Tatiana Tarasova about the state of Russian athletes before Skate America, possible surprises and cases of depression among top figure skaters.
The first Grand-Prix starts soon in USA. What can we expect from the performances of Russian skaters?
– The season begins. Every year it starts in America. There will compete our first pair – Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov, they are already in the USA, acclimatize. Ice dance pair Tiffany Zagorski and Jonathan Gereiro. Singles skaters: Sergei Voronov, Polina Tsurskaya and Sofia Samodurova. I can say that everyone was preparing. Let’s see how we will fight.
There were competitions at the beginning of the season, our leading girls performed there: Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva. In September, at the test skates, we saw the programs of all our skaters. They and their coaches met with the judges, with the leadership of the federation. It was all very well organized. All got different comments, mistakes were analyzed, it was determined what to work on.
First stages of the Russian Cup have already passed, where almost all our skaters performed. In my opinion, everyone performed at a very good level. At the competitions in Finland, our ice dancers Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin made a sensation, everyone liked them, they received high marks. So let’s see and cheer for our athletes. They will try their best, it is their life, their work. Each of them has a chance to skate the program at the maximum level and get the maximum points in order to get into the top six in the world.
Which rivals can surprise us?
– You know, sport is developing very rapidly. Since September, we have been watching the junior Grand Prix, according to the results of which all of ours got to the finals and I think make up 80% of all participants. Some new leaders appears very quickly, so there can be any surprises.
Now a lot of girls from Canada and America have some psychological problems. And I can understand them, because the technical component increases greatly, because our 14 year old girls jump quads, Tuktamysheva restored her triple axel. Of course, psychologically it is hard. It is necessary to keep your weight, not only keep it, but also reduce it. Because without this it is impossible to jump multi-rotational jumps. Of course, their psyche was thinning. Therefore, many (3 people from the world’s leading single skaters that’s a lot) got to different clinical departments in their countries in order to be treated from the depression they had. Because the loads are very big and very little can be eaten. And you watch how others skate and understand that even if you don’t drink water, you won’t be able to do it anyway.
Each generation has its own leaders, each generation develops figure skating. Unfortunately, turns out such not a pretty picture. Progress cannot be stopped, but the consequences of it can be different.
It’s America. Their best ice dancers Madison Hubbell / Zachary Donohue will also skate there, they were second at the last World Championships. But we hope that ours will do well.
Our pair Tarasova / Morozov changed the short program. I can not say and it would be strange if they were now in the shape they should be at the national championship, European championship or World championship. But we hope that they will show a decent skating.