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siberia82
02-18-2011, 04:54 AM
The newly crowned 2011 Nordic champion was recently interviewed on at least two Swedish networks. I would greatly appreciate full translations of each video. :) I may be trying to learn how to translate Swedish text into English, but that doesn't mean I understand what is being said in any of these segments. ;)

SVT: http://svtplay.se/v/2329994/nordnytt/majorov_uttagen_till_vm

TV4: http://www.tv4play.se/nyheter_och_debatt/nyheterna_lulea?title=majorov_klar_for_vm&videoid=1239969 If the clip doesn't play at first, just refresh the page.

SVT reposted a 2007 fluff piece they did on Sasha: http://svtplay.se/v/1412628/svt_sport_moter_alexander_majorov I'm sure this is old news for fans who have been following Swedish figure skating for many years, but I've never seen it before.

Domshabfan
02-18-2011, 03:08 PM
I hope swedes will forgive the young kid for what he wrote on facebook ... hopefully we will get to see him competing more next year.

whiteskates
02-18-2011, 03:43 PM
OK siberia82, here a translation of the first video.

First video:

Last year Alexander Mayorov critisized the national team leaders on Facebook for not choosing him for Euros. His post caused a lot of media attention because of his foul language and racist remarks that he later said he regrets.

Evidently the national team leaders have now left the incident behind them and want to give him a chance.

Majorov: " I knew I would get to go to Junior Worlds because I won two places for us last year so I and another guy are going but Senior Worlds is great news that I got yesterday"

Reporter: " And what do you think your chances are at these competitions?"

AM: "At Junior Worlds I'm going for the top three. I'm sure I can achieve that if I go clean but Senior Worlds is more difficult with far more merited skaters. All I can do is go and see where I end up. I have never skated at Worlds and have no idea."

No time for the other videos now but I may be able do the others later today or tomorrow.

siberia82
02-19-2011, 04:47 AM
Tack så mycket, whiteskates! :) The fluff piece is about 5 minutes long, so I'll understand if you wish to take your time translating it.

whiteskates
02-19-2011, 10:42 AM
Well, here's what is said in the second video which is about Majorov having been chosen to go Worlds this year.

Alexander Majorov: I thought it was great. At first I didn't think it would happen but it did after all.
Reporter: Was it your win at Nordics last weekend that influenced the decision?
AM: I think that was part of it, yes, but it was also because I've done quite well the whole season. The Nordic championships sort of crowned it.
Reporter: Are you off home to blog about Worlds now? (referring to Majorovs infamous facebook post earlier this season)
AM: No, I´m not! (smiling)

whiteskates
02-19-2011, 12:06 PM
Third video which is fluff from 2007. In some places, it is very hard to hear what Majorov says. The sound is not clear.

Majorov first says a few words that I can't hear because of bad sound.

Reporter: This is a normal Tuesday for Alexander Majorov, 16 years old. (the sign shown on the video reads: school, lunch, ice training, school, ballet, dinner, karate, ice training) His main goal is to do a triple Axel, three and a half turns, one of figure skating's most difficult jumps. Alexander who lives in Luleå, has been at school all morning. It is now 12.30 and he has just over an hour's ice training. It is hee and his father, the coach Alexander Majorov senior, who was part of the Russian national team in the seventies and who became a successful coach of among others Alexei Yagudin - one of figure skating's super stars who won Olympic gold in Salt Lake City five years ago.

The video then continues with Majorov senior holding a piece of paper showing the choreography as it looks on the ice surface.

Majorov senior (in Russian): Inwards and outwards, outwards. And then inwards and then the same again with the other leg.

Reporter: This particular training session is about practising steps for his competition program.

Majorov: I recognise all the (........ slurred, can't hear a couple of words here). Traces get carved in the ice and one remembers what they look like and he draws these traces on paper.

Reporter: So he draws a sort of layout for you?

Majorov: Yes, a layout. And write which foot.

Reporter: Later in the afternoon, he returns to school before it's time for an hour's ballet training between half past four and half past five. His mother Irina is a ballet trainer and choreographer.

Irina: It is very good for anyone but especially for figure skating. We do a lot of stuff. Stretching, bounce, jumps, coordination, expression, how to express yourself with emotions, arms, looks. (I may have missed a word or two here, it is hard to hear what she says)

Reporter. After the ballet, half of the day's training is done. After dinner, between seven and eight, is is time for karate which is intended to give more coordination and bounce but also strength and endurance which may make it easier to succeed as a figure skater.

A triple Axel can hurt a lot (referring to the fall shown in the video).

Majorov: I have sustained the same injury three times because of the triple Axel.

Reporter. So what do you think about this jump?

Majorov: It's fun but it's painful (smiling)

Reporter: Alexander is now preparing for this evening's training session from 9.30 to 10.30 pm which will contain jump training. He can master all triple jumps except one. Last year he won the silver at the junior Olympics for skaters up to nineteen years of age. He was then only fifteen and he now has a chance to be selected for Worlds in Gothenburg next year but for that, he has to be able to do the triple Axel.

Majorov: The difficult thing about the triple Axel is the actual entrance into it. When you master that, it gets easier.

Majorov senior (from the background): Very good try, very good!

Reporter: How do you think you will feel when you can do this jump?

Majorov: I will feel good. Very good. After every jump you learn to master, you must keep practising it and then you do it in competition. When you've landed it in competition, you can say you master it.

Majorov senior: You have to stretch yourself a bit and stand up straight. You rotate well but when you hit the ice, you go like this (bending his knees).

Reporter: This evening's eighth and final attempt.

Majorov senior: Not so bad!

Reporter: One of the week's most intensive days will soon come to an end for Alexander Majorov.

Majorov: When I go to bed, I am in so much pain. (Then a few words that are impossible to hear) I usually have Sundays off. (Then a couple of words I can't hear).

Well, siberia82, hope you enjoy the video more now that you know what's being said. :)

siberia82
02-19-2011, 03:23 PM
Well, siberia82, hope you enjoy the video more now that you know what's being said. :)

Yes, I certainly do! Tack för din hjälp! :respec:

siberia82
03-03-2011, 07:38 PM
A friend of mine on another FS forum tried to fill in the blanks:


At first he talks about the 3-axel:
"It is the most difficult jump for me so far, it works better and better, so... but it hurts falling on it."

Sasha: "I recognize all the curves, three turns, what they look like, eehm. Traces get carved in the ice..."

Sasha: "When I go to bed, I am in so much pain that I don't have the energy to move. If it's an only practice session, then I am free... I usually have Sundays off. And half free on Saturdays... just one practice session."

Lis
03-03-2011, 08:05 PM
Thank you!
I think I have seen the old one.He looks so young there and he looks so alike his kid brother there.I am glad they show Sasha in this way,smiling. He seems to be a fun guy.

siberia82
03-05-2011, 04:43 PM
Kudos to Sasha, who made history by becoming the first Swede to medal at Junior Worlds!!! :respec::encore::cheer2::40beers:

Lis
03-05-2011, 06:59 PM
Don't know if this has been posted here but there is a recent interview here:

http://www.absoluteskating.com/index.php?cat=interviews&id=2011alexandermajorov

where he talks about the making of his new SP etc.

Lis
03-05-2011, 07:01 PM
and :cheer2:
for the bronze medal

Andrey aka Pushkin
03-06-2011, 08:11 PM
Ah, Cris is not going? :fragile:
Oh, well... Someone please tell him from me that he's great and we love him :cheer2:

Anyway, good luck to Majorov. Too bad he can't hold a candle in the voids department to either Berntsson or Schulthaiss.

What were the racist remarks?

Jenna
03-06-2011, 08:15 PM
What were the racist remarks?

Have you not seen this (http://www.aftonbladet.se/sportbladet/article8309953.ab)? :yikes:

siberia82
03-06-2011, 11:42 PM
Ah, Cris is not going? :fragile:

Whoa, have you been hiding under a rock this past month? :wideeyes: If you want to discuss Kristoffer, you should go to his thread (which includes the information you appear to have missed starting from post #88): http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=73359&page=5


Oh, well... Someone please tell him from me that he's great and we love him :cheer2:

You should let Koffe know that you care about his skating. He's considering retirement, so you should try to reach him sooner rather than later. I left an address on post #91 that fans can use to send him a letter.


Anyway, good luck to Majorov. Too bad he can't hold a candle in the voids department to either Berntsson or Schulthaiss.

While he's not innovative like his teammates, I really enjoy Sasha's "Soul Bossa Nova" (a.k.a. Austin Powers) SP, and I'm also fond of his "Libertango" SP from last season.



What were the racist remarks?

There's a whole thread devoted to Sasha's Facebook scandal: http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=76591