10-18-2011, 01:42 AM
I think they literally lived in the rink and had little money for food. Smirnov was on the verge of coming to the US to skate with a partner whose family offered to fund him. I'd still like to know who that was and what we almost had.
10-18-2011, 01:44 AM
I know it wasn't what you intended, but now I am that the idea of skating with an American pairs girl is a fate worse than death (or at least worse than living in a freezing rink without food).
Originally Posted by rfisher
10-18-2011, 01:50 AM
Consider the pair's girls available at the time.
Originally Posted by Cherub721
11-12-2011, 11:19 AM
11-12-2011, 01:06 PM
Waiting patiently for a translation.
11-12-2011, 01:22 PM
11-12-2011, 06:37 PM
11-12-2011, 10:32 PM
Lol, sorry, blame Andrey aka Pushkin
Behind the glass (FWIW in Russia the `Big brother watches' show was called `behind the glass')
Hello everyone! With the first GP event behind us we are getting ready for the 2nd - in France. We decided not to make any major changes: we have to skate what we've got. We plan to work a lot with our choreographer - Alla Kapranova. Today's entry is about our trip to Canada/
Tanya: All and all we are satisfied with our skate in Canada. It is our first Grand Prix and a first gold medal in a major event
Maksim: It was a jubelee competition - 10th that we did together with Tanya. We won 9 out of 10. We'd like to congradulate Liza Tuktamysheva on her gold! Kudos to Liza! Came, skated, won - and back to work some more! That's the way to win!
Tanya: we made some mistakes, of course, we were not 100% ready, but I think it's allright for the beginning of the season. We have to say we worked just for 2 weeks on the new version on the LP. We changed the whole 2nd part of hte programme: the order of the elements and the lift. We decide we need another group 5 lift, i.e. a harder one, besides it fits the music better.
Maksim: we probably noticed the costumes were differnt. I'm glad we got rid of the tutu. I'm more comfortable with that and it looks better.
Tanya: I like it better as well. It is the final version of the costumes till the new year.
Maksim: The SP is not quite clear yet. We keep listening to the versions of the song but we don't like any, though the version we used in Canada sounds allright on the ice rink. But, of course, a lot is depending on the audience. If people are ready to that music and understand it. In Canada, for example, we were received so well, even not worse then the local skaters.
Tanya: There are equally a lot of people who like and dislike our SP. I think it's the same as last year when there were pro and con our LP. Some said the costumes were wrong etc, but in the end we made changes and the final version was liked by the majority.
Maksim: If the SP will not work at all we'll change it. But the specialists say it looks different and we are very different from the others in our characters. According to the components we received from the judges they liked the programme as well.
Tanya: I liked the GP event! Everything was organized so well. In the after party they made a carnival: everyone received a mask, took photos. It was fun.
Maksim: It was Tanya's first Skate Canada. With that she completed the whole circle of the events. I still have the Asian events to compete.
Tanya: It's nice we had time to see things in Canada. Missigua, the town where we lived is just 40km away from Toronto and before the competition we went there. We climbed the CN tower, saw the city from the high. The glass floor 535m high. It was quite scary to look down or make a step. Felt as if you are going to fall through. But was worse it - the view is gorgeous
Maksim: After the competition, on Monday, we went to the Niagara falls. Our flight was at 3pm, so we rented a car with the guys and went. 1.5hours of driving and the view was breathtaking!
Tanya: Such power - it's incredible! We stood there, looked, thought the ethernal thoughs and... back!
Maksim: We are home now and getting ready for the French GP event and checking the results of the Asian competition. We are not going to participate 3 events according to our plans.
Tanya: I'll try to take Dexter to Paris. He's a celebrety already. The fans in Canada gave me a collar for him. Apparently he is well known there.
That's it for now, see you soon, stay healthy!
Tanya and Maksim
11-12-2011, 10:46 PM
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Thank you so much for this!
Originally Posted by TAHbKA
11-13-2011, 11:24 AM
11-13-2011, 01:17 PM
Thank you, TaHBka, you are golden
And Dexter is becoming a celebrity
11-13-2011, 01:43 PM
I knew you'd pull through TaHBKa.
11-13-2011, 01:53 PM
Thats so cute about the dog
11-13-2011, 04:24 PM
Kisses TAHbKA, thank you as always for the translations! Cheers Tanya and Maksim!
11-13-2011, 04:54 PM
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TAHbKA, thank you for your translation!!
Do you, or does anyone, know what the status of the choreographer Alla Kapranova (mentioned by Maxim) is?
Has she replaced Morozov or is she is addition to him?
11-13-2011, 05:22 PM
I can jump to a conclusion she is the Mozer group choreographer. Aka Morozov choreographs the programmes and she cleans and polishes it with the skaters later. But that's my assumption (the Morozov you mean is Nikolai, not Stas, right?)
Originally Posted by Belinda
11-13-2011, 06:07 PM
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TAHbKA, thank you again. Yes, I do mean Nikolai...
Originally Posted by TAHbKA
11-20-2011, 02:30 PM
Please, what is written in the last reply from Maxim? Is he injured? And they perhaps will not be competing at Nationals???
Please, help me to understand better, thank you
11-28-2011, 04:13 PM
The surgery will probably not be necessary
Hello Everyone! We are back from Paris, getting back to normal, went to see the Moscow GP event and will start working towards the GPF soon. We'd like to use the space for the birthday wishes to Maksim's first coach - Valeri Tukov. Thank you Valery Nikolaevich, lots of health! We'll tell today about our trip to France.
Tanya: For me the ice rink in Paris is not the most convenient one. There are so many sitting places and they are usually empty. The feeling is of being so small and almost invistible on the ice.
Maksim: I feel comfortable there. 'Ve been there so many times and collected the full set of medals. Now yet another gold. It's a lucky rink for me.
Guess taken we were not quite ready to the competition we skated quite well. It's a shame the element we can do through our sleep and that causes no pain we failed to do twice. I mean the split twist, of course. We put a lot of work on that before the competition - we are mostly working on things I can do without being in pain.
Tanya: In the SP my arm got caught in the dress. I think I'll add something to the costume to make it less spacious. It's not the first time it happened - in Bratislava I was able to get the arm out on time, but was unable to do that in Paris.
It was quite unexpected. Kind of a feeling as when you walk on the street, stubmle and fall into a pit.
Maksim: The only thought that crossed the mind was `What happens now?' We had no experience continuing after failing the split twist, it always worked.
Tanya: fortunately we didn't loose the rhythm of the programme. Maksim pulled me (quite successfully) and we kept the speed and relaxed after the parallel jump
In the long programme we didn't understand what happen.
Maksim: I think it was my mistake. On the take off Tanya touched my leg and I lost concentration for a split second loosing the rhythm
We hope it won't happen again. We'll work on the split twist before ther GPF and we'll try to remain in the good shape we are now.
Tanya: As usually we had a chance to see the city. I've been to Paris twice before but somehow didn't have time to see the sights. Saw the Eiffel tower from the taxi window once, but that's it
We have a lot of time before the SP and Maksim, who knows every corner in Paris took me, Kstenia Stolbova, Fedor Klimov and Liza Tuktamysheva on a fast tour.
Maksim: we saw the Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, Triumph Arc, went to the Louvre.
Tanya: The Eiffel tower looked beautiful in the sunset
After the competition we changed the flight tickets and stayed for another half a day in Paris and saw the city from a different point of view. We've been to the area known as the small USA - the huge business centre (reckon she means La Defance?). Very unusual and gorgeous.
Now we'll answer the questions about Maksim's injury
Maksim: in Bratislava in the LP training I fell and was injuried. BTW, that was the reason we failed the throw jumps then
Tanya: It've been going on from competition to competition - Maks didn't have time to relax and let it heal.
Maksim: I'm not comfortable with spins and jumps, those elements cause pain and set me back in my recovery. This is why I only perform them in the competitions.
I now go through an intense therapy. As a result of one of them I can't walk for a day and half. So I have to miss the trainings. Going to the hospitals is time consuming as well
I'd like to thank all the doctors who are helping me. 5 different people. If it wasnt' for their qualified help I wouldn't be able to perform for quite a while.
After the GPF we'll decide whether I can skate in the Nationals, but as of right now I plan to participate, we are not talking about withdrowing. but of course, if that is what will be needed for my health and in order to be ready for europeans and worlds - that's the sacrifice, given the federation permit, we'll make, even though we don't want to.
As for the surgery - I was probably misunderstood. Things are not that bad. First of all its' not year clear whether I'll need one. Probably not. Secondly - the surgery today is not what it was a while ago - it doesn't necessarily means cutting things
To make the long story short - it's not a terribly big deal. The injurries are a normal thing for the athletes, we go on training, competing and winning. Everything is gonna be allright.
Tanya: I really want Maksim to be allright soon. Hope he will be.
That's it for now. We'll answer the other questions in our next entry. Till soon!
Tanya and Maksim
11-28-2011, 07:40 PM
Oh Maxim, do not take unnecessary risks, please.
Good that Tatjana finally saw Paris!