Lipnitskaya participated an open lesson in one of Moscow schools. Later she and Tutberidze were interviewed by various journalists, the article compiled by Olga Ermolina - the RFSF press attache
Lipnitskaya `You don't medal for the past achievements' interview for fsrussia.ru
Q: Tell us about the story with Spilberg, the producer of `Shindler's list'. Did he indeed send you a letter?
ET: Yes, he did. Our friend has it, but we know what is it about. He thanks Julia for carrying the feelings he was trying to depict through the programme. He said all his family - his 3 sons and 4 daughters were crying when they saw Julia's skate. Spilberg is grateful for raising such an important issue in the skating programme and for Lipnitskaya being able to show the character of a girl in the red coat he created. He hoped his family will be able to meet Julia and her mother and perhaps spend some time together. I think for Julia and I it's the highest possible praise. I think it can be compared to the Olympic gold medal - hearing Steven Spilberg thanking us for the the character - it's awesome.
Q: In her LP Julia tried a very complicated character. But she is just 15. It's an age when you usually fall in love. Did it happen to you already, Julia?
ET: Sure. She fell in love with figure skating.
Q: But does she have a close friend?
JL: I have a lot of friends.
ET: If we are talking about friends in plural there is nothing romantic to mention.
Q: What is the secret of your success?
JL: I think I already answered that today.
ET: There is not secret really. It's all about hard work. Not sparing yourself. It happen when someone is tired, in pain...
JL: That's me the other day
ET: And that's when the coach has to talk, convince and make you do things. The pupil has to set himself into the right mood and the work will begin. If it doesn't happen the day is wasted. I always say: if we haven't made a progress today it's a step back. Because the others did progress today and the competition is huge.
Q: Julia, you mentioned thinking about the Olympics for the first time when you were 6
ET: It took Julia 6 years to get there. When they came to Moscow I was surprised by her mother's words `You know, age wise we are suitable for the Olympics'. I thought the Olympics were so far away. And Julia was still a little girl. But it was then that I understood what kind of responsibility I'm taking - if there are such goals you have to do your best to get there.
Q: Everyone know the story of Julia and her mom getting into the car and coming to Moscow from Ekaterinburg. Did you know what were their plans?
ET: Julia's mother called me from Ekaterinburg and said `If we come to Moscow would you take a look?'. I said yes and they came.
JL: The funny thing is that after 3 days in the car I landed the 3T. For the first time in my life.
ET: Which impressed me. Later I learned it was indeed the first time in her life she landed it.
Q: Julia, were you afraid changing your life?
JL: I had to make a decision. I do remember my mother and I sitting in our old flat and mom said `Julia, it's all in your hands. Either we are retiring from figure skating and you will attend the school or we'll go to Moscow for a try out. If it won't work out that will be it'
ET: Not everyone would dare doing what Julia and her mother did. Of course Julia was just a little girl who followed her mother. They sold the flat in Ekaterinburg, got into the car and drove to Moscow. They had nothing left and they came into an unknown. They had a goal and they wanted to give it a shot.
Q: Did you know they burnt all the bridges?
ET: No. I didn't know a lot of things. Julia's mother is a very strong personality. She never asked for help and never complained how hard things were. The sport school didn't start supporting them at once. It've been just about 3 years, perhaps less, that they are paying for Julia's and her mother's flat. They got along themselves before. It wasn't easy and they gave up a lot to reach their goal.
Q: Eteri, how does a person who decides to become a coach feels? You depend on your pupils completely. On their desires, abilities, moods and talents.
ET: Sure, as long as my pupils get results am a coach. Why have I decided to become one? When I retired from skating I decided to move on and not spare myself. Just like my pupils am on the rink from 11am till 10pm. And I try combining that with being a mother. It doesn't really work. But I give all I have. It's hard. We all have to tie our skates, go out on the ice and try to do our best every day. I also have to keep in mind my pupils might be tired, not i nthe mood, upset or whatever. I have to deal with that and get the best possible result still.
Q: Is your job a sacrifice?
ET: No. It's my hobby as well. I love figure skating, I love my job and I can't imagine doing anything else. I'm very grateful to my mother who listened to a 4y.o. me and took me to figure skating and gave up a lot to allow me reach certain highs.
Q: Julia, in order to reach your goals you work very hard and give up a lot. Are there moments when you want to retire and live a different life?
JL: All the time. it's very hard. I have to work on myself all the time. Especially the last season.
ET: Last season was hard. Julia was in a verge of giving up. We spoke a lot, began from the scratch and she would give up again. There were so many injures. She didn't have time to recover and another injury happened. And there were those stupid ones: the boots, twisting a foot in the gym, falling from the spin and bumping into a border.. There were so many things. Many would despair.
Q: All those problems are left behind. You have the medal. Julia, do you understand you can't give up figure skating now.
JL: Of course I do. When I enter the internet and see all the support I get it moves me. I have the Worlds ahead of me, and then there are lots of things I have been postponing. I'm afraid the future will be even more full of events. I'm used to the daily work and the daily training, but all those new people and new things I have to do. That stresses me and I get tired of that fast.
Q: It's obvious the Worlds will be hard after the Olympic games. What is your goal?
JL: Of course I want to rehabilitate from my 5th place in the Olympics and try not to make any mistakes.
ET: We understand the championship will take place in Japan. Mao Asada, whose Olympics were not the best, will be forgiven some things. It's the home championship for her. So Julia is right -for us the most important is to skate our programmes and see how will they be received.
Q: Did you make any changes in the programmes?
ET: Perhaps we'll try to change the spins a bit. Even for me Julia's new spins look unusual. It's a shame for such spins we get the same marks as everyone else. If they get +3 we should get +5 for it. Hey ho, we are doing it for the programme impression and the crowd.
Q: Julia, does the Olympic medal give you a boost of confidence for the Worlds?
Q: I.e. the Olympics are yet another competition?
JL: No, it's not yet another competition. I just don't see how is it related. Do you mean I should go on the ice, tell everyone `oh, I'm so confident, medal me now'? You don't get a medal for the past achievements.