F: Is figure skating [taking up] all your life?
S: Is it all my life? It’s pretty close right now. To be an elite athlete in any sport you really have to dedicate yourself. For us it’s been mainly figure skating up until this point.
F: There are probably other skaters/programs that you admire from the past. Were there any times that you wanted to dance [these programs]?
S: It’s a tough question. Generally, no. When we watch a great performance, we like to respect the artist and respect the skaters creativity. So it we are going to do it [skate to the same music] we want to do it completely different. So there were great Carmens before we did Carmen we tried to do something completely different. We really try and stay away from that
T: Get inspiration and appreciate it, but-
S: Like we couldn’t do a Bolero obviously. This year we kept listening to the music Somewhere in Time that Marie-France and Patrice skated to and it was beautiful. We connected to that music this year, but we just felt like we couldn’t do it; it was theirs.
T: We used it as our benchmark though because we listened to that piece and felt so emotionally connected to it and just loved it. So when ever we thought that maybe we had a piece that was close, we would listen to it and then listen to Somewhere in Time and see if it compared at all emotionally and usually it didn’t. So that was a good measuring stick for us to use.
S: But it’s giving the creators respect and we felt like you have to respect what has come before you.