Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov: "We are ready to 'bite' the French"
January 20, 2019
By Oxana Shkrebtienko (LMDJ)
Photos © Oxana Shkrebtienko (LMDJ)
The dance duo Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov have skated together for the last five years, since the spring of 2014. The couple has overcome a difficult journey through many trials, setbacks and disappointments and they've changed coaches several times. After two years in America, they returned to Moscow, where they finally found themselves, their base and their "own" coach. Under the leadership of Alexander Zhulin, Victoria and Nikita won a long-awaited silver medal for Russia in the Grand Prix final and won the Russian championship in Saransk.
After the winning skate, the guys met with journalists and shared their experiences and thoughts.
When you first paired up together, did you imagine that it would take as long to adapt or did you expect a quicker result?
Nikita: I will say for myself, at some point I thought that everything would be faster. But, unfortunately, it turned out to be impossible. The root cause of this is that we have different skating schools and different bases. This was the main difficulty for us to meet together, because the schools differed in everything.
A year ago, after withdrawing from the Championship of Russia, did you have the feeling that it was worse than ever, and then - to sink or swim?
Victoria: No, we didn't have such a feeling, we just collected our thoughts, held each other's hands and continued to train further, as we had trained before, even harder.
Nikita: I agree, even in our thoughts there was nothing like that, no feeling of hopelessness, we were not going to finish our careers. It was very disappointing, very hard, yes. But we were not going to stop, that was for sure!
Victoria: We supported each other, our coaches supported us too. And after all these bad experiences we became even stronger.
Where did the motivation come from at that moment?
Nikita: From scratch. We met the New Year and started all over again.
Will your GPF medal motivate you, or vice versa, will it add pressure before the main competitions?