Tatiana Tarasova: I don’t want our girls to lose the Olympics because of all these transfers.
Tatiana Tarasova about Alena Kostornaia’s transition to the Plushenko’s Academy.
by Dmitri Kuznetsov for sport-express.ru dd. 31st July 2020
Tatiana Anatolievna, what emotions does Kostornaia’s transition to Plushenko cause? Is it surprising?
Tatiana Tarasova: I can’t say about the emotion, but such thought hasn’t occurred to me before. Of course, this is very hard for Eteri. She raised these girls and gave them the best she could, and they had fantastic results. All the possible titles from the first senior season. Her contribution should not be underestimated.
Probably the girls wanted more attention from her, an individual approach. In general, it is difficult when one coach has two or three people preparing for the Olympics – not only for the coach, but also for the skaters.
Working in a group has its own specifics, someone can cope with them, and someone cannot.
Now girls are looking where it is better, where they can survive it, where they will get more individual work. They are looking for the person with whom they will go to the Olympics. I cannot explain it another way. It has always been and always will be like that.
There is a version that Kostornaia’s triple axel appeared thanks to Sergei Rozanov, and now she follows the coach.
Tatiana Tarasova: Rozanov was brought up as a coach by Eteri Georgievna and Sergei Dudakov. They allowed him to them, and for several years he’s worked with them with absolute trust on their part. But what happened, happened. Will see where and who will succeed. First of all, I wish everyone health and patience, because it’s hard to endure such. I don’t want our girls to lose the Olympics because of all these transfers. Because there is someone you can lose to.
Evgeni Plushenko: The doors of my school are always open. There will be more sensations.