Olga: “At some point we found ourselves nowhere. It was just the period before the quarantine. There was nowhere to skate, so we went to mass skating; you had to pay for a child and a coach to get on the ice, and you had to provide at least two practices a day. It was tough.
We left CSKA in December, and in early January we were told we weren’t being taken to another school. We found out that we were going to the Russian Championship two weeks before the start.
It was the most important tournament for junior figure skaters, and Sonya had to prepare at the mass skating…. I remember that there was a tape recorder for common use: you took a turn, inserted a disk and turned on the music.
Sonia went to the championship alone. I don’t understand anything about figure skating, I don’t know any jumps, I don’t get involved in the training process. That’s why she went out on her own both there and at the Cup Final and at the Senior Moscow. After that she was selected for Russia, but there was a quarantine. She trained online at home for a month.
And then we had to decide where to go. We wanted to stay in CSKA, but it didn’t work out there. When the deadline for official transitions approached, Evgeniy Viktorovich was away at the training camp.
We called and asked if they would take us. But because of restrictions our documents were ready only in two weeks. They left on July 1, and we arrived only on the 14th. It became a new stage of career. There was an opportunity to get back on the ice.”
Sofya: “There we still had to serve quarantine for two days. At that moment – I didn’t want to quit at all. Of course, sometimes there are difficult moments, then you start to think about it, but not to do”.
Olga: “When something doesn’t work for a very long time, you want to quit, but then there comes a moment when you think about the time you spent on it”.
Sofia: “Yes, you always think about the fact that you’ve put your whole life into it, and the motivation comes back.
[about the reason for leaving CSKA] At that moment we didn’t know what our problem was. When Sonya is not sick and at a good weight, she jumps. But as soon as you get a little sick and your body weakens, you can’t do anything.
Yesterday everything worked, and today it does not, and she begins to scold that it is her fault and does not work. And the problem is that when something is wrong in the body, you can’t jump by force. There is no technical base that would help to jump at the expense of inertia”.
Sofya: “When we came to Evgeny Viktorovich, we had to learn everything again. Now, it seems to me that then we chose the best option. Everything that is done is for the best.”