1984 Olympic champion in figure skating Oleg Vasiliev , who won as a coach the 2006 Olympics with Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin, analyzes the results of psirs event at the recent world championship in figure skating and shares his expectations from the next the Olympic season in an interview to Andrey Symonenko for the "R-Sport" agency.
- Oleg Kimovich, I'll start with a simple question - how did you like the World championships, what do you think about Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov win with a 20 points margin over closest rivals?
- These championships were unexpected in many aspects, and in pairs as well. But Volosozhar and Trankov's victory was anticipated, and it was respect worthy - with all the stress and nervosity the guys skated to the maximum. Their victory is convincing and well deserved. As for the 20 points margin - they skated last in the free program, and judges were generous with their marks. But in any case, they had a significant advantage. Now it would be good for them to stay at this level for another year. The overall level of pair skating was high. There were side-by-side triple Lutzes, and all teams in the top 10, I think, had triple jumps. I'm not talking about the throws and twists that everyone does without exception. The only question is the quality of the elements and which federation you belong to. You can do the same elements and get a few points less if you skate for a federation without certain power. This is a policy that has been, is, and will be in figure skating. As for the direction of pair skating development - I hope, it is not the direction of quadruple twists and throws. I think this should be more a direction toward dance so that pair skating would be more spectacular with the same complexity as now.
- I can not help but ask about the Kazakh Denis Ten, who does not belong to a powerful federation, but nearly beat Patrick Chan ...
- He skated so convincingly that the judges could not mark him down. More precisely, they could: if Ten was a Canadian, he would get 20-30 points more. I talked to him and his mom, they prepared to this season very seriously. He could lay claim to such results in the previous seasons as well - but often it was the Kazakhstan Federation factor that didn't allow him to get a certain number of points that would let him place higher. This year, it all came together - he skated well, and other competitors were not too convincing.
- Speaking about the rivals of Volosozhar and Trankov - many were amazed by the Germans Alyona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy doing a triple axel throw in the last seconds of the free program ...
- I, too, was, to say the least, astonished.
- Does this mean that the Canadians will prepare something similar for the Olympic Games, to catch up with Volosozhar and Trankov?
- If we look at the protocols, we will see that there is a first and second mark. Accordingly, the first, technical, mark of the best Canadian pair, Duhamel / Radford, is higher than that of all our teams. And this has an explanation: the Canadians do difficult technical elements, and they do them well. They have problems with the second mark - skating skills, interpretation, and other things. But it all can come with practice - skating and, shall we say, the work of the Federation. Canadian Federation is working well, so I think, next year there may be changes. The fact that Canadians are going to be a threat this season, it was clear from the beginning. What will happen next year, we'll see - our teams will not stand still either. The same Volosozhar and Trankov, who tried earlier in the season to do six of complex elements in the second half of the long program, I think, will return to the idea. To earn points not by the number of revolutions, but by the distribution of elements. By the way, if the Germans performed the free program in Canada without errors, they would get 145-149 points. That is, the programs of these pairs are comparable. The thing is, Volosozhar and Trankov skate more cleanly and strongly now. And if both teams skate clean, the Russian pair will have an advantage.
- Trankov himself said there will be no more experiments.
- They, of course, know better. But I know Maxim, he says one thing today, tomorrow will say another, and it will sound just as convincing. I believe that this is exactly what they think today - that the current version of the program will be enough for them. But when the new season starts and it's time to count points, even decimal - they can make some changes. I think that they will still try to move two or three elements in the second half of the program.
- How do you evaluate the performances of Vera Bazarova and Yuri Larionov and Yuko Kawaguchi / Alexander Smirnov in Canada? Do you see progress in their skating?
- I'll start with Bazarova and Larionov. They didn't have a progress at these championships, but there were reasons: injuries, broken shoes, change of a coach. They had no physical opportunity to step forward. They skated adequately to the conditions, but they were not competitive compared to Canadians, Germans, and even the French. But next year, if they make the right conclusions from this season, they can make even a few steps forward. They have a potential. The pair looks good, well trained, perhaps with the exception of jumps, but it's not the biggest problem. Yuko and Sasha's progress is obvious, but mainly in terms of choreography. Technically, they have remained at the same level, except that the twist was a little better.
- Was the decision to send to the World Cup the pairs that have struggled recently with injuries, instead of healthy and ready for battle Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, correct, in your opinion?
- I think that the federation executives spent more than five or ten minutes, considering this issue. If they decided so, it means that there were good reasons for this. At a time when the decision was made, Sasha and Yuko had skated elegant, dignified and strong in Novogorsk. It was, I think, the main factor in making a choice in their favor. Bazarova and Larionov were number two team from the start of the season, so it was clear that if they are able to stand up and skate until the end of the program, they would be sent here.
- Recently, it was announced that Bazarova and Larionov will start training in Nina Moser's group, where Volosozhar and Trankov also train. In your opinion, will these teams benefit from training in the same group?
- I do not think there is anything beneficial in it for Volosozhar and Trankov. These are the pairs of different styles (both in skating and working), and so they should be trained separately, in different time slots… As a result, there will be no "mutual feeding" or working competition. And no competition means no progress ... As for Bazarova and Larionov, for them, this switch is more useful. They will continue to - or, at least, be able to continue to work with Victor Kudryavtsev and their choreographer, and they will receive better funding (compared to the previous one) and better administrative resources. Whether it will help them - time will tell ...
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