Video interview with Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin at their ice rink Metchta in Moscow.
A: Hello, I am Alexandra Stepanova.
I: Hello, I am Ivan Bukin.
A: We are the Ice Dance World Junior Champions. Now we’ll show you where we are working and preparing for all our competitions.
I: Hurrah! – This is the hall. Here they post when someone wins something.
A: They congratulate us here often.
There are photographs, right? Let’s show the photograph.
I: Over there are even better photographs.
This is from Junior Worlds, correct? (photo caption reads: Congratulations! Well done! We are proud of you)
I: Up there are photographs of the skaters who are skating here and skated here.
Former and current students.
I: Over here is our ice rink.
A: This is our Alpha and Omega.
I: Our working time we mostly spend here. Here, here we spend ...
A: This is our ice rink.
I: … we spend our days.
For how many years have you been training here?
I: We’ve been skating here for three years.
So as soon as this rink opened you started working here.
How is it for you here, is it cold for you or…
I: No, it’s good, here we have the perfect temperature.
A: The ice is very good and the conditions at this rink are just amazing.
How many hours a day do you train here?
A: Four to five hours.
I: Yes, four to five.
A: Plus on the floor…
I: Choreography, lifts, all this in the hall upstairs.
What do you do in your break?
A: We rest.
I: Yes, we rest. We have a changing room where we can sleep.
A: Or we go to attend to some things, documents and so on.
How is the preparation for the new season going?
A: We are preparing, we are skating our new programs that we put together. These are great programs, we really like them. We’re learning new elements. In general, we are working.
I: Over there our coaches are skating!
Alexander Svinin and Irina Zhuk.
I: These are our young skaters.
A: The young generation.
Very well. Thank you very much, good luck and see you next season!
A: Thank you!
I: Thank you!