Alena Kostornaia: 2019 CS Finlandia Trophy Champion Jul 16, 2020 5:03:12 GMT
Post by Admin on Jul 16, 2020 5:03:12 GMT
OC: How did the pandemic situation impact your life and training?
Kostornaia: I’ve studied a lot and worked out at home. Sometimes I film videos of how I do make up for competitions, or my hair styles. I’ve tried some ‘life hacks’ from Instagram. I’d like to start recording now... something like a blog. I’d like to show what really happens in the world of figure skating, obviously without any scandals. Let's say it would be pleasant and soul-warming and could help some younger athletes in the future.
OC: How hard was it mentally not to be on ice? Were you with your family during the lockdown? How have you kept in shape?
Kostornaia: Once we were told there would be no Worlds, everyone relaxed. It was like, 'Oh, it didn't work out?’ Everything became way quieter, the coaches started joking at the practices, to cheer us up. Yes, it was a little hurtful that we prepared for so long, but in general if something happened it means it was meant to be.
I spent all this time with my family, and I actually learned more about them than I knew before. This is very pleasant knowledge, pleasant moments... Because now I am here, training in Novogorsk [in suburban Moscow] for the second month. You can't come or go from here. And so here I am without my family but sometimes we talk via video calls.
OC: On Instagram, your choreographer Daniil Gleikhengauz posted a new program of yours. Can you tell us about it in more detail? Is it Billie Eilish's music?
Kostornaia: Yes, we have a very unusual choice of music, but both me and the coaches like it. We immediately heard it and realised this is what we need. The image I have is the same as (Billie Eilish has) in the video, we tried to repeat it, but didn't completely copy it. It actually suits me very much. I can't say anything concrete yet. The program is new (but) I know for sure that I like it. And probably with every year the programs become more and more interesting.