AS: If you keep dreaming and imagining Stolbova/Klimov made it to Korea and healthy what would it be? A tragedy or a medal?
NM: Taking their characters it could have been a medal.
It could've, damn it. I really do hope the heal and continue, at least for another season or 2.
It's a crime that such a superb Pair have no World and European gold medal in their records.
Please my precious, go on just for a bit longer.
AS: Will the German specialist Szelkowy stay in the team?
NM: I would like him to, but it depends on the finances of our country. I can't expect Robin to work for free. He will be payed till February, for now that's it. I don't know what will be going on with the sport after.
AS: How fruitful is his work?
NM: There are a lot of redundant talks about how necessary he is. But I know exactly how much Zhenya and Vladimir need him. They need him mentally, politically and in some other ways. He gives them the information they really need in a very calm way. Especially before the competitions. See, 2 weeks before the competitions the skaters usually go mad, and can hardly deal with themselves. They need an experienced person who can help by their side. That's Robin.
AS: Is he a good coach?
NM: He sees the details that lead to the results. What is the coach for? To give an advice. The athletes of such a level know and can do everything themselves. It's the details that are important on that level.
Totally agree and I really do hope he will continue there.
NM: The worlds were a milestone of my career. Indeed as I mentioned in the interview I step out of the coaching. I don't know yet and can't yet talk about how long the break will be. But I will certainly not coach in the next half a year. I told my athletes: your will won't change my mind. I am so tired I can't go on anymore. I need at least half a year to recover my mind and my body. I'm burnt out.
I don't blame her. She has been working since post Vancouver and she has give a lot to Pairs in Russia.
She needs some time to rest and regroup. It will benefit her skaters as well, in case she's planning to come back in a year.