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    From Russia with love: Spring into Summer 2014

    I found this video link on Twitter - Julia Lipnitskaia recently visited a school and gave a press conference (starts ~ the 23 min. mark): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsmrvYQxhCc
    Would anyone like to summarize the highlights? TIA!

    Russia swept the ladies' podium and won 3 additional silvers and a bronze at Junior Worlds in Sofia last week. Their skaters' placements ensure Russia the maximum 3 spots in all 4 disciplines at 2015 Junior Worlds. Their placements/total scores:

    1 Elena RADIONOVA RUS 194.29 1 1
    2 Serafima SAKHANOVICH RUS 182.13 2 2
    3 Evgenia MEDVEDEVA RUS 178.43 3 3

    2 Adian PITKEEV RUS 212.51 7 2
    4 Alexander PETROV RUS 210.03 5 4

    Pairs:
    2 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV RUS 168.20 2 2
    3 Maria VIGALOVA / Egor ZAKROEV RUS 152.48 4 3
    4 Vasilisa DAVANKOVA / Andrei DEPUTAT RUS 150.67 3 5

    Ice Dance:
    2 Anna YANOVSKAYA / Sergey MOZGOV RUS 155.16 2 1
    7 Betina POPOVA / Yuri VLASENKO RUS 132.47 8 6
    9 Evgenia KOSIGINA / Nikolai MOROSHKIN RUS 126.72 10 9

    2014 World team:
    Julia Lipnitskaia, Anna Pogorilaya (Worlds debut for both);
    Maxim Kovtun;
    Stolbova/Klimov, Bazarova/Larionov, Antipova/Maisuradze (Worlds debut for S/K & A/M);
    Ilinykh/Katsalapov, Bobrova/Soloviev, Sinitsina/Zhiganshin (Worlds debut).
    Last edited by Sylvia; 03-23-2014 at 02:07 AM. Reason: To correct typos
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    I hope Pogs has a solid competition, For her sake and For 3 spots for the poor horde of ladies waiting to burst out of Russia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eladola View Post
    I hope Pogs has a solid competition, For her sake and For 3 spots for the poor horde of ladies waiting to burst out of Russia.
    So do I. If there is a country that needs three spots in ladies it is Russia! Saying that, the next season there is only Radionova that is becoming fully eligible for seniors, the rest is the same as this season.

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    Junior Grand Prix Final champion Maria Sotskova: "I damaged meniscus, but the operation is not required": http://fsrussia.ru/news/1158_mariya-...-ponadobitsya/
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    I found this video link on Twitter - Julia Lipnitskaia recently visited a school and gave a press conference (starts ~ the 23 min. mark): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsmrvYQxhCc
    Would anyone like to summarize the highlights? TIA!
    Ermolina did, I translated it here:
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...or-fsrussia-ru

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAHbKA View Post
    Ermolina did, I translated it here:
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...or-fsrussia-ru
    No, it's from different press conference, in a different school (N 1270).
    This is the video of that talk:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nfyrcKV9cU

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    Geez, to how many schools did they drag Lipnitskaya?

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    What is the official name of this competition that's underway for younger skaters? http://fsrussia.ru/upl/results/1314/...1314/index.htm
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    What is the official name of this competition that's underway for younger skaters? http://fsrussia.ru/upl/results/1314/...1314/index.htm
    That's Russian nationals, but for younger/less advanced skaters than juniors and seniors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    I found this video link on Twitter - Julia Lipnitskaia recently visited a school and gave a press conference (starts ~ the 23 min. mark): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsmrvYQxhCc
    Would anyone like to summarize the highlights? TIA!
    Press-conference:

    Julia says she had a week off after the Olympics, but she didn't rest due to many official and media events, etc. When asked about her shape going into the World championships, says there's still three days left, but she's in good shape already. Says she definitely feels the newly added pressure of expectations, but she has her own goals for the upcoming championships, which is to skate clean.

    Q. who she trains with - Anna Pogorilaya, Evgenia Medvedeva, Sergei Voronov, Adian Pitkeev, Moris Kvitelashvili, many others.

    Q. about preparation for the Olympics - as usual, as for any other competition.

    Q. about vacations - she says that most likely she will have vacation time in June. She would like to visit many countries, very happy for the World championships in Japan because she loves Japan, loves skating there, and she has been told it's sakura bloom time, so she's looking forward to seeing it.

    Q. about fighting the nerves before the competition, how she deals with it. Julia says the best way of fighting the nerves is being physically prepared and well trained, but it happens sometimes that you are not 100% ready, then there are certain tricks in dealing with it.

    Q. about the apartment, that Julia said in one interview that she and her mom don't have their own home and have to rent, has the situation changed somehow - Julia says that yes, they got a phone call and are getting some help with that.

    Q. to the director of the school, Renat Laishev - about the help Julia's getting from the school. Julia says special thanks for meeting them at the airport when they returned from Sochi, and for escorting them home (sounds like there were some crazy fans and media in the airport).

    Q. about media attention, how she finds the time with all the training. She says that yes, there is much more attention, they decline many offers but there is still a lot, and they cannot follow their previous routine in dealing with media, which Julia describes as "prepare - skate - talk a little - prepare - skate". When asked about what has changed when she came back to the rink after the Olympics, says that everything is as usual, only now literally everyone, even the passers by, recognize her. Laishev says that after Julia's success there is a pilgrimage of parents with 4-5 year old kids to the rink, and they have trouble with accommodating them (with ice time?)

    Q. - Julia's advice to the kids who want to follow in her footsteps - she says kids can hardly manage alone, they need help from their parents and the coach, her advice to kids is to not give up, and try again and again.

    Q. about restrictions, what she has to give up for skating. Julia says "everything", that it was hard and what kept her going was that she was constantly reminded that after the Olympics she would finally be able to let go. She says that her only desire is to break her training regimen after the Worlds at last, go on vacation, and that she doesn't plan anything beyond that.

    Q. about idols in figure skating and favorite literature hero. Julia says that she cannot say any literature hero is her favorite, and as for figure skating, her ideal for many years has been Carolina Kostner. Julia says that her mother wants her to be like Carolina when she grows up, that she herself would like to have the same joy of skating Carolina has, because this season, Carolina has been emanating pure magic.

    Q. about Adelina skipping the Wolrds. Julia says it's her right to choose between doing shows and competing.

    Q. about her plans for the future and the letter from Spielberg. Julia says that for now sport is her life, as for the letter, she says that she got it delivered the day after she complained at the press-conference that she still didn't get it.

    Q. what she would do if she had a day off, Julia says: "sleep".
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    Great interview. She sounds like a mature and focused young lady. I hope she skates great at worlds. I am looking forward to watching her SL one more time.

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    Could someone explain this, particularly who this lady is that's hanging onto Julia? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frx7jbKVbfQ

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    Elena Lenina the party host
    http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elena_Lenina

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    More on posted above, sorry don't have time to translate.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecRdTbFWtlM
    http://argumenti.ru/sport/n430/326834

    Article describes video. If you use Google translator it gives pretty good result.

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    I just saw on GS that I/K are splitting after Worlds. Is there any truth to that? Here's the link to the article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tesla View Post
    I just saw on GS that I/K are splitting after Worlds. Is there any truth to that? Here's the link to the article.
    I saw that too - what a shocker if true! TBH though I'm actually more upset at the implication that Sinitsina/Zhiganshin have split than the actual I/K split (really loved them in the beginning but that love has faded over the years). I'm curious how/whether this news will affect ice dance results at Worlds (praying for P/B to take it).

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    Mishin has confirmed(?) that Gachinsky has gone to Sokolovskaya. http://www.sports.ru/others/figure-s...158955146.html

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    I/K are splitting?!?!!?!?!?

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    I feel like every season there's a new rumor that I&K are splitting. I'm not too worried.

    I didn't hear about S&Z. That's interesting. I feel like there does need to be a shakeup among the lower ranks. All of these teams like R&T, M&K, and S&B are going nowhere fast. The problem is the guys seem to be better than the girls (Tkachenko and Bukin in particular), so how will they re-partner them? Maybe they want to partner Ilinykh with Bukin (they had tried out years ago), but with I&K's recent success, it makes zero sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tesla View Post
    I just saw on GS that I/K are splitting after Worlds. Is there any truth to that? Here's the link to the article.
    Dafuq?! It says I/K are going to split and that Nikita is going to skate with Viktoria Sinitsina. Morozov will be the coach.
    Could Elena be pregnant?
    Otherwise I don't understand all of this.
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