Anjelika Krylova: "The Winter Universiade Krasnoyarsk 2019 is an important start for athletes"
Anjelika Krylova, the coach of the dance duets from Russia and France, who made the triumph of the Russian school of figure skating at the Winter Universiade 2019 possible, shared her impressions of the Games.
– Your duets of Betina Popova – Sergey Mozgov from Russia and Adelina Galyavieva – Louis Thauron from France won the gold and bronze medals respectively. Did you expect this result?
– Emotions are overwhelming. Two pairs standing at the winner’s podium is a dream of every coach! This is my first year in Russia after coming back from America: a new scoring system, new duets. The first year is always very hard, but these competitions showed that our team does a great job. The athletes relied on me and did their best.
– You are one of the most emotional coaches, literally living through the performance along with your athletes. Sometimes it seems that it is easier for you to perform by yourself.
– (laughing) Sometimes it is true. I am too emotional probably, I really do live every step, every move, take everything to my heart. I support my athletes both emotionally and mentally.
– Your dance duets are very friendly with each other outside the arena. Even those who don't know them see it. It doesn't feel like they compete with each other. Should the coach take credit for that?
– I don't know about other types of figure skating but dancers have always been team-oriented despite the competitions—at the Olympic Games, at the Winter Universiade 2019, as well as at the World and European Championships. This was really nice. I believe that team-oriented athletes are the reason for a good result.
– Betina Popova competed despite an injury. She limped and could not even put her sneakers on, not to mention the skates, when she was leaving the press conference.
– She had Achilles tendinitis a week before the competition. Everyone was nervous, we did not know whether she would be able to go on the ice. We arrived not being completely ready. But everything turned out to be fine thanks to our training sessions here (we had three days) and the experience we've accumulated during the season. I am happy that the guys showed themselves in their best light. They are real fighters and did very well. What they did was really great! The Winter Universiade Krasnoyarsk 2019 is an important start for them. Probably the most important start of the season. I am happy and proud that they relied on me, that I can train them and we have the same task.
– Why is the Winter Universiade 2019 so important for athletes?
– This is the first Universiade for both my athletes and me. The atmosphere here is similar to the one at the Olympic Games. I participated in two Olympic Games as an athlete and in one (in Sochi) — as a coach. The atmosphere here is the same.