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    Quote Originally Posted by quiqie View Post
    Once she came to practice just 15 minutes before the ice time, and I said that she should warm up better before skating. Michelle looked at me and said: "What do you think, I was drinking tea at home?"
    Kwan has some snark in her, I love it.

    Great interview! Thanks for posting

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    I liked the interview.. Loved the part about how he won't go to Russia because he likes the weather in California

    I also like how he blames himself instead of Mao for what went wrong. He doesn't seem to blame her for not telling him everything but himself for maybe not "asking and listening" Good lessons for all of us.

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    Thanks for posting the article and translation. I don't think Rafael likes meeting with the press. IIRC Adam Rippon mentioned that Rafael likes to allow his skaters to speak for him through their results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mag View Post
    Fabulous article. I agree it is great he can be honest and refreshing without being nasty and snarky.
    Because he has got integrity, unlike us internet vultures.

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    Brilliant interview, one of the most interesting I've read. Thank you for posting.
    I do not know much about Arutunian as a person, but bits and pieces that seep through are fascinating.
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    improving my ballad- like lines

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    When he was asked, "You now work with a skater who can become a US champion and go to the Olympics as an American first number. Do you feel the responsibility?" I thought the question was about Rippon

    Now his comments against the judges marking Asada down for underrotations and edge calls when he was coaching her makes more sense: maybe he was saying, you can find those mistakes from most skaters for difficult elements, so why single her out?
    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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    what a treat that was to read. Thank you so much!
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    I could read interviews with prominent russian coaches/skaters/former skaters ALL DAY!
    Keeper of Nathalie Pechelat's bitchface.

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    Sassy Kwan. I'm a fan!

    What a fascinating interview, thank you for sharing that!

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    Fascinating interview. Thank you!

    Russians give the best skating interviews.

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    The title inspires a song...

    Said Rafael coach to the mighty Plush
    Do you know what I know
    (Do You Know What I Know)
    In your skating rink mighty Plush
    Do you know what I know
    (Do You Know What I Know)
    A quad, a quad
    Splats upon the ice
    Let us give you silver not gold
    Let us give you silver and Chan the gold.

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    Even years after the breakup of his coaching relationship with Mao, he still speaks on her behalf just like he had done while he was her coach. This shows that he is truly a caring and supportive coach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComplimentsFrom View Post
    Because he has got integrity, unlike us internet vultures.
    Speak for yourself.
    A good rant is cathartic. Ranting is what keeps me sane. They always come from a different place. Take the prime minister, for example. Sometimes when I rant about him, I am angry; other times, I am just severely annoyed - it's an important distinction. - Rick Mercer

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    One more amazing interview, I love how Velena fishes this out of them

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    Great interview! Thank you!

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    I can only imagine if Mao's jumps would be better if he was still coaching her.



    *ducks from incoming debris by the Mao contingent*

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    I remember when Platov said in an interview that he didn't return to Russia because his girlfriend was in the US and he could walk to te beach [from where he lived].

    He also mentioned comfort. For one thing, he can take any interested skater he wants, without Piseev's politicking or interference. (I wonder how Zhulin can stand it.) He is also is out of the hornet's nest as far as coaches poaching skaters, at least as a standard practice among coaches he respects.

    When he wasn't in Gothenburg, I wasn't sure if he was still Buttle's coach, but since he was, I hadn't realized the impact Buttle's late decision would have on his living: not only were all of te top skaters spoken for, even if they hadn't been, he said hplan for the new season starts in April, and September is almost half a year later.
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    Fascinating and respectful interview. He seem like such a private guy. I like that kind of discretion!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ComplimentsFrom View Post
    I can only imagine if Mao's jumps would be better if he was still coaching her.



    *ducks from incoming debris by the Mao contingent*
    Over-reactive much?

    That's actually a good question...if he was with her, possibly Mao wouldn't have to re-work her jumps and have that whole slump on top of everything else in her life. It's such a sad story, that Mao had no choice but to stop working with him, despite her not wanting to. I can't imagine how a girl at her age could have navigated through this dilemma then- skating and her Mom...both whom she loved dearly.
    But it's true what they say, you may need to have that low-point in your life to get stronger...

    I love this interview. There were so many speculations why they separated, but now we know. I also respect that he still is so supportive of her (actually all of her past coaches).

    I when I read that quote from Michelle hahaha....and I could picture her face as she said it too!

    Rafaell A. certainly has gained more of my respect through this.

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    Thanks for the interview! What a nice guy!!!!

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