Why does Evgenia seem to not get as much love as some of the older (retired I mean) top ladies, like Yuna or Mao, when they were on top?
Thanks for asking!
This is a tricky question to answer - mostly because I don’t understand it, either.
I think it’s a combination of factors. First, in skating, there can still be very much a “wait your turn” attitude. Evgenia didn’t do that; she barged onto the Senior scene from Juniors and promptly won everything because she was that damn good. So this led to several people being immediately “offside” with her because they felt the judges should have marked her down for still being just out of Juniors.
Then there’s the issue of world record scores, especially given that the previous ones were set by Yuna Kim, who has a…very passionate fanbase, to say the least. This fanbase were…none too pleased that someone might have broken her records, and the detractors were rather vocal that they did not believe Evgenia had earned that score yet.
Some people just don’t get into her skating - and that’s fine. Not everyone can love everyone. I don’t.
And then…and yes, I think I’ll say this, even though it’ll be controversial: her nationality. She’s Russian. I won’t pretend world politics doesn’t play into skating perceptions. This is not helped by the faction of the skating community that are still dirty on their perception of the event at Sochi and additionally, there was the freaking FS Averbukh gave her this year. (Jerkass. It didn’t need the voiceovers, you arrogant turd.)
It’s a shame so many people dislike her, or do not think she is a good skater, because I think she seems like a very nice person and she is an outstanding talent, a phenom of this generation. I hope she has a long and successful career.