I think it was obvious that the standard of skating tonight was not particularly good. Particularly not as good as the short programs where we had a lot of good runs. The new scoring system is so demanding and so different, I've taught for 45 years and in the last two years I've had to re-do my whole philosophy and thinking.
Not that they don't have wonderful skaters, but when I look at the results from some of the junior competitions, I'm not seeing the depth now that I used to see. So I have a question as to when this current crop of Russian skaters are finished whether they'll be as strong. Originally, the (Soviet) system was to assign a wonderful coach to perhaps one or two wonderful competitors and government would reimburse the coaches. Once that was removed, there was anticipation that this method wouldn't continue to produce any good skaters. So far it's been wrong. We'll see in the future.