Evgeni Plushenko: “There’re situations like at the Olympics for our girls – they compete also off the ice. I’m against it, I always followed the principle – when you took off your skates – be friends.”
Evgeni Plushenko about a chances that Alexandra Trusova and Alena Kostornaia will return to his academy and his attitude to rivalry in figure skating.
Trusova and Kostornaia prepared for the show at your Academy. Should we wait for the return transfers or was it just a preparation for the performance?
Evgeni Plushenko: You immediately start talking about some transfers! I didn’t think about it, girls don’t think either, they have their coaches. Our first task is to make a show in Russia “Union of Champions”. To give our athletes the opportunity to perform, who, unfortunately, have lost all international competitions, exhibitions performances. I had a spontaneous idea that I wanted to implement – to give our athletes a chance to perform in front of our audience.
How are the rehearsals, preparation for the show going? After all, all skaters are rivals among themselves.
Evgeni Plushenko: In general, I adhere to such an opinion and plan that there are rivals on ice – precisely at competitions. You took off your skates – you should be a friend, you should help. There are situations like at the Olympics for girls, and for guys too – they compete also off the ice, so to speak. I’m against it. When you took off your skates – be friends. When you put on skates – fight with your quadruple jumps, programs, prove that you are the best. When I was in sports, I followed this principle. And now this is how I bring up my son and my athletes.
Alexandra Trusova: “I always went to the goal, rejoiced at success, and I always had prizes from my parents. I completed a new element – they bought me what I wanted.”