Kovtun: `I have the best coach ever!' by Olga Ermolina for fsrussia.ru About the training camp in Italy Last season was rather hard, and I guess, I knew just how badly I needed a vacation. I had to let things go, switch off the figure skating completely and think of nothing. Which was exactly what I did. From the previous seasons experience I know how hard it would be starting working again, hence I tried to set my mind while still in Moscow and with that set I went to Italy The training camp took place in the mountains. It was hard in the highs. Except for general strength I was working on my gliding a lot. Maxim Zavozin helped me with it. He is part of the team now. Max is a great teacher. The specialists noted during the test skate how much my gliding improved and it's mainly thanks to Max. He spent a lot of time working with me. About working with Peter Tchernyshev I am so grateful to him for sharing his professional secrets. Working with him now is easier than it used to be and the quality is higher. I can copy things he offers quite easy now. I took a lot from him. When he shows a move I repeat it on the spot. Again, it was noted by the specialists who came to see the practices in TSKA. Previously I had to learn all his moves, now he comes up with something new and I just repeat it. Hence the work on the new programmes goes faster - we try something, if it looks good - great, if doesn't - we ditch it. On skating and gliding We put a lot of emphasis on the gliding and skating, since the jumps are easier - I just need a week to get them back. The gliding on the other hand, takes time, which I usually lack during the season. I had time for it now and we used it. I get used to skate with the full power all the time, though it seems impossible at first. But I tried, even when I was dying on the practices. I would give the biggest push for every basic step. In the end after 2 months of such work I got used to skate that way. About the show in Japan We participated the Mao Asada Show. I was very nervious since I was showing my LP and a new exhibition. Am so glad the Japanese public liked it. But I was even more surprised with the Russian fans liking it after watching it on the internet. There were so many positive remarks on the internet! It's rare. The programmes came out unusual. I was so worried people would not like the programmes, but they did About Charlie White's advice The Olympic champion Charlie White helped me in Japan. He worked with me during the show practices. We became good friends. He told me am not a bad skater for a single. I explained I was working with Max Zavozin recently. Charlie noted the upper body and explained when you control the steps and edges completely the upper body works on it's own. `You can do whatever you want with your upper body and the legs will do a different thing. It looks cool' - was his advice. I tried and he's right. But I sometimes get a bit stiff and only let go towards the end of the programme. I have to get used to skate freely. Just like I got used to the gliding. About the new programme run through In order to skate free I need time to practice it. But some things are already working. For instance during the test skate I was quite nervous, but skated freely. I did almost everything - 2 quads and the other element. I skipped on spin and some steps which are still not perfect. I didn't want to ruin the general impression of the programme. I do 2 quads in the SP - Salchow and toeloop and 3 in the LP - Salchow and 2 toeloops. About the new programmes Both were choreographer by Tchernyshev. The SP to Ravel's `Bolero'. It's a music of another level - I have to hit every accent with the steps, which is a lot to work on. The LP is to Muse's `Genesis'. First we wanted to use `Once upon a time in America', we began, but we couldn't come up with an ending. There was just not enough energy in that music for me. Then we started listening to everything we had. We would stay on the ice till the morning with the player and just listen. Peter has so many tracks- there are thousands of melodies. I would almost fall asleep. And suddenly `yay!' We liked the Muse on the spot. We tried and it just worked. The programme is so cool. I love skating it. But it was so much work.. unbelievable. No one sees behind the scenes and how hard it is to choreograph such programmes. About the coach Elena Buyanova I think all I achieved is thanks to Elena Germanovna. She makes me want to skate. I want to make her happy all the time. When she smiles I feel good. I understand I'm on the right way. I have the best coach ever! You must write that. The goals I want to achieve so much. I just need time. Till the GP events in October there is some left, so I'll keep working. I work on my gliding every day and I want to keep working on it throughout the season. Previously I just had jumps and programmes to polish. The competitions came one after the other - you just blinked and the season was over. It will be the same now really, just that I have much more strength and motivation.