Russia: Former coach describes figure skater Alina Zagitova's rise to stardom

Natalia Antipina, former coach of Alina Zagitova (Russian): «To be honest, I didn’t. In the beginning it was very difficult to tell [whether she was a promising girl] because physically she was not very strong. She has achieved everything thanks to work and dedication.»*NO CUTAWAYS AT SOURCE* Natalia Antipina, former coach of Alina Zagitova (Russian): «Well, actually, her height and weight... Еще allows her [to act in a pair]. Yes, I think she could perform, she's a brave girl.» journalist (Russian): «Do you think pair-skating would suit her character?» Natalia Antipina, former coach of Alina Zagitova (Russian): «Her character is very purposeful. It all depends on what kind of partner it will be.» Natalia Antipina, the former coach of teenage Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova who is vying for Olympic gold in Pyeonchang, talked about her protege's rise to success during an interview in Izhevsk on Wednesday. According to the coach, «in the beginning it was very difficult to tell [whether she was a promising girl] because physically she was not very strong. She has achieved everything thanks to work and dedication.» In answer to a question about whether the skater would perform in a pair in the future, Antipina said, “Her height and weight allows her [to act in a pair]. Yes, I think she could perform, she's a brave girl. Her character is very purposeful. It all depends on what kind of partner it will be.” Earlier on Wednesday, Zagitova set a new world record in the women’s Ice Skating Short Programme at the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

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