Volosozhar/Trankov blog translates

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  1. TAHbKA

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    Think it's about time I dropped the Mukhortova/Trankov thread and started a new:)

    Anyway, the latest blog entry (thanks for posting the link in from russia with love)
    Falling on the ice is painful

    Perhaps worth mentioning there are some :swoon: photos in the blog, so go to the link even if you don't read
    Russian.

    Q: Tanya, did you ever feel tired enough to drop it all and retire? We realize behind your gorgeous skating there is so much hard work.
    Volosozhar: Thanks, it's nice to hear. I'm so taken by our work with Maksim that no, I don't have such thoughts. Such thoughts did cross my mind though seldom before, it was more about Stanislav's injures. I realize the success of our team is not up to me only.

    Q: While you still represented Ukraine who were you close with and still in touch with? Do you know what is Bekhnazarova doing now?
    Volosozhar: I was friendly with Verbillo, Zadorozhnuk, Kovalevsky, Beloglazova, Oksenich. With our doctor and masseur. I still keep in touch with all of them. As for Bekhnazarova, I heard she parted with her partner Zuev.

    Q: Maksim, you mentioned being a football fan. Which teams are you supporting?
    Trankov: Between Real and Barca - Barca, between Inter and Milan - Milan, as for the brits - I like the Arsenal and Tottenham.

    Q: Tanya, are you responsible for your makeup? Who is usually helping you?
    Volosozhar: I used to do it myself. Now I have a professional who does it.
    Trankov: Her name is Karina, she is a professional make up artist. She used to help Maria Mukhortova and I, now I asked her to work wit Tanya. She is quite well known in certain circles.
    Tanya: I like her work. She does the make up, I do the hair.

    Q: What do you think about the other skaters programmes? This season and in general. Which programmes of yours with the previous partners or of other pairs do you like the most?
    Tanya: I loved the programme Stanislav and I skated to the `Perl Harbor' soundtruck and `Romeo & Juliette' to Rota's music I skated with Petro Kharchenko. I liked Savchenko/Shelkowy's `Once upon a time in Mexico' and last year Pang/Tong's programme. And `Lady and the Hooligan' by Mukhortova/Trankov.
    Trankov: I liked that programme with Maria as well. Can't say it was my favourite though. I liked the `Petrushka' from 2005 and Rakhmaninovs' `Rhapsody on the theme of Paganini'.

    Q: Do you have a choreographer who works with you?
    Trankov: Yes, Alla Kapranova. She worked with Kulik, Butyrskaya, Smirnova/Ulanov, Elena Sokolova, Kira Ivanova.
    Volosozhar: we work with her both on and off the ice.
    Trankov: It's not a classical choreography, but adapted especially for figure skating. Alla is a great professional and we love working with her.

    Q: Am sure you can do a level 4 split twist. And its' not quite clear why now you only receive level 2. You have a difficult entry, Tanya does a split, you catch her right... What is not counted?
    Trankov: Actually we don't have a difficult entry. It's a simple one, which gets a positive GOE, but is not affecting the element level. For the entry to be difficult there must be some steps and the split must be performed in the pace of those steps. Or some skating elements are required, such as a spread eagle and then spiral position. I.e. if we add the spread eagle to the spiral - now that would be counted as a difficult entry.

    Q: Have you ever tried a 4 split twist? Are you going to? You have so much high on the split twist that it seems you could do 4 revolutions in the air.
    Volosozhar: Thanks for the compliment! We haven't tried it, but we might some day.
    Trankov: I think so too, that we are capable doing the 4 split twist. With a bad catch - easily. The well performed one would demand lots of work. But it's pointless right now. If the 4 split twist coasted the same points the tripple of level 4 we would had tried it a while ago.
    Volosozhar: indeed, it is pointless

    Q: Maksim, you are gaining your second academic degree. Why have you chosen that subject?
    Trankov: I'm studying towards my first academic degree. I dropped out twice. Now my specialization is teaching psychology. I like it. The shrink who worked with Maria and I in St. Petersburg adviced me to study that.

    Q: Do you keep any diets? How do you keep in shape? I realize you have lots of exercise, but some skaters gain weight between the seasons, while it seems you don't have such a problem. Am mostly interested in Tanya's reply- she mentioned being a plump kid.
    Volosozhar: I do not keep any diet. Of course if I figure I gained weight I give up eating at the evening. But in general I don't have such a problem and can eat whatever.
    Trankov: The same here. We hardly gain any weight during the offseason either, but at any rate it all dissolves once we start training.
    Volosozhar: When I was 13 or so, I weighted 37kh, which was quite alot for my high. But then it somehow became normal and now everything is perfect.

    Q: Sometimes even the most experienced skaters fall. I always admire their ability to get up quickly, refocus and continue with their programme as if nothing happened. But it must be painful to fall. Is being able to overcome the pain fast something that you born with or it can be gained with the experience and hard work?
    Volosozhar: When you fall, of course, it's painful and disappointing. All skaters fall alot when they just start skating. We are even taught how to fall correctly, so you get used to it and can take it. Falling during the competition is disappointing, you loose power, the pace changes. Most important thing is to regroup and go on with the skate. Everything matters - the character, the mood, the experience.

    Q: Will you show one of the new exhibition numbers at the Worlds?
    Volosozhar: should we make it to the exhibition - sure. We think it'll be our funny programme.

    Q: Have you seen the Europeans? Did you want to skate there yourselves or were you relieved you didn't have to freeze there?
    Trankov: yes, we watched everything - pairs, dance, men, ladies.
    Volosozhar: We were thrilled with the way our team worked! Well done guys! We'd like to congratulate all the medalists and we are sorry we were not able to perform in Bern. We are really looking forward for the competitions.
  2. rfisher

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    Thanks for the translation. :cheer2: I want to learn Russian and have drinks and chat with both of them and Stas.
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    What a wonderful interview. I wish them all the best at the Worlds.
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    That was so sweet how she remembered her programs with Kharchenko back in the day. I remember that LP! That was when I first fell in love with her. :)
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    Pluschenko says hello
    Hello, dear friends, we are logging in from Switzerland. Starting 3/2 we are participating the `Art on Ice' show. First we skated in Zurich and now we're in Lausane and we can't wait to share our excitement.

    TV: It's not our first time in Switzerland, we love the country
    MT: Zurich is a beautiful town. I had a chance to walk in the centre with Stephane Lambiel, who also participates the show. Great architecture, picturesque lake.
    TV: I didn't have a chance to walk around. I had to glue the sparkling stones on Maks' shirt.
    MT: The shows take place twice a day. At 11am we have a rehearsal, then we rest and the first show is at 13.00. Then we rest again and back to the ice. There is hardly any free time. During the rehearsals not only we work on the show programmes, but we polish the competitive programmes and the elements. We had a chance to have partial run through. Stas Morozov is watching us and makes sure we're in shape.
    TV: Every evening we must participate an after party for the viewers who bought the VIP cards.
    MT: In Zurich we got to skate to the live music to Keythlin Jenkin (sorry, might be misspelled)
    . She is gorgeous, by the way.
    TV: In Lausagne we'll skate our funny exhibition number. The audience loves it, it's sold out every day!
    MT: WE live in Motr. There is a Nabokov museum here. I must visit it - I like his writing. There is also a statue of his in town.
    TV: Except for Stephane Lambiel Evgeny Pluschenko participates the show. He asked us to say hello to all the Russian fans of figure skating. Other participants are Shen/Zhao, Savchenko/Shelkowy, Sarah Meier, Delobel/Schonfelder, the Kerrs. It's a great company and we enjoy mixing with them outside the competitions.

    And answering some questions:
    from mashunja: does the spotlights bother you? Especially when you perform a split twist or a jump? Or do the organizers make sure it doesn't bother the skaters?
    Answer: it's something one gets used to. SOmetimes the organizers ask whether we need more lights for certain elements, but this time we are skating under the lights they suggested and didn't ask to change anything.
    MT: Lambiel does his jumps much better in the dark. We got used to it too.
    TV: During the rehearsals the lights are low. As if you were skating in a twilight.

    That's it, we are going back to Russia on 10/2 and will start preparing to the competitions.
    Till next entry!
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    Katherine Jenkins is the singer.
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    Thanks TaHbka! I can't wait until their debut :)
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    I KNOW! Their performances are what I'm most excited for at Worlds this season. :swoon: Regardless of how their debut turns out, it's going to be a treat for me just to see them together on the ice! :cheer2::encore:

    TaHbka, you're an angel for translating all of these blogs/articles for us . . . THANK YOU! :D
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    Volosozhar will be free to skate for Russia in just six days! :cheer2:
    And their first appearance in an international competition (Mont Blanc Trophy) is in seven days. :lol:
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    Even skated to lyrical snot I love that program. The variation on the death spiral is :swoon:

    I'll squeal like a little girl if V/T, S/S, and B/L all skate brilliant programs at worlds. I won't even care who places where. :D

    Of course S/S are touring with them so they both know exactly what the other team can do. :lol: There will be so much hotness on the ice, it may melt.
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    Beautiful skating! What language is the vocals in?

    So I will ask: Since teaming up with Max, has Tatiana ever landed the throw 3 sal cleanly and on one foot? Just curious.
  13. Yukari Lepisto

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    It's clearly two footed in that particular performance. But I've heard from other people that went to watch the show that the throw is perfectly clean, but we don't have videos from others..
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    Thank you, TAHbKA!
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    Italiaaaaaano!
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    Wasn't it clean at the Russian Nationals? I can't be sure from the camera angle. Anyway, even if it wasn't clean, at most the toe of her blade barely swept the ice, so it looks on its way to become clean. :)
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    I think it was 2 foot in both the short and long. But as Asli says, hard to tell from the angle.
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    In the short they did the throw loop and I believe it was completely clean, as it was in the long. They seem to find the throw salchow more difficult than the loop.

    Well, it's still early days and they are making everything look easier and easier. :swoon:
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    TAHbKA :respec: Thank you so much.. !!
    Tatiana Maxim :cheer2:
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    in my younger days when I was a huge soccer fan, my choices were completely opposite!:lol:

    Thank you so much TAHbKA! Татиана и Максим:rollin:
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    They updated their blog and told how it was to skate in the Alps. In general they are happy with their results but they said it was quite hard to skate in high mountains. Tatyana is very happy to skate for such a big country as Russia. No big news there, just some pics. They are going to Japan on March 10th and are planning to train with Morozov there till the Worlds.
    www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/volosozhartrankov/161847.html
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    Do they have any other competitions before Worlds? I remember reading they had signed up for two, so they would have two chances to obtain the minimum score. But now that they have achieved it, I figured they might want to rest a bit and train properly for Worlds.
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    It doesn't say anything about any other competition before worlds. If they had signed on for two, they probably withdrew from the other one at this point. It just says they are working now on the programs, and will leave for Japan March 10.

    Trankov also says that the jumps that each of them messed up on in the LP at Mt. Blanc were the opposites of the jumps they were each messing up on in practice. Equal opportunity skaters!
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    That one has been cancelled, regardless they didn't need it anyway.
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    They updated their blog with some lovely pics. They said they don't have any phychologists right now, Tatyana added that the best phychological help she gets from friends and family. The question about coaches: who was the most strict and tough. Trankov: for me- Vasiliev. Volosozhar: for me- Ingo Steuer. They both said they are not thinking about their future career right now, if they become coaches or not. Currently they are busy with skating. After the Worlds they might take part in some "B" competitions, like in Nice or others, in order to test their new programs before the GP series.
    www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/volosozhartrankov/163599.html
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    Thank you for the news. :)
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    let`s talk, thank you very much :D
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    New update and pics:
    www.sports.ru/tribuna/blogs/volosozhartrankov/174971.html
    What is it in Maxim's little keg/barrel? Kvass or mead? Together with red wine, weee.. what a hangover can be...:wideeyes:
    Tatyana is very sexy in her grey dress. Together on the scooter they look like two hot lovers!!! :kickass:
    They also said some words about Megasport. Having colorful seats is not actually good for skaters. So, Maxim asked people to come and sit on those seats! :encore:
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  31. Ajax

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    They look amazing in these pictures! :smokin: Can't wait to see them skate in Moscow.
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    It sounds like they have realistic goals; not setting themselves up for just winning a medal, but to do the best they can and present themselves the best they can.

    They'll be in new skates (Max changed brands), and talking some about family at competitions (He hopes his don't come, because they seem to jinx him, except his girlfriend; Tanya's mother usually attends her events). She says the 2005 Worlds in Moscow was her first with Morosov, and now gets her first worlds in Moscow with her new partner ;)
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    То Moscow!
    Dear readers, thank you so much for the kind words, wishes and support. It's really nice to read all that. We are getting ready for the home world championship and sharing our thoughts on the ISU decision.

    Trankov: We did expect the championship to be held in Moscow. Out of all the cities that applied Moscow has a better change to organize it all.

    Volosozhar: I remember the Worlds 2005 in Moscow. It was my first championship with a new partner - Stas Morozov. We were 10th. And a deja - vu now our first world championship with Maksim will be in Moscow as well! I remember how well everything was organized at 2005, I have only positive memories of that championship.

    Trankov: We won the junior worlds championship with my previous partner at 2005 and I came to Moscow to support my friends. I remember the bus with the shuttle from the hotel to the rink was accompanied by a police car to make sure no one is late being stuck in the traffic.

    Volosozhar: Not only we are glad the championship will be home, but also our relatives. Now they have a chance to come and see the competition. Russia is not Japan - they don't have to fly far, there will be no jetlag. On the other hand we get so much attention now, the press writes about us and set high hopes. It will make things harder.

    Trankov: It is pressing on us. The home advantage is not necessarily an advantage and we have no clue yet how is it - skating home on a competition of that level.

    Volosozhar: most importantly is to be able to prepare to the championship well. We don't set a goal to win a medal no matter what. Most importantly to show what have we learned during this year.

    Trankov: We didn't cancel shows we were supposed to do which we told oyu about previous time. First of all we already signed the contracts, secondly we needed to show the programmes to the public. It've been a while since the last competition and the rink where we train doesn't have sits. An ability to skate in front of the crowd is something that one needs to train as well.

    Volosozhar: Now we are working on the programmes. Cleaning something, working with the choreographer. We are not going to make them any harder - that's something to be done off season. Besides, our programmes are not easier than the other's.

    Trankov: We will skate in our new boots. We decided not to go back to the old ones. Tanya got completely used to her new pair, but it's a bit harder for me. I switched a brand. I used to skate on SP-Terry, now it's Graf. Graf is lighter, the feeling is different and it's hard to get used to. But it's improving.

    Volosozhar: we plan to try the Megasport ice in advance.

    Trankov: Which is not easy either. Right before the championship there will be a tennis turnoument, which will end just 4 days before the competition. The workers will have to do impossible - to prepare the ice, put all the logos, set the commentators boots, the photographers zone...

    Volosozhar: and create a training facility. There is one now, but it's too small for the pairs - we can't perform lifts or splits there.

    Trankov: The multicoloured chairs are confusing. This is why the skaters dislike that venue. If the stolls are full it's allright, but if not - the skaters feel uncomfortable when performing the parallel jumps or spins - there is nothing to focus on. So please, dear figure skating fans, come to Megasport, fill it and with that help the skaters!

    And now to the questions we were asked:
    Will your relatives come to the Worlds? Do you feel better when they are around and you feel their support or you'd rather thye remained in front of hte TV?

    Trankov: I don't want my parents to come. It's a bad sign for me. It've been always like that - no matter where I skated if my parents came I couldn't hold it. I remember they came to Kazan. We were first after the SP, but I was unable to land a signle jump in the LP. I have no idea why it happens. If my girlfriend comes it's ok. I feel fine when she is on the rink.

    Volosozhar: My mother will probably come. She often comes to the competition. But when you go on the ice you don't really think of your mother watching you. There are things on your mind.

    Trankov: If it wasn't Moscow I'd like the championship to be held in Turino. Last year I skated there, Tanya skated there several times. There are great conditions, the hotel is right near the ice rink. The weather is always beautiful. The ice rink is nice. Lausanne would be a good choice as well.

    Volosozhar: I've never been to Nice. And would love to go.
    That's it for now, see oyu later!
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  34. rfisher

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    thanks for the translation!

    I don't care where they finish. I'm just happy to see them compete. Of course, I hope they do well enough to get a couple of GP events. :)
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    Thanks TAHbKA! :cheer:

    Yes, the pressure must be enormous now! :eek:
    I hope the nerves don't get the better of them.

    I remember Tatiana Totmianina being quoted at the 2005 Moscow Worlds as saying after their LP "Now I know what pressure is!" For someone as calm as her, with so much experience and many medals to say so, the pressure at the home worlds must be something! :scream:
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    Thanks for all the translations! These two seem to get along really well off-ice; must be a great benefit for a team, and a stark contrast to his last pairing. ;)
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    How cute.