Kamila Valieva: “My new free program is dedicated to the Olympic Games in Beijing. I would like to share this, because this story needs to be lived to fully accept it.”

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Kamila Valieva about quads, new programs and negative comments on Internet.

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Kamila, you are always smiling, you are always positive. How do you manage to show so much optimism?

Kamila Valieva: What about me? Cry all the time? No, this is not an option. We should rejoice what we have today, what you have now – family, home, loved ones are alive and well. What else is needed for happiness?

Maybe good ice and great skating? What are your feelings about this season? What do you expect from it?

Kamila Valieva: If last year I was more striving for results and stability, this year I want to be calmer. I want to work with myself, focus more on myself. This season it will be more difficult for me than in the previous ones. So this season will be go under the motto “in myself”.

More art than sport?

Kamila Valieva: No. It is necessary to combine both – both pleasure and result.

Is it true that you don’t read the news, that you blocked them at all?

Kamila Valieva: It’s funny! No, I see everything that they write, what they say. But after what happened in February, it’s already harder to touch me, I’m much more calm about such things.

What is the most pleasant thing you have read about yourself?

Kamila Valieva: Pleasant? I do not remember. Honestly. I see that pleasant things are also written to me, but for some reason many of us are arranged in such a way that you let praise past you. And remember what scratches you.

Of all that Channel One and the Figure Skating Federation have come up with for this season – a jumping competition, show program competition, Grand Prix, Russian Nationals – what is the most interesting for you personally?

Kamila Valieva: In general, everything! Because I don’t think there was anything like that. I am also interested in the usual competitions, but the jumping competition and everything else is also of interest.

Liza Tuktamysheva is a wise girl: speaking about the prize money for this season, she told us that money is never superfluous. What did you think when the bonuses for this season were announced?

Kamila Valieva: Something like this: “Oh! Our federation, the figure skating federation, did a great job for the athletes.” I think it’s great when your sport is popular and can afford it.

But do you think about money at that age? About prize money?

Kamila Valieva: Of course. We are professional athletes, this is our work, for which we also receive money. How not to think about it?

About her readiness for this season

Kamila Valieva: I can’t say that I’m ready, like I was ready last year. This year will be harder. Is it a fight with yourself? Not a fight, step by step, carefully getting back in shape.

I don’t know about the lutz-loop yet, I use it for rotation: the more you do it, the faster you rotate. This is preparation for the quads. But if I’m confident in it, then why not.

I have some injuries, that’s why I can’t fall from quads. In general, it is undesirable to fall. Now it’s getting better, the injury doesn’t bother me much, but if I fall unsuccessfully …

I will not rush things, I will wait for a full recovery. This is the beginning of the season, we have a month until the next competitions.

About new programs

Kamila Valieva spoke about the encrypted message to the audience in her new short program to the music from the “Interstellar”.

Kamila Valieva: This is the word that I probably lacked a little at the Olympics. Message for yourself. Maybe the past cannot be returned, but at least to the future…”

The skater also said that her new free program is dedicated to the Olympic Games in Beijing.

The program is to the soundtrack from “The Truman Show”, music cut also has a fragment from the news.

Kamila Valieva: I would like to share this, because this story needs to be lived to fully accept it.

If I did not like this (the idea of the program), I would say so. Coaches would listen.


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