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Post: “Stewardess” will not be bored. What awaits Linichuk in Plushenko’s Angels?


After much thought and negotiations, the famous coach Natalya Linichuk agreed to work at the academy of Plushenko’s Angels. The correspondent of RIA Novosti Sport evaluates whether the cooperation will be fruitful and whether the 67-year-old expert will be able to restart his career by preparing new champions for Russian figure skating.

I made a serious mistake while talking to Linichuk on the phone in early November. He said that he and Gennady Karponosov were the last of the top Russian coaches to leave Moscow, while Natalya was the last to return. The rebuke was harsh:

“We didn’t leave anywhere! All this time we were working in the USA, preparing the leaders of the Russian team.”

This is both true and false.

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In an interview in Washington during the 2003 World Cup, Natalya Vladimirovna said something else:

“We went to America in 1994 before the Olympics,” he recalls: “There were no conditions for training in Moscow. They allowed us to go on the ice at the Olimpiysky sports complex. Now they offer the same conditions as us, although in Russia.” We can think.”

The question of who would need to borrow money to pay for ice rentals was not mentioned in the broadcast. Although Linichuk and Karponosov defended the colors of the Dynamo society and were officers of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. Linichuk himself is a retired colonel.

It is true that in the 90s almost the entire Russian dance team trained at the ice rink in a small American town. It is also true that figure skaters from Ukraine, Italy, Israel, the USA, Switzerland, Japan, Poland, Austria and China also train with them. Some came permanently, others came for consultations and dance performances.

At one of the European Championships, journalists even calculated that Linichuk and Karponosov changed jerseys of different teams six times during the two strongest warm-ups before entering the zone of tears and kisses. In those years, the Russian coaching tandem working in the USA dictated the fashion in ice dancing. How will American coaches Marina Zueva and Igor Shpilband do it, then Canadians Marie-France Dubreuil and Patrice Lauzon at the Montreal school.

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Even so, from 1994 to 2010, the hopes of Russian ice dancing fans were associated with the students of Linichuk and Karponosov. The exception was Turin, where Olympic champions Tatyana Navka and Roman Kostomarov (the duet also managed to train with Linichuk), Irina Zhuk and Alexandra Svinin performed together with their students Yana Khokhlova and Sergei Novitsky. The instructors did not allow anyone to enter the family business.

Linichuk said 20 years ago: “Gennady and I, in principle, will not hire assistants for simple work, like some masters. We successfully handle everything ourselves.”

They didn’t even hire a general physical education coach. Karponosov was responsible for this part of the work, and in the same Washington he revealed some of the secrets of the technique. He said that Igor Moiseev spent hours at the rehearsals of his troupe, watched the dancers work and carefully studied the experience of leading hockey coaches.

Lessons in general physical education “according to Karponosov” lasted about an hour before the start of the first ice training. They passed with such intensity that the few spectators who found themselves on the ice rink received real pleasure. The skaters called it “Auschwitz” and the coaches called it “Gestapovich”. However, in the biggest tournaments, they danced in one breath from the first to the last second.

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It is difficult to imagine what will happen when the coaching duo Linichuk/Karponosov reunite after the scandalous divorce in Moscow over property division. Of course, after leaving life, experts continue to work together under the motto “no personal, only business”, but this is not the case. Moreover, the last best duet with which the new coach of the dance department of Plushenko’s Angels worked was Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin.

Later, Linichuk tried his luck at the Alexei Kilyakov and Elena Novak academy, where Georgian duo Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin trained and Ruslan Goncharov also studied. It was he and Karponosov who carried the Ukrainian dancer to the bronze medal in Turin. Natalya Vladimirovna also trained with American single skater Ting Tsuei. But now not a single dance group can work like the leading Russian specialists at the beginning of the century. Instructors of general physical fitness, acrobatics, various modern dances on the floor, steps, etc.

Linichuk did not have a team when he joined Plushenko’s Angels. No need to rely on former students.

Maxim Stavissky told RIA Novosti: “I know Natalya Vladimirovna’s requirements very well. You should always work with her with full dedication, without being distracted by other projects. I have a lot of work in the schedule, there are invitations.” Constant income is attractive, but it is unlikely that I will be the assistant of the last coach.”

Another student Oleg Ovsyannikov generally stated that Linichuk could not help on the ice because of all the injuries. He added that he will watch with great interest how he copes with the Arina Ushakova / Valery Angelopol duet.

“My nephew Angelopol needs a tough and challenging coach like Linichuk,” the 1998 Olympic silver medalist said.
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According to a source familiar with the situation, the only duo currently training at Plushenko’s academy would like to see Maxim Bolotin, who skated with Domnina before Shabalin, as the new head coach’s assistant. However, when Linichuk announced his consent to work in a new location, there was no such agreement. As agreements of other members of the coaching team.

It will be difficult to find already established duets for the outstanding mentor. There was talk that skaters from the Ilya Averbukh academy could transfer to the academy with coach Elena Maslennikova.

Averbukh replied to the direct question: “This is some kind of nonsense!” He replied: “There can be no talk of any merger or transfer of our dancers to Linichuk.”

Averbukh’s group itself has been in existence for about two years. It now consists mostly of young skaters. For adults, the duo Sofia Shevchenko / Andrey Yezhlov, who appeared only this summer, will perform. In the Junior Grand Prix series – the winners of the project “Ice Age. Children” are Alexandra Shinkarenko / Vladislav Mikhailov, transferred from Zhuk and Pork. It goes without saying that with the strong will of the Federation, dancers occupying leading positions in the national team will be given to Linichuk, as was the case with Domnina and Shabalin in 2008.

Alexander Zhulin, who brought together the whole cream of Russian dance in the group, does not even want to hear the name Linichuk. He cannot forget how he beat the duet of future Olympic champions Navka and Kostomarov. And Anzhelika Krylova is not going to give her students to her former mentor. Considering that Karponosov is responsible for dancing in FFKKR, Natalya Vladimirovna cannot rely on administrative resources.

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Of course, it didn’t start with ready-made champions. The same Krylova, who changed several partners, trained with Linichuk from the age of 12. Averbukh became the world champion among juniors with Marina Anisina, and his duet with Irina Lobacheva also started almost from scratch. Linichuk’s students include world junior champions Anzhelika Kirchmeier and Dmitry Lagutin. So, would a coach who has tasted Olympic victories want to start from scratch again? It takes five to seven years for talented youngsters to achieve adult-level glory.

Another very important point. For many years, Linichuk has become accustomed to being the absolute mistress of the skating rink where her group trains (perhaps together with Karponosov). It is not known whether Evgeni Plushenko and Yana Rudkovskaya will give him such freedom. Even such promising specialists as Alexei Vasilevsky and Yulia Lavrenchuk, Sergei Rozanov and Alexander Abt did not stay in their academies.

Linichuk’s return to Russia will not be boring. Another issue is whether there will be results similar to those achieved by Oksana Grischuk and Evgeny Platov, Anzhelika Krylova and Oleg Ovsyannikov, Irina Lobacheva and Ilya Averbukh. We will not talk about the foreign students of the famous Russian coach.

The author’s view may not coincide with the editors’ position

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