Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviski
is your opinion of the Code of Points?
dance is your favorite?
M: We like the tango.
A: Tango romantica, Argentine tangoÂ… The golden waltz isn't bad either.
A: We will see at Europeans! *laughs*
want to do away with the compulsory dances, what do you think
M: No, the compulsory dances improve the skating skills.
A: Â… and they really show how good the couples areÂ…
M: Â… and who can skate and who can't.
Dortmund 2004 - FD practice
is your own all time favorite program?
And do you
have a special memory, like an event where you skated
really well and were very happy with?
Not only the medalsÂ… yet many skaters would trade whatever
world medals they have for an Olympic medal, is that the case
A: No, but of course we will try to be on the podium at the Olympics next year. We understand that it will be very hard, but we will do our best and hope that everything will be fine. We cannot plan or expect anything now, because it will all depend on the programs we and our competitors will have. Maybe Navka and Kostomarov will come up with a wonderful program Â– or any other top couple, it doesn't matter who. So you never know, but we will train hard and we will fight for a medal, and which color Â– well, we hope for the best! *laughs*
Despite your fame, you often skate at smaller exhibitions and competitions, like here in Villars or at the Bofrost Cup. Is there a special reason for this?
A: And we
also always do the Finlandia Trophy. It's very nice
to do such events. We know that we have a lot of fans
in Germany for example, that's why we decided to go
there. This is one of the competitions we've done,
I don't know, 3-4-5 times maybe?
Exhibition in Villars, Switzerland
Did you ever
think that you would actually become so good and so famous?
M: No, of course not. I think each sportsman, each man dreams of becoming good and famous, but we never expected that it would happen to us!
How many autograph
cards do you give out to your fans each year?
A: I don't know, I run out of cards all the time, it must be thousands a year. But it's a pleasure for us and it's nice to know that people want to have our cards and autographs. We also have calendars and we will do a new one for 2005, which we will hopefully bring to the Europeans!
are one of very few top skaters with a university degree Â–
in economics. How did you manage to study and keep up your
A: It was not very hard, because I graduated from the university after our first or second year together, and we didn't practice that much at that time. I'm glad I did this; it's very helpful to have this education.
you like to work in business someday?
can count rightÂ…
So apart from
the fact that he can count, Albena, how would you describe
M: Who, me?... No, impossible!
A: Well, he's very funny, smiling all the time, very optimistic, carelessÂ… On the ice we are both very serious but sometimes he's more impatient, he wants everything to be perfect the first time. He also talks too much and is always doing silly things.
And the other
way around? What is Albena like?
M: Albena talks too much of course, always very serious...
A: Be careful what you say!
M: Sometimes she's very pessimistic, and sometimesÂ… Mmmh, no, she's a good girl!
A: Good? That's it?
M: Well, she's nice, she's very funny, talentedÂ…
A: Davay, davay! (Keep going!)
A: OK, no more compliments for him today! *laughs*
No more compliments maybe, but after such a nice chat with this adorable couple, some gifts and - of course - all our best wishes for the coming European and World Championships!