Canada’s Roman Sadovsky reflects on Sochi Olympic figure skaters at Rostelecom Cup

The 22-year-old Torontonian, who competes in the Rostelecom Cup this week in Sochi, hopes to create his own Olympic prospect in February in Beijing.

In the German Nebelhorn Trophy event in September, Sadovsky clinched a second Olympic place in men’s singles for Beijing with eighth place. However, it is not guaranteed to have one of these places – they will be decided at the Olympic trials in January in Ottawa. But Sadovsky is proud his performance doubled the odds for top Canadians like Keegan Messing, Nam Nguyen – and himself – to hit a ticket to China.

“It was a really different experience, I never had the experience (of potentially skating for someone else), every time it was for myself,” he told About the Nebelhorn Trophy. “Honestly, I was very well prepared. I thought I was in a great place. But once that music started, that’s where I really started to feel good, the expectation was really high.

“I’m really happy to have been able to get this place. I’m sure I would really kick myself if I didn’t.

The world championships normally determine the number of Olympic places for each country, but COVID-19 has prevented some countries from sending full teams to Stockholm for the world championships last spring, so additional opportunities have been added.

The pandemic has been particularly difficult for Canadian athletes, who have been grounded for months by restrictions and blockades at the borders. Skaters had to deal with long arena closures. Prior to the World Team Trophy last April in Japan, Sadovsky’s only competition had been the Skate Canada Virtual Challenge.

He won the men’s singles title in the unusual pre-recorded event that allowed the skaters to run their program in their empty rinks. The video of the programs was then broadcast like any skating program except a few weeks later. The judges rated the programs as they were broadcast.

Sadovsky watched the strange event unfold in his apartment in the basement of his parents’ house.

“It certainly would have been nice to have a more normal season last year and have more opportunities,” Sadovsky said. “But it still gave us a lot of time to practice and focus on the details. Now it’s just a matter of putting him in competition, which we haven’t done in a while. But I’m slowly starting to get back in the groove.

“And honestly, I’m just happy we have these opportunities now.”

Sadovsky’s other passion – producing videos in his mini basement studio – has been a welcome mental diversion from the pressure of the looming Olympics amid the pandemic. Sadovsky, whose YouTube channel “Romsky” has more than 20,000 subscribers, produced a music video earlier this month for singer Toy Noah.

“A lot even of the skating stuff that I post, I don’t post as often, just this year in general was very busy with everything like the social buzz and so on, and it was definitely time to get away from it all and do other things, ”Sadovsky said. “Regardless, the skating buzz will always be there on social media, so it’s really nice to have some distractions. “

Canada has four entries for the Rostelecom Cup, the last of six ISU Grand Prix events. Sadovsky is the only Canadian in men’s singles. He is joined by Madeline Schizas in women’s singles, Laurence Fournier Beaudry and Nikolaj Sorensen in ice dancing, and pair team Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro.

The competition is Friday and Saturday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on November 25, 2021.

Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press

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