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Figure skaters Volosozhar and Trankov said they could not let their team down

February 07, 2014, 1:24 UTC+3 SOCHI
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SOCHI, February 07. /ITAR-TASS/. The figure skating short program at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday, February 6, was as energy consuming as any training session, but emotionally it proved to be one of the most challenging events of the season, Russian figure skaters Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov told ITAR-TASS.

They won the short programme, bringing the Russian team the highest standings after two events. 

“Any skating always makes one nervous, and there was also a sense of responsibility. We could not let the team down,” Volosozhar said.

“In terms of energy consumption today’s performance can be compared with a training session. But the nerves were on edge, and we were getting ready for the reaction of the public after Evgeni Plushenko’s performance,” Trankov said.

The skaters said the support of the fans was very helpful. “I felt their energy during the warm-up. I got shivers running up and down my spine when I heard the acclamations. We simply could not do a bad job,” Trankov said.

Plushenko said he was happy to be able to compete at the Olympics after the surgery. “My position is that I have to do my job and try to do it as best I can,” he said. “It was very hard emotionally, but I did it. There is still one more day left to put fishing touches to the free skating program,” Plushenko said.

Men’s free skating is scheduled for February 9.

Figure skating coach Tatiana Tarasova wished success to the Russian figure skaters in competing at the Sochi Olympics and becoming at least two-time champions.

“I like team competitions. And I like it even more when our team is winning. These competitions bring people together… here at the Olympic Games the notion of ‘team’ has a lot of weight,” she said.

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