that I’m not there” visited?
– Of course, yes. But I drove them away from me. What will these thoughts bring me? Disappointment, sadness, some impotence. Again, not profitable. What for? It’s all gone already.
– How did you perceive the results of the girls’ tournament? Many fans are very emotional.
“I was worried about everyone. It turned out the way it did. In general, everything is clear why this happened. I can’t imagine what it was like to go out on the ice to Camila. It was hard, and she is a great fellow for doing even that. Psychologically, it was very difficult for her.
Did you understand the reaction of Sasha Trusova?
– In general, yes. But I don’t think it should be given that much importance. Just incorrectly towards her, it was not easy for her either. I was generally unpleasant that it was filmed, why was it necessary?
– On the Internet, the topic of confrontation between the fans of Anna Shcherbakova and Sasha Trusova arose …
I definitely don’t want to get into it. (laughs).
But did you agree with the result when it was all over?
– Based on the current rules of figure skating – yes. Everything is pretty logical.
— What can fans expect from you in the new season?
– Short and free programs (laughs). I’m going to swing for five quadruples in a free program. And then we’ll see how it goes in the training process. And it is necessary that the quality of these jumps be at a high level. It happens that fewer quads outperform more if they are executed better. So I will strive to turn quantity into quality.

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