Alexei Zheleznyakov: “As a choreographer, I’ll say from personal experience that Kostornaia is suitable for pair skating. She isn’t tall. If she tries hard, then everything will work out!”
The choreographer of the group of Eteri Tutberidze Alexei Zheleznyakov shared his opinion on the prospects of the 2020 European champion Alena Kostornaia in pair skating.
Kostornaia performs pair elements in ice shows with the partner Georgy Kunitsa.
Alexei Zheleznyakov: When you first appear in a project as a pair skater, you won’t show serious elements. Twists and throws are difficult elements. As a choreographer, I’ll say from personal experience that Alena is suitable for pair skating. She isn’t tall.
If Kostornaia tries hard, then everything will work out! But this takes years. Single and pair skating are two completely different things. The difficulty of pair skating is that a person takes responsibility for a partner. This is a collaborative effort.
The youth is now stepping on the toes. The competition is tough in women’s single skating. Of course, Alena understands this. Let her try to develop in pair skating. When doing pairs, you can skate for a long time. The main thing is that the injuries do not knock you down.
For example, Sasha Smirnov and Yuko Kawaguchi; Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov; and other pairs. Let her try. I wish Alena only good luck.
Petr Gumennik: “We worked on my quad technique with Rafael Arutyunyan. Of course, he could not attend the training personally, but he advised and helped.”