SOCHI, February 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian coach Nina Mozer who coaches the Russian pair skating duet Tatyana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, said after the individual short programme event on Tuesday that they were calmer and more confident than in team competitions. Tatyana and Maxim are leaders after the individual short programme.
“They appeared on the ice in the rank of Olympic champions. Their victory in the team event made them calmer and more confident. It was enough for me to see their eyes and see the amplitude of movement to be sure that I was right,” Mozer went on to say.
Prospects of winning personal gold have no impact on the athlete’s emotional state. “Two years ago we would have been nervous but not now. We have got accustomed to everything over that time. The spectators seem to be more nervous than we are. But we are calm, we are getting ready for the competitions,” Mozer said.
She believes that the other two Russian pair skating duets - Ksenia Stolbova/ Fyodor Klimov and Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov also have a chance to fight for medals, despite Yuri’s disappointing fall.
Russian pair skaters Ksenia Stolbova/Fyodor Klimov have gained confidence after winning the Olympic gold medal in the team event and demonstrated that in individual skating on Tuesday evening, the pair’s coach Vladislav Zhovnirsky said.
Stolbova and Klimov are third after the short programme.
“Fyodor and Ksenia have shown a very good level in the short programme today. They are well prepared - both technically and emotionally. The victory in the team event had made them even more confident. I hoped that it would happen this way. It could not be otherwise. Besides, as the saying goes, the walls at home are your friends, your comfort and you’re helping hands,’ the coach said.
The results of Tuesday’s short programme in individual pair skating are as follows: Russians Maxim Trankov and Tatyana Volosozhar are leading with a new world record (84.17 points).
German duet Alyona Savchenko/Robin Szolkowy are second (79.64).
Russians Ksenia Stolbova and Fyodor Klimov are third (75.21).
Another Russian pair, Vera Bazarova/Yuri Larionov, is only the eighth (69.66).
The free skating event will start at 19:45 Moscow time on February 12.