Interview by Vladislav Luchianov, special to icenetwork
They are happy to be competing at the rink they practice on everyday because their friends and Nathalie's family can watch their performance.
Of course I'm first thinking about the top ranked skaters such as Meryl Davis and Charlie White and Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, but we all have different styles which are very entertaining for the audience. But we think your question was more about the young teams like Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov or Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani. They have a high potential. Also, it's important that now the European figure skating can be proud and can be able to face the North American skaters.
As for our main contenders, we respect them a lot as we already competed against Meryl and Charlie this season [at the Grand Prix Final] but since January and our victory at the European championships, we are stronger and determined than ever. We are also expecting Tessa and Scott, who were injured this year, to be on the top. We want a fair fight and great competition, and we want to show it to the Russian audience.