Ukraine has always been famous for its skaters. Now lady’s figure skating in that country is changing and changing quite well. Our guest is the Ukrainian Bronze medalist and a very promising figure skater Anastasiya Kononenko.
VLAD: Anastasiya, thank you for taking out the time for the interview! When did you feel first time you want to become a figure skater?
ANASTASIYA: I started skating when I was 3 years old. Besides skating, I also tried a hand at swimming and ballroom dancing. Since I was so young, I couldn’t really decide what I should do, so we decided to see what I happened to be best at, and figure skating was it.
VLAD: Which skating moment was the most delightful in your childhood?
ANASTASIYA: I remember the time when I landed my first Axel when I was seven years old. The satisfied feeling of accomplishment was overwhelming.
VLAD: You are the Ukrainian Bronze medalist. Can you think back to that competition and tell us about your emotions?
ANASTASIYA: I didn’t skate my short very well at that competition, so that was disappointing. I tried to forget about it and skate my long freely, and do the best possible job that I could do. Placing was good, but winning is something I strive for all the time.
VLAD: What do you think about figure skating in your own country? When will we see the next Oksana Baiul?