Russian Olympic pairs champions Tatyana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov will miss the entire figure skating season for the second time in three years, their coach said without giving a reason, according to Russian news agency TASS.
Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov of Russia react after completing their routine in the Pairs Free Skate on Day 6 of the ISU World Figure Skating Championships 2016 at TD Garden on April 2, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.
When the Ukrainian-born Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov teamed up in May 2010, skating fans and experts were sure that they could become Russia’s new dream team – and they did.
They returned last season and were unbeatable until placing a shocking sixth at the world championships, their first time outside the top two in 19 top-level international competitions together.
Volosozhar and Trankov, who were married in August 2015, were already set to skip the fall Grand Prix series before Sunday’s news.
Before the short program it was unknown how they would be received – how the judges, the spectators would receive them – and how they (Volosozhar and Trankov) deal with themselves.” “This caused a moment of anxiety,” continued Mozer, “but before the free skating, there was already a certain calmness.
It was clear that they had done half the way and they did it well, so there were positive emotions. Our short program was very intense and emotional, very fast, therefore it was harder.
“At first I was tense because of the starting number,” Volosozhar noted, “but then I got into the right mood, calmed down and felt confident when we went out to skate.” Coach Nina Mozer agreed with her students.
“There was more tension before the short program, of course, because it was the first time, the first part, one of the first warm up groups.
Volosozhar moved from Germany (where she had been training since 2008) to Moscow and Trankov moved from St. Volosozhar’s fiancée and former partner Morozov became part of their coaching team.
“Honestly, it is now easier for me to have a partner on the ice and a different partner in life,” Volosozhar shared.
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