Volosozhar/ Morozov training with Steuer
Volosozhar – Morozov will train with a Stasi collaborator
May 13, 2008
A formerly famous German figure skater Ingo Steuer, coach to the 2008 World pair skating champions Elena Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy, has started working with the Ukrainian team of Tatiana Volosozhar and Stanislav Morozov.
The duo of Volosozhar-Morozov came into being after Stanislav’s former parner Alyona Savchenko moved to Germany and started training with Steuer.
Volosozhar-Morozov have trained with Galina Kukhar; they have also gotten help from Nikolai Morozov in the last few years. Nonetheless, despite increasing program difficulty, the team remained unstable as far as the elements go.
The pair had their biggest success in 2007, when they become fourth at World championships in Japan. This year, they were only eighth.
Tatiana Volosozhar is considered among the best pair skaters in the world. Galina Kukhar has often complained that other countries’ representatives are eying Tanya.
“At the Pair Grand Prix, a famous Russian German journalist Artur Werner came over; at one time, he even helped Alyona Savchenko negotiate her deal. So, Werner told Tatiana Volosozhar, that he considers her and Savchenko the strongest lady pair skaters in the world. However, he also said that there is no way they can go above fifth or sixth places, since the Ukrainian federations won’t make appropriate deals. In a few minutes, he reiterated his opinion. Tanya doesn’t answer, though, it’s just not in her nature. I then met Artur behind closed doors, and warned him not to “work” the girl, Savchenko alone is quite enough”, shared Kukhar with “Ukraine the Young” six months ago.
Then, a few weeks ago, that same Werner hinted on his website that the Ukrainians can pop up at Steuer’s group. We should also note that following the World championships, Elena Savchenko has visited Kiev; perhaps she might have influenced her former partner.
Morozov will also help Steuer work with the Ukrainians.
We should also note that the German specialist has a difficult relationship with the German skating federation leadership. This is mainly related to the “non-sport” motives – Steuer stands accused of collaborating with Stasi. Therefore, he mainly finances the work with his top team of Savchenko and Szolkowy from his own pocket. It is unknown who will finance the training of the Ukrainian athletes.
Ukrainian skating federation chose not to share this information.
While I think some skating is interrelated, I think it's a big jump for a Dance team to jump to a Pairs Coach. Must check that out in GPs.
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V/M are a pairs team.
Originally Posted by Joesitz
I doubt Ingo can help them much. Volosozhar needs to dump Morozov ASAP and find a new partner. Morozov is THE problem for this pair.
Not only that, but Stanislav Morozov used to be Savchenko's partner.
Originally Posted by blue dog
On the one hand, I agree. I was especially turned off by Morozov's behavior in the kiss-and-cry at Euros - leaving Tatiana there just because he was too upset or whatever! This contrasted sharply with, say, Shabalin, was stayed until the marks went up despite being in obvious pain.
Originally Posted by fiercemao
On the other hand, perhaps a coach can help Morozov with a few difficult elements, and then structure choreography accordingly. When Rodnina first started skating with Zaitsev after Ulanov dumped her, it looked ridiculous, as though all Zaitsev could do was carry her around. However, they had choreography (or lack thereof) to cover up as many of his shortcomings as possible, and he was taught enough tricks to really make the team work. So you never know.
Just wondering because I'm a bit confused, are the names Elena and Alyona basically an identical name in Russian? Or is one of them Savchenko's first name and the other her middle name? (Well, I don't even know if people have a middle name in Ruissian culture.)
Originally Posted by Ptichka
Yeah, this confused me as well. Alyona is a name that is sometimes a full name in and of itself, but at other times is used as a shortened form of Elena. I just looked it up in Wikipedia - her name in Ukrainian is "Olena".
Originally Posted by champs
Middle names do not exist in Russia; instead, there are patronymics.
Oh, thanks for your reply and an explanation to my question, Pitchka.
Hmm, so in this specific case both Elena and Alyona are just two different ways of calling Olena, maybe?
And thanks for clarifying that middle names do not exist there, I was actually vaguely recalling that I had read it before but my memory was too vague to trust.
And thanks as always for providing English translations, very much appreciated.
Online-conference with Tatiana Volosozhar and Stanislav Morozov. You can ask any question and they will answer August 6. Please, feel free to ask in English.
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