Alexander Zhulin: "Humility adorns"
Alexander Zhulin, coach of the Worlds bronze medalists, speaks about his pupils' potential.
AZ: I'm very pleased with their skate. I'm happy that they skated clean here, at the World championships. It's important. I think they made a huge leap forward, made a great progress, but the most important thing is that there is an absolute trust in our team between the athletes and the experts who work with them. The athletes trust us completely. It's a very important moment. Hence the result.
- Did they skate to the third place finish or was it an advance for the future?
AZ: They definitely did. But I know that Fabian was injured. I know he missed almost a month and a half of practice time. It has played a negative role. Bourzat made mistakes. Had the French skated clean, I think, we might have been fourth.
- Will the bronze medal inspire your students?
AZ: Of course. Victories bring people together and gives them wings to fly.
- Where do Bobrova and Soloviev have a room for improvement, in your opinion?
AZ: Everywhere. I could teach them endlessly… and the most important thing is, they are willing to learn. They have a great potential, it needs to be fully realized now. I am sure Sochi won't be an end to their career. I think Bobrova and Soloiev will stay for the next quad.
- Where are you going to prepare for the next season?
AZ: I will do the choreography of all programs in May. Summer camp will start in mid-June in Latvia. We'll stay there until the first of August. It's very comfortable place. We train there four years in a row already.
- Do you agree with the opinion that the Americans and the Canadians will finish 1-2 at the Games in Sochi?
AZ: No. Olympics are such a thing. It's up to God, so to speak. Everything must come together. You remember how at the Olympics seven teams fell. Like an avalanche. Because it is Olympics. Who copes psychologically, who gets the programs right - everything matters. And everything can happen. Ice is slippery. But I will be honest. I would be happy with the podium finish.
- Do you think that at this championships, the placements of the American and the Canadian teams were fair?
AZ: I'm already tired of repeating that I always preferred the Canadians, because Virtue and Moir are some kind of refinement. Completely different way of presenting the dance. I don't belittle the merits of the American duo, but Davis and White are more of athletes, and Virtue and Moir are more of artists. I always prefer artists. I repeat once again, not to diminish anything, any key point, any second, Davis and White are an amazing, brilliant team, they do everything great and with ease, but Virtue and Moir are Virtue and Moir. I simply love them.
- The Canadians lose to the Americans not for the first time this season. Why?
AZ: I don't know. I am not a judge. It must mean that we don't see the full picture.
- What can you say about your former pupils, Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov?
AZ: No comment.
- It's a principle?
AZ: Absolutely. I think, that if they had not done that stupid mistake two years ago, they would be challenging for the second place now. When you seek a cause of your problems in others, it is a beginning of an end. Buy yourself a mirror, look what is wrong with you, and do something to fix it. It is my life's principle. When a person thinks he's a genius and unique, it is a dangerous way of thinking. Sometimes it helps in life. But I think that humility adorns. It is better when people come to you and congratulate.