Maxim Trankov joined the coaching staff of Russian TV show “Ice Age. Kids”. Short comment from Maxim about his childhood in figure skating and his approach to kids at this show.
-My childhood was in the hard 90th, my parents brought me to sports when I was 4 years old to protect me from the influence of the streets. They chose figure skating, because the rink was near our home and it was convenient to go at trainings. I did not have a lot of desire to train, only at the age of 12 I realized that figure skating is interesting. Just recently, I recalled this when I was writing the autobiography “Two sides of the coin”, which will be released very soon. In my childhood, there was one training per day, now kids have two and parents take extra classes for their kids. Figure skating has become a costly sport, but in former ti,es it was possible to buy a second-hand skates and even without rich parents (my mother was a kindergarten teacher and my father worked as a car mechanic) just train hard.
In relation to the young participants of the tv-project, are you a strict coach?
– I chose children in my team not by results of multi-rotational jumps or complex elements, but by charisma and artistry. For me, figure skating is art. Sometimes I looked at the wonderful girls who jumped triple-triple combinations and I could not come up with an original artistic image on the ice for them. Therefore, I chose kids who, maybe, are not the strongest in terms of technique, but the brightest in terms of artistry. I will not teach children any technical elements, because their coaches do it. My task is to make them enjoy skating. I perceive myself on the project primarily as a choreographer, not as a strict coach. They have enough strictness.
by Inna Fedorova for irk.kp.ru