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Re: Evgeni ON Ice - Russian newspapers translated into English

Postby cekoni » 08 Oct 2009, 01:54

LATEST NEWS FROM PERM by our friends Vera and Astella :ya_hoo_oo: .... here:
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http://sport.rian.ru/sport/20091007/187850598.html
07.10.2009.

Plushenko is set to a serious fight at "Russian Cup" - Mishin

Turin Olympic champion in figure skating Evgeni Plushenko is preparing for a serious fight at Russian Cup in Perm, although not the strongest selection of opponents, said to "RIA Novosti", athlete's coach Alexei Mishin.

Competition in Perm, where in the men's singles in addition to Plushenko was Andrei Lutai, Arthur Gachinsky, brothers and Sergei Artem Borodulin, will be the first serious test for the skater, returning to the amateur sport after a three-year absence.

"I believe, that there is no insignificant event, no insignificant rivals. For any tournament should be approached with utmost responsibility, each competitor must be treated with respect. If you performance at the World Championships, then you're fighting with world leaders, if is Championship of Russia - then with Russia's figure skaters" - said Mishin.

Answering to the question, whether the main goal for the tournament victory, or at Perm gives priority to running-in programs, Mishin said that "the biggest mistake an athlete - to think about victory.

You should always tune into the fight, to the rivalry. That is reason, because for this tournament is Plushenko preparing to fight."

According to the Mishin, preparing to stage of the Russian Cup "went according to plan, and if successful - will show the competition."

"The process of adjustment programs - dynamic, - said the coach of Olympic champion. - Every time we find some new approaches, new variants, constantly looking, through which we can improve programs."

Commenting on the return to sport before the Olympics-2010 the two principal rivals - Plushenko and Swiss Stephane Lambiel - Mishin said that it will certainly exacerbate the fight in Vancouver.

"Not surprisingly, the skaters returned. In this kind of activity, anywhere else does not find such a high glow, such a release of adrenaline, as in amateur skating," - told Mishin.

All interested, which are the prospects of Plushenko in Vancouver, but Mishin refused to predict. "We will do everything, that Zhenya had enough strength, to skate the entire season on a good level. But I do not want to make any promising statements. In this question is answered, only life itself," - said the coach.

"Russian Cup" in Perm was launched on wednesday, October 7. Men will present a Short program on friday, October 9, and Long - the next day.
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Re: Evgeni ON Ice - Russian newspapers translated into English

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http://www.allsportinfo.ru/archive.php?id=32694
07.10.2009.

Valentin Piseev: Evgeni Plushenko has already participated in screenings and "test skating", but the official competition - is quite another thing

October 7, in Perm was inaugurated the second phase of the "Russian Cup" in figure skating. On the meaning of these competitions in the Olympic season, as well as impressions about the sports hall "Neftyanik", which hosts the tournament, to special correspondent of "All Sport" told the president of the Russinan Federation of figure skating, Valentin Piseev.

"For many years, we implemented four stages of the "Russian Cup's", and then the finale. Traditionally, one of the stages of the competitions give Perm ... The current season - Olympic, so every start our federation is considering through the prism of preparation for the Games-2010 in Vancouver. Naturally, we are interested in the fact, that in Canada went to the strongest team. So, the Cup is a serious test for potential Olympians. It is no accident, that in Perm will participate in competitions, even and the Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko. He has already participated in various rolling and reviews, but the official start - it will agree, is quite another thing. It will be interesting to look at his performance in combat conditions."...
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Re: Evgeni ON Ice - Russian newspapers translated into English

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Similar interview with Mishin... :mi_ga_et:

http://www.allsportinfo.ru/index.php?id=32697
08.10.2009

Alexei Mishin: I am far from thinking downplay the significance of Russian Cup in Perm

Yesterday, October 7, arrived in Perm, Olympic champion in figure skating 2006 Evgeni Plushenko - to take part in the first competitions, after three-year break, on the second stage of the "Russian Cup". Tasks at the start, for "All Sport" shared his personal trainer Alexei Mishin.

- How do you like "Neftyanik?
- Arena just wonderful! It is good that there is much light, it creates a festive mood among the organizers and fans. The quality of ice - perfect.

- With what mood, you have arrived in Perm?
- It does not matter, in what mood I arrived. More importantly - with what mood I shall leave.

- Competition in Perm - a transient start, or test training?
- I am far from thought, to disparage the significance of "Russian Cup". However, all start on the road to the championship of Russia, which will be held in December in St. Petersburg, at the same time is transient, and important.

- What are the goal, you set to Evgeni Plushenko, at the Russian Cup?
- We have one goal, the global - to continue preparations for the main starts of the season. Now our entire process consists of training, vacation and competitions. At the moment, we want to check Evgeni's status. I am pleased that we managed to get in Perm. This is definitely the right decision for his future preparation.

- In what form is Plushenko?
- On this question is answered only the start. To get it, we and arrived in Perm.
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Re: Evgeni ON Ice - Russian newspapers translated into English

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Russian Cup - Perm 09.10.2009

Men - Short Program
http://news.goldskate.ru/SEG031.HTM

1 Evgeniy PLUSHENKO 97.35 :sh_ок: 54.10 B 43.25 8.50 8.35 8.95 8.75 8.70 0.00 :ya_hoo_oo: :bra_vo:

http://forum.fsonline.ru/index.php?s=&show...indpost&p=48490
B (Bonus) - Men:
+1.00 Points for cascade 3A+triple jump (not very reasonable from the viewpoint of the new system, by the way)
+2.00 Points for quadruple
+3.00 Points for cascade 4+3

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Site Russian Skating federation plush48 :hi_hi_hi:
http://www.goldskate.ru/news/fullnewseng.shtml?newsid=472

Evgeni Plushenko just finished his new short program for Vancouver 2010.
4T+3T jump combination, triple axel, triple lutz, difficult spins and amazing step sequences helped him to take 97,35 points.
Tomorrow Evgeni will show new olympic free program. You can find live results at http://news.goldskate.ru/

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http://www.allsportinfo.ru/index.php?id=32743
09.10.2009.

Evgeni Plushenko won the short program at the second stage of the "Russian Cup" of figure skating in Perm

Today, October 9, in Perm was a short program in men's figure skating. 2006 Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko confidently took the first position with a score of 97.35 points, exceeding his own world record. :plush46:

Short program. Men. Program masters of sport.
1. Evgeni Plushenko (St. Petersburg) - 97,35 points
2. Artem Borodulin - 75,89
3. Ivan Tretyakov (both - Moscow) - 71.70
4. Andrei Lutai (St. Petersburg) - 70.68
5. Denis Leushin (Moscow) - 67.70
6. Arthur Gachinsky (St. Petersburg) - 62.15

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http://sport.rian.ru/sport/20091009/188165589.html

Plushenko updated personal record in the short program at the Russian Cup

MOSCOW, Oct 9 - RIA Novosti. Turin Olympic champion in figure skating Evgeny Plushenko has demonstrated an excellent skating in the short program at the Russian Cup in Perm, informs an official site of the Federation of figure skating in Russia.

Athlete's program, in the first serious start after three-year break, was full of complicated technical elements. Plushenko scored in the amount of 97,35 points, it is not only his personal record, but absolutely the best result in the world. :hi_hi_hi: At the Olympics in Turin, for his short program, Evgeny received 90.66 points.

On the eve of the tournament, Plushenko's coach Alexei Mishin said that the program of Olympic champion is still constantly being adjusted. "Every time we find some new approaches, new options are constantly looking due to what we can improve the program" - told to "RIA Novosti" Mishin...

Prize-winners of Russian Cup in Perm, among the "singles" is determined on saturday, after the execution of long programs.

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Yesterday evening message:
"Zhenya seriously trains, morning and evening: bra_vo: In Perm arrived Yana Rudkovskaya.

... and this morning:
Evgeni training model of SP. The great triple axel!


Vera's news after Zhenya's performance of SP - "Aranjuez" ... here: :-):
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Re: Evgeni ON Ice - Russian newspapers translated into English

Postby cekoni » 10 Oct 2009, 02:40

"Russian Cup", Perm 09.10.2009. - SP "Aranjuez" ... photos and more video clips you have from here:
viewtopic.php?f=3&t=49&p=1820#p1816 .... and in a few posts later :mi_ga_et:

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http://perm.kp.ru/daily/24374/556803/

At the second stage of the "Russian Cup" in figure skating, nobody would pay attention, that s there is not Evgeni Plushenko. Famous athlete has decided, that it is in Perm to return to amateur sports. For the first time in three years. What is not an advertisement for the audience?

But people were not heavily. Small ice palace "Neftyanik" on the outskirts of the city, with a capacity of not more than a thousand spectators was not filled to more, than half. Perhaps the reason is just in the geographical location of the stadium, or spectators may be preferred to other things in the friday evening, but the fact is that remains half-empty stands.

Olympic champion skate in the program of masters of sport. One of thirteen. But unlike his colleagues, carefully prepared for action. He went from corner to corner, closed eyes, sighed deeply. In general, configurable. Then, under a rather feeble applause, out on the ice to skate program under the "Aranjuez concert", in the arragment's of Edvin Martin....

Must say, that with costume, Evgeni is not impressed. Pants and turtleneck, with a little rhinestone. But, Plushenko short program skated like champion. Even, without expertise in the intricacies of figure skating, audiences understand, that today on the ice, to him is none equal. At least, on competitions in Perm.

This is evidenced by evaluation of the jury - 97.35.

After the performance, the press waited Plushenko at the dressing rooms, hoping for an interview, but Plushenko was adamant - not today. ...
All comments Plushenko decided to leave for the next day, when he would skate Long program.

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http://www.gazeta.ru/sport/2009/10/a_3271655.shtml

... Question about the record score, Mishin promised to discuss when they return to St. Petersburg. We note only, that at the "Russian Cup", for the complex elements are added scores. For a cascade of "4+3", for example, three. This is done, because to encourage the risk of young athletes and their coaches.

Hardly by a record scores "for internal use", can be judged about form and quality of programs Plushenko, in a new Olympic season.

Even, and the start of Russian Grand Prix, which will be held in Moscow in mid-October, will not be revealing in this aspect. Some idea, about the readiness of Evgeni to Vancouver, will give only Euro-2010 in Tallinn. Unless, of course, the Olympic champion will participate in it. It's one thing - win Borodulin and Tretyakov before native Russian judges, and others - check the readiness, in the confrontation with Briand Joubert and Lambiel.

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http://allsportinfo.ru/index.php?id=32754

Plushenko appears to people

Today, October 9, in Perm, on the second stage of the "Russian Cup", happened long-awaited event - after a three-year break, Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko appeared in public. No, he and before, from anyone is not hiding: recorded in the TV shows, skate as the backup dancer to Dima Bilan, and at the end, he is married a second time. But in the Perm is happened a landmark moment, which eclipsed all his previous unsportsmanlike achievements - the first time after a long idle, Evgeni Plushenko performe in official competitions, which gave the start to the third Games in his career. In fact, how is occurred a comeback of the famous figure skater, watched a special correspondent of the "All Sport".

To say, that the Perm lived the last few days only for Plushenko, it would be an exaggeration. In the local newspapers about the second stage of the "Russian Cup" published only small notes. Advertising skating in the center of city, your correspondent did not see. And spectators in the stands of the sports complex "Neftyanik" (not including coaches, moms and dads of athletes) was quite a bit....

Inside of the "Neftyanik" are all "lived" for Plushenko. Already in the first day of competition, October 6, your correspondent unwillingly learned, the date and time of arrival star's in Perm. In the hall of the sports complex, this burning time, with someone on the phone discussing one of the coaches, moving from time to time, from a cry almost to scream. On the sidelines of the competition, about Evgeni's, hundred times all washed the bones and discussed the latest gossip.

For the first time on the ice "Neftyanik", the hero of the tournament came in the evening of the seventh October. He was accompanied by his coach, legendary Alexei Mishin, choreographer David Avdysh, and another man ... Who was the third, find out exactly did not work - on all the questions, he answered only with an innocent smile. But according to popular belief, the guy was clearly out of the hangouts of skaters: under two meters tall, with shoulders, behind which to hide quietly together Plushenko and Mishin, with a simple face, and a hard look askance. "Go take from Plushenko autograph" - whispered one of the young skaters to another. "Yes, right now! To get into the forehead of this tall man?" - with caution, through his teeth second. "Tall Man" did not accept part in the training of Evgeni's. On the contrary - he stood passively on the sidelines, from time to time watching Evgeni's on ice, lightly kicked with his foot board on the outside, poked with his finger in the protective glass. In general, all his gestures showed that figure skating is alien to him.

At this time, Evgeni on the ice, make miracles. He brilliantly executed the most complex elements. From time to time, approached Plushenko to Mishin, to clarify the details. Incidentally, the Olympic champion skated on the ice in splendid isolation. This honor is not given, to any other participant of the Russian Cup. The time, when the warm up Plushenko, in training schedules modestly called "reserve chief of judge". But the judge in two days, on the ice never appeared.

... And Time "X" has come. Everything was ready for the appearance of Plushenko. In the hall "Neftyanik", in the early morning, stamped saleswoman of flowers. For one a rose, it requested 80 rubles, for a bouquet - 500-800 rubles. Cleaning ladies were busy, than ever. Increased the number of beautiful girls, per square meter. But surprisingly, stands that can hold 800 people, were filled only halfway. And half of that half were, as before - coaches, skaters and their families.

Plushenko represented his short program as fourth. It seemed that the audience did not particularly notice the skaters before him. When the ice finally released, he appeared. Dozens of video and photo cameras were turned at the moment on the skater. Plushenko skate the short program with confidence - like this, that there was no thought criticize him on the VIP-status. The judges were delighted. 97,35 points for performance - is an extra-score, which, quite frankly, given as an advance. Work out its, Evgeni Plushenko will must february 2010 in Vancouver. What? We speak, that he still must qualify for Games? But does anyone else have doubts, that Plushenko not will get there?
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Re: Evgeni ON Ice - Russian newspapers translated into English

Postby cekoni » 12 Oct 2009, 09:24

OK... news for 10.10.2009 :mi_ga_et:

http://www.gazeta.ru/news/sport/2009/10 ... 2633.shtml

Plushenko won the second stage of the "Russian Cup" in figure skating

On Saturday in Perm, on the second stage of the Russian Cup competition, men completed. Olympic champion Evgeni Plushenko at the debut tournament, after returning to competitive sport, gained a glorious victory by typing in the amount for short and free programs 266.95 points. This is 2.54 points above the world record of Japanese Daisuke Takahashi, established 2008 year, on the "Four Continents Championships In the free program Plushenko scored 169.60 points, which is his personal record, and the second resulted in the world, after Takahashi (175.84).
A second male was silver medalist Campionships of Russia 2009, and the junior world championship 2008 Artem Borodulin, yielded Plushenko 45,38 points...

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http://www.allsportinfo.ru/index.php?id=32768

Evgeny Plushenko: with skating, which I showed in Perm, not should go to Olympics

... In conversation with the special correspondent of the Agency "All Sport", Evgeni Plushenko commented his performance rather critical.

- What is the value you gave to the Russian Cup in Perm?
- This is the current competition, adjustment's tournament for the Moscow Grand Prix. It was necessary to recall the atmosphere of competition, to try to cope with emotions.

- Yesterday, for the short program you get fantastic 97,35 points. Expect such a result?
- Frankly speaking, in the short program I made, barely 90 percent of the ideal. There are nuances, over which still need to work: steps, spins. But, you know, I am still not have form, in which they I could show a maximum.

- Probably, therefore in long program, to you have been admitted, whole row of mistakes?
- Yes, I am not one hundred percent happy with my performance. Today was nothing done ideal. For example, instead of the first quadruple, I was executed triple jump ... But the main thing, that I all skate. I dont know why, but in Perm to me is perfomance was hard. Maybe not yet adapted to the local time - still Perm and Peter separate two hours of time zones. We had to training early in the morning - they start at six in the morning, by Peter time. It is not easy to live on such a schedule. So in Perm, I was able to spread into the whole, only 70 per cent. With such skating, of course, can not go to the Olympics. There must be all the elements, to make one hundred percent.

- You satisfied with the complexity of yours programs?
- The complexity in the short program, I have about the same, as it was in Turin. In the free program is worth a maximum - two quad jumps, two triple axels, and all the other elements: steps of the third level, some spins of the fourth level. So now the main task - the maximum jumping, skating and spins.

- About costumes?
- Costume for the short program is for 5. Costume for Tango is going remake. He is little uncomfortable for me. I want to see video of my performance, how costume sits on me. But I think that altering costume, will be in any case.

- What you think about organization of competitions in Perm?
- Gently say, was not super: in the airport, no one waited us - we get to the place of residence in a taxi, the hotel was terrible, competitions were conducted in a hurry. One word - not an international level. But most of all surprised me, a lot of dead flies, lying on the ice. Too many flies! For the first time, I see that. From where they appeared here? You know, it was unpleasant to maneuver between them. If it has - you can plop.

- If a little bit away from the topic of figure skating ... Now you are, in any way ,participate in "world activities" of the two capitals?
- No. At the moment, on the first place is only sport. From all other the activities, I refused. Although the proposals are very much - some tour, shows, and participation in the TV project. But today, project number one is - the Olympic Games. Two lives, can not be combined.

- Still, missing three years in the amateur sports do have consequences. Do you feel this kind of fear of competitors, who which are all this time improved?
- ... In front of competitors, do not have to shake. Them should be respected. Personally, for me is the main thing - the fight with myself....

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http://www.allsportinfo.ru/index.php?id=32773

Valery Artukhov: Plushenko's program now - this is a diamond, requires jewelcrafter's cutting

... Results of the first competitive performance Plushenko after the three-year break, to the special correspondent of "All Sport", summed up the chief coach of Russia in the doubles and singles skating, Valery Artyukhov.

- What kind of impression you have left from yesterday's short program of Plushenko?
- During his short program, skating was so strong, that in the hall just not left indifferent's. Yesterday, to all, he once again showed, that his desire to return to amateur sports, should be treated very seriously. He had the elements of the highest level. If you look judicial records, it was not to find fault, to nothing.

- Quite, to nothing?
- At the moment - no ... Although, you know, you can always find fault in everything. It would be a desire (smiles).

- For example?
- In the short program, Zhenya performed two steps: the steps of the circle was on the fourth level, a straight line - on the third level. They were made, at the end of the program. It is very difficult and complicated. Plushenko still have to work on endurance, to bring to the fourth level and straight-line steps. Though and now, these steps is the element with plus coefficient.

- 97,35 points - an adequate assessment of its performance in the short program?
- Quite. A man performs a cascade of "4 +3" with a large amplitude. With high speed makes a triple axel and all subsequent elements. Well, how this then can not be an adequate assessment?

- And yet ... the world record in the short program, which also belongs to Plushenko is below whole the seven points!
- Scheme of scoring slightly changed and became more flexible. There is an increase in scores. In 2006, when Evgeni found this record in the Olympic Turin, it was tougher. Usually by the end of the season, International Skating Union released a communiqué with some additions and changes to the rules. If in the rules from last year, steps in the fourth level was unreal, now it is quite possible.

- Today, by Evgeni's skating was clearly, that not all is good, as the day before ...
- Yes, today he had a small roughness. But, not should forget, that Evgeni missed three years. Nothing immediately,
are not - stability comes with time. Perhaps, in Perm, Zhenya and his coach Alexei Mishin had plans to try some new elements, to experiment with something. Therefore nothing terrible mistake is not there: some elements can be removed, others - are added. Today, for example, in the second part of his sprefromance, he was executed triple axel. But the fact that he will remain until the Championship of Russia. Now program of Plushenko's - a diamond, which requires jewelcrafter's cutting.
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Re: Evgeni ON Ice - Russian newspapers translated into English

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http://www.allsportinfo.ru/index.php?id=32803

Valentin Piseev: in the Olympic team, certainly will be Kavaguti with Smirnov, Mukhortova with Trankov, Domnina with Shabalin, Khokhlova and Novitsky, and Evgeny Plushenko

... "The Olympic season is still only gained momentum, so talk about the preliminary team for the Games in Vancouver, I can only with a pinch of conventionality - warned Valentin Piseev. - Total in Canada, we can send 16 athletes: three pairs and dance couples, and by two figure skater in men and women competition. If nothing happens with health, probably will go enter in Olympic team - in pair skating Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov, Maria Mukhortova / Maxim Trankov; in dancing - Oksana Domnina / Maxim Shabalin, Yana Khokhlova / Sergei Novitski, in men's figure skating - Evgeni Plushenko. The names of the other athletes do not dare to call. Who will select - do not know....

Also, Valentin Piseev told about the system of selection for the Olympic Games in Vancouver. "The team will be formed on the basis of the december Championships of Russia in St. Petersburg. And only by the results of the European Championships, which will be held in Tallinn in January next year, we will finalize the participants of the Games in Canada "
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http://velena.ru/skating/NM_2009.html
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Morozov: I'd already built a Plushenko's monument

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He is one of the most successful and fruitful coaches in figure skating. He choreographed for ladies and men, for dancers and pairs. He was one of the authors of the famous `Winter’ for Yagudin and `Dark Eyes’ for Sasha Cohen. He won the Olympic Gold with Shizuka Arakawa and the gold at worlds 2007 with Miki Ando. During the last 2 years he pulled up the Japanese skater Takahashi from the 20th places to the silver medal at worlds. Right now he holds the position of the best coach of the current Grand Prix series thanks to Oda’s gold in Paris and Ando’s in Moscow. Except for all that he is completely sure of himself. When in the best tradition of the Japanese federation the representatives tried to take part in the training process of `their’ skaters he chased them out of the ice rink...
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EV: As someone who works with a very good male skater your opinion on the male skating in Moscow competition would be interesting.
NM: I was blown by Evgeni Pluschenko’s skating. So far it’s the strongest impression of the season. I would build monument for him. It’s hard to give a score for what he had done. :bra_vo:

EV: I.e. you didn’t even consider the possibility of his comeback?
NM: No, why? At the time I was deeply involved in Yagudin/Pluschenko rivalry when they both were getting ready for the SLC games. I know the guys well and I know what are they capable of. When Yagudin considered coming back to the sports before his hip surgery he came to train with me in New Jersey, skated for a couple of days and even attempted to land a quad. Those are the skaters of a different level. Not like any others. In Pluschenko’s plans to come back I didn’t see anything impossible, but I was overwhelmed in Moscow not by his triple and quad jumps, but by the fact that he looks better on the ice now than he was at 2006. :plush45:

EV: Many are mentioning that. As well as the fact it would be hard for Pluschenko to accommodate to the new system as far as the non jumping elements go.
NM: I don’t want to talk about it. The last world championships were won by the skaters who can’t even perform a quad. I don’t consider it normal.

EV: I remember our conversation half a year prior to the Turino Olympics. Back then you said the value of the quad should be higher. But it still haven’t happened. Is an attempt for a hard element justified when it is not scored particularly high?
NM: I think those who are capable to land the quads will attempt them in Vancouver. That is if they want to win, of course. Take Joubert: he meant to jump 3 quads them in Grand Prix in Paris and it was not because Pluschenko came back. And it doesn’t matter that he was unable to land them: after all the goal is the same: to win in Vancouver...
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EV: I know that your other student – Nobunari Oda is not bad at his quads. Why didn’t he include it in his programmes in Paris Grand Prix?
MN: It was calculated. Oda is not yet ready to perform his LP to the best if there is a quad included. We still have plenty of time to the Olympics, there is no need to push things. We came to Paris ahead of time, spent there altogether two weeks, got over the jetlags. It was important for me that the guy’s training process goes on. Hence Ando, who did not participate the Grand Prix there came with us....
...
EV: Why did Takahashi decide to part with you? Was it initiated by you?
NM: After Daisuke became second at worlds in Tokyo his adoptive parents insisted he should sign a contract with a Japanese manager. The one who used to work with Arakawa. And then the problem began. For example, previously I would order the skates for my students. The manager decided he would do it from now on. To begin with he got the sizes wrong. At the beginning of 2008 Takahashi came back from the 4CC competition in Korea where he included 2 quads in his LP and broke Pluschenko’s record. I noticed he has a broken toe nail. Of course I asked how did that happen. Daisuke admitted he had to skate in the boots that were half a size smaller than should.
The same problems came in numbers, one dragging another. This is why at the worlds in Goteborg Daisuke was left without a medal.
After that I declined working in such a way. Either Takahashi stays with me or he leaves the manager. Under the pressure of his parents and the federation he left me...
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EV: What do you think will happen in the male skating at the Olympics?
NM: That’s a hard question. I can only tell that it would be the most interesting competition of the last several years. Even now it’s possible to name at least ten skaters who can win. It’s Pluschenko, Joubert, Lambiel, Verner, Chan, Lysacek, Abbot, Oda. Somehow I think the SP marks will be so close that the LP will decide...
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Re: Evgeni ON Ice - Russian newspapers translated into English

Postby cekoni » 28 Oct 2009, 05:30

http://winter.sport-express.ru/figuresk ... views/2146
- translation by TAHbKA - http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=11

Yagudin: Plushenko is now better prepared, than before Turin

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Yagudin was, probably, one of the most biased people in the crowd this Saturday. History can no name another rivalry such as his and Pluschenko's. Too many things they had in common: worlds, olymcpis, even the coach at some point.

After Pluschenko's triump in the LP, Yagudin commented:

AY: I always knew that if a person like Evgeni will set a goal he would probably make it. But am surprised. I didn't expect Pluschenko to get into the shape so fast. at the beginning of August we were performing in Korea together and even then his jumps were quite consistent. Now it seems to me he is even in a better shape then before Turino games.

EV: Are you serious?
AY: Absolutely. First of all his calmness and the easiness of his jumps. Evgenii started to perform them without wasting any unnecessary time nor power. I would compare it to his jumping technique of 2001 when we both were young, healthy and would put 2 quads in our programmes.

For Pluschenko, by the way, it's much harder than for those who started skating under the new system. They trained differently to begin with, while our generation had to re-learn things. It's harder with the age. It's obvious some things are still hard for Pluschenko to perform but he has time. Come on - 27y.o. is quite old for the figure skating, many of his rivals are much younger. Their nerves are fresher. Though when Pluschenko is sure of himself even his gaze scares the others. And it does now.

Besides he has the consistent jumps on his side. When the skater goes for the jump without being sure whether he'll land it all his thoughts are concentrated on that. It's hard to switch fast and concentrate on something else.
As for the CoR - in general he had no one to compete with here.

EV: Will you cheer for him?
AY: Am not a cheering person by nature. Unless it's about my friends. Like Maxim Marinin. I don't mean the pair Totmianina/Marinin, but him. I came to the ice rink in SLC to cheer for him in the SP. The same way I was always cheering for Anton Sikharulidze. Otherwise am quite indifferent to who is winning or loosing. It's the way they skate that is interesting.

Another advantage for Pluschenko is being an olympic champion. If he didn't have the title it would be harder for him - it's hard to fight knowing it's your last chance. On the other hand if he wasn't the Olympic champion I would probably be able to understand his desire to come back. Right now in my point of view it only means that after Turino he still haven't found something more interesting than skating and competing. Didn't find a way to develop as a person. Sport is the easiest way out. I don't mean literally, but see, the ice is more familiar.

EV: But you wanted to come back to the sports after the surgery!
AY: Yes. I always dreamed of winning the Olympics. No other competition filled me with such a desire to win. But when I won the SLC the sport lost it's appeal. Besides, like Pluschenko I didn't know what else can I do with my life except for skating. I had nothing else. It is the hardest moment for any sportsmen - on one hand you achieved plenty, you are famous, more or less a person yet you have no clue what is to come next. Hence I was trying to get back on the ice.

I was probably lucky : I found a new profession that I like. It's a work on the TV, theatre, cinema. I have some experience, have some offers. Prior to that I tried the professional sport, but realized fast that all the shows do not compensate the splash of adrenalin which I got used to while competing. The art gives me that feeling back. I know now what is it like to sweat with anticipation when getting ready to step on the stage or work live on the TV, I like learning the parts, working in front of the camera, learning the roles. I'm happy that this job made me forget about the sport.

EV: Would you risk to predict anything about Vancouver?
AY: No. The olympics are special. One can be the best but not even make it to top 3. It happened to the 4 times world champion - Kurt Browning. He won the pre-Olympic worlds at 1991 and 1993, yet both in Alberville and Lillhammer he was left out of medals. Unexplainable, but a fact.
Am sure Pluschenko will medal at the olympics. To win his rivals will have to have an ideal skate and count on him screwing something up. Which probably won't happen in his jumps, which only leaves the components, spins and steps. But he has time to work on those.

Besides Pluschenko knows everything about the Olympics. He won the Torino, he was 2nd in SLC. His experience is huge. That should be on his side.
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Re: Evgeni ON Ice - Russian newspapers translated into English

Postby Anuradha » 29 Oct 2009, 14:13

Thank you for this translation! :plush45: He is PERFECT! What a points!!! :plush46: :plush31:
Stockholm Ice 2010 was my dream came true!
In that year I saw him live! <3
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