Alexei Mishin interview in SportExpress

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by quiqie, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. Marco

    Marco Missing Ziggy

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    Why bother. :) This thread hurts my soul as much as those 2010 Plushenko programs.
  2. Glacier cat

    Glacier cat New Member

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    I think you tell a lie! Because I always see your name on any threads under his name or related to him. In my opinion it is a kind of love ;)
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  3. Marco

    Marco Missing Ziggy

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    Haha absolutely. I respect him very much as an athlete. I just think he is somewhat misguided and could be even greater if he didn't focus so much on jumps. Having said that, I am absolutely fascinated by his program this season.
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  4. lala

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    Matter of taste..:) If that is a bad program, he can skate it awesomely. It is in Bejing. Wasn't you there?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5lAZtvnkak two 3A, not bead, not bad in a show

    The Chinese crowd went crazy for it..
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  5. lala

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    So cute!;)
  6. quiqie

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    Interview 10.12.12 http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/article-item/574901

    Sovsport: What do you, as Plushenko's coach, think about men's single skating?
    AM: I think nowadays, men's single skating symbolizes all the things progressive that there are in our sport. There were times when figure skating symbols were Belousova/Protopopov, Rodnina, Torvill/Dean. Now men are leading from the front.

    SS: There is an impression, that if Plushenko had skated here in Sochi, he would have won.
    AM: It's your words. But I won't argue with it.

    SS: What would you say about Liza and the ladies' event?
    AM: Liza proved once again that she's a fighter. It's such a difficult moment for her, her knee is hurting - and to skate like she did... Let's see how other Russian girls would have skated in such condition. Did we think about withdrawing? It's a forbidden thought. To come to competition and not compete? What is the point of that? As for ladies' skating, in contrast to men's skating, it doesn't symbolize the progress in figure skating now.

    SS: What do you expect from the comebacks of Olympic champions Evan Lysacek and Yu-Na Kim?
    AM: Once I told Liza at a practice: "Someday you will get married, will have a baby, will leave the ice and then will come back." Zhenya didn't let me finish: "Liza, never make a comeback. You can't imagine how difficult it is. I won't wish that for anyone."

    SS: What programs in pairs skating did impress you the most?
    AM: Three Russian teams are the leaders in the world figure skating. It didn't go so well for Kavaguti/Smirnov, but their free program is great.

    SS: You said that Russian teams are leaders, but what about four-times World champions Alyona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy from Germany?
    AM: The Germans are outstanding athletes. You can call me their fan. But I didn't get their free program to "Bolero" this year.
  7. Domshabfan

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    Wow, that is a great interview, he is neither denying nor agreeing with Plushenko would have won it comment. I like his comment on Men's skating a lot.
  8. rfisher

    rfisher Satisfied skating fan

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    I think he was on point on everything. Liza's personality and his seem to fit together well. She has the same competitive spirit as Plushenko which is what Mishin wants in his best students. (something which Gachinski is lacking IMO). I think she'll be just fine when she adjusts to the changes in her body. I only wish Adelina had half the determination, but I digress. When you look at the top ladies, they are not progressing at the moment. At. All. Maybe the 14-16 yos will change things in the next quad, but this last one has been unspectacular to say the least. Not that that doesn't make competitions interesting because there really are no overwhelming favorites. And I agree with him about K/S free program. It's one of the best there is this season. Too bad they often make multiple mistakes in the short. :(
  9. kosjenka

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    I am not alone with not getting Aliona&Robins Bolero program. It is just so dull.
    Mishin is always interesting to read, weather you can agree with him or not.
  10. orbitz

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    ITA. Bolero is just background music as the Germans go from one element to the next. There's no connection. I can't believe Ingo is giving them this.
  11. professordeb

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    Now see, I would have to disagree with you on what I bolded. What he said was
    In my books, not arguing a point or statement means that you agree with it, but are trying to soften your stance on it. That's just been my experience when someone says "you said it but I won't argue with you about it". It's kind of an implicit understanding that you are agreeing without saying such. Considering that he was speaking of Plushenko, I can understand why he might not have come out explicity and agreed/disagreed. Plushy is someone who casts a very large shadow in Russia -- he has given that country much to be proud of in terms of how well he has competed.

    I agree with you that it does seem he is "happier" about the direction men's skating is now going.
  12. kosjenka

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    Its almost bizarre to watch, especially with those costumes...

    When i remember the program they used to have back in 2008. Something extremely difficult to skate to and yet they were just perfect.
    Maybe they manage to do a 180 and impress us all. Hope to see them live in Zagreb.

    I would love to meet Mishin as well. Coaches are so surprised when fans want to take pictures with them. I remember bunch of fans making a placard for Muriel Boucher-Zazoui. She was stunned.
  13. NadineWhite

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    Wise man Mr. Mishin is; always good to choose one's words wisely. :)