The Mikhail Kolyada appreciation thread

Vash01

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In 2016 at the worlds in Boston some were comparing him with Kulik. He has developed his own style now. He doesn’t have the jump consistency yet but I love the way he stretches his body and expresses the music through his every move.
 

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Channel 1 video about Kolyada’s ‘Nureyev’ (The White Crone) program. Was filmed back in August/September when Averbukh and Mishin’s team were working on the choreo + some new ‘behind the scenes’ footage from Rostelecom

 
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Interview with Mikhail Kolyada on the Russian Fed's website. He is talking about Nationals, his coaching change, coming back and says some sweet things about Daria, his wife.

He won his third National title last month with a total score of 296.15. :)
1st in SP (102.48): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkPHRh6prvY
1st in FS (193.67): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPb8-LZ2vDU
 

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I'm on my phone and just liked some EXtremely old posts with the revival of this thread.
 

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Ananas Astra

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Misha's FS from earlier today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htlsKI59ROQ

His skating even makes Yagudin appear nicer because Yags is full of praise for Misha and puts it into very nice words.
"I met him at a competition at some point and asked him how he manages to skate this program like this and he just answered: 'I just hear the music.'."
Yags is totally in love with Misha's skating. And rightfully so.
 

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Misha Kolyada is a great artist. Every look, every gesture, every posture is perfection. It was not a perfect skate but it was Beautiful. I enjoyed watching him so much more than those landing jumps after jumps after jumps! There are so many finer qualities, detail in his skating! I am happy to see him skating better this season compared to his struggles in the past.
 
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I think he was about 15-16 when I first watched him skate as a junior. As recently as the 2016 worlds people were comparing him with Kulik. He has his own style now.
 

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I really want him to keep this LP for the Olympics. It is gorgeous. If he wants to medal though, he will need at least one more quad, preferably 2 more, and land them all. He had landed quad lutz in competitions but then blew easier jumps. His consistency has improved after going to Mishin. If he could get the quad lutz back, and added the quad salchow, he could be competing for the OGM.
 

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Love love love the Kolyada & Mishin combo. He reminds me of a young Yagudin
He is better than even the OGM winning Yagudin, not just 'young' Yagudin who had nothing but jumps.

Misha is much older and maturer.. Yagudin was all power and emotion. Kolyada has power and emotion, plus grace, finesse. He has perfect posture throughout, lines and detail. Every look, every arm position, every stretch of his body, every nuance to the music, and he tells a story. Everything is perfect right upto his fingertips.

The way I see and interpret his LP:

There are three phases of this Story.

First he is an aspiring artist/ballet dancer (his upward looks, arms). He has great talent.

Next he is frustrated and in pain (because he has not succeeded or is he disappointed in himself?). Note his facial expressions and body.

Finally he conquers his demons and reaches the high goal. Note his fist at the end.

Could this be the story of Misha Kolyada? We have already seen the first two phases. We need to see the happy ending because he is so deserving of it!
 

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Olympic Channel interview and translation by Tatjana Flade; edited by Nick McCarvel (April 13, 2021):
ETA - copied over from the From Russia with love thread in GSD:
 
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I am usually against keeping programs, but I would be thrilled if he kept Nureyev.
If he can come up with something even better, fine with me, otherwise he'll always have Nureyev to fall back on in case a new program won't work out.
So, I'll predict a win-win situation for me in which he either gets an even better program or keeps Nureyev.
 

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