Maria Sotskova won a bronze medal in the Japanese Grand Prix and came out in the series finale. After the competition the athlete told the correspondent Tatiana Flade, why not nervous before the start, what to do if it does not work on the training, and explain why you should learn to cook.
- The short program I was very pleased - the beginning of Masha. - In any could skate better. But I liked it, in principle, as I made in Japan. Yesterday many times revised its program. This is a rare case where I really liked. It's strange.
-- Why strange?
- Because usually, when I look at their performances, then notice the flaws, what you need to still work. I rarely like something. But I think this is a good thing, because when all is pleasant, the athlete stopped in development. But now it is not the case.
I have not talked to the coach. But I hope she will praise me too, because I think that has completed the task. The place is occupied, not very happy, but happy that selected for the final.
- How are you feeling at the Grand Prix in Japan? In Paris, you told me that was very nervous before going on the ice.
- In this time not particularly nervous. A little excitement was present, but in general I was calm because I love Japan, the Japanese audience. They are always well maintained. I still have fond memories from 2013, when I played in the junior final. I sincerely hoped that I could repeat that today, but not quite worked out.
- Nevertheless, you have got to the final of the Grand Prix, though at first did not know about it.
- Yes, when I was sitting in the "Kiss End Region» Elena Germanovna (Buyanova - approx .), She told me: "Congratulations on reaching the final." I thought that it was unlikely I would go to Marseilles, because it is not always the second and third place in the Grand Prix enough for the final. Until recently, she was not sure that we select. Upset, even cried a little. But when at a press conference, you asked, then I make sure that all is well.
- You put a goal to get to the final?
- Since the beginning of the season I outlines the specific goals, which was. But even if not selected for the final, upset, of course, but life did not end there - be prepared for the championship of Russia. And since I came to Marseille, very pleased. I went to the goal. It was difficult, as always, but in the end I still achieved what I wanted. This gives me confidence.
- What is the goal in the final?
- Just quietly speak for themselves, for fun. In France, I was very scared because it was my first adult Grand Prix. There was worried, but not much, there was a desire to try to get into the finals. And in the final you just have to give everything to the maximum and get a return.
- What does it mean for you - for the fourth time to participate in the finals?
- Oh, nothing ... It means that I'm ready to compete with world-class skater. Reaching the final - a victory for each athlete. It will compete with six of the best and most deserving.
- Well, yes, because in the final ride the main contenders. There will be difficult.
- How did you prepare, worked after the stage in Paris?
- I came home. The next day, I went to the gym. It was a little hard. The body is tired, because that lay out, and covered the devastation. But I knew that only a week, I need to collect myself and set up well.
In fact, at the juniors I had the same schedule: the first stage, and then through the second week. Then I felt completely devastated before the second Grand Prix. It does not have the strength, and I'm on the "moral standing" was pulling the program. But this year, came the second phase fresh. As if he was the first, as if he was not tired.
Rather, do not worry, that was in itself, felt the body. There was some excitement, but like what I could overcome. Rather, it is not plucked six-minute warm-up, because in Paris I was warming up very badly, made nervous coaches. Of course, this is also in the negative matter. There is also warming up well, and because Germanovna Elena was calm.
- When the warm-up that something does not work, it is difficult then to switch to the start?
- For me, the warm-up does not mean anything, because from childhood I always tear off the workout. If I pick a warm-up, then everything will be fine. If all is well in the warm-up, then there is reason to think, maybe something goes wrong. For me, a six-minute warm-up - it is to go out and feel the ice. I do not get hung up on something such. If you tear off on the training element, then I do not think it will be so at the time of the free program.
- Because, I think, is nowhere supported by the skaters, as in Japan. Many Russian flags, posters ... People do get sick, experience. All these gifts are so nice to then disassemble. I love this atmosphere, it is very good.
- - What do you give?
- All gifts ... pink. Rick, you know her, last season she made me bears in my costume, this time gave another bear in a pink dress. Toys, letters, all sorts of things - it's very nice.
- What will you do with gifts?
- Trying to pack in a suitcase. So far, to no avail. It may have to buy a new suitcase.
- I managed to walk around the city?
- On the first evening we went for a walk - Anya, I'm Nathan (Chen - approx .) ... Wander, looked into the shops. Yesterday, too, after the competition went again. But it was too late - the mall was closed, only got to the grocery store. I ordered my mother to buy gels. Well, they were there.
- Do you like Japanese cuisine?
-- Do not really like. Sushi is clearly not mine. Only recently I have tried spring rolls There are mainly European cuisine preferred. Just in case. My body's not used to Japanese food, and it is necessary to be cautious before the start. Now, when it was over, maybe I will try, but no particular desire. After the competition, food not really climb.
-- Your favorite dish?
- In the mood. I love salads. I eat them in large quantities.
- Herself ready?
- No, I do not cook. There's no time nor talent. I tried something to cook, but Charlotte turned disgusting. Rubber! But "cooking" it is necessary to do something, to learn, and that in fact married and do not take.
Reserve strength is not enough this year and Lipnitskaya: in autumn she was injured in a secondary tournament in Slovakia, then due to the injury she failed to finish the performance on the stage of "Grand Prix" in Moscow, and a few days before the start of the national championship again injured his back, which led to the aggravation of a number of problems.
The remaining contenders company large enough to play in Chelyabinsk any subjects. In addition to the leaders of the season Evgenia Medvedeva and Anna Pogorilaya , three cherished job claim at least three athletes and for only one of them - Mary Sotskova - misses in the team should not be a tragedy: the first adult season that began with three brilliant performances by juniors in the series " Grand Prix ", including the final, can be considered successful even if Mary does not make the national team.
The paradox is that the chances Sotskova out to be among the winners, appear preferable to the chances Yelizaveta Tuktamysheva and Elena Radionova. These two athletes have to fight in Chelyabinsk is not a life and death, and some of them are sure to be left behind.