Alexei Rogonov in his Instagram told that their partnership with Kristina Astakhova has ended.
It is very difficult for me to write this post, but I can’t remain silent. Apparently, this Olympic season was the last one for our pair with Kristina Astakhova. Kristina decided to leave sport. I was determined to skate at least another four years, but neither me, nor coach, nor the Skating federation was able to persuade Kristina to continue skating.
And I can understand her. All these exhausting trainings, injuries, loads, uncomfortable schedule from 10:00 to 22:00, choreography six times a week, constant lack of money, stress in competitions, responsibility for the country. Moreover, this restless Rogonov, who is ready to endure another four years.
We were called Chrystalics. And I would be glad to continue shining on the ice, but it seems that Kristina’s decision is final. Perhaps someday you will see our couple in ice shows. But now I feel the strength, and an irresistible desire to continue growing as an athlete and compete. Therefore, at the moment I am considering all possible and impossible options …