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I had a chance to talk to Tatiana and Stanislav during "Art on Ice" in Switzerland, about [Maria Mukhortova/ Maxim Trankov were in third place after their short program. Let's talk non-skating issues like who does the cooking in your family ? Stanislav: Actually, the kind of relationship you have on or off the ice is different. Tatiana Volosozhar (Russian: Татья́на Волосожа́р, Ukrainian: Тетяна Волосожар) and Maxim Trankov (Russian: Макси́м Транько́в) are Russian just forget all problems and again believe in love and happiness!!! i'm so. We talked to Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov in Sheffield the day after the pairs' long I think we can show relationship of a man and a woman on the ice. . We just have to call and the problem will be solved. I love it.
But in Skate America we had more confidence and skated pretty well, I think. But because of our free program in China, in the end we didn't have enough points to make the Grand Prix Final. What did you think your chances were at Europeans, did you hope to be on the podium?
And we skated well. But in the short program the judges were not fair to us. You can definitely write exactly that. It is not clear to me why we lost 6 points to the third place. And we mostly lost them in the second mark. The mark you can "play with" if you want. They received a total of Tatiana's and Stanislav's total points were I think we got paid what we deserved for our long program, as we made some mistakes.
But it was still one of our cleanest skates of a long program. Yes, I think in the long program they judged us OK, but that margin in the short made all the difference, because both Russian pairs had clean skates. How was it in Vancouver? You planned to go to the opening ceremony, did you manage to?
In Torino we didn't go either. We had the short program the next day and didn't want to stand for hours in the stadium and get tired, it takes too much energy. We wanted to go this time, because we had one day off before our competition started. But it didn't work out.
And, as we left right after our competition was over, we were not present at the closing ceremony either. There was also some confusion with clothes; the team uniforms were too big for Tania, they just didn't have her size! And for the ceremonies I needed official clothes, not the sportswear. We also understood that we would need to walk quite a lot.
We only had warm boots and the ceremony was indoors, so in the end we just didn't want to go at all. And what do you think about your results at the Games? I think you should have placed a bit higher. It doesn't make much difference if it's sixth or eighths place. Yes, I agree with that. And we've already gotten used to the fact that we are usually under-marked. But to finish your career like this?
Actually, after Europeans and those 6 points' difference in short program, everything was already clear. You know, when a country doesn't care about its sportsmen Is it true that you had to buy the tickets to go to Worlds in Los Angeles yourself? It was not exactly like that.
But our federation was late with the arrangements and exactly at that time some journalist asked me about it. So I just answered truthfully; that we didn't have any tickets yet. They wrote it in their article and suddenly our tickets appeared! This season it's been much better; starting from our first competition everything was arranged.
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But, you know, before Stas mentioned in that interview that our federation doesn't want or can't help, other skaters just kept silent. And we were fed up with it, we do our job and the federation doesn't. It's not our problem; we shouldn't have to worry about tickets, hotels and such. Right before Europeans you finally found sponsors who helped you pay your debts to Ingo Steuer. Yes, they helped us pay for the whole previous season with money we were not able to get from our federation.
My very close friend helped us to find the sponsors. A few years ago she wrote a book and they helped her publish it. And now they helped us too.Tatiana Volosozhar & Maxim Trankov Win Gold - Full Free Program - Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics
Their names are Oleg and Lyudmila Golovachuk, they have some business which in a way is related to sport. Thanks to them we've solved all our financial problems now. But more than that, we are good friends with them now. And they even went to Vancouver to cheer for us!
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Let's talk non-skating issues like who does the cooking in your family? And I think he's a great cook, especially meat. Even my sister now sometime cooks using his recipes. You are a couple both on and off the ice.
What is your advise to people in your situation? You know, the circle of people around athletes is very small, mostly those they see while training. So obviously some couples meet that way. But I also think it would be really hard for couples where only one of them is a skater; that's mostly long distance relationships and not everybody is able to keep that up for a long time.
Actually, the kind of relationship you have on or off the ice is different, there are different types of worries and troubles. When it's not about training, what do you need to worry about? Going to the cinema? Of course it's not that simple to leave the rink and just forget everything immediately. So I told her: It happened in the middle of the previous season, before the Worlds, but when we watched this movie, we were ready for this program.
We sometimes put on this music at practice, or just tried a few movements… Tanya, do you really feel that it is hard to find your black side?
Of course, it was difficult for me, but Maxim and our choreographer always help me. So I try, but it is hard, because I feel more like the white swan, not the black. In the second part of the program she must be black; she starts to go crazy. And she is very good, sometimes she can even surprise me, when I say: We started from the jumps. It was not easy.
The most difficult was the twist and the throws. But the most horrible was pair spin. At our first three competitions we missed them completely - we got no points for it! Is it harder for the man or for the woman to learn a new technique for throws?
For both, because we have different techniques. Tatiana did throws with Stanislav with Stanislav holding her hand, while I have my hand on her body. But I think for her it is even harder, because she tries to use my technique. I always concentrate on this; I have it in my head. Everyone can teach me something and Stas has lot of experience.
The question for me was: I think a coach must be higher than an athlete, even if you are challenged; you have to listen to him, because he is your coach. I just was afraid because of this. Stas was already kind of a coach for me when we skated together. He helped me and taught me a lot. Now it is more as if there are two different lives, one on the ice and the second one in my private life.
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In Russia there was a rivalry between the skating schools in St. Petersburg and in Moscow. Maxim, after leaving St. Petersburg for Moscow, do you feel this rivalry? Petersburg is a classic figure skating school, with a long history and a lot of Olympic champions and good coaches, celebrities of the sport. When I moved to Moscow, I was scared.
I was going to coaches who never had champions. Petersburg and those are two completely different cities. But now I can say all sports organizations in Moscow are very helpful, they concentrate on the sport and they support me.
This year I had lot of health problems, but I got a lot of help from the Russian federation, the Ministry of Sports or other organizations. Petersburg I never felt it. They care about our results. There are a lot of people who want our victory and they help us with everything we need. We just have to call and the problem will be solved.
I love it in Moscow. Petersburg it is not like this. Petersburg sport organizations, because they never helped me. Only our skating school, but it is very difficult to find all your power in your skating school.
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Alena Leonova is also moving to Moscow from St. Petersburg and she feels the same. Why is Russia so strong at pairs skating? In Sheffield, there were three Russian couples on the podium. It is our tradition. We were very happy to be together on the podium.
Last time it happened in We are happy for each other. How can you avoid the danger during throws and lifts? I have to concentrate. I must be in a very good shape. You have a small girl by your side on the ice; you have to care about her.