Elena Sokolova's life
and training in Moscow
you often want to cry?
I am not that kind of person. I don't show my feelings. Of course, if I
am happy, I can't hide it, but if it's not so good, I keep my emotions
to myself or share with my mom who just lives for me.
traits you would never accept in a person?
It seems to me that if you love someone you have to accept that person
along with all his merits and shortcomings. Everyone has shortcomings and
should be loved for them as well.
is said that one recognizes a real friend in happiness.
it doesn't work for me. One should rely on a friend always and for everything.
I wouldn't forgive anybody who turns his back on me at a difficult moment.
you changed your image?
at all! Once on the way home from practice I was in a bad mood and decided
to cut off my long hair. It's always given me a lot of trouble anyway,
by getting loose from my "ponytail." Now there is no problem - just comb
and go. Many people told me that I look older now. That's good. I am tired
of looking like a fourteen-year-old kid.
years ago you said that you wanted to be a diplomat and represent Russia...
do represent my country, but at competitions. It's already a lot. Honestly
though, yes, I had such idea. The time will tell. You have to study a lot
for that, meanwhile I will continue skating. I study everyday anyway! Practice-
institute- practice- home. That's how I spend my day. What else can I do?
I don't want to be ignorant, it's important to be an educated person.
did you switch coaches?(from Marina Kudriavtseva to Victor Kudriavtsev)
course, Marina Grigor'evna and I had conflicts. Such things happen.
I was with her a bit too long and I needed a new motivation in my skating.
I would say, we parted on friendly terms. She still designs my costumes
and choreographs my programs. Actually, I easily make changes in my life
and don't regret about that.
you live in the present?
but I also think about the future. I am sure that everything will be all
right. What would I be in ten years? The same as I am now! I will skate
as long as I can. This is the only thing that I can do really well. Someday
I'll be a mom and this is wonderful. That's for later, though.
two years ago you were saying that you are not interested in relationships
but now Oleg Ovsyannikov has appeared in your life.
have rarely seen each other before because I was a junior and didn't "hang
out" in the senior circle. Of course, I admired him: "What a wonderful
skater!" but no more than that. Love always comes suddenly, it can come
all at once. He is a great guy and it doesn't really matter that he is
ten years older. He seems to feel younger with me and makes me feel young
by Marta Balashova
by Koichi N.