New entry on the blog
Sorry for the long delay and here are translations:
The home judges took mercy on us
We are training towards the GPF full time. We will leave a bit early to learn the place and get used to the olympic ice. We haven't changed our working attitude to the SP: it worked fine so far. The LP on the other hand we work much more on. We want to show what can we do with it in front of the home crowd.
Tanya: we haven't written for a while, so first let us tell you about the USA event. It took a long time to fly to the USA and we were surprised to learn the time difference with Seattle is 11 hours. We were not able to skate a clean SP. We later thought what was the reason for such a bad skate. It seems there were several. The competition schedule was very inconvenient.
Maksim: Right, the practice before the LP was over at 18:00 and an hour later we had to leave from the hotel to the competition. We were not ready for that. The SP was something of the kind.
Tanya: In general the organization in the USA was so so. Instead of the warm up area some small corner where we could not practice lifts and split twists. The athletes were laughing and taking photos of that disgrace.
Maksim: Tanya and I found a nice corner near Zamboni and warmed up there. But let's be true: the ice rink was decent, the audience received everyone very warmly. The specialists liked our programmes despite the mistakes we made.
Tanya: Seattle is a nice city. Our coach, the Czech skater Michal Brezina and us had some time to walk before the competition. We climbed the famous tour and saw the market. In the evening we had a nice dinner.
Maksim: In general no matter how the competition goes we see it as a positive experience which will certainly help us in the future.
Tanya: after the failure in the SP in the USA we changed the preparation process and skated the SP well in Russia. Unfortunately the LP fell apart. I reckon we were not focused. We really wanted to repeat the Worlds in Moscow success in front of the home audience. We were not able to deliver the coordination elements. The rest - the lifts, split twist, todes - received level 4 and positive GOE. It's a good thing.
Maksim: We were critisized a lot for the high marks for a bad skate. We think the judges took mercy on us, perhaps for our past success. Besides, we indeed have a very difficult programme and perform most of the elements in the 2nd part of the programme. That saved us. We'd like to prove our status of the champions with clean skates in the future. We want to be worthy of our placement.
Tanya: Skating home is not as easy as it seems. It's an additional pressure. In that sense the Moscow competition is a very valuable experience - the Olympics 2014 will be a home competition as well for us. The GPF being in Sochi is a very good thing for us.
Maksim: After the exhibition in CoR we went to the closing party, where Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, the most decorated athletes among us, gave a speech. They gave a beautiful speech thanking Moscow for a great organization. Scott mentioned Russia was very welcoming. Tessa said `Thank you and Good night' in Russian in the end.
Tanya: The canadians are really nice guys, we are very fond of them - we've known them since the junior competitions. Tessa is very calm, well organized and not exactly a partying type, while Scott is a very fun guy.
Maksim: After the party there was an unofficial after party in a bar where all the athletes were invited. There were the current event competitors and some retired skaters as well. Alexey Rogonov plays in a band and they were playing there. It was a lot of fun, we will take those positive emotions for the future work.
Tanya: We;ll work harder and try never to disappoint those who root for us. Thank you very much for your support and for loving us.
Till soon, stay well!
Palm trees, ice and sun
Hello everyone! We are in Sochi and will take the `Aisberg' arena ice soon with our SP. We like the ice rink a lot. The weather is nice and sunny, the sea is near and the spirits are high. More about it next time, let us tell you now how were we preparing to the GPF.
Maksim: After the failure in the Moscow GP event we rewatched our skate closely. I understood my mistakes and realized when the male partner is uncertain the female partner can feel it. We made a mistake in the first element and it just went down from there.
Tanya: I have to say we were not yet completely comfortable with our LP by then yet. It's a very difficult programme, we never skated anything like before and didn't realize yet how to work on that. We tried different approaches and hope it will work in the GPF - we worked so much. For example, right after the CoR we went to the ice and started working , while normally we'd take a short holiday. It was a week from hell. Our coach Nina Mikhailovna Mozer gave us a super difficult plan, but we did it 100% and managed to avoid injuries. We are satisfied with going into the the GPF fight for gold with good mood.
Maksim: Andres Liepa came to our rink once. He saw us working. We were introduced, took photos with him and he presented us a DVD with a movie about his father and invited to his concert. Tanya and I love ballet, so it was especially nice. I think it's an art n.1 I'm always thrilled with the way people can tell a story through the dance. Perm where I was born is the 3rd biggest ballet centre in Russia after Moscow and St. Petersburg: you see, during the WWII all the Mariinski theatre was evacuated to Perm. Half of the group remained there after the war. I understand a bit in ballet, my favourite is the `Swan Lake'. I love `Giselle' and `Don Quixote'. I can rewatch them many times.
Tanya: We loved Andres' show. The first part was `Scheherezada' where the main characters were performed by Nikolai Tsiskaridze. Ilze Liepa and Andres himself. We really want to work with him, but it will not happen soon: we are trying to reach different goals right now
Maksim: There is a whole story how he came to our rink at the first place. Apparently we use the same masseur: Jorje. The guy who were lucky to find in the USA and invited to work in Moscow. He works on our rink. Andres came to see him
Tanya: Jorje is a magician and an amazing specialist. He've lived for about 20 years in the USSR where his father was a diplomat, he speaks Russian really well, which is important for us. He is blind and can feel with his fingers where the problem is.
Maksim: Jorje's methods are unique, he studied under the best doctors, manuals and masseours and combining all that huge knowledge he created his own unique method. He saved Tanya and I - no one could help us before we met him
Tanya: In 10 sessions Jorje solved Maksim's problem! Unbelievable! He not only helps us, but other athletes as well - he never says no.
Maksim: Let us answer the most popular question to finish the entry: Why were we skating the Snow storm in the Cup Of Russia exhibition. And why didn't we perform any jumps nor throws. The Snow Storm is our first ever exhibition number, it was choreographed by Alexandr Zhulin. We were supposed to skate it on one of his shows, which, unfortunately, never happened. It was a shame to throw all that work away and we skated it in Russian nationals. I remember how much it was liked by the audience and before the GP in Russia in the internet we were asked to skate the Snow Storm. There were no jumps nor throws in that programme at the first place and we decided not to interfere Zhulin's choreography and not change a thing there.
Tanya: this year we focused a lot on the SP and the LP, but didn't have any time left for the exhibition. We still have to do that. We'll participate the Art on Ice after the Europeans. We have some ideas and Nikolai Morozov is thinking about it. So expect something new.
In the mean while - root for our team in Grand Prix Final! Good luck to all!
Erm, I think this would be a perfect goal going into the Olympics!Tanya: We loved Andres' show. The first part was `Scheherezada' where the main characters were performed by Nikolai Tsiskaridze. Ilze Liepa and Andres himself. We really want to work with him, but it will not happen soon: we are trying to reach different goals right now
Those blogs sound a bit ironical afterwards. Good that they nailed the revamped FS in the Russian Nationals.
Have they ever said anything about retirement after Sochi or if they still want to continue beyond that?
I would be beyond happy if they would stay healthy and continue to compete towards 2018! they found each other so late that it would be a shame if they only skated for these few years.