I was thinking about whose quotes I should put on as the very first “dropped pearl” of this blog, then I realized there might not be any better example other than Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. Being one of dropped pearls last season, she eventually came to the front again, drawing all the attention and shining so brightly, in an emphatic style. So here are some quotes from the press conferences of Cup of China and the World Championships, which she won both.
From Cup of China 2014
Q: Why do you schedule so many competitions this season?
A: It was my coach’s suggestion, and I didn’t go against this idea. I felt it had to be this way, because I had a long break, I need to polish my elements and my programs in competition. I guess this helped me skate well here.
Q: I have a impression that “This girl doesn’t know what’s called tired”. Don’t you feel tired?
A: Competition is happiness for me. I am really enjoying it right now. I miss a lot when I was sitting at home, so I am really enjoying competing.
Q: Could you talk about your unique costume design?
A: You may also notice that in practice I wear similar jacket too. I feel very comfortable in that, so my coach suggested maybe we can do a costume like this, and I like the idea. When I saw the designer’s sketch, I like the design and the color, and I think this is a very nice costume. I really like it, and it is one of my favorite costumes.
From World Championships 2015
Q: Do you have any learning on consistency and peaking?
A: You are on your peak when you’re in physical and psychological strong condition, when you find the right balance. But it also comes from inside, then you can turn your stress into energy. To achieve that you need to train consistently to get enough confidence, not to think about other things, not to dispect yourself.