Ilya Averbukh at the Knowledge forum talked about his main mentors on the way to sports.”As a child, I thought that hockey and football were closer to boys, so I didn’t really dream of figure skating. But my mother decided for me. She insists on taking me to the ice rink. I don’t was not very promising. I As a result, the coaches burned out, and my mother herself decided to become my mentor. She had never been a coach and knew little about figure skating. She only knew that she had to skate fast and beautifully. So I skated,” he said.Averbukh also noted the role in Zhanna Gromova’s career and said that when he jumped the first axel, she gave him Prague cake.”Another important first coach for me is Natalya Petrovna Dubinskaya. I will always remember what they did for me,” Averbukh concluded.