I reckon there will be plenty, will start with this one
I teach skating and living by Polyanskaya (btw, follow the link, there are some photos)
Moskvina used to be a star in pairs skating. She used to skate with Mishin, who, just as herself, became a star coach. They went though alot as sportsmen and coaches and understand exactly what their pupils feel.
For her pupils Tamara is a second mother. Not only she teaches them to skate, but to live as well - how to talk to the teachers in the uni, how to build relationships with friends, how to plan the budget and create an image. She did forbid her pupils to congradulate her though. She is not summing up anything either. She agreed to share her best memories with the newspaper.
The costume made from underware, dancing on a sand.
My mother made my first skating costume from my father's underware. It was a white padded material. She coloured that in pink later. The skates were someone else's - very high, almost reaching my knees. Before the competition we coloured it with the tooth powder. We skated in `Iskra' and `Dinamo' rinks. In `Dinamo' the rink was made on the tennis courts. If the autumn was snowless and then the frost came the sand would be visible through the ice. It was breathtakingly beautiful to do the figures as if on the sand. My second coach (and a future husband) Igor Moskvin was a member of `Dinamo'. I started skating at the age of 10, which was considered early back then. The generation before me started at 16, and that before them at 22.
Once a movie maker from `Lenfilm' approached my first coach Ivan Bogoiavlenski and asked for skaters for a thene where a main hero does something with the skaters in the background. We were gathered, said we have to do sit spins and various elements. It was fun. But I remembered that we were payed so much that I could buy myself suitable sports shoes.
There was no time to coach my daughters.
When I started training under Moskvin I was 16. We got married when I was 23. So all the romance with the others was over by the age of 20. His proposal did not come as a surprise. We had a big wedding. Took out the furniture from the parent's flat, put tables instead, borrowed chairs from all the neighbours. We decorated the walls with medals. We cooked lots of tasty things. Then the daughters were born. They tried skating as kids, but we were coaching the national team and didn't have time to teach them the basics. The younger one is an economist, she graduated from Columbia uni, the older is a linguist graduated the St. Petersburg uni.
`Bielmann' named after Moskvina
When I was still in the uni I saw a gymnasts competition. And there was that move when she grabs the free leg with both hands and moves it to her head. I tried the same on the ice. Even performed it at the Europeans at 1960. Many years later when I was already a coach Denize Bielmann learned my element. She was very flexible. Bielmann became a champion and became well known. The element was named after her. I don't mind, there is no intellectual ownership in the sport anyway and it's hard to figure who was first in what anyway.
Figure skating - an easy job.
Between the competitions we met the working groups. We visited factories etc. We skated and told about ourselves. It was very important for our own growth. We saw the hardships of the others. For example we went to (am not sure what is it) factory. Compared to what they do gliding while holding hands with a boy in a nice costume in a warm stadium was shocking. We started looking differently on what we do. There was responsibility. We overlooked our appreciation to our own and the others labor.
Lena went through a horrible thing. While performing a parallel spin the partner started gliding towards her loosing the centre. By accident he hit her with the blade. The fact Berezhnaya came back after her accident tells much about her spirit. First there were even no talks about her coming back to the sport. Anton Sikharulidze and I agreed we will help Elena to walk again so she can find herself something to do with her life. WE didn't even hope she will be back on the ice, never mind competing again. The doctor said she sould be taken back to where she was successful and things will go back to her. When Elena and Anton started skating I was afraid to even look at them. I was just thinking `Careful! Careful!' But then everything came back and worked out for them - they won the Gold in SLC 2002.
more to come...