Michal Brezina: “I’m a simple Czech guy”
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Authors: Dmitriy Ikunin, Svetlana Antsyreva
Date of birth: 30.03.1990
Place of birth: Brno
Height: 172 cm
Home town: Brno
Hobbies: cycling, swimming, computer, soccer, music
Coach: Petr Starec, Karel Fajfr, Karol Divin
Choreographer: Frank Dehne
- You have successfully moved from juniors to adults competitions. This shift is problematic for some skaters. What is the secret of success?
- Honestly, I can’t formulate a formula for success. I’m just doing my job, attentive and responsible attitude to training and trying to work at maximum, not thinking so much about the results.
- In the last season there were many bright moments – which one is the most memorable to you?
- Most of all, Vancouver. It was something startling because it was first time I participated at the Olympics. I think I will always remember those weeks in Canada – a real sporting celebration! Great atmosphere, lots of friends – we had great fun! European Championships in Tallinn also became for me a special event, and not only because of the won 4th place. There I met my girlfriend and I’m very happy!
- You defeated Tomas Verner in all competitions. Can we say that you are №1 now in the Czech Republic? Or still need to do a lot of work for this?
- This question like very much our Czech journalists, and I always repeat to them that I didn’t feel myself as a team leader or the number 1. And I never wanted to be the best. I am a simple Czech guy who make the job which love so much, and not for the results, but for the figure skating.
-What can you say about preparation for the new season?
- After the World Cup, I worked a lot on my new short program. Production was held in Milan under the guidance of excellent specialist Pasquale Camerlengo. Then I had a few weeks of vacations with my girlfriend in New Jersey, and then went back to daily activities. There were trainings in Italy, then the usual training process in Oberstdorf. In August, I plan to work again with Camerlengo.
- You pay attention to every detail – costumes, programs, music, appearance, and much more. How do you manage to do it?
- Everything is simple. I really like the music which I skate. And so I try to do everything that the program looks good. I am glad that my efforts didn’t go unnoticed!
- You have a lot of coaches. How to divide their spheres of activity?
- I have three coaches; we work as one united team. I really like our team, everyone belong to the training with great enthusiasm, creating a non-transferable atmosphere. Of course, it’s a quite difficult to solve the financial issue, because each of the coaches should receive a decent salary for their work. I still don’t have so many sponsors, but the Czech Federation of Figure Skating is very helpful to me, and I’m very grateful to her!
- You can choose the Grand Prix competitions. Why did you choose China and France?
- I chose the Cup of China because it is in Beijing will be the Final of Grand Prix. I can skate there in advance, look to deal with acclimatization. You know, one of my goals is to be in the Final, so I will think only about my skating, no longer thinking about other things. The second event I have not chosen, so it divided the sortition.
-Would you like to compete in Russia? You have a lot of fans there.
- Yes, indeed, so far I have never skated in Russia, but it is only associated with that I didn’t have a lot on the Grand Prix Rostelecom Cup, and in Russia has been no other competitions in recent years. I hope someday to skate in Russia. I have very good relations with all the guys from your team, we are very good friends! I speak Russian, but just a little.
- ISU has increased the value of a quadruple jump. Will we see at competitions this season the quadruple Salchow, which you are training?
- Yes, certainly. I also plan to insert a quadruple Toe Loop, on which I worked hard all summer.
- We all remember the controversy that began after the Olympics in Vancouver. What is your position on this issue? Is quad integral part of male figure skating or is it just one of many elements of the program?
- Well, as practice shows, in men’s figure skating you can become a champion without a quadruple jump. But this is only the title and the medal round. But, you know, there are different champions. When I first time started to skate all around me only talked about the quads. Everyone who wanted to achieve something in a figure skating had a jump them. And even this most complicated element was sometimes not enough to be able to get on the podium. I remember my children’s delight and admiration for Alexei Yagudin and Evgeni Plushenko. They were and remain outstanding figure skaters, champions with a capital letter.
We have changed the rules and priorities: it is possible to take good points without a quad. But I don’t like this way. I want to continue the traditions of male figure skating, I work in this way and I will try to keep my principles. Although the current system of judging is much harder, so the skating programs have become more intense and time-consuming.