NM: Maksim, did you agree immediately to pair with Tatiana?
MT: It was decided before the Olympics in Vancouver that Tanya will continue skating. Stas would become her coach and would look for a partner for her. When their pair split thousands of hands were reaching for her. About 75% male partners from the whole world wanted to skate with her. I was lucky - she chose me.
Stas asked me what are my plans after the Olympics. I was thinking then of retiring. I replied : If I should go on skating - it's only with Tanya.