Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov told Tatjana Flade about their new programs and what happened during the free program at Finlandia Trophy.
As they say the first pancake is always lumpy. You started so well…
Fedor: Yes, we started well, half of the program passed almost at our maximum at the moment. Then a mistake on the first lift. I don’t understand…
Ksenia: Most likely, this is my mistake. I did a change badly, there was a little disruption, apparently, I drifted.
Fedor: It confused a little bit. But we continued, it seemed well, but during or on the entry to the second lift, or on the spin my laces fell off the hook. So I skated with the unlaced boot. Perhaps mistakes happened because of this. I felt this on the second lift and began to think what to do, whether to stop the program. But we had only three elements left. While I was thinking about all this, we failed the spin, after which I decided to straighten the lace. The last two elements were already done on the nerves, but it’s good that we coped. The whole situation is a happenstance. In fact, there was only one serious mistake, in the middle of the program. This, probably, because we haven’t been skating much yet, the beginning of the season.
Ksenia: Yes, it’s been exactly a month since the moment when we started to train fully. Fedya started to do lifts in early September, because doctors did not allow him. And at the moment, I think that in principle we performed very worthily, except for these mistakes, of course.
Fedor: We failed two lifts, everything else was at a good level, we did the jumping elements.
Ksenia: As for the triple twist, I also wanted to say that we started doing it on ice only three weeks ago. Of course, it’s still in a raw state, and it’s too early to conclude that it will look like this during the whole season. Of course not. We will work on it.
Fedor: But tooday it wasn’t bad.
Still it’s very dangerous when there are such problems with laces. Fedya, didn’t you feel anything going on the lift?
Fedor: No, I did not. When we have already done it, then I felt it. Then I thought that there’s one more lift to go. Probably it was necessary to skip the spin, but I tried to enter it. But this does not change the whole picture … In general, let everyone watch the first half and the ending. (Laughing)
Indeed, from the very beginning the program looked very good. “Carmen” is quite an overused music, but your program is liked. And really, very few pairs used this music.
Ksenia: Thank you, we tried. I was very afraid, when in the off-season we were choosing music. In general, we did not consider the classic and overused options. I even haven’t thought about Carmen. There was an idea to use “Scheherazade”, but this is also an overused music. We decided to try Carmen, because, in fact, it’s hard to remember who among pairs used it. Maybe a long time ago someone skated, but from our generation – no one. I think Jessica Dube skated at couple of competitions. But in general, this music was not used in pair skating, so it would be a sin not to take it.
Ksenia, was it your decision to take Carmen?
Ksenia: It was a joint decision with Nina Mikhailovna (Mozer), because the program that we originally did with Marie-France Dubreuil, we did not really like. We thought that it is a good program, but it is not an Olympic program. Therefore, it was decided to do “Carmen” after all.
Which music was chosen originally?
Ksenia: It was similar to the one we’ve been skating the last two seasons – modern. Yes, we did a very good program, but we did not feel that we could pull it to the level we want.
by Tatjana Flade for fsrussia.ru