Anna Shcherbakova: “I never had the goal of becoming a world or Olympic champion, I never had that feeling that if it didn’t work out, then everything was in vain. I always did it because I liked it, because it’s my favorite thing to do.”
Olympic champion Anna Shcherbakova shared what helped her believe in herself and also revealed some nuances of the work on her Olympic free program.
“I think that because I never had the goal of becoming a world champion or an Olympic champion since childhood, I never had that feeling that if it didn’t work out, then everything was in vain. I always did it because I liked it, because it’s my favorite thing to do.
And I understand perfectly well that figure skating has taught me a lot, it has made me stronger, it’s about responsibility, and the ability to manage my abilities and time correctly. Sports teach a lot, even if we’re not talking about high achievements in sports. I’m sure that in any case, it wouldn’t have been in vain.
And the first significant award for me was the senior Russian Nationals. I won it when I was a junior, at the age of 14. When I went there, I thought that making it to the top six and getting into the Russian national team would be a significant achievement for me. After the short program, I was in fifth place and was very happy with that result. I thought everything was going well. And when, after the free program, where I managed to land a quadruple jump, I won the competitions, at that moment, I didn’t really understand how it happened.
Perhaps that’s when it helped me believe in myself more. I started setting higher bars and goals for myself. I realized that I can do a lot. It was my first significant victory, and it inspired me to aim for more,” said the figure skater.
Anna Shcherbakova also talked about the nuances of choreographing her program “Master and Margarita.”
During the performance of this free program, the figure skater gestured with her hands in front of her face, showing a transformation of a character.
“This is one of the most iconic movements in my free program. At the Olympics, I had a program called ‘Master and Margarita.’ In the middle of the program, there was a transformation when Margarita turns into a witch.
My coaches and I understood that there was a vivid change in music, a change in emotions and mood – we wanted to somehow reflect it with a certain movement. So, together with the coaches, we came up with several interpretations of this movement. We decided that this was the most suitable one.
Here, it was important not to choreograph it beautifully but rather to convey the emotions. It resulted in a stop and a sudden transformation, and here the gaze, the message were very important. We rehearsed it: the coaches stood right in front of me, and I showed them this movement. I really like it; it very clearly describes a sharp change, a transformation,” said the Olympic champion.
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