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    TAT interview: I don't like the word intrigue

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    Tatiana Tarasova: I don't like the word intrigue

    IR: Tatiana Anatolievna, how would you define, what is the main intrigue of Zagreb?
    TAT: I really don't like the word intrigue...

    IR: The main question.
    TAT: Zhenya Plushenko came to Zagreb. It's one of the main questions for us. It's not even about his participation — his shape, his condition, his, we hope, of course, win. We all believe in him, we see him overcome himself, what he's been like at the last Russian National Championship, how his mind and body, after many years, had remembered what they had known before. If only he stays healthy, then Plushenko will do everything that he needs. It's a big challenge for Zhenya, and I would want him to really benefit from his truly hard work, so that he can close this page and start a new one.

    IR: Do you think that Plushenko should succumb to the increasing pressure and go to the World championship to increase the Olympic quota at home Olympics? The pressure is really huge.
    TAT: I think this decision can be and should be made by two persons only. Zhenya himself and his coach Alexei Nikolaevich Mishin. What they decide, so it should be.

    IR: What do you expect of Maxim Kovtun? He was named for the team instead of Konstantin Menshov and it has made a big uproar.
    TAT: I expect him to show everything he has.

    IR: Is he going to include quad toe loop and quad Salchow?
    TAT: Of course. Maxim will include two quad jumps, but we are going to decide which jumps right before the competition. Besides, I would like you to mention, that his primary coach is Elena Buyanova, not I. It's some strange tale written everywhere, that his coach is Tarasova. I emphasize: Buyanova. Yes, I am also his coach, but I'm the second coach. I am asking not to mix these two. Don't try to cause a disagreement between us. You know, the work of the main coach is kind of overlooked in passing. Don't do that. It's a pleasure for me to train Maxim. Co-train. I believe in him. And I am not going to listen to some other coaches' opinion about him.

    IR: People are already talking about a medal for Kovtun. Isn't it a bit early?
    TAT: If Maxim does everything... You see, the boy is only 17, but for some reason, none of many the articles on that matter that came out recently, mention that he's only 17. And another candidate for the same spot, Konstantin Menshov, is 29. Why has noboby written about that? How long are these lies going to last?

    IR: Valentin Piseev has repeated it many times in his interviews.
    TAT: Only Piseev! By the way, what Kovtun does at his 17, only Yagudin and Plushenko had done before. But Maxim doesn't do it any worse. And now the responsibility is huge.

    IR: Volosozhar/Trankov again are going to compete against Savchenko/Szolkowy, whom they still haven't been able to beat. Sometimes they lose only by decimal points, but still lose.
    TAT: Yes, we didn't have an opportunity to see Tanya and Maxim on the same ice with multiple world champions Savchenko/Szolkowy this year. That's why Zagreb is going to be such a treat. Tanya Volosozhar always shows what a great pairs partner she is. I have to say, that Alyona Savchenko is also in a very good shape. Having skated for so long and having won all the possible medals, she still is learning a new throw, triple Axel. I was at their practice with Robin and saw it.

    IR: I've heard that Savchenko/Szolkowy's programs this year are not very impressive. Do you agree with that?
    TAT: I never make such conclusions ahead of time. And I won't say before the competition who I like the most. It's tactless. I simply believe in Tanya Volosozhar, but it happened so that she met another outstanding pairs skater on her way, Alyona Savchenko, who, like Zhenya Plushenko, follows her own, special way.

    IR: You make an accent on female parnters in these teams, does it mean that you think they are the leaders?
    TAT: Many things depend on female partner, it's true. Psychological aspect will play a big role: who will cope, who won't be scared. Tanya and Maxim have very intersting programs this year. They included six difficult elements into the second part, they have already shown us at Russian Nationals how it's done. It's a calculated risk, now everyone tries something they are going to show at the Olympics, to try themselves, if they can do it. You have to start getting ready to such difficult rules that there are in pairs skating from childhood, but Tanya and Maxim got them in adulthood. Volosozhar and Trankov are taking risks, but you have to keep in mind that they are not young children for whom it's easier. But the more valuable their risks are.

    IR: Alexander Zhulin said quite confidently, even before Pechalat/Bourzat had withdrawn, that Bobrova and Soloviev are ready to fight for European title. Zhulin is one of those coaches who take full responsibility for their words. Do you like the work he's done with Bobrova and Soloviev? Do you think they are ready to become European champions?
    TAT: I always like Zhulin's work. His creativity, and especially — how interested he became [in his work] lately. I agree: when Sasha says something — he knows what he is saying. If [you] look at past competitions, that you base [your words] upon — so far Katya and Dima haven't competed with the French for the first place. Zhulin's words, for me, mean that now he's got his team on the level which will let them expect to win. The more so that the French team is now out... But the Italians Cappellini/Lanotte are also to taken into account.

    IR: If the French team haven't withdrawn, I don't think the judges would let anyone beat them. In ice dance skaters have to wait in the queue for years and years. Will this conservative practice change sometime?
    TAT: I don't think it's just about queue. For exampe, I'm not a fan of the French team at all. But as a professional, I cannot help but notice their creative fire every year, new elements, constantly appearing in their programs, their consistency. I have to notice what I see. But the basic skating of our teams — Bobrova/Soloviev and Ilinykh/Katsalapov — is much better, than Pechalat/Bourzat. But ice dance is not only basics. It's elements, their difficulty, their novelty. Music. Fusion with music. Interpretation of music. Creation of artistic image using elements of dance. Our teams have it all. I, for example, liked very much lena Ilinykh/Nikita Katsalapov at the Russian Nationals. Their make a progress, I cannot help but notice that.

    IR: After the World championships in Nice, you couldn't help but critisize them: «Ilinykh has lost herself and is barely walking. She lost her edge and herself»
    TAT: Yes, I said that she was «walking». But maybe she was «walking» because of nerves. Now she has an edge and the program is based on skating. I think they are capable of much more than they do, Lena and Nikita are very talented. Now they perform their program quite clean.

    IR: «When will Ilinykh and Katsalapov finally live up to their potential» - it's a very popular refrain and it's still relevant.
    TAT: When they skated their «Schindler's list» program at the Junior Worlds, I started crying at the first beats of that program, and it's not easy to make me cry because of skating. They have everything, they need to develop that. They can do more difficult things.

    IR: We didn't have a European ladies champion since Slutskaya. Can Tuktamysheva or Sotnikova win in Zagreb? It seems that both girls are in transition period. Liza's injured, Adelina is struggling with nerves.
    TAT: Adelina also has injuries. Transition period for both gilrs isn't over yet, but they came close to the point where they can cope with themselves. I see Adelina at practices all the time, she looks confident, strong and very good in every aspect.

    IR: At practices – yes. But in competitions, she sometimes has meltdowns...
    TAT: Yes, she does.... We know. It is the transition that cannot be avoided during puberty. At the Russian Nationals, Adelina did everything, even if she was not perfect, she did maybe 70%. I'm glad to say that. Liza and Adelina are talented girls, but their growing up is a complex process that cannot be over in half a year. Actually, no girl of their age shows consistent results in the world figure skating.

    IR: Baiul became an Olympic champion, at about the same age.
    TAT: And it was the end of it for her. Therefore, we cannot set a goal to win European championship for Liza or Adelina right now, because no one has ever achieved such goals. Slutskaya didn't turn into a seven-time European champion, breaking a record of Katarina Witt and Sonja Henie, overnight. Ira had landed on her back many times, had sometimes five falls in one program. Let's remember Maria Butyrskaya as well. She became a World champion only at 26. Before that, she happened not to make top-24. So excuse me, it's not like with mushrooms that you plant out today and they are ready by tomorrow... At the same time, no one in our team goes to Zagreb to just skate. Everyone has a chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiqie View Post
    http://www.sovsport.ru/gazeta/article-item/582749
    Tatiana Tarasova: I don't like the word intrigue

    IR: Baiul became an Olympic champion, at about the same age.
    TAT: And it was the end of it for her. Therefore, we cannot set a goal to win European championship for Liza or Adelina right now, because no one has ever achieved such goals. Slutskaya didn't turn into a seven-time European champion, breaking a record of Katarina Witt and Sonja Henie, overnight. Ira had landed on her back many times, had sometimes five falls in one program. Let's remember Maria Butyrskaya as well. She became a World champion only at 26. Before that, she happened not to make top-24. So excuse me, it's not like with mushrooms that you plant out today and they are ready by tomorrow... At the same time, no one in our team goes to Zagreb to just skate. Everyone has a chance.
    Do the Russians like this idea of the ladies only becoming good at age 25? It's fairly absurd. I think she is being coy. She knows that Liza and Adelina are considered real contenders because they are young. The fact that they are having troubles in puberty is not a good sign for them for Sochi, and she knows this. She is trying to brighten perceptions.
    Last edited by TheIronLady; 01-23-2013 at 06:33 AM.

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    thanks for the link.

    i like her appreciating words about savchenko

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    Yes, Tarasova, you are the second coach of Maxim

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    Yikes... She was quite honest about her feelings about the French and I agree. I think that their basics are neglected for creativity. I also agree that their creativity and style is mesmerizing however other top teams skate the elements better. This has particularly costed them against the top 2 teams. Pasquale was very ambitious in his comments pre season that they are competitive against Meryl and Charlie or Tessa and Scott. Just not true. As a matter of fact, Zhulin is correct that his team has been gaining on them.

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    Interesting bit about the feeling kovtuns age compared to menshov's is being under reported. Seemed that was almost front and center.

    It is pretty clear the pressure on plushenko to go to worlds is increasing. Kovtun, voronov, or even menshov really I guess might even have more pressure to place top 10. So really be perfect. The one spot vs two spot issue and what would really be the vest thing for medals is interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arakwafan2006 View Post
    Yikes... She was quite honest about her feelings about the French and I agree. I think that their basics are neglected for creativity. I also agree that their creativity and style is mesmerizing however other top teams skate the elements better. This has particularly costed them against the top 2 teams. Pasquale was very ambitious in his comments pre season that they are competitive against Meryl and Charlie or Tessa and Scott. Just not true. As a matter of fact, Zhulin is correct that his team has been gaining on them.
    I am no dance teknik but for me every movement in P/B is sharper than B/S or I/K. Maybe they don't have the speed of these 2 but they have cleaner lines and more unison that these 2

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinhood View Post
    I am no dance teknik but for me every movement in P/B is sharper than B/S or I/K. Maybe they don't have the speed of these 2 but they have cleaner lines and more unison that these 2
    I agree and I think P&B do have good basics. Bobrova and Ilinkyh struggle with posture, so I wouldn't say they have better basics until they can achieve those deep edges while actually standing up straight.

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    It's interesting to me that she sees Kovtun vs. Menshov from a longetivity perspective rather than a individual achievement perspective (that is, 'Kovtun is young and has many competitive years ahead of him', rather than, 'Menshov beat Kovtun and therefore deserves to go'). Or maybe she is just justifying a decision in favor of her own pupil (second coach pupil, that is).

    I don't have a strong opinion about the decision, but I think most North Americans would side with Menshov.

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    [QUOTE=I don't have a strong opinion about the decision, but I think most North Americans would side with Menshov.[/QUOTE]

    Absolutely, I don't see what Menshov's age has to do with the decision not to send him. He can skate very well and is a great competitor so they should send him and not Kovtun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robinhood View Post
    I am no dance teknik but for me every movement in P/B is sharper than B/S or I/K. Maybe they don't have the speed of these 2 but they have cleaner lines and more unison that these 2
    I agree - For now, PB have better connection with audience and their movements look more confident in their choreography. Also, their lifts and steps are usually sharper and look more easily executed (not saying that they are easier lifts, but that they make them look easier)
    But I feel like BS have improved significantly and IK have improved too. I don't know what will happen this year, but I feel like next season, BS can be on par with PB or even better. And I LOVE Zhulin's choreography!

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    I really adore Tarassova for the work she has done in the past, what she made of skaters, how she formed programmes of perfect art and for her dedication. But I really disliked parts of that interview – it’s just open proof how much she is politicking her students an in order to do so, she does not refrain from recklessly harming other athletes’ careers (talk about her not liking intrigues! ). And her interview is full of contradictions / double standards:

    On one hand she states how much it should have been stressed that Menshov is 29, but on the other hand she demands more time for the girls bringing up Butyrskaya and her winning Worlds at age 26 as an example.

    Talking about the men - why stressing that Menshov is 29, 35 of 25? If he skated well the season then he skated well. If Russian Fed considers skaters as no longer promising due to age, then they should play open cards and simply introduce an age limit, as from TAT’s interview it’s just so obvious that this was the decisive factor. And I guess everyone following FS a bit in more detail is pretty much aware that Kovtun still is a junior as he only had results in juniors so far. And with Kovtun sure having shown impressive technical content, but it’s not only Kovtun or Yagudin or Plushenko (as he compared Kovtun to the latter ones) who had likewise great technical abilities as juniors – wasn’t Ilia Klimkin the first male skater to land two different quads in 1999 when he was still eligible in Juniors? And I wouldn’t say that Ilia Kulik’s technical abilities were worse than Kovtun’s that age, considering the fact that quads were done less frequent than today that time and as a result of that there also was less focus on such jumps in practices. The same is the case for Urmanov who, if I remember it correctly, did quads in major senior competitions at age 17, 18, when quad attempts in competition were still considered to be a sensation.

    In fact Russia had a lot of talented juniors in the past, but not all of them were able to live up to that potential. The only one who I consider being technically in a completely different league already in juniors is Plushenko and I think Kovtun is nowhere near to him. However, figure skating is no jumping contest. I don’t think TAT does him any favour with only focusing on the technical aspects.

    As for the girls – it’s interesting how TAT mentioned how important it is to give to the girls more time to develop when she obviously takes a completely position if it comes to the men. But I definitely agree here: Russian Fed is currently pursuing a quite risky approach with pushing pre-puberty girls the way they did and do, as they have huuuuge pressure on their shoulders in next years being usually the most difficult ones for the girls when their bodies change.

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    I'll bet you that TAT dislikes intrigue (not the word, the act) about as much as she disliked munching down American "French fries" wearing a bluish fur coat at Skate America in Pittsburgh.

    Which means she revels in it. IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katarzyna View Post

    On one hand she states how much it should have been stressed that Menshov is 29, but on the other hand she demands more time for the girls bringing up Butyrskaya and her winning Worlds at age 26 as an example.
    Good point. She is very transparent. She wants Kovtun to go, so the age thing is a justification. If she had a different agenda, she would be making the exact opposite argument.

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    What about the Kween?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheIronLady View Post
    Do the Russians like this idea of the ladies only becoming good at age 25? It's fairly absurd. I think she is being coy. She knows that Liza and Adelina are considered real contenders because they are young. The fact that they are having troubles in puberty is not a good sign for them for Sochi, and she knows this. She is trying to brighten perceptions.
    I think she is just speaking the truth. A lot of female skaters have an uneven trajectory due to puberty. You can't expect them to maintain a steady course when their bodies are changing so dramatically, although a few do. We have a lot of teen phenoms, and then a lot who don't hit their stride until they are older. Suzuki, Kostner, and Shijuka being examples.

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    You know, they could have found a more flattering picture of TAT. I feel that she is making excuses for Adelina and Liza, comparing them to the late bloomers in ladies skating. OTOH, the amount of hype they both received raised everyone's expectations to a ridiculous level. I'd love to see an evolution, especially from Adelina. I do believe she is a special skater.

    WRT to what TAT said about Ilinykh in Nice, not only jumps but also basic skating can suffer from nerves. I've seen it with Sasha Cohen when she'd have nice deep edging in a show program only to revert to surface skating in competition. I also feel that she is saying whatever few encouraging words she can manage about I/K for politics sake ahead of Euros and that her real opinion on them was voiced in Nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katarzyna View Post

    As for the girls – it’s interesting how TAT mentioned how important it is to give to the girls more time to develop when she obviously takes a completely position if it comes to the men. But I definitely agree here: Russian Fed is currently pursuing a quite risky approach with pushing pre-puberty girls the way they did and do, as they have huuuuge pressure on their shoulders in next years being usually the most difficult ones for the girls when their bodies change.
    The strategy has not been a bad one. They have a competitive field at home and are in the ladies game. It is the first time, I believe, the Russians have followed a "normal" strategy of youth. There are younger ones than Lipnikskaia who look even more promising. Ladies has never been an old woman's game, and a consistent Russian contingent wasn't happening until they started actively developing many young girls for singles.

    From the looks of it, their outstanding young ones in the past have been the athletic oddities-- like Slutskaya, Volchkova, or Sokalova--skaters whose muscularity and bulk would not work for pairs or dance. The girls today resemble more the American "baby ballerina," determined young Russians with both bodies for jumping and a mental awareness of interpretation and performing. If you want to corner the market and increase Russian medals, you cannot wait for unusual athletes like Slutskayas to happen. You develop winning ladies the proven way: by advancing the young ones with promising physiques and mental skills (including musical sense) for singles, and then encourage them to compete with each other.

    I think the Russian ladies field will be interesting and dynamic for years to come if the Russian powers don't start doing weird political nonsense, like punishing skaters harshly for lapses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VALuvsMKwan View Post
    I'll bet you that TAT dislikes intrigue (not the word, the act) about as much as she disliked munching down American "French fries" wearing a bluish fur coat at Skate America in Pittsburgh.

    Which means she revels in it. IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VALuvsMKwan View Post
    I'll bet you that TAT dislikes intrigue (not the word, the act) about as much as she disliked munching down American "French fries" wearing a bluish fur coat at Skate America in Pittsburgh.

    Which means she revels in it. IMHO.
    She looks these days like she gave up the fries.

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