1998 Champion Series Final
Susie Wynne : Elena and Anton, I love your skating. Congratulations.
1998 Ultimate Four
Elena : Thank you
Susie Wynne : Now you came in first in France, and now you're first here
in Munich. How does this feel to be on the winner's podium?
Anton : Sure we are very very glad and very happy...no question.
Susie Wynne : All good things. Now, will you make any changes
going into the Olympics in your programs?
Anton : I don't think so, because it's now we have good program and
we don't need change nothing.
Susie Wynne : Well best of luck in Nagano, we'll be rooting for you. OK congratulations.
Elena and Anton : Thank you.
Commentator : Anton, Elena, what a year it has been.
As you carried her off, I think so
many people thought about how the story has happened, that
you have picked her up and carried her back into the
skating world. What has the year meant to you?
Anton [Asking Tamara Moskvina to translate]
Tamara Moskvina [Translating in Russian]
Anton : You know, my partner for me is like diamond. And I
must keep her and have a ... make big attention for her, and I'm
every time worry about her. And here [gesturing toward his heart]
it's just my feeling.
Commentator Al, as I throw it back to you, just look at
Elena's eyes and those smile and that tells it all. Congratulations
to the two of you.
Elena : Thank you.
Anton : Thanks.
A few more interviews can be found at Yuri's B&S
Interesting Facts & Quotes
When asked about their fall on the final invereted star lift in their Olympic
long program, Anton responded, "I don't know what I can say. It's a new
finish. If you don't like it, we can change it, no problem."
Elena's mother's name is Tatyana.
Anton's parents' names are Lyudmila and Tehreeal. That would
make his full name, "Anton Tehreealovich Sikharulidze." Whew.
"Probably the most talented since Gordeeva and Grinkov" -
Choreographer Sandra Bezic on B&S.
I've seen record of a pairs team that finished
8th at Russian Nationals this year, "Shliakhova and Petrovski."
Sorry but I think that's kind of creepy :)
This isn't really a fact or quote, but I still have hope that
Elena and Anton will fall in love with each other again. They
make a perfect couple. If you agree, check the
small box below and click the send button. I'm just curious
to see how many people there are; I can post results on this
page if you want.
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Anton's name is usually spelled correctly (except on the internet), but
I've seen Elena spelled with a "Y" at the start, and her last name has
been spelled Berezhnaya, Bereznaya, Berezhnaia, and Bereznaia. I'm not
Russian, but I'm learning the language, so I will try to explain why
there's so much confusion, although Yuri
is probably more qualified to give you an explanation.
In the Russian (Cyrillic) alphabet, there is a letter written like the "E"
in the English alphabet. However, it is actually pronounced "Ye." So
whether you'd like to spell it like it's written in Russian (E) or how
it sounds in Russian (Ye) is your choice.
The correct choice is definitely "Berezh." In Russian, there are two
separate letters for "z" and "zh." Since Elena's last name
has a "zh," leaving out the "h" would mistake the letter completely.
Russian letters being converted to the English alphabet is
called transliteration. Look at the last two Russian
letters in "Berezhnaya." There's an "a" and a "backward R."
The "backward R" is pronounced, "ya." I prefer the "naya"
spelling because if you changed the last two Russian letters to
English, the result would be "aya." However, there are several systems of
Russian-English transliteration. Some systems use "aia" instead
of "aya". Berezhnaya would be Berezhnaia, Slutskaya - Slutskaia,
Butyrskaya - Butyrskaia.
Well that's my best try. Please
tell me about it if I
was unclear about anything. And if you want to learn more
about Russian, here is Yahoo's Category.
About B&S Online and Myself
My name is Jen (Jenny actually) and I live in California, USA.
I play lots of sports, but only volleyball and soccer seriously.
When I was little I was into gymnastics, bu skating won me over
eventually. I'm a student, 13 years old, bt I try (with
varying degrees of success) to sound mature when I write these
pages :) My dad is a computer engineer and really into the
internet, so at the beginning of this year I started to work
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made with Front Page 98. I got fed up with web authoring tools
like Front Page (there's lots of annoying things about them)
so I learned HTML. If you are thinking of starting a web site,
I think it's OK to start with a tool like Front Page, but it
makes life much easier if you do it with Notepad and HTML.
My thoughts on B&S
Well it's kind of funny how I discovered them. This was before
Heather's great TV schedule was around, so
I was late watching the pairs long program at '97 Worlds. I
turned on the TV and Elena and Anton were just starting "Dark Eyes."
Maybe I jinxed them or something, but anyhow
this happened to be their worst performance ever, Anton
fell on his triple toe and on his double axel combo. Elena
fell on both her throws (I winced just watching it). So
I didn't have the best first impression of B&S. I'd heard about
what happened with Elena and her old partner, and I thought it
was kind of rude of Anton to leave her there waiting for the scores
to come up.
In the next season, I saw B&S in some Champion Series events,
and the final, where they were great. I became a huge fan and
around Europeans, started thinking about a web site maybe. I
was truly nerve-wracked watching B&S at the Olympics :)
In the short program, Anton's triple toe was straight and perfectly
aligned with Elena's in the air, it looked like the outside edge he
landed on was too deep and it slipped out. It was sad to
see them in the Kiss n Cry; Anton looked miserable and didn't say
anything at all, Elena was trying so hard not to show how upset
she was I felt sorry for her. In the long program the fall on the
final star lift made my top ten list of shocking moments in being
a skating fan.
A silver medal is a great accomplishment, especially considering
how far B&S have come. They are so good that people
tend to forget how young and inexperienced they are. Congratulations
to Elena and Anton for their World title and great season!
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