Evgeni Plushenko and Rafael Arutyunyan about potential cooperation: “It can open up great prospects”
Evgeni Plushenko and Rafael Arutyunyan told about potential cooperation.
Evgeni Plushenko: We agreed to cooperate with my friend and outstanding coach – maestro Rafael Arutyunyan. I hope our collaboration in the new season will bring a lot of things that we lacked in the current one.
source: Evgeni Plushenko’s Instagram account
Rafael Arutyunyan: I’m on vacation now, only on Tuesday I flew to Moscow from Tbilisi and was pleasantly surprised that Zhenya Plushenko called me and invited me to his skating rink. He said that he really wanted to talk to me. This is not any kind of cooperation yet, but I accepted an invitation to Plushenko’s rink with pleasure.
Arutyunyan noted that over the past 20 years of his work, not a single Russian coach has invited him to his trainings.
Rafael Arutyunyan: I was really surprised, firstly, by the very fact of being invited from a person who has absolutely incredible sporting achievements, and secondly, by Evgeny’s desire to get some new coaching knowledge. All the time that we spent at the rink, he constantly asked questions, was interested in my opinion on some of his training ideas, and I saw that he was really interested. It was a very fruitful and dense coaching chat. In short, I’m impressed.
Rafael Arutyunyan: Now everyone is discussing my potential cooperation with Evgeni Plushenko, so I would like to clarify: 20 years in America taught me that it is legitimate to talk about any kind of cooperation when agreements have been reached with all interested parties and papers are signed. So far we have discussed the outline of a possible joint work only in words. But I really hope that this joint project will be implemented. Such cooperation can open up great prospects.
Evgeni Plushenko: We have not officially entered into any agreements, but we have an agreement on joint work.
Together with Arutyunyan, we have come up with many forms of such cooperation, but I am not ready to voice any agreements now, because I understand that a pandemic can destroy any of our plans at any time.
When all decisions are agreed and formalized, I will definitely tell about it. The main thing is that our intentions are mutual, and we will try very hard to implement all our ideas.
Alexandra Trusova: “Figure skating is a sport, and for me personally, the technical component of the program is more important.”