Morozov: “We want to establish ourselves as a senior team”
World junior silver
medalists Evgenia Tarasova, 19, and Vladimir Morozov, 22, have moved
up to the senior level this season. They finished second at Nebelhorn
Trophy in September and are competing in the ISU Grand Prix of Figure
Skating this fall.
Q: How did you get
involved in skating?
Evgenia: When I was little,
my mother and grandmother wanted to put me into ballroom dancing. As
it turned out, there was no ballroom school in Kazan and so they sent
me to figure skating. Since I was two I skated just next to our house
as there was a small ice sheet. There was local coach and he said,
‘your child is skating well’, and he sent me to a school already
in the city. I’ve continued skating ever since.
Vladimir: My parents didn’t
want me to do figure skating but ice hockey. When we went to a
school, the coach said, for the beginning you need to learn how to
skate. I never even stood on skates and so I started figure skating
in order to learn to skate. But I said I like it and so I stayed.
Q: You competed also in
Evgenia: Yes, until I was 14
years old I skated singles, but then I said, that’s it, I want to
do pairs. I really like pair skating. At all competitions I always
enjoyed watching pairs. I begged and begged and finally I got there.
Q: What did attract you
to figures skating?
Vladimir: I don’t
remember, it is a long time ago, but apparently the first impression
kept me in for long.
Evgenia: I also was just two
years old, I went there and that was it.
Q: What does attract you
today to the sport?
Vladimir: You go to practice
every day and it is part of your life. You don’t know how to live
without it. When you are on vacation in the off-season, for two or
Evgenia:… you already want
back to the ice..
Vladimir: Yes, you want to
go back on the ice, you miss it and you can’t be without it.
Q: Why did you switch to
Vladimir: I was 14 years old
when I went into pairs. My body build is more suitable for pairs than
for singles. I am quite tall. My singles coach sent me to pair
Q: How did you react?
Vladimir: Obviously, at
first I had my doubts, maybe I should stay in singles, maybe I should
continue in pairs. But I quite liked pair skating, and you still have
the jumps plus the lifts. It won’t be boring.
Q: You had different
Evgenia: Yes, the first two
years I skated with Egor Tchudin. I was already in Nina Mikhailovna’s
group, from the very beginning when I switched to pairs.
Vladimir: I had a partner,
Katia Krutskikh, we skated for two years together.
Jevgenia: We both started
pairs in the group maybe one month apart. He was paired with her and
I was asked by Egor Tchudin. So we skated at one rink.
Vladimir: I had another
partner before that, with her I skated for three years. But we
competed mostly at national events, with (Irina) Moiseeva. Then I
skated with Katia and after that with Zhenia.
Q: How did you team up?
Vladimir: It was the idea of
our coach. We had a tough start. We started out, skated for a week
and then I broke my foot.
Evgenia: We were skating for
a week, then he was injured and we had to wait for three months.
Vladimir: Yes, it took me
long to recover. Then we prepared in two and a half month for our
first competition, as a new team, for the Junior Grand Prix in
Q: When he was injured,
did you think about looking for another partner?
Evgenia: No. I did get
offers from other partners, but I said no, I have a new partner and I
will skate with him.
Q: Which elements worked
best for you right away?
Evgenia: The side by side
jumps (laughs). And the lifts, but we did easy ones.
Vladimir: Yes, the jumps and
the lifts. We did simple lifts. The twist…
Evgenia: We worked for a
long time on the twist.
Q: Now you have a great
Vladimir: We worked a long
time on the twist and the throws. Probably the side by side elements
worked best in the beginning, then we got to the pair elements.
Q: Until the past season
you worked with Stanislav Morozov. Why did you split up?
Evgenia: We had
disagreements and we decided to go separate ways, so you can say.
Q: He told me that your
characters didn’t suit each other.
Evgenia: There was something
like that to it as well.
Vladimir: It was an overall
development. Our characters didn’t match plus he got another pair,
and the French couple came to him and he has juniors. It didn’t
happen for one single reason.
Q: Now you are with
Grigorievitch always has been working with us. He always helped us
with jumps and pair elements. Our choreographer is as always Alla
Vladimir: And as
choreographer we have Max Trankov.
Evgenia: Max has mounted our
two programs. When we talked about new programs at the end of the
season, Nina Mikhailovna said, Maxim Trankov want to try himself as
choreographer. And we said right away yes, no question. We are all
for it and we started in the summer. He first skated in shows, then
he came back and started to work with us on the programs. First we
did the free program at the training camp in America. “Hello” is
a song by Lionel Ritchie and it is performed by the London Orchestra.
Maxim also suggested the music for the free skating.
Vladimir: The free skating
we had quickly, but we searched for the music for the short program
for a long time, which theme to take. We had many versions that
Zhenia liked but I didn’t …
Evgenia: … and the other
Vladimir: Finally we agreed
on this one, Sarabande. We liked it and Max also liked it and we put
it together. There were also versions that Zhenia liked but Max
Q: How was it to work
with Maxim? He is also an athlete, he skating with you and suddenly
he is your choreographer.
Evgenia: It was interesting.
First of all, he always was helping and gave some advice during
practice. It was not weird, on the contrary, Maxim Trankov himself
suggested to do the programs. Not everybody gets this chance.
Q: This season you have
completely moved up to the senior level. How do you feel about it?
Vladimir: It is definitely
more interesting than in juniors.
Evgenia: Because there are
more difficult elements and you need more variations.
Vladimir: We know have to
cope with the senior programs and I think it will take a little
while. We will get experience.
Evgenia: We also skated
seniors last year.
Vladimir: Yes. It was
getting easy for us to skate in juniors. The content was much easier
than now, of course.
Q: But you already did
two different side by side triple jumps and triple throws in juniors.
Evgenia: The lifts (in
juniors) were easier.
Vladimir: There is a third
lift (in the free skating), then the jumps, last year we did a
sequence and now we do a combination. The rules for the side by side
and the pair spins are more difficult. They took away the second half
bonus. The rules are changing year by year and you cannot skate the
Evgenia: When we were
preparing our junior program last year, and then did a senior program
at the Universiade, we competed at the Universiade and thought, now
we are going home and will skate the easy program, the junior one. It
is shorter and there is one lift less.
Vladimir: There was a double
twist in the short program.
Q: You have a great
twist. How did you learn it?
Evgenia: Stanislav Morozov
taught us the twist.
Vladimir: Like he did for
Tatiana and Maxim.
Evgenia: In the first year
when we started skating together, we did many twists, off the ice in
the warm up and after the ice we went back to the gym. We threw and
Vladimir: Before I teamed up
with Zhenia, when I was skating with Krutskikh, the first year we
also did a lot of twists. I threw her constantly. We achieved it
through quantity and technique.
Q: Is this your favorite
Evgenia: You can say it is
our little specialty.
Q: Did you ever try a
Evgenia: No, we never tried
Q: Would you like to?
Vladimir: It is not
necessary now to do a quad twist. You need a quality performance at a
Evgenia: As the boys proved,
you win without a quad when your elements are of quality. You can win
if you skate with good quality doing the triple jumps and triple
Vladimir: Yes, this is
better than doing a quad and a lot of the other elements then go
Q: What goals do you set
for yourself this season?
Evgenia: We want to
establish ourselves as a senior team this season.
Vladimir: First of all we
want to be remembered, by the judges and the audience that we exist
and will fight.
Evgenia: We want to
recommend ourselves. We’ll try our best.
Q: I heard you are also a
couple off the ice. Is that true?
Q: How difficult is it to
separate your private life and your work?
Evgenia: Sometimes it is
Q: Do you quarrel?
Vladimir: Anything can
happen. This is just normal life like for all people. There is
nothing special to it. We combine life and sport together.
Evgenia: 24 hours a day.
Q: Do you sometimes wish
to take some time off from each other?
Vladimir: So far no.
Q: How can you describe
your partner in three works?
Vladimir: In three words…
Evgenia: Just don’t say
what you are always saying.
Vladimir: The best girl,
easygoing, good natured, sweet, amicable.
Evgenia: He is very nice,
sometimes too nice and sometimes on the contrary he is strict and he
always gets what he wants. When he wants something, he achieves it.
Q: If he was sent to an
isolated island, which three things does he take?
Evgenia: Probably the
computer, maybe he also takes a flashlight and a knife and warm
Q: What does she take?
Vladimir: I know, me, a dog
and probably another person.
Q: Was your partner
Vladimir: No. If I ended up
on an uninhabitated island, I would take a boat and a compass,
because at home I have everything else what I need.
Q: Thank you for the