Tatiana Navka: “In sport nothing comes easily”

Interview by Vladislav Luchianov

I think everyone knows very well my today’s legendary guest. Her achievements in a figure skating are really great. She is a three-time Russia’s National Champion (seasons: 2002-2003, 2003-2004, 2005-2006). She is a three-time Grand Prix Final Winner (seasons: 2003-2004, 2004-2005, 2005-2006). She is a three-time European Champion (2004, 2005, 2006). She is the repeated World Champion (2004, 2005). And finally, she is the Gold medalist of the Olympic Games in Turin 2006.

After the final performance with her partner Roman Kostomarov in Turin, the world famous ballerina Maya Plisetskaya called their ice dancing of Carmen as the best she had ever seen.

She is also a participant of the Russian well known ice shows such as “Stars On Ice”, “Ice Age” and “Ice and Fire”. I’m proud to present you an interview with the famous ice dancer Tatiana Navka.

 Vlad: Hello Tatiana! I am very pleased that you have found time for the interview for our edition. Without any exaggeration I can tell that it is a great honor to me to do an interview with so eminent figure skater. My first question is about the new Russian First Channel’s project “Ice and Fire” in which you participate. It differs from the previous TV ice shows by addition of choreographic performances. What do you think about it? Don’t you have to spend more efforts on trainings?

Tatiana: Certainly, I more than positively attitude to the inclusion of programs on the dance floor in the project. As to trainings, we always spent a lot of time for our preparation of programs. In this case, is doubly difficult, because there are two non – professionals on the dance floor, but I’m curious to find new images and to unfold myself on the ice and on the dance floor too.

- You were in different regions of Russia with the ice show tours. In your opinion, how this projects influences for the development and figure skating popularization in various regions of your country?

– It may be noted that increases the interest in figure skating on the sporting stands and on TV. We see more people who come to see the skating competitions. Undoubtedly, this is the merit of this kind of shows too.

- This season the ISU has changed the rules in ice dancing and removed the compulsory dance from the programs. How do you think, it was the correct step?

– I have an extremely negative attitude to this. I think it’s quite a rash decision, because only through the compulsory dance we could identify an athlete’s technique in elements and the true mastery.

- In your vision, will ice dancing become more difficult in technique and in high speeds?

– Yes, of course, it will. But it is necessary that dances didn’t become more similar to pair skating. It would be desirable that people, seeing programs, understood a difference between the technique and the dance. These are completely different things that cannot be mixed.

- Tatiana, you always radiate just astonishing self-confidence both on the ice and off it. Is this a character trait, or it can be achieved?

– I think that my self-confidence is from a birth) Since my childhood I have accurately laid down to myself the aim and went to it throughout all the life, and now too. It seems to me that it is very important when the person achieves all independently. And certainly nothing comes easily in sports too.

- Tatiana, thank you very much for the interview and good luck in all of your projects!

– Thank you too!

Olympic Games in Turin 2006 – Victory performance of Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov

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