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    Interview with Nikolai Morozov: "The fact that I train foreigners doesn't bother me" (after the test skates in Novogorsk)

    http://fcp-press.ru/interview/p2_articleid/5140

    DR: What can you say about our skaters' performances here?
    NM: I am content. Such events push athletes giving the opportunity to see competitors and evaluate the progress they made in the off-season. But you cannot say how the skaters will perform during the season. Not everyone is in their optimal shape yet.

    DR: Now, before the Olympics, is there much competition [between the athletes on the Russian team]?
    NM: Everyone is trying to do their best because they understand there isn't much time left until the Sochi Olympics. Everyone keeps getting better and it's good. As for competition, it is different in different disciplines. For example, in pairs we have Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, who, in my opinion, are beyond competition. And in ice dancing, my dance team Elena Ilinykh / Nikita Katsalapov didn't skate here.

    DR: Why not?
    NM: I didn't want them to show their programs. Also, Lena had a minor shoulder injury. I think in this discipline we don't have many people who are competitive at the highest level. In singles, I was pleased with Artur Gachinski, he has interesting programs this year. I also liked Adelina Sotnikova, she is in good shape. Tuktamysheva and Lipnitskaya did not skate, and I didn't have a chance to see their programs.

    DR: Are there any interesting events this year, besides the World Championships?
    NM: World Championships (to be held in London, Canada, 10 - 17 March 2013) always stand out, but the Grand Prix Final in Sochi (6-9 December) is also extremely important this year. It will be held at the Olympic rink. It would be good if athletes who are going to compete for medals at the Olympics skated there.

    DR: Do you set a goal for your skaters for this season to win any particular event?
    NM: I always set goals for the season, and especially to win something. With the exception of two World championships, not a single one had gone without medals for me.

    DR: Sometimes you aren't able to accompany your athletes to competitions...
    NM: Yes, it happens often. But there are coaches who can replace me at competitions. I always try to be with them at important events.

    DR: What concerns you the most in athletes' preparation?
    NM: The main thing is injuries and health. In winter, there is a big risk to get sick. I wish it could be avoided because such things always interrupt training process for at least a week.

    DR: Do you have a contract with the Russian Figure Skating Federation? And at whose expense do the athletes train overseas?
    NM: I have no contract with the federation. Frankly, I do not know much about these issues, but I think that these trips are paid by the Ministry of Sport of Russian Federation. Not only my athletes, but the entire team travels to such camps.

    DR: Won't the fact that you train foreign athletes hurt the chances of our skaters at World Championships and the Olympics?
    NM: Yes, I coach European champion Florent Amodio of France and two-time World champion, Daisuke Takahashi of Japani. But in terms of competition with Evgeni Plushenko and Artur Gachinski, it doesn't bother me. After all, at competition everything will be in hands of the Russian athletes, and not in mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by love_skate2011 View Post
    c'mon people, nobody said it will be career ending,
    we dont even fully know their current status, I may not be a fan of B/L
    but I would never wish someone retiring or speaking of retirement due to injurieslets hope for fast recovery and maybe they can still compete in the GP or hopefully Euros/Worlds
    Where in my post did I "wish" injury on anyone?

    Athletes are injury prone and some have had career ending injuries.

    "A hip injury that may require surgery'- has an ominous sound. Remember Yagudin, Lipinski? Their injuries did end their eligible careers, but after they had won the OGM. As a fan of B&L, I am naturally very concerned about her hip injury. May be you are not really concerned because you are not their fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macassar88 View Post
    If it is, I'm really going to miss their stunning triple twist lift - the best in the world as well as her amazing posture especially in their lifts.
    Also her beautiful line and toe-point
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    Ilinykh/Katsalapov, Monko/Khaliavin and Polina A & Polina K will all compete at the Coupe de Nice at the end of October.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Also her beautiful line and toe-point
    And her free leg extension going into jumps!

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    Here's a short interview with Volosozhar/Trankov at Nebelhorn Trophy on the ISU's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Uh7sICxF_k
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    I'll admit to ragging on B/L and their lack of expression, but that was mostly because I was frustrated they never made it to the next level. Which could be breathtaking given how good their basics and extension are. Hopefully Vera can come back sooner than expected.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morqet View Post
    Ilinykh/Katsalapov, Monko/Khaliavin and Polina A & Polina K will all compete at the Coupe de Nice at the end of October.
    Thanks. About Ilinykh/Katsalapov that's great news - at least they will compete somewhere before CoR.

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    Liza Tuktamysheva can miss Skate Canada - Mishin http://rsport.ru/figure_skating/20121002/620755516.html

    He says she is now recovering from injury, but the final decision if she is going to skate at her first Grand Prix event or not hasn't been made yet.

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    Liudmila Kalinina, coach of Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov: "Doctors have different opinions about Vera's injury" http://fcp-press.ru/interview/p2_articleid/5150

    She says that Vera has been injured for a while now, but when they did run-through of their programs before leaving for Oberstdorf, she skated clean, and the decision to go was made with Alexander Gorshkov. Now Vera feels fine and says that if there was a good massage therapist she would have skated. She's going to undergo an examination, but they still intend to skate at Rostelekom Cup. She also confirms that their SP to Liebestraum was choreographed by TAT and LP to Spartak by Zoueva-Shpilband. They train in Novogorsk, their choreographer is Liudmila Vlasova and they like working with her.

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    Liza Tuktamysheva can miss Skate Canada - Mishin
    No Tuk Tuk.. noooo

    Quote Originally Posted by quiqie View Post
    Liudmila Kalinina, coach of Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov: "Doctors have different opinions about Vera's injury" http://fcp-press.ru/interview/p2_articleid/5150

    She says that Vera has been injured for a while now, but when they did Now Vera feels fine and says that if there was a good massage therapist she would have skated. She's going to undergo an examination, but they still intend to skate at Rostelekom Cup.
    happy about Vera's condition , I know it was a bit exaggerated regarding her status and injury

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    That's a bummer if Tuk doesn't skate at Skate Canada. I was looking forward to her and Gracie going head to head. This might be what Julia Lipnitskaia will be going through next season as she grows also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiqie View Post
    Liza Tuktamysheva can miss Skate Canada - Mishin http://rsport.ru/figure_skating/20121002/620755516.html

    He says she is now recovering from injury, but the final decision if she is going to skate at her first Grand Prix event or not hasn't been made yet.
    Aw. Better this year than next. Hopefully, she can heal and be rested by Russian Nationals, Euros and Worlds if she has to miss the GP.
    Those who never succeed themselves are always the first to tell you how.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    That's a bummer if Tuk doesn't skate at Skate Canada. I was looking forward to her and Gracie going head to head. This might be what Julia Lipnitskaia will be going through next season as she grows also.
    I hope not but this could the trend

    2011 - Adelina growth issues
    2012 - Tuktamisheva growth issues
    2013 - Lipinitskaya growth issues
    2014 - Radionova growth issues

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiqie View Post
    Liza Tuktamysheva can miss Skate Canada - Mishin http://rsport.ru/figure_skating/20121002/620755516.html

    He says she is now recovering from injury, but the final decision if she is going to skate at her first Grand Prix event or not hasn't been made yet.
    Mishin sounds protective, and it's good. I have a feeling he will not Liza go unless she is ready, physically and mentally.
    improving my ballad- like lines

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    Quote Originally Posted by love_skate2011 View Post
    happy about Vera's condition , I know it was a bit exaggerated regarding her status and injury
    I wouldn't say it was exaggerated. It's a reoccurring hip injury so if it does flare up anytime it wants (and it sounds like it does) it still sounds pretty serious. I'm not sure what doctor's would have different opinions but they seems to be taking the approach of least resistance and waiting it out. Cup of Russia is plenty of time away to rest up. I hope therapy is all she needs and massage works but if the other doctors are right and more competitions only aggravate it, she could do more harm than good.

    Quote Originally Posted by dinakt View Post
    Mishin sounds protective, and it's good. I have a feeling he will not Liza go unless she is ready, physically and mentally.
    I hope she is fine; I want to see her, but I'd rather see her healthy. You're right Mishin knows best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by love_skate2011 View Post
    No Tuk Tuk.. noooo



    happy about Vera's condition , I know it was a bit exaggerated regarding her status and injury
    I don't think it's exaggerated. No hip injury is to be taken lightly. They intend to skate at Cup of Russia, but there are no guarantees. It's going to depend on how she responds to treatment. It sounds more like optimism from a skater's perspective, rather than a medical examiner's expert opinion. They do need to look at her long term career, instead of just Cup of Russia. If it means missing the GP entirely, but healing completely by the Euros that would be a better approach. May be that's the approach Mishin is taking for Lisa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dinakt View Post
    Mishin sounds protective, and it's good. I have a feeling he will not Liza go unless she is ready, physically and mentally.
    Of course - if she isn't healthy, she'll probably have an awful skate and lose a lot of confidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by love_skate2011 View Post
    I hope not but this could the trend

    2011 - Adelina growth issues
    2012 - Tuktamisheva growth issues
    2013 - Lipinitskaya growth issues
    2014 - Radionova growth issues
    It might be better for these girls go through some tough time, and then come back much stronger. This kind of hardships give people ammunition and motivation for their goals. Of course, it's much much much much better that growth-related injuries don't happen at all.

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    Samarin is now in JGP Germany's entries! Perfect decision!

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