This is an article in "Sankei Shimbun" in Japan.
Translating to English from Japanese.
The portrait by the story: "Coach Tatiana Tarasova"
November 12th, 2013
Photography: by Masaaki Sasaki
Coach Tatiana Tarasova
Interviewer: by Masaaki Sasaki
■ Mao is an irreplaceable special person
(It has become less than 3 months to Sochi Olympics which opens on February 7th next year. Aiming at the gold medal, Mao Asada who has declared the retirement from the eligible after this season is going to face the Sochi. Tarasova who has watched Mao Asada since 2007 calls her "Mao" affectionately.)
"Mao has been the child genius from child-hood. Her movement on the ice was splendid and her skating is flawless. She engraves all steps with high difficulty level, and her jumps, too, have high precision. And, above all, she has been the 'musical' skater. She has been able to express herself to any kinds of music programs."
(The program which Asada is going to show at the free skating in Sochi Olympics is Rachmaninoff's "Piano Concerto No. 2" choreographed by Tarasova.)
"I will not accept the player who can't finish performing what I coaches. If I hadn't found that Mao of the child-hood will become splendid skater in the future, I wouldn't partner with her. Whenever I listen to the music, I had watched Mao beyond the melody. Because we has partnered for long years, Mao understands how I will make her perform by my choreography. I can always get the big satisfaction from her."
(Asada won the championship in the NHK Trophy of the fourth event of GP series which the free skating was held in November 9th at. She marched 207.59 points in total which is her personal best score and the season best total scores in the world in this season.)
"To choreograph is as if it makes a costume which is called music for her. In this time, I chose the music number of Rachmaninoff which will match her. It will become the performance which is left in the memory of everybody. Through this music number, she expresses her all figure skating life so far. To overcome the difficulty is the theme of this program. If Mao can finish all the performance while skating to the melody of Rachmaninoff, it is that she has overcome the difficulty. It will be that she has expressed the life of one person or the life of one top-ranking skater."
"Mao is an irreplaceable very special person. I pray sincerely that she can smile with the best smiling face in the Olympics. If she is good condition as same as usual and has prepared tightly, she will leave the good result. As for the other, the god only will know the future."
She born in Moscow in 1947
She begins the figure skating from 4 years old.
She became the European champion of Pair in the teen-ager.
Because of the injury, she retired from the eligible skater at 19 years old and transferred to the coach.
She coached Shizuka Arakawa who is the gold medalist in Turin Olympics.
Formerly, she coached Mao Asada exclusively as the coach from 2007 and at present, the teacher-pupil relationship continues as the choreographer of the program.
The portraiture by the story: "Coach Tatiana Tarasova"