Anna Shcherbakova: “I was one of the last female athletes of the national team to get in shape in the beginning of the season. I knew that any break and I will need to start everything from scratch.
Anna Shcherbakova about this season and performing in the show of Eteri Tutberidze.
source: Sport-Express.ru dd. 8 April 2023 by Dmitri Kuznetsov
Olympic champion Anna Shcherbakova shared her emotions after performing in the “Champions on Ice” show.
How are you?
Anna Shcherbakova: Everything is great. I can’t catch my breath after the short program (Anna sketes her Olympic short program at the show – ed.). It’s quite exhausting.
What emotions do you have while skating? Are you reliving what happened in Beijing?
Anna Shcherbakova: I can’t say that I have any flashbacks from the competitions. But when they offered me to skate this program, I resisted for a long time. In my Olympic season I skated at the peak of my abilities, and it was difficult and I didn’t want to spoil this program by not being in that shape. But they told me that they would work with me during the training sessions. In the end, it seems to me that it turned out well. Although after the show, I walk for about ten minutes and try to catch my breath.
How much time do you need to catch your breath during training?
Anna Shcherbakova: During training, I skate the program in parts. But we started preparing for it very early, several months in advance.
Can you say that when you skate less intensively, everything goes away quickly?
Anna Shcherbakova: This was not a secret for me. I was one of the last female athletes of the national team to get in shape in the beginning of the season. I knew that any break and I will need to start everything from scratch. This doesn’t bother me. I come to training with great pleasure.
Did you decide to change your dress? Did you want to bring something new for the tour?
Anna Shcherbakova: Yes. I can’t say that there was any interesting idea. But I decided to do something new.
Your number with Zagitova and Valieva. Who came up with this?
Anna Shcherbakova: The coaches came up with it, showed us a clip with this song (Run the World (Girls) by Beyonce). The main message is in the song itself. It’s nice to finish the show with this number. We were a little tired after performing our programs. And then we came out fresh. This program gave us energy. We want the audience to leave the show in a good mood.
The champion of Beijing-2022 also talked about which figure skater she was rooting for and why she considers this season to be eventful.
What is the main result of the season that you can highlight?
Anna Shcherbakova: I had an eventful season, despite the absence of competitions in my schedule. Many new things have appeared in my life after many years of training and competitions. If I had to choose one thing, I would say that I grew up, changed a lot.
If Russia had presented an “ice Oscar,” who would you have given it to?
Anna Shcherbakova: I want to highlight Sonya Akatieva. I was rooting for her very much. I have known her since childhood, we trained together in a group. I remember her when she was very, very small.
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