We talked to Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov in Sheffield the day after the pairs’ long program. Was it hard to find your motivation after you learnt Aljona and Robin had withdrawn?
This is the first day that you’ve woken up as European champions. Maxim: Yes, it was, because we were focused on our competition with them and we looked forward to it.
"It can make their relationship different and special." There are also the challenges of communication and separating skating from an off-ice romance, two aspects of which Scimeca and Knierim are keenly aware.
"For me, Chris knows that if I'm getting upset on the ice, he works around it.
If he tries to confront it, I'll just argue with him," Scimeca explained.
They won their first European title but they admit it was hard to find their motivation because of the absence of their main rivals. Now we don’t feel as excited as right after the competition. It was not so hard to win without them; there was no fighting; we just had to skate.Volosozhar and Trankov are the 2014 Olympic champions, 2013 world champions, two-time world silver medalists (2011, '12), four-time European champions (2012-14, '16), the 2012 Grand Prix Final champions and three-time Russian champions (2011, '13, '16) ...Sat out the 2014-15 season as Trankov recovered from shoulder surgery ...We skate together only for one and a half years, but we have had a lot of good moments and a lot of medals.Volosozhar was born May 22, 1986 in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (now Ukraine), while Trankov was born Oct 7, 1983 in Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia). v=1Uh7s ICx F_k and again in this video by sabinfire: https://youtu.be/G84Jjom_pfw Their ISU biography: bio: entry: wikipedia: Tatiana's wikipedia: SP Bollywood Selections: Nagada Sang Dhol; Indian Themed Music by Siddharth-Garima; choreo. v=Iux7JAv Ht EI 2016 European Championships SP https:// v=Peu2NZMu844 2016 European Championships FS (HD by sabinfire) https:// v=_Bx Kj RGMej I FS cancelled Pairs Press Conference by The Blade Boys https:// After a few moments’ worth of practice footage and behind-the-scenes stories from the four years the pair has been skating together, NBC’s reporter asked Trankov and Volosozhar the inevitable question: Is the palpable, sensual chemistry they exude on the ice based in real-life romance?