Daniel Grassl: “I made the best decision that could be made for my career: I went to the academy of Eteri Tutberidze, because she is one of the best coaches in the world.”
Italian figure skater Daniel Grassl, in an interview after a short program at the European Championships, explained the transition to the team of Eteri Tutberidze and commented on his performance in the short program.
Daniel Grassl: It was very difficult for me to find motivation … The whole past year passed under the auspices of the Olympics, but they motivated me less and less. To be honest, I was not very happy to train, skate, or compete. Each performance ate my nerves. And after the Italian Nationals, I decided that something needed to be changed. And I made the best decision that could be made for my career: I went to the academy of Eteri Tutberidze, because she is one of the best coaches in the world. I believe that sport should be apolitical. I hope that you understand me. I decided to go to her academy because it was important for my career and my prospects. I only thought about how to do better for myself and my career.
Of course, I did not skate in the most successful way today. I was very nervous and couldn’t get myself together. But the result of our work shouldn’t be expected at these European Championships. We worked very little together. It’s a long process. I enjoyed working with Eteri, and I plan to continue training with her in the future. Over time, this will definitely bring results. Training with Tutberidze is hard. She is very demanding, but it motivates me, so it’s great. I look forward to returning to her on the ice and training even more vigorously.
Alisa Efimova: “At the 2009 European Championships here in Finland, I was a flower girl and I thought that I will never be among these incredible athletes who competes here.”