I'm not ready to believe this yet. Can we get a few other Russian skaters to confirm this? If it's true I'll be a little bit devastated. I saw his Freeway section from 2006 and was kind of blown away by it. I'd seen his earlier stuff as well, and it was great, but definitely felt a little bit dated. The Freeway section is timeless, a classic even.
This guy is/was l one of the best skaters of his generation, anywhere. Honestly, we haven't seen enough footage of him. You just know when someone is great because they look a little more solid on everything they do; a little more comfortable than the rest of us ever will. Note the topsoul at 17:50 in the section below. Too good and too unknown. I'd love to get a dvd compilation of this guy's clips, dead or alive.
This is just depressing. It's like Andy Irons dying or something. I really do believe that Zaytsev was a major, if relatively unknown, talent on the scene. Hope some of his friends put together a DL-like compilation of all his stuff. I'd definitely buy it.