2019年大奖赛总决赛成年组女单冠军、2018年总决赛青年组女单冠军、女单短节目和总成绩世界纪录保持者，这一系列头衔和荣誉属于16岁的俄罗斯女孩Alena Kostornaia。而在几年前，Alena还只是俄罗斯女单选手中最不起眼的一个，俄青赛第十六名的糟糕成绩曾经让所有人都不看好她的滑冰之路。而升入青年组之后，Kostornaia进步飞速，成绩“一飞冲天”，14岁第一次参加俄罗斯全国锦标赛便拿下铜牌，优雅的气质和流畅的滑行也给人留下深刻的印象。进入成年组，她更是亮出三个三周半的杀手锏，接连获得法国站、日本站冠军，一次次创造着惊喜。刚刚过去的周末，Kostornaia获得俄锦赛女单银牌。赛后，爱滑冰获得了与Alena Kostornaia近距离交流的机会，听她讲述了第一个成年组赛季的收获、日常生活中和小伙伴的交流、以及对马术的热爱。Continue reading “Alena Kostornaia：享受自己所做的事情”
男单：Dmitri Aliev, Artur Danielian, Alexander Samarin
女单：Anna Shcherbakova, Alena Kostornaia, Alexandra Trusova
双人：Aleksandra Boikova/Dmitrii Kozlovskii, Evegenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov, Daria Pavliuchenko/Denis Khodykin
冰舞：Victoria Sinitsina/Nikita Katsalapov, Alexandra Stepanova/Ivan Bukin, Tiffany Zahorski/Jonathan Guerreiro
男单：Andrei Mozalev, Daniil Samsonov
女单：Kseniia Sinitsyna, Victoria Vasilieva
双人：Apollinariia Panfilova/Dmitry Rylov, Diana Mukhametzianova/Ilya Mironov
冰舞：Sofya Tyutyunina/Alexander Shustiskiy, Irina Khavronina/Dario ChirizanoContinue reading “2019-20赛季全俄锦标赛落幕: Shcherbakova卫冕女单冠军”
日本全国花样滑冰锦标赛于北京时间2019年12月22日在东京落幕。四个项目的比赛结束后，日本冰协于同日公布了参加四大洲、世锦赛及世青赛的选手派遣名单。Continue reading “2019-20赛季全日锦标赛落幕 派遣选手名单公布”
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彬彬有礼、瘦瘦小小，也许是很多人对宫原知子的第一眼印象。这个跳跃算不上出众、外形条件也不突出的女孩，却以扎实的滑行功底、精致的旋转、别致的节目和日益精进的表现力，牢牢抓住了人们的心，也曾获得世锦赛亚军、奥运会第四名的好成绩。中国杯比赛中，宫原知子从竞争激烈的女单赛场突出重围，获得银牌。赛后，宫原选手接受了爱滑冰的专访，讲述了本赛季的新节目和新的训练安排，分析了自己的优势与不足，也坚定地表示想挑战自己，不会为自己设上限，一切都有可能。Continue reading “宫原知子：我想挑战自己 一切都有可能”
女单方面，在各自分站均以大比分领先夺冠的俄罗斯选手Kamila Valieva和美国选手Alysa Liu首次同场竞技，最终，Kamila虽然因为伤病刚恢复而没有使用四周跳，但除了短节目中的后外结环三周跳出现一些瑕疵之外，高质量地完成两套节目，获得冠军。这也是俄罗斯选手在此项赛事中连续第10年摘金。Kamila柔韧性极强，旋转姿态姿态新颖，修长的身材也让动作看起来格外舒展。
与Kamila同样出自Eteri Tutberidze教练门下的Daria Usacheva获得铜牌，另一位俄罗斯选手Ksenia Sinitsyna排名第四。韩国选手李海仁和另一位俄罗斯选手分别排在第五和第六。Continue reading “2019-20赛季大奖赛总决赛青年组：群芳争艳 各具亮点”
2019年12月8日，花样滑冰大奖赛总决赛在意大利都灵结束。本届总决赛，中国选手隋文静/韩聪、彭程/金杨和金博洋获得参赛资格。双人滑赛场上，隋文静/韩聪、彭程/金杨分别获得冠亚军，时隔九年再次在总决赛升起两面五星红旗。金博洋获得男单第五名。Continue reading “2019-20赛季大奖赛总决赛收官: 中国队包揽双人滑冠亚军”
大奖赛日本站中，本土作战的纪平梨花虽然还未恢复勾手三周，不过漂亮完成三个三周半跳，获得本站亚军，加之加拿大站获得的第二名，顺利获得总决赛资格。赛后一夜明采访中，纪平选手提及近期伤病恢复的情况，也期待可以早日将后内四周跳加入到节目中。Continue reading “纪平梨花：期待早日恢复跳跃难度”
王诗玥、柳鑫宇，这两个名字最近越来越频繁地被提及与关注。作为中国冰舞的领军人物，过去几年里，他们从亚洲冠军、到奥运自由舞不入；从拜师他乡、到世锦赛前十五和本赛季挑战赛摘银，苦辣酸甜、几经沉浮。外训以来，王诗玥和柳鑫宇的进步有目共睹，他们用勤奋和坚持不断地为中国冰雪带来惊喜，本届中国杯更是以第四名的好成绩创造历史。中国杯赛后，王诗玥和柳鑫宇在混采区接受了多家媒体的采访，深入地为大家分析了自己的表现，讲述了自己的外训心得，明确了本赛季的目标。Continue reading “王诗玥／柳鑫宇：一步一个脚印，争取靠近世界前十”
Stéphane Lambiel is one of the most successful skaters in history. Once a competitive skater, he was known for his super spins and great personalities shown in his programs. Even though it’s been years since he retired from competitive skating, Lambiel never left the ice. He participated in various ice shows and even created his own. He opened his own skating school and choreographed for numerous world-class skaters. Among his students stands Koshiro Shimada, the newly medaled Japanese junior skater at the Grand Prix Final in Vancouver. After the Japanese Nationals, Shimada was nominated to represent Japan at the Junior World Championship. As Shimada’s coach, Lambiel talked about Shimada’s performance, as well as the feeling of stepping in as coach and choreographer in the figure skating world.
Q: What do you think of Koshiro’s performance at the Japanese Nationals?
A: I’m super happy with his short. We made some changes to the step sequence, so I was looking forward to seeing programs with new changes. I’m super excited to see his skating. He’s more and more involved in his performance. He put so much energy into it. While he was skating, I also enjoyed it. He decided to skate to that music himself. After the last season, He came up with the idea of skating to that music. It’s very personal for him. I really enjoy watching him performing that.
Q: What about the free program?
A: Koshiro’s free isn’t his best for sure, but I’m quite happy with the way he’s controlling his energy. The previous performance turned on the whole crowd. I was worried that he was going to be distracted, but I was happy that he went through the whole program. After he popped the first Quad Toeloop, I was afraid that he’s going to lose concentration, but he was able to regain control of his body and his mind. He went through the whole program. We were discussing that the second Quad Salchaw is like a bonus. He wasn’t able to let it go, but I wasn’t expecting much there. However, I was expecting that later in the program he would go for another Quad Toeloop. As for the rest, he was very calm. I think it is a very great experience for him to skate as the last skater here, right after Daisuke, being third in short. There are lots of new experiences for him, and they are going to be very helpful for him in the future.
Q: You mentioned Daisuke. How do you feel about his return to competitive figure skating?
A: I’m very impressed and super happy for him that he is here and is enjoying skating more than ever. I know this feeling because I stopped competing in 2008 and then came back in 2009 in order to compete at the Olympics, my final competition. I understand the feeling. It’s a great feeling and a great step to move forward in his life. I hope he can take in as much as he can, to enjoy the crowd and the space, to use the space that he has to show himself.
Q: Do you think Daisuke could make it to the Worlds? (Note: at the time of this interview, the Worlds team has not been announced)
A: The question is open for me and for him as well, probably. The answer is not very impotent. What’s important is that he goes out there and enjoys himself more than ever and perform more freely in the ways that he wanted.
Q: Koshiro mentioned that he felt very nervous. How do you help him with his nerves? What caused his nervousness?
A: I think we both felt pretty nervous, but at the same time we both felt confident. It always feels very special before you send a skater on the ice, because your nerves peak at that moment. You just have to accept it. Today he accepted it and he performed very well. As of reason, this is his first experience skating last with a third place in short. It’s a lot for him. He had a good short and came on last in the free, so he was probably nervous about that. Also, because of the Junior Worlds selection, he must be very nervous. After the short I told him that stress is your friend. We need to take the stress with you. Stress is part of the job, so don’t try to push it away. Try to grab it and use it in the best way. That’s what he did. Even though he popped some jumps, he was able to use the stress and control his mind. I’m happy with the way he dealt with pressure. He didn’t give up and fought till the end of the program.
Q: What did you discuss after the free program?
A: I was just telling him that he needs to be more flexible. If our plan A is not working, then he needs to trust the plan B. That’s what we discussed. I was expecting that he would recover with a second Quad Toe, but he was not even thinking about it. We need to work on that. We need to be more flexible with plan A. If plan A isn’t working, then we need to go for plan B.
Q: Could you talk a little bit about the creative process of this season’s programs for Koshiro?
A: I choregraphed both programs. Koshiro chose the short himself. We started choreographing in March, because he finished last season pretty early. We took some time to choreograph that program. In April, we did the free program. I recommended the music, “Eight Seasons” from Kremer. I like the combination and connections of the “Four Seasons” of Vivaldi and Piazzolla. I always have a strong connection with those two “Four Seasons.” Funny thing is that when I came to Fantasy on Ice, the first person I met was Satoko. I asked her how her programs were going. She explained that she was in the US and Canada for the programs. When I asked the music she chose, we found out that she chose the same musician as Koshiro and I did. We were like “wow, same idea!” It’s a beautiful (piece of) music. I like both programs very much. They show strong personalities of Koshiro.
Q: You also performed this music once.
A: Yes, I performed this Tango too. I performed many Tango pieces. Tango is in my blood. I love Tango music and classical. As choreographer, you need to enjoy all music because you need to be creative. You need to be open to all kinds of music. That’s really important. In the future, I’ll recommend more music to Koshiro, to develop more of his abilities to skate to more complex and beautiful music.
Q: Koshiro looks a lot like you in many ways, like his spin positions. Did you choose those positions because those were your trademarks once?
A: That’s mostly what everyone does with the rules now. It’s more about the spins that the system requires. But of course, he has improved a lot. He has been working hard. We will keep working. There are still things that he needs to improve. My job is to get him ready for the next challenges.
Q: Which will be Junior Worlds?
A: We are expecting the announcement. I have no idea. We will wait for the announcement. In case he is going to World Juniors, I really want him to first recover from this period, because he has been in so many competitions: both Grand Prix, the Finals, sectionals, junior nationals, then here for Nationals. We had so many trips. Now it’s time for him to recover and enjoy a little bit of the Christmas holiday. Later, we will be back to Switzerland and prepare for the next challenges.
Q: The battle field is deep for men’s singles here. What do you think are Koshiro’s strengths and weaknesses?
A: His strength, for sure, is his personality. He has beautiful body as a figure skater. He has musicality when he skates. He feels the music. We did lots of dance classes during off season. The way he moved to the music was wonderful. I was admiring him, because as a young man, sometimes you only want to jump. Of course, he loves to jump. He can land Quad Toe and Quad Salchaw, but he also likes to feel the music, to move and follow the music, to discover new styles and to use his body in so many ways. He has so many interesting personalities and that’s very important.
Q: This is your first Japanese Nationals experience as a coach. How does that feel?
A: It’s a wonderful experience. First of all, because I really like my student. I like the way he performs and the way he respects his coaches. He respects me a lot. We have great feelings. After Vancouver, we prepared while I was preparing for Christmas on Ice. I’ve been to Japanese nationals before as a guest skater. This is my first experience as a coach. There is a lot of pressure because there are so many great skaters, both from junior and senior levels. There is always a lot of attention to all the skaters, both in the ladies and men’s events. I take it more as an inspiration. Yesterday I watched the ladies. Of course, not all performances were clean, but every performance was so intense. That’s where I find inspiring. I am good friend with all the Japanese coaches because every summer I come here to join the Japanese skating federation’s camp, so I’m somewhat familiar with the people. It’s very nice to be here as a coach for the first time. I’m thankful to be there with him at the Kiss and Cry. It’s a wonderful Christmas gift to be here with my student. It’s very original. I’m very thankful for him to give me this experience.
Q: You also watched the ladies. What are your take on their performances?
A: I enjoy Satoko’s skating very much. I think she is most refined skater of our time. She makes you feel what figure skating means to her when she is on ice. Clearly, she isn’t here for the scores. She was here for her love for skating. Her skating is powerful and inspiring. I also love to watch Wakaba. She has very different style than Satoko. She’s full of energy, but she also makes you feel why she loves to skate. Her performance also hits me very much. Mai and Kaori are also great skaters. I think they are yet to sharpen their styles and find the ones that fit them in order to leave an impression. They have great potentials. Rika came to Switzerland to work with me this summer. Back then I knew that she was ready for the challenges competing in the highest level of international competitions. I love her style. She’s very young and exciting.
Q: You were one of the best skaters yourself. As a coach, what do you want to pass on to your students?
A: I have my own experience, but as a coach I’m still learning. Every competition I adjust my coaching technique a little bit. My philosophy stays the same: I want the best for my skaters. I want the best for myself. I want to improve myself as a coach, but I want them to improve themselves as skaters. That’s my goal, my direction, my philosophy. Meanwhile, I want them to enjoy figure skating. It’s a wonderful sport. As a coach, I wish that when my skaters retire, they will have wonderful memories of figure skating and their career, the same memories I had with my career and my coaches and choreographers. They’ve been always supportive. They’ve been positive, even during hard times. That’s what I’m aiming for, that is to follow the model that my coach has showed me.