Ilinykh, Katsalapov want to feel atmosphere of Olympic ice rink

Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov at 2012 NHK Trophy

Russian ice dance duo of Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov will participate for the first time in the senior Grand Prix Final, which will be held this week in Sochi.

This season, they have managed to win second places at two stages of the Grand Prix circuit: at 2012 Rostelecom Cup and 2012 NHK Trophy.

“We aren’t nervous before the Grand Prix Final in Sochi. This competition is very important to us and we must be unruffled there,” said Katsalapov to the media.

“We already have an experience of high level senior competitions. In the Grand Prix Final we will compete with the same teams, with which we are competing constantly in recent times.” he continued.

The skater also said that for him and Elena is very important to try the ice of  “Iceberg” Skating Palace.

“Every skating rink has its own atmosphere. We need to feel it and get used to it.” Katsalapov added.

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