Pogorilaya takes part in TV Asahi show, looks forward to new season

Anna Pogorilaya wins 2013 Cup of China

Russia’s Anna Pogorilaya, one of the discoveries of the past season, took part in the filming of a Japanese television show for TV Asahi.

The skater shared her impressions of the event and also talked about her thoughts on the preparation for the new season.

“TV Asahi invited several participants of all ages to the show. Besides me there were a gymnast, a cyclist, a dancer, an actress, an athlete from synchronized swimming and others,” Anna said Russian skating federation’s website. “The youngest participant is 9 years old; the oldest one is 38. Foreign women were represented only by me and one American woman; all others were Japanese.” she noted.

“The show, where we were filming, is quite popular in Japan. Many Japanese athletes participated in it before. In addition to the athletes, there also was a Japanese musical group. I do not remember the name but in Japan these musicians are very famous and loved by many.” Pogorilaya continued.

The Russian figure skater also said that she understood her main mistakes of the past season and will try to fix them for the next skating year.

“Most important for me is understanding of my past mistakes. Now I know how to work on them. In the Grand Prix Final I performed poorly because I wrongly decided in advance that in this tournament I hardly can count to get the podium, so I skated with such kind of attitude.

Before the 2014 World Championships I worked like never before. I was preparing very seriously; with a soul and my coach was happy with that. So the outcome was another. However, I was very nervous before the Worlds!” Anna explained.

“All of this suggests that it is necessary to learn from others’ mistakes. But anyway, we learn everything from personal experience. From this past season I learned a lot how to adjust for performances. Now I know it, and it makes me more confident and stronger, so I look forward to the next season.” the Russian skater said.

Recall that in the past season, making her senior Grand Prix debut, Pogorilaya placed third in the short program and first in the free skate at the 2013 Cup of China. She edged out teammate Adelina Sotnikova and Italian Carolina Kostner for the gold medal.

After winning bronze at the 2013 Trophee Eric Bompard, behind Sotnikova, she qualified for her first senior Grand Prix Final. In early December 2013, Pogorilaya said she was receiving more ice time and training twice as much as before. In Fukuoka, Japan, she placed sixth in the short program, fifth in the free skate, and sixth overall.

Following an eighth-place result at the 2014 Russian Championships, she was not assigned to the 2014 European Championships but was later named in the Russian team to the 2014 World Championships.

At Worlds in Saitama, Japan, Pogorilaya placed sixth in the short program and third in the free skate, scoring personal bests in both segments. She won a small bronze medal for the free skate and finished fourth overall, behind Italy’s Carolina Kostner.

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