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Opinion: Swan Lake lucky signature tune for Russian skaters

February 18, 2014, 1:32 UTC+3 SOCHI
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SOCHI, February 18, 1:04 /ITAR-TASS/. Swan Lake by Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky hit the mark for Yelena Ilyinykh and Nikita Katsalapov who completed the ice dance tournament with a bronze, believes their coach Nikolai Morozov.

“I have been pondering the key for this programme for three years,” Morozov told journalists. “After staging for the pair Volosozhar/Trankov I got a conviction this would be an excellent choice for the Olympic season. This is great music. Several fragments of it were played at the opening ceremony. It is our country’s signature tune.”

According to the coach, preparation for the main event of the season had been ideally planned and the duo’s misfortune at the European championship where they missed the gold medal because of a fall was for their benefit. Besides, Ilyinykh and Katsalapov’s participation in team skating helped them “feel the Olympic ice, the Olympic audience which made it much easier for them to skate in the individual tournament”.

The skaters did not turn to professional ballet dancers for assistance to prepare the dance, Morozov added.

“Modern ice dancing comprises numerous technical elements," he said. "As an advisor, we invited Oleg Ushakov from Cirque du Soleil who helped us train lifts,” said Morozov.

The female skater’s second ice performance in a ballet skirt after dancing as Kitri from Don Quixote at Moscow world championship made a striking difference by “being a more mature and challenging dance”, believes Morozov.

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