Test runs of the Russian national team are, of course, not “just training”, but the nerve for them, like points, is not enough. This time it was completely different. The First Channel added fire, which simultaneously showed Evgeni Plushenko and Eteri Tutberidze with separate cameras.
But Alena Kostornaya can definitely be called the headliner of the first day of the official figure skating season in Russia. She broke the silence and frankly told her story of leaving the “Crystal”. Alena spoke for 8 minutes – and would have talked more if it were not for the need to leave the mixed zone for the next participant. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva even had to stand and wait a little.
The journalists, opening their mouths in surprise, learned that “answering each other is wrong”, that Alena’s opinion was not always taken into account, and that Evgeny Viktorovich (Plushenko) does not shout or swear when the skater has something does not work. For your attention the full speech of the European champion and the winner of the Grand Prix finals.
I feel comfortable in my new team, Plushenko has a radically different style
How do you like the first outing in the new season with a new coach?
It was exciting, probably most exciting when I sat and did my hair. I replayed this moment every time. I already started to shake, but then it came to naught. I just went out on the ice and felt it, the audience, and everything vanished as if by hand. I just walked in my hallway and knew what to do.
What scared you the most – the first appearance on the ice or the first reaction of the audience?
Not that it was scary, it was just somehow uncomfortable, because everything is different. And we have never worked in a competition with Evgeny Viktorovich (Plushenko. – Approx. “SE”). With Sergei Alexandrovich (Rozanov. – Approx. “SE”) I have already gone out to compete and got used to him. It was unusual, because I usually tuned in a little differently, but here they immediately come up, they say what is needed. Like, don’t worry. And I used to be more in myself, to tune in myself.
What is the difference between coaches’ styles?
Coaching approach? Each coach has his own. Eteri Georgievna, including Evgeny Viktorovich, is radically different … probably more calm. My team is calm, and you can really feel it. I trained for a month, we did all the same, jumps, skates. Maybe somewhere even stronger was the OFP. But even if something didn’t work out on the ice even after strong physical training, no one drove, didn’t shout anything, didn’t swear. They said: “Well, let’s leave it, then we will do it at the next training session. We’re going to work on other things now. ” If I feel that in the morning workout I cannot skate the program, we will go to make mock-ups. It seems – no jumping, freebie. But in fact, it really helps endurance, and in general a lot.
Figure skating has been very turbulent lately, you have been in the center of that worry. In the way?
Well, yes, I immediately called Eteri Georgievna, and Eteri Georgivena posted a post (on Instagram about parting with Kostornaya. – Approx. “SE”). There were a lot of calls, but I said that I would not comment. Obviously, no one forbade me to post anything (in social networks. – Approx. “SE”). But I just think that if the person left, there were reasons for it. Without a reason, a person does not leave, they do not seek good from good. And posting these posts on Instagram is a shame. These “replies” to each other … If you are so itching to meet, and eye to eye, express whatever you want. I think this is a little wrong. But I cannot judge anyone.
Did you have any non grata lists for your training group that Eteri Georgievna wrote about on social networks?
Well, not that … But there were some problems. Because, roughly speaking, I think that athletes like me, like Anya, even like Kamila, cannot skate with children born in 2010. Even if they can, they probably need to somehow explain that girls are adults, they will not give you any favors. If you stop them, they will either jump at you or yell at you. So that next time you understand that this is impossible. It was always like that in my childhood – they took me out onto the adult ice, and – along the sides, along the sides. If you interfere with someone, you will get out of here very quickly.
And there was such a moment – I told the coaches that there are already eight of us, adult athletes, and a crazy pace of training. Children who are not used to it must be taken out there very carefully. It so happened that the four of us were told simply “come out!” And they did not understand anything, they seemed to do everything as always, but at the same time they were wildly in the way. And it annoyed me a lot.
That is, there were requests from you to reduce the group, did you not?
I said: “Let’s do it differently somehow, please, this is very inconvenient, just impossible.” And there was no reaction. You can say they didn’t go to meet me.
When did you decide to leave?
It was July 17th. Before the second training session, I realized that there were just problems of mutual understanding, the connection was lost. Therefore, I called Sergei Alexandrovich (Rozanov. – Approx. “SE”): “Such a situation. There is a possibility?”. He replied: “Wait a couple of days, we’ll settle it right now, think again, because this is a very unexpected decision. For so many years to work in a team, to achieve results. And this is a very big change. ” I am very grateful to the previous headquarters for my achievements. But after a couple of days there was a second call, I said yes, I thought it over and decided. And we started to organize the transition.
Have you already installed two programs?
Yes, both short and free. The short one was given to me, it seems, the second. Free time a little later, probably 11th or 12th. But that’s not the point. I liked the free music program, not all places. But the music itself was just great. I didn’t like the short program, which I talked about many times. They said: “Well, try it, suddenly, after the skates we’ll see.” But I answered: “No, I don’t like it, I don’t feel, I will not skate like that.” Something like that.
Have you participated in the selection of programs in recent years?
My opinion was taken into account, but not always. All the same, you express your opinion: “I want something like this.” Then they say yes or no to you. A lot of things from the music were said “no”. But I just heard the arbitrary, and there were no questions, it was a good story.
On this optimistic note we end, – Olga Ermolina, press attaché of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, summed up.