Although the competitions in figure skating are filled with tenderness and romance, and the participants seem weightless nymphs who soar above the ice, the backstage of this sport is amazing. Athletes have to go to exhausting long hours of training and lifestyle restrictions for the sake of those minutes of fame that they ultimately achieve.
Among Russian couples in figure skating, Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov are especially distinguished. Despite their youth and little experience in international competitions, young people are promising and ambitious, and they have already won many serious awards and achievements.
Childhood and youth
Evgenia Maksimovna Tarasova was born in Kazan, the Republic of Tatarstan, on December 17, 1994 into a poor family. The mother and grandmother of the skater raised Eugene and her sister on their own, without male involvement. Now women live in the small village of Derbyshki in the suburbs of Kazan. The athlete’s grandmother wanted the girls to go in for ballroom dancing, but not a single professional school was found in the city.
In addition to the secondary school, the girl studied at the sports school No. 1 of the city of Kazan, and the future champion studied in the class of sports profile. Even as a child, Eugene and her sister rode in the small stadium “Rocket” in the village of Derbyshki, where she was noticed by a future coach and pointed out to her mother certain abilities of her daughter.
So, a four-year-old future skater began training at a sports school. Considering that Tarasova’s mother raised two daughters alone, she had to devote a lot of time to work, and Evgenia often waited a long time for her mother in the school corridor after class. Once, a girl sitting in the corridor after classes was noticed by Gennady Sergeyevich Tarasov, an honored figure skating coach (sportswoman’s namesake, but not a relative).
By that time, Gennady Sergeyevich, who had already raised one world champion among the youth of Alexander Fadeev, with an experienced eye recognized promising children. Therefore, when the fragile Eugene came into the trainer’s field of vision, he did not hesitate to take her into his group, although older children were involved there. So the young athlete had a busy schedule: in the morning classes at school, then two workouts a day.
The girl was only 11 years old when the first coach Gennady Sergeyevich Tarasov died. Eugene began to train under the leadership of Vyacheslav Dmitrievich Golovlev.
Even in his youth, Evgenia Tarasova confidently became one of the most famous skaters in the Republic of Tatarstan, and soon became a member of the youth national team of Russia. At the age of 14, the girl could already boast of taking the fourth place in the youth tournament of the Grand Prix in singles figure skating, held in Belarus. A year later, Eugene took 12th place in the championship of the Russian Federation. In 2010, Tarasova decided to leave solo skating and began to work in tandem with Yegor Chudin. For the same reason, the athlete moved to Moscow.
At that time, Egor was just looking for a partner, the young man liked the promising Eugene, and he called the girl to Moscow, where the guys were trained by Nina Mikhailovna Moser. Given the young age of the girl, she lived in an Olympic reserve school and even at a distance was closely monitored by her mother and grandmother.
Just a year later, a young pair of skaters was already included in the Russian national team. But by the end of 2011, the paths of Eugenia and Egor parted. Chudin focused on commercial ice shows, and Eugene dreamed of achievements in big sport. Therefore, already in 2012, Eugene changed both the partner and the coach. Together with Vladimir Morozov, Evgenia will have to go a long and difficult path to success under the guidance of Honored Coach of Russia Stanislav Morozov.
Already in the coming winter season of 2012-2013, Russian skaters took the Warsaw Cup and earned silver at the Russian Youth Championship. The couple’s first participation in the Russian Championship among adults brought the guys fifth place. In 2013, the couple who tested themselves at Russian competitions went to the World Cup, where they confidently took fifth place, but at the international sports competitions among students in Italy, Evgenia and Vladimir won their first silver medals.
The Russian Championship, which followed the Universiade, has become for the budding pair almost a failure. Vladimir and Eugene were tired of exhausting trainings and were not ready for serious competitions. As a result of the short program, the couple confidently went third, but the preparation for the free program was insufficient: Morozov fell twice himself, and in the end completely dropped Eugene. The guys were the last in the ranking.
But a month later, the couple won gold at the Russian Youth Championship, and then silver at the World Youth Championship. After graduating from the season, Eugene and Vladimir changed the coaching staff, returning to Alexander Hekalo, whom they had worked with before, and began working with Robin Sholkov from Germany.