Alexei Rogonov: This Olympic season was the last one for our pair with Kristina Astakhova
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 …