Marina Zoueva interview: http://winter.sport-express.ru/figureskating/reviews/26913/ MZ: I thought that Tessa and Scott were better in the free dance. Powerful, inspired... I don't understand the score difference. EV: So you didn't have a feeling at practices that Meryl and Charlie make quicker progress than their training mates? MZ: I wouldn't say that Tessa and Scott have slower progress. They are making a good progress. If you look at this season's results, it becomes clear enough. The Canadians started later in the season, they have more complex programs. At the same time, here, in Sochi, Tessa skated great at practices, as well as at the warm-ups. But in the competition something went wrong. It was a little labored. EV: I thought that Tessa was a bit off during the entry in the lift, and the partner had to support her a little too long, to make sure that she doesn't lose balance. MZ: Maybe that's why Tessa and Scott got lower scores. EV: In general, are you satisfied with your students' skating here? MZ: Yes. We significantly improved the compulsory dances. But still there are some technical problems, lack of speed, lack of expression. I, as a coach, see that all four of them still don't live their roles, but play them. But it's the next step of preparation. EV: At the time, you with your skaters brought back the dance into the ice dance. Now you brought back the drama programs. Which of these directions do you consider the most advanced? MZ: Dance-y program is more difficult to choreograph. After all, in dramatic music there is a plot to begin with. Accordingly, there are higher requirements for execution of dance programs. Only the perfectly skated program allows you to be competitive. EV: How can you evaluate Pechalat/Bourzat program? MZ: Unfortunately, I can never see the leaders skating. It just always happens so that my teams are the next to skate, and I'm busy with them. If I see something, it's just little pieces. And during replays, everything looks different. That's why it's hard for me to be objective. EV: What are your plans now? MZ: We go back home and start preparing for Nationals. The Canadian will be in Mississauga, the American - in Omaha. Then there is Four Continents Championship and Worlds Championship. And we will start preparing earlier, I think. Not like this year. EV: You mean preparing for the Games? MZ: Yes, of course. It's difficult to compete with work in progress: the athletes have to make an extreme effort for each skate, and takes a lot. I like when my students skate with joy, confidence, when they are pleased by performing their programs. EV: Can you imagine a situation when you could let your skaters compete with last season's programs? MZ: I have sometimes another idea. EV: To make two programs for a season? MZ: It has been done already. Meryl and Charlie last year prepared two programs: La Strada and Die Fledermaus. After the test skates we decided to go with the latter, because it turned to be better. So we've done that already. The idea is to skate the programs one season, and then just swap them. To see what another team does with the same program. Although it's a wrong idea, of course. EV: Why? MZ: Because when I make a program, I always make it for the particular skaters. That's why it will look like ill-fitting clothes on another team. EV: Do your skaters know what will be their Olympic programs already? MZ: Let's say, it's in the air, but I haven't talked specifically about it with the skaters yet.