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The worst skater in the world performed at the Universiade 2019

The Brazilian skater disgraced sports and the Universiade. Or is he well done?
It was the worst performance in the history of real figure skating. See for yourself. Would you find the strength in you for that?
It’s not necessary to be an athlete
The Universiade is perhaps the strangest major tournament of those that exist in world sports. The scope is of a truly Olympic scale: new sports facilities, dozens of medals, hundreds of participants, thousands of spectators, millions of invested funds – all in an adult way.

Here are just sports wrestling in the arenas often comes out strange. If in order to qualify for the World Cup or the Olympics, you need to fight hard for places and rating points in qualification tournaments, then to go to the Universiade it is often enough to show a student ID and pay for the trip to the tournament and the accreditation fee.

Oh yes, it’s advisable to still be an athlete. But this requirement is not mandatory.

That is why Russia so easily rolls all rivals into Krasnoyarsk snow and ice. Our team is predominantly played by professionals who study (sometimes even are listed, but it is also possible) at universities, and rivals are mostly amateurs, for whom sport is a hobby. They get high on what is happening, not paying attention to the result. Strange people, huh?
How the Brazilian hit everyone
Men’s figure skating gave a striking example.

The short program was won by the figure skater Maxim Kovtun, who scored 91.74 points. Maxim is a four-time champion of Russia, a three-time medalist of the European championships, a participant in five world championships. At the Universiade, he counts only on a gold award.

Kovtun leads after short program at Universiade 2019, Lazukin is third
At the other end of the protocol is the Brazilian Laerte Rouen de Oliveira de Lima. He has been practicing figure skating for a year and a half. The money for a trip to Krasnoyarsk was raised by Brazilian figure skating fans (there are some!), And he showed an extremely low result – 12.41 points.

The Brazilian skater admitted that it was difficult for him to compete with more experienced rivals, but he was glad that he had such experience at the “amazing, huge skating rink”.

Laerte Rouen de Oliveira managed to execute an axel in one and a half turns and salchow in one turn. The technical score was 1.75 points, but for the components he received immediately 10.70.

You have the opportunity to enjoy his performance.
Not the worst in the world
It is worth noting that formally de Lima is not the worst skater in history. This title has been owned by a young man named Krishna Eluri from India for two years now. As a 14-year-old boy, he performed at the junior Grand Prix stage in Barcelona and showed amazing results: 3.02 in the short program, 10.07 in the free program. Both that, and another – of course, the world anti-records registered at the competitions passing under the control of ISU.

So, de Lima is not the worst skater in the world. But the main question remains: is such a performance a real disgrace or, in a sense, even a manifestation of courage?

Given that the athlete himself reacted positively to the assessments (expected less?) And obviously enjoyed everything around him, he can be considered a hero. In the end, he didn’t break any rules, he didn’t look for loopholes, he didn’t cunning, he just came to take part in a big sports festival for students. For the Games, the main thing is not a victory, remember?

He will no longer play in the free program, those for whom the triple jumps are not a dream, but everyday reality will fight for high places. And the Brazilian will soon go home, preserving warm memories of Krasnoyarsk and Russia as a whole.

And we will remember him too. Without such people, any Games will be much more boring.

It was the worst performance in the history of real figure skating. See for yourself. Would you find the strength in you for that?
It’s not necessary to be an athlete
The Universiade is perhaps the strangest major tournament of those that exist in world sports. The scope is of a truly Olympic scale: new sports facilities, dozens of medals, hundreds of participants, thousands of spectators, millions of invested funds – all in an adult way.

Here are just sports wrestling in the arenas often comes out strange. If in order to qualify for the World Cup or the Olympics, you need to fight hard for places and rating points in qualification tournaments, then to go to the Universiade it is often enough to show a student ID and pay for the trip to the tournament and the accreditation fee.

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