Mishin’s training camp in Pinzolo
Coaching legend Alexei
Mishin held his traditional summer training camp in Pinzolo in
northern Italy in June and July. Among the participants were his top
skaters Evgeni Plushenko, Lisa Tuktamysheva and Artur Gachinski, but
also several young students of Mishin, his wife Tatiana and assistant
coaches as well as skaters from other countries such as Austria,
Georgia, Bulgaria and Estonia. The younger skaters from Mishin’s
school were for example Vladislav Tarasenko, Alexander Petrov, Alexei
Krasnozhon, Maria Stavitskaia and Andrei Lazukin.
Mishin had invited 2008
World Champion Jeffrey Buttle for the first time to work as a
choreographer with Tuktamysheva and Gachinski. He did Lisa’s long
program to “Malaguena” and Artur’s Flamenco short program. Both
skaters enjoyed working with the Canadian. „I
personally liked working with Jeffrey a lot, how he builds the
program, what kind of steps he shows – all this was very
beautiful”, Tuktamysheva commented. “He suggests his steps and I
suggest my steps – what I can do. We put it all together and as a
result got quite interesting steps and moves, especially the footwork
sequence. His idea to start the footwork in the middle of the ice
rink and not at the blue line as usual, was very original. Alexei
Nikolaevitch (Mishin) and I really liked that and now we have this
kind of step sequence even in the free skating, because it looks so
nice“, Gachinski added. Mishin was also pleased with Buttle.
„I invited Jeffrey Buttle to work with Lisa and
Artur, because even though he wasn’t a distinguished jumper, he is
a distinguished skater and master of the blade. I wanted my
athletes to learn from this positive side and I liked the result”,
the coach explained.
Vakhtang Murvanidze was
another former skater that Mishin invited to work with the camp
students on aspects such as choreography and footwork.
Usually Mishin holds three
summer camps in Italy, Spain and Estonia. This year, however, he
decided to skip Spain and had two camps à two weeks each in Pinzolo,
in order to save time and money. The third camp then took place end
of July to early August in Tartu, Estonia.
At the end of the camp all
participants presented one of their competitive programs to the
public, Tuktamysheva and Gachinski even skated both. Plushenko
unvealed his new short program to “Taka yak ti” (The Girl Like
You) by the Ukranian band Okean Elzy. This is a very emotional piece
and an original choice that never had been used before. Tuktamysheva
kept her favorite style with her Latin short program and the free
skating to “Malaguena”. Gachinski’s long program is set to the
Anna Karenina soundtrack.