Nikita Katsalapov interview for Doppio Axel by Emily Korsakova: "Una luce negli occhi" http://mimishka007.livejournal.com/183494.html Q: Your impressions after the team gold and individual bronze at the OG? A: Those were the happiest days of my life. I still have the flashbacks sometimes before I go to sleep, it was great and I definitely want to repeat that experience, preferably many times [smiles]. And I want better results next time. Q: Did you manage to keep this positive attitude until the World championships? A: Definitely. We were 100% ready when we arrived: everything went smoothly after the Olympics, but mistakes happen, no one is guaranteed they don't. Q: After such a successful season with Elena Ilinykh, you still decided to split. A: I am happy with my choice, it was a very well-thought-out decision. Q: So you offered Victoria Sinitsina to skate together? A: Yes, it was my offer. Q: Is your current coach your final choice? A: Yes, I want very much to work with Marina, she is a genius. She took it upon herself to look after us as a mom, she goes into each minute detail, every little thing. We have no problems with the coahing team, I can breath freely and concentrate on the training. People around us started even worrying that Vika and I need to take breaks from practices for at least 15 min to be able to go on. All our team is working towards the result. Q: Marina said you called her, and when she offered to come to Detroit, you did and you paid all expenses yourself? A: I had huge motivation, I really wanted to come, and I am very grateful to Vika for agreeing to come and for trusting me, I hope she won't be sorry [Victoria hears that and smiles]. Q: Your new exhibition number is to the music from the film The Pianist, is very lyrical, very Marina Zoueva-style. Is this going to be your style or are you still looking for new identity as a team? A: I believe that there is such thing as a «style of a team», it's a first thing that everyone notices. When most people like the style, it endears the team to the audience, and helps to make its way to the top 10 at least. As for our team, we are still in the creating process, still continue discussing things. I think that with time our style will come to us naturally. Q: What can you tell us about the exhibition number? A: We tried to show more lyrical drama, something light and pure, something that shows when we look into each other's eyes. We wanted to show everything we were able to achieve in a month that we've been working together. Our parents came to see us, many other people, we were very happy to skate for them. We have already discussed our strengths, our weaknesses, but we also congratulated ourselves on the debut, it was a huge responsibility. Q: Are you planning to go on vacation this year? A: There is no time at the moment: there is a lot to be done before the season starts. It's summer, everyone goes out, and we work-work-work, but I'm not complaining, I like my work. Q: Is there plan for the next season? A: The main goal is to train, the plan will be made by the coaches. I think we will try skating in senior B competitions, which will be a new experience for me, but we need to show ourselves to judges. Maybe it will be Finlandia Trophy. Q: Are you happy with your life as an athlete at the moment? A: I'm very happy!