Maxim Kovtun is probably the most talented Russian figurine that has appeared since the days of Plushtenko and Jaguin. He was the first to take the chance to include two quadrups in a short program. And for the 2014 Olympics, five chairs have already been made: two left in a nutshell, three fully fits into the random one. But the Sochi race went without him. Then everyone thought about what would happen in Prinsenhane. And not again.
Go back to the beginning scheduled for season 2018/19. As a result, Maxim won the next Russian championship (among other things, his first title in December 2013 was the first defeat for Eugene Plushtenko in 1998), the silver of the Universiade and finished his career. Sport24 accompanies Koutun to a new life and understands why he can not win a big medal. Or at least fight for it.
Prior to the Sochi Russia Games there was only one quota in male skating. Koutun could not win any more. Everything was decided at the 2013 World Championship in Canada. To bring two permits, Maxim had to enter the top ten. All hopes collapsed after the short program – only 19th. In the final minutes a little better – 17th place.
Three figurists said on a trip to Sochi: Kohtun himself, who won the Russian qualification championship with impressive growth, Sergei Voronov, who took second place (and the highest among the Russians) of the European Championship, and Evgeniy Plushtenko, who lost from Kutun in Russia, I missed Europe, but I really wanted to get to my third Olympics.
It turned out that the desire of the champion – almost law. Especially for Plushtenko they organized a closed test, after which the executive committee of the federation gave him the only place in the Olympic team.
What ends this story about Plushtenko and the national team, everyone remembers.
For Koutun, that moment was one of the determinants. He refrains from high-level interviews and press releases. But his fans still remember the slogan "Slide" and the line "It's not like me, what it should be like … I'd break all my past life on the body with a tattoo."
For the 2014 World Cup in the Federation, Cottun is remembered again. And he immediately issued two very decent rents, which earned a score of 250 (at that time serious figures) and returned Russia's second quota to men's skating.
Then there were two victories in the Grand Prix stages, another gold in the Russian Championship, silver and bronze in Europe. At the same time pure Maxim skates only twice. Figure skating has gradually become an annoying debt, and expectations are increasingly deviating from reality.
Koutun tried desperately to cheer himself. On the ice I changed the coaches (I went out loud and not very beautiful from Bujanov to Goncharenko and vice versa, I even managed to work with Plushtenko) and the style of performances. Outside, he creates and dissolves music groups and releases new tracks that are sufficient for a whole album.
Only the set of ultra-elements remained unchanged – the same quadruple sheaths and sheepskin rags, with which he would surprise all the others in Sochi.
In the end, even Tatyana Tarasova, who had always believed in Maxim in the most difficult times, could not bear that.
"Kovtun was the first one to jump with two quadruples into a short program. There are now almost no jumps. What can we talk about? He was the fourth in the world and is now not the top ten. This is regression. You must completely review your training system. And it is enough to repeat that "we are learning". People bring new elements in the course of the season – the same Chania. It can calm down for a long time but works, develops, but no progress. "
Another characteristic of Koutun from Tatiana Tarasova is shame and shame. This is after Euro-2019 in Minsk. There Maxim has 8 gross errors of 7 elements. But the main disappointment is not even that. During the Russian championship in Saransk, for a moment, the feeling that Cotton wanted to win again and again believed in himself, he returned. As it turned out to be deceitful. Not everyone can cope with internal problems and contradictions in the uninterrupted regime. And this is also an act – to recognize everything and to start a new life.
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