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SOCHI, February 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian pair Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov, who won gold in the team competition at the Sochi Olympic Games, have now added a silver medal in the individual tournament, ceding gold to another Russian pair, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov.
“There are no words to express the feelings we had upon the completion of our free skate,” Fyodor said. “It looks like we splashed out all our emotions over the three days of competitions and when we finished the skate today, we felt like a huge weight had dropped off from our shoulders.”
The pair believe they had real luck when the lots were drawn.
“We happened to be the first ones in the strongest warm-up group in the free skate and we didn’t have to wait long or to be on the edge,” Ksenia said. “As for the short program, we also had luck in it - we got number 13”
The pair said they did not believe in the very possibility of getting to the Olympic Games hosted by their homeland when the season was just beginning, to say nothing of getting a medal in the individual tournament.
“We hoped to take part in the team tournament and that was the maximum of our expectations then and we didn’t even dream of the Olympic gold in teams and then silver in the individual tournament.”
Ksenia and Fedor praised the contribution of St. Petersburg coaches to the success of the Russian team at the Sochi Games. Both of them were born in St. Petersburg (still called Leningrad when Fyodor was born) and the local coaches brought them up since their green days.
“We were brought up by Lyudmila Velikova — she supervised us and gave all her soul to us,” Ksenia said.
“We must also thank Nikolai Velikov who put so much work and care into us and then, of course, there’s our choreographer Alexander Styopin, who ideas were used in our ‘silver’ program,” Fedor added.