The sitting is over, Russia has one pair more
As of yesterday Russia has one more pair. The sitting of Tatiana Volosozhar after the switch of the federations is over and this weekend together with her partner Maxim Trankov she will be competing in Courmayeur, Italy.
After Volosozhar/Trankov won the Nationals in December, beating the two times worlds bronze medalists Kawaguti/Smirnov the whole worlds was looking forward for their international competitions and potential wins. To add the spice - the ex partner and the current coach of Tatiana Volosozhar - Stas Morozov used to skate with Alena Savchenko, who later became two times world champion with Robin Shelkowy and is now the main rival for Volosozhar/Trankov.
Morozov told me last Autumn:
Alena and I were skating really well when competing both on the junior and the senior level. We were equal to Totmiania/Marinin. But after winning the 2000 Junior Worlds I went through a series of injuries. First the boot caused some bad blisters on one foot, then on the other and it was so bad that I need to undergo a surgery. At 2001 we only competed at the Worlds, and even though we were clean both in the SP and the LP we became only 9th. We participated the Olympics a year later, but I had a groin injury during that year and had a surgery for that after the SLC.
Starting 2004 Alena represents Germany, I skated in Ballet on Ice for two years and was going to quit figure skating altogether. I wanted to study medicine and become a surgeon. But then I had a talk with my mother - she worked in the hospital her whole life and we decided we are not rich enough for me to go through the medical school. It was at that point that I was asked to come skating in Kiev.
First I was helping Volosozhar who was skating with another partner, but later we started skating together.
A year ago I thougth: I'm 30, but Tanya is just 23. She should continue her skating career.
EV: I.e. you realized you are not on her level as a partner?
SM: Indeed. There is always a stronger partner. Either a male or a female. When I skated with Savchenko first I was better, I used to teach her things, then she became better. The same with Tanya - it was only after 4 years of our skating together all of the sudden the eyes were opened: "But she is an amazing partner!"
And another important thing: when I started thinking of Max Trankov as a partner for Tanya I realized that pair would be able to compete for any medals.
By the time they started training together Morozov was not the only one who realized that. Nina Mozer, whose team they joined was despairing with some big bosses showing up at every training of the pair. But they were lucky with their coach: Mozer was able to make their life in Moscow comfortable and fast. They invited one of the best choreographers- Nikolai Morozov who used to choreograph for Volosozhar/Morozov and who coached them for a year.
In order to work with Nikolai Morozov they had to travel to Daugavpils, Latvia from time to time where he used to work last year, but it was worth the effort.
Stanislav Morozov commented on that:
Nikolai creates very comfortable programmes. I.e. the programmes that are comfortable to skate, which is rare. It is generally rare for a choreographer to skate. In Novogorsk, when Volosozhar/Trankov were doing their first steps together Maksim was shocked - he didn't expect a choreographer to be able to skate so well.
Nikolai taught me how to skate at the time within 3 months. I mean - how to do any possible steps on the ice. I was always in ease with the pairs elements, but the steps were a problem. Now I can do anything.
EV: As a coach and an ex partner what can you tell about Volosozhar?
SM: She is easy to work with. She is a good person. Soft, decent, kind. But with her point of view on things. As a partner she can't let down.
EV: Why did the Ukrainian Federation give her up so easily?
SM: I dont' know. On the other hand - what was the point not to free her? There are no conditions to work in Ukraine - no partners, no ice, no coaches.
During the summer thinking of the possibilities of the new partnership Tatiana Tarasova said: `Even now Volosozhar/Trankov are mindblowing. It've been ages since someone skated so well in pairs. I haven't seen such speed, power in every element, such complexion in elements and transitions and such an understanding of the music for a very long time'.
Their first international competition shouldn't pressure them too much - both Tatiana and Maxim participated a much bigger competitions. A couple of weeks before the competition they skated in the Art on Ice show together with Savchenko/Shelkowy.
Their goal in Courmayeur is to gain the needed points: at least 17 in the SP and at least 30 in the LP. This is what will allow them to participate the Worlds in Tokyo.
They will also be able to change their current standing - skaters with the low standings will be among the first ones to skate in Tokyo, which probably will allow the judges to give very modest points for the components.