2002 Olympic champion Alexei Yagudin spoke about the performance of the Russian figure skater Mikhail Kolyada in the free program at the 2021 World Championships.
“If you take such serious compositions, you have to be Mikhail Kolyada. Treat athletes with trepidation, because they are not only part of the team, they are part of you, you empathize with them, you jump with them. Unfortunately, a fall on a triple axel, a vague edge is placed on a flip. But he feels the melody so subtly. When I asked him how he did it, he replied that he heard music. It is very difficult to perform under such classics when from the first to the last minute you forget how to breathe, you are so concentrated. Misha destroys my whole vision of the classics, he immerses me in it. This is an unrealistically talented multifaceted athlete. I don’t want to talk about jumping here. Only about the integrity of the program, ”Yagudin said on the air of Channel One.
Kolyada took fifth place at the World Championship, gaining 272.04 points on the sum of the two programs.
Earlier it was reported that the American Nathan Chen won the World Figure Skating Championships.