Zhulin interview by Vaitsekhovskaya
┘Zhulin found time for our conversation at midnight,when he had returned home from the rink ⌠Central. (Maureen: TSKA? Not sure)
Re: TV version of SOI, will he skate in it despite training 3 dance teams?
⌠I haven't planned anything about this yet, because last year I was only working with one team Angelina Kabisheva and Nikita Katsalapov. The partner was in my group when Tanya, Roman and I lived in America. When I came to Russia, they asked me to take Anastasia Grebenkina and Vazgen Azroyan. Also, I got junior silver medalists from Ksenia Rumyantseva √ Natasha Mikhailova and Arkadi Sergeev.
Re: This changes didn't hurt your relationship with Russian colleagues?
⌠No, I know that Nastya and Vazgen were already having issues with their then-coach Aleksei Gorshkov, but these situations happen often in skating. Regardless, we all managed to make normal agreements. Moreover, when Sergeev got a serious leg injury and we realized that he can't skate for a long time, I went to Gorshkov in Odintsovo and Mikhailova began to skate with his athlete Andrei Maxsimishin. I've trained these guys 2 months. Although I felt terrible at first. It's very hard when a pair splits because of injury and you have to as they say ┘ (Maureen:hard to translate) cut someone off.
Q: Are you satisfied with the conditions ┘.
⌠Absolutely. I can't work 12 hours a day as I did in America, at ⌠Central. I can only get 6 hours of ice, which often isn't enough.
Q. I can guess how much you earned in the US and the coaching salary in Russia┘
⌠I can't say that I work here for charity, but of course, I quite feel the difference. Therefore, I don't exclude the possibility of participating in the second SOI on TV. If they invite me, of course. I'll work in the morning with athletes and in the evening practice for the show.
Q. In what role?
⌠I can't answer that question yet. After the first project, I rehabbed for a long time. I really felt that my mind and ambitions remain young, but my body can't manage the demands as it could before. Therefore the main breadwinner in our family is now Tatyana.
Q. Does it bother you?
Not at all. There was a time when it was quite the opposite. Tanya said it was really difficult for her when she realized I was the only in our family making money. Now we've switched roles, but I'm not the Batalov character in the film ⌠Moscow Doesn't Believe in Tears, who announces I'll leave the family if my wife earns more. However, of course, there should be some sort of subordination between men and women in the family. Especially if the man is significantly older.
Q. In Turin you said, there were no plans for long performances by N&K because you were dreaming of a second child.
⌠It's not such a simple question. You understand perfectly well that the guys continue to skate for a particular reason. Time to collect stones, if you will. I don't even mean Tanya, she has me after all, but most of all Roma. Tanya endlessly respects her partner and for his sake is willing to stay on the ice as long as necessary.
Q. I hope N&K plan to be in the next show-project?
Without them, how could it work? Of course'
Q. What are your coaching plans for this season?
⌠Grebenkina and Azroyan have Cup or Russia in Moscow, unfortunately, just that one GP. The other pairs can't compete in those type of competitions yet.
Q. So you're making the reserve for Sochi?
⌠I'd like to think so. I'm enjoying working in any case. I also have a hardworking Japanese girl in my group now, Fumie Suguri. She's here in Moscow again and seems comfortable. She doesn't have such working conditions in Japan.
Q. Was it JFSF's initiative that she come?
No, we work it out privately. She used to come to me in the US and I made her programs. She had worked with Oleg Vasiliev before.
Q. If you weren't training dancers, but Russian singles, would you take a direct contender?
⌠Hard to say. I would probably only work with our own, if we were paid enough to not think about earning money on the side. In Russia it's still considered dishonourable to take money from an athlete, although it's how all coaches workin the west. Because all skaters know well √ even 2 or 3 comments from an experienced specialist can change your fate. If Stephan Lambiel hadn't gotten help from Aleksei Mishin this season, he probably wouldn't have gotten so much better. But I understand Mishin well.
Q. So I take it you seriously believe in Plushenko's return to ISU skating?
Why not? He's not 44. It's possible that now he's tried everything, business, politics, and realized it's too early to leave. Even if he doesn't win as before, what's so bad about that? Why not remain young, fit, attractive? I still try to stay in best shape as I can. Every Sunday, I play soccer. Seriously.
Q. In what way?
In a serious team that you just can't join. With Nikolai Pisarev, Dmitri Popov, Viktor Onopko for the suburb Zhukovka.
Q. So you also live on Rublevka (Maureen: like Beverly Hills √ rich dacha country)?
⌠If that was my goal, I probably could. But I'm not ready to spend 4 hours a day in traffic jams just to hear birds sing before I go to sleep. I had enough of that in America for my whole life. That's why it's much more interesting for Tatyana and I to live in the center now. We like the crazy rhythm of life, we like that there is a lot of work.
Q. In America you worked for a long time with Evgeny Platov. Have you tried to convince him to come to Moscow too?
I think it's not going to happen. After I left, Zhenya got practically all the ice in Montclair, so his working conditions are just wonderful. I know Platov is very comfortable there.
Q. Re:Wasn't it hard to go from Olympic pedestal to beginning stages?
⌠There was a bit of a psychological letdown. I wasn't bored, I just managed to forget how much work goes into making a result happen. There was a long time when nothing was coming together for Navka-Kostomarov too. The main factor was that I really love coaching. When I'm at the rink, I can even forget to eat. None of the parents brings me a bowl of soup to the boards. But I'm ready to work even more. If I didn't get so much enjoyment from this, I would have changed professions a long time ago and done something else.