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    humm in this case, I think it's better if they skip Nationals!!

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    thanks for the translation !
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    Outside the politics
    heh, nice to see my photos used in their blog

    Hello from Quibeck! Soon we'll take the ice with our new SP. Thank all the readers for your words of support. We came here to gain new experiences and emotions, so we'll be thrilled with any result. But we'll try to fulfill your expectations. Most importantly - to do everythign we are capable of. Today, as we promised, we'll answer your questions.

    Q: I'm glad you are skating to `Aimer'. Will you have new costumes for that number?
    Maksim: The number is a spot on this year - the GP in France, the GPF in a French speaking Canada... The costumes- think they'll remain, no point changing them - we have the recognizable costumes, why change them?

    Q: Are you still thinking about making changes in the SP or will you be doign a new one?
    Tanya: No, think we will not change anything.

    Q: Do you care about politics and if you do - how deeply? Do you follow the news or usually there is no time? What do you think of the skaters who became politicans after retiring (Sikharulidze and the recent `scandal' with Pluschenko)
    Maksim: We don't care about politics too much: we watch the news and read newspapers/internet. Sometimes we get to meet the politicians, but nothing serious. Since we all come from different towns we usually cant' even vote.
    Tanya: As for the the athlets who become politicians: if they are educated enough and interested in what they do - why not. As long as they do their job well.
    Maksim: For instance, after retiring I'd like to create a skaters union. Many skaters are left out after being injuried. It's a problem, our common pain. There are also difficulties in switching coaches, federations. I'd like to create an organization that would fight for their rights.

    Q: Why did you decide to give up the back to back spiral in the LP?
    Tanya: It takes too long. There is a hard positions change. We decided to put the stress on the artistic side of the programme this year, so the beginning and the middle are so long that we simply didn't have enough music and had to give up something.
    Maksim: And I'll argue with you: I didn't like that spiral. When changing the edges it's hard to lift the leg on the same level Tanya does and I think it looked dirty

    Q: I recalled the confusion with the flags. How did Duhamel/Radford take becoming a `Russian' pair?
    Maksim: They were not thrilled, to put it mildly. The organizers appologized later. I think such miss ups shouldn't happen. It hurts - every skater skates for their country. Besides, take into the account the Americans and Canadians are quite patiotic.
    Tanya: We were lucky it never happened to us. Though in Oberstforf we were given the bronze medals by mistake, but we later just swapped them with the Americans

    Q: In Moscow you were seen together all the time, while Stanislav Morozov was alone. Why?
    Tanya: Stas is a young coach and he is more interested seeing the competitions with the other young specialists, talking about the technical issues, learn new things. What's the point sitting with us? We have conversations every day on the trainings.

    Q: If your injurie got worse perhaps you should had given up the GPF?
    Maksim: We didn't even consider that option. Why would I skate through pain in the 2 GP events then? No, we wouldn't give up the GPF. It was important for us. But thank you for worrying about my health.

    Q: What is your favourite element?
    Tanya: Splits and throws. I love the feeling of a flight.
    Maksim: the bow. I like all the elements with Tanya.

    That's it for now, till later!

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    Thanks for the translation!

    Quote Originally Posted by TAHbKA View Post
    Maksim: For instance, after retiring I'd like to create a skaters union. Many skaters are left out after being injuried. It's a problem, our common pain. There are also difficulties in switching coaches, federations. I'd like to create an organization that would fight for their rights.
    Is there/has there been anything like this in skating? It seems like a really good idea to me - sort of like the players' unions in American sports leagues, which do a really good job (some would say too good) of looking after the athletes and their concerns. Though I'm sure it would be a challenge to set up such a thing, with skaters coming from different countries and dealing with different federations.

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    Really cool of Max to want to do that!

    What is the Plushenko political scandal?

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    TAHbKA, big thanks again!

    The idea of the union is great. In Finland, we have an organization (for all the athletes, not only skaters) which helps them to find a profession after their career as an athlete is finished. But skaters have their own types of problems and difficulties.

    Which I did not like in the interwiew was the question about Tatjana´s husband. Some people will start rumours and fantasize their own things, but a good pair does not nees to be romantically involved with each other. The chemistry is often better without it.

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    re. Plushy political scandal: He was mostly AWOL as a parliamentarian -- attended only 11 of 123 parliamentary sessions after his election!

    See wikipedia:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plushenko

    In 2006, Plushenko joined the political party A Just Russia and in March 2007, he was elected to the Saint Petersburg Legislative Assembly.[37] Following the 2010 Olympics, he announced his intention to quit politics. In April 2010, he came under fire for poor attendance, having attended only 11 of 123 parliamentary sessions since his election.[38] In December 2011, he announced he was leaving politics to train for the 2014 Olympics.[37] He quit A Just Russia and said he had no plans to join another political party.[39]
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    Happy new year, or there is no place like home
    Hello everyone! Happy new year! We wish you a good mood, success, and, most importantly, health. And, of course, that your favourite atheletes win

    We'll tell you about the GPF and the medical treatment we went through in the USA.

    Tanya: It's very sweet you were so worried about our health. Maksim seems to be getting better, I feel better too. As you know we were treated in New York. There is a whole street full of medical institutions which specialize on various injuries.

    Maksim: Not a street, it's more like a neighbourhood. It's quite convenient - no need to get across the city for the next treatment. We also lived near by.

    Tanya: Ivan Cherezov was treated in the same place. We met him and then saw him from time to time. He left about a week after we came.

    Maksim: The treating was fruitful, the rehabilitation was fast. I went to the ice and realized nothing bothered me. It's a strange and an unfamiliar feeling.

    Tanya: when we were going to NY we thought we'll have troubles with Maksim, but eventually it was me. The reason of the injury is a constant stress on the lingament. The doctors say I should be fine after the New Year. I continue going to some treatments in Moscow.

    Maksim: I'm almost done with rehabilitation, now only have the physio left. I have to do stretching. strength training and skate carefully not to cause a repeating injury.
    We now train once a day in the morning. We do everything without too much effort. Then Tanya goes to her treatments, we have a work out after lunch. We'll start working towards the Europeans on 2/1. Nina Mikhailovna (Mozer) already has a detailed plan.
    We'll celebrate the new year in Moscow. My parents will come and Tanya will be with us as well. Perhaps if it'll be possible we'll go somewhere out, but not far.

    Tanya: Now about the GPF. It seems to be so long ago now! I loved the city.
    Maksim: The ancient... The hotel where we stayed was interesting.
    Tanya: it's called Le Château Frontenac, it was built in the 19th century in a style of a medival castle. It is placed on top of the mountain right on the river. The long coridors, lots of rooms.
    Maksim: after the competition we had some time to surf the city. There are a lot of ancient buildings, the feeling as if you were in medival times. Everyone spoke French, some were horse riding - it felt very much in europe.

    Tanya: in general we are satisfied with our skate. Despite the injuries it was a decent performance.
    Maksim: we were so well received - the SO after the LP. The Canadians are considered being cold towards the Russian skaters, which is not true. They love figure skating and understand it well. They are not biased towards anyone and judge by the skating. Those who skate well are cheered.

    That's it for now! Happy New year!

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    Thanks for the translation TAHbKA.

    Glad to read Max and Tanya are both feeling better.

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    Love these blog translations. Thanks so much.

    Nice of Maks to give a nod to the Canadian audience. We DO cheer skaters from all countries. Great skating always deserves a SO and Tanya and Maks certainly put on a fantastic show.

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    Just as well Guberniev is not commenting figure skating

    Hello, dear readers! As you know the Europeans will kick off soon, where the participation of our main rivals - the 3 times world Champions Aljona Savchenko/Robin Szelkowy is still under a question. Today we'll tell you about our preparations and answer some questions.

    Maksim: We celebrated the new year with the family. My parents and brother with his wife came over. We celebrated home, later met with Ivan Bariev and some other skaters. We were not out for long - came home and went to sleep - after all we had to wake up early on the 2/1 for training.

    Tanya: First it was hard - it's always difficult to start working after a long break. But all is back to normal now. i think we'll be quite ready by the euros. We perform all the elements with no limitations. I first visited the doctors, went to physio, but I stopped last week not wantning to waste time before the euros. I now do some sets of excersizes, train certain muscles to put less strain on the injuried joint.

    Maksim: Our coach, Nina Mihailovna Mozer, as always, made a plan so we would pick on the competition. Of course a week was not enough, but then the whole season is kind of hectic, even though we skated well. So everythign is fine, we are not worried.

    Tanya: We still haven't decided whether to make a more complicated combination - to add the 3rd double toeloop or give it up. It's our 3rd element, when the legs are starting to bend - the breaking moment. But we have to add a more expensive element - we need those .18 points.

    Maksim: Choreography wise the programme is packed, there are no empty places. We worked a lot with our choreographer - Alla Viktorovna (Kapranova) came every day and corrected the mistakes.

    Now to your questions
    Q: Do you like biathlon?
    Maksim: I love biathlon. I try watching the Eurosport broadcasts. I dislike watching Russia 2 though with Dmitrii Guberniev's commentary. I think it's not professional advicing the coaches during the live broadcast what they should do: who should or should not be in the team, who should run the relay etc. He is nasty to the athletes, calls them by nicknames, tells rumours. I would hate it if someone commented figure skating in the same manner. The situation with Malafeev and his late wife was unspeakable (Guberniev shared some rumours on her death in the car accident thinking the microfones were off during the break)
    I'm always thrilled when Olga Zaitseva does well - she is from our `Vorobievy gory' club.

    Speaking of figure skating commentary - I like the British Eurosport commentators the most. They are so professional and it's despite the fact there are no top skaters in the UK now. As for the Russian commentators I like Vasilii Soloviev. He is not always capable to follow the technical content, but he understands the artistic parst. Having the musical education he understand the musical content well.

    Q: Tanya likes the feeling of flying so much. Have you ever tried jumping with a parachute?
    And in general - do you like extreme? gambling? Outside sport that is? Do you get enough excitement from the sport or do you have any extreme hobbies?

    Tanya: I wanted to jump with the parachute when I was training in the USA, but it didn't work out. Now I don't want to take a risk, perhaps after te Olympics. I like the extreme sports, but not too fond of gambling.

    Maksim: I dislike extreme. It's no fun. I hate rollercoasters and some such. I get more then enough excitement and emotions from the sports. I don't even like all those feelings during the competition. The draw is the worst for me - I'm always nervous during the draw, relaxing later.
    As for gambling - I'm not into that. You won't be able to catch me on a `would you dare'. I've never been to a casino. When I was in Las Vegas I didn't play even once. I'm very pragmatic and think I'd rather have 10 rubles in my pocket than a chance to win 100 rubles or loose it all.

    Thats it for now.

    We'd like to congradulate our training mates Lina Fedorova/Maksim Miroshkin and Anastasia Dolidze/Vadim Ivanov with their medals in YOG. Well done guys! Wish you lots of success in the future!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAHbKA's translation
    Speaking of figure skating commentary - I like the British Eurosport commentators the most. They are so professional and it's despite the fact there are no top skaters in the UK now.
    It seems to me that it's easier to be objective and appreciative when your country doesn't have skin in the game.

    Many thanks, TAHbKA!
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    Haha, love Maksim bitching about the commentators Wonder what's his opinion on Scott Hamilton and Sandra Bezic!

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    Tanya and Maksim are skating at Art on Ice in Zurich and Lausanne in these days, their first program is this one with the suitcase
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUtJqQIZaWU
    and the 2nd program is Supermario

    They are awesome!

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    Tatiana looks gorgeous! And I've rarely seen her showing so much personality.

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    London motivated
    Hello everyone! We are in Switzerland skating in the show. There are so many impressions to share. We will soon be going home and will tell you all about the trip, but now we decided to recall the Sheffield Europeans.

    Tanya: We are happy with the results, but not with the skate. The SP was ok-ish, but the LP was so full of mistakes- in the jumps, in the throws, the spin wasn't level 4.
    Maksim: I think we didn't set up for the fight. Our main rivals Aljona Savchenko and Robin Szelkowy withdrew right before the beginning and it affected us.

    Tanya: While in the GPF we went out there to fight and were motivated to beat the World champions in Sheffield it was, unfortunately, quite different. Of course we dont want to think we won only becase the Germans didn't skate, who knows what would happen had they skated.
    Maksim: We knew they might withdrow, but hoped for the best till the last moment. In the practices Aljona and Robin performed 3 throws, jumps and the rest of the elements were just fine. I met Robin in the hostel in the day of the SP and he just made that helpless gesture - as in to apologize for not skating.
    Tanya: I found out at the last moment, when we were on the bus on the way to the competition. I was very upset.
    Many enquired about my health saying I looked tired in the LP. My shoulder hurt and the hip injury didn't completely heal. I think it influenced the skating. But I don't like excusing my mistakes with the injuries. Every professional has his injuries and I don't want to talk about it. I feel much better now, the hip recovered completely, the shoulder doesn't bother too badly.
    I would like to thank the doctors of the Russian and the Ukranian teams - Yaroslav Bugaev and Yaroslav Mits, who helped me in Sheffield. And a huge thanks to the doctors who helped me in Moscow before we left. Now I just want to get ready for the worlds and show a clean skate.
    Maksim: Especially since the Germans are going to be a real competition. We skated together in the show, though they only did double throws for some reason.

    Tanya: I would like to recall the happiest moment of the Europeans.
    Maksim: The medals ceremony! It was so full of emotions - 3 of our pairs were standing on the top of the podium, holding the Russian flag. Later it turned out we were not allowed to do that and I might be fined. But, fortunately, the federation spoke for us. We were warned not to do such thing again, but there was no fine.
    Tanya: We would like to thank the British crowd. We didnt' expect such a warm welcoming and we didn't expect the rink to be almost full most of hte time. Thank you so much, it was nice skating htere.
    Maksim: We were following our compatriots from the rink. We liked Ilinyh/Katsalapov's FD. They skated in the 3rd group and were so good the gap between them and the rest was so obvious. Kudos to them and we think their bronze medal was justified.

    Tanya: We didnt' have a chance to see Pluschenko's success: we used the last day of the competition to visit London. We walked in the city, went to the London Eye, the only thing we missed was the Tower Bridge. It's a beautiful city.
    Maksim: Nothing hints the next Olympics would be there. Except for some souvenirs shops and and ocasional rinks. It's yet too early/

    That's it for now.

    Thanks!

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    Wait, the three skaters/teams aren't allowed to share a flag if all skate for the same nation and could be fined for it? Seriously? ISU.... really?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Proustable View Post
    Wait, the three skaters/teams aren't allowed to share a flag if all skate for the same nation and could be fined for it? Seriously? ISU.... really?
    haha my reaction exactly! Really ISU?? but i think it's more about the three teams all standing on the top podium isn't allowed.. haha..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Proustable View Post
    Wait, the three skaters/teams aren't allowed to share a flag if all skate for the same nation and could be fined for it? Seriously? ISU.... really?
    I understand it that they are supposed to stand according to the placements on the podium during the anathem. Am not sure they are allowed to have a flag with them during the anathem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAHbKA View Post
    I understand it that they are supposed to stand according to the placements on the podium during the anathem. Am not sure they are allowed to have a flag with them during the anathem.
    Thanks for the clarification. I didn't actually see the podium ceremony, so I just assumed the ISU was being stupid.

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