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‘Difficult to beat US skaters in North America': Renowned Russian coach blasts ‘home soil' judging at Skate America


Added 10-20-19 12:37:02pm EST - “Prominent Russian figure skating specialist Alexei Mishin, who currently coaches Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, suggested that US athletes received "extra help" from the judges at the season-opening Skate America event in Las Vegas.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “‘Difficult to beat US skaters in North America’: Renowned Russian coach blasts ‘home soil’ judging at Skate America”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Tuktamysheva took bronze at the Grand Prix event in Las Vegas, finishing behind American rival Bradie Tennel, while Russian 15-year-old Anna Shcherbakova took gold.

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If Shcherbakova’s superb quad-jumping dominance was unquestionable, Tennel’s silver medal left some pundits mouth-opened, as they believed Tuktamysheva had been underscored in both her short and free programs.

Talking about his skater’s performance, Mishin said that the judging was “strange,” also suggesting that it was enormously difficult to compete against American athletes when they have home soil advantage.

Hi @[email protected], why did this 3T+3T(turn) from E. TUKTAMYSHEVA???????? receive GOE -4/-5 from J4/9, respectively? How come some skaters can get away with +GOE for similar mistakes at #SkateAmerica2019? #UnfairJudgingISU#[email protected]@playthegame_orgpic.twitter.com/3S2UBuNfhG

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