Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov: “We missed Papadakis – Cizeron, it’s a pleasure to watch them.”
Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov about rhythm dance at the Beijing Olympics, scores in the team event, back problems, Papadakis/Cizeron and Kamila Valieva.
Victoria Sinitsina: We missed the guys (Papadakis – Cizeron), it’s a pleasure to watch them, it’s true. But so much work is going on in our heads in order to skate well, that we do not have time to think about points and scores, we are focues on ourselves. Here is a completely different, a different attitude compared to the team event. You skate personally for yourself, according to the inner feelings, these are completely different emotions. Mistakes in the short were a pity accident, and that’s why, there were worries why did it happen so. Of course, we couldn’t dwell on it. In our heads we knew how we can and how it should be. The body still remembers everything and will do it.
Nikita Katsalapov: Both in the team event and in the individual one, we tried to skate as well as we can. The low scores in the team event rather motivated than upset us, because first of all we didn’t skate clean. There were several small mistakes, in both programs. Today I did well in the rhythm dance, it remains to do the same in the free dance. Today was a long day. We need to sleep and rest. In general, I would like to go to the free program as calm and enjoy skating as today.
It cannot be said that at other competitions we prepare less responsibly. But every time something doesn’t work out somewhere, I remind myself that next time it should work out. Gaining experience, in general. Today we set ourselves up well and skated well. How is the back? Thanks for the question. Things are good. Today we skated easy and inspiring. It seems to me that if they said to skate again, we were ready to do it.
Nikita Katsalapov: Worries due to the postponement of the awarding ceremony after the team event? Of course, there is anxiety, the situation around, everyone is discussing it, you go on Instagram, everyone is discussing it. We just tried to think about something good, no matter what happens around, we still should skate. These thoughts help.
Victoria Sinitsina: As for Kamila, we said words of support to her in person. We love her very much. Kamila, we are with you!
Nikita Katsalapov: Hold on, Kamila. Believe in the best, everything will be fine.
Alexandra Stepanova and Ivan Bukin: “We understood that most likely they wouldn’t take us for the team event and decided to prepare at home. We are very pleased that everyone was waiting for us so much.”