Thursday, April 21, 2011
Style On Ice Exclusive Interview: Oksana Grishuk
In the prime of her illustrious ice dance career, Oksana Grishuk with partner Evgeni Platov won 20 consecutive competitions. The duo claimed two Olympic gold medals, 4 World titles and 3 European Championships before retiring in 1998. After forging a solo career for a few years, Grishuk has dropped off the American radar almost completely. Style On Ice had a chance to catch up with the skater recently and here's what she had to say.
SOI: We haven’t seen you on the ice in the U.S. for awhile, what have you been doing?
OG: I have been teaching private lessons, choreography, and master classes, primarily in Anaheim, California at KHS Ice Arena. I also spend so much time with my 8 year old daughter, Skyler Marie Grace. There is school work ( where she is doing amazing and getting all A's), tennis (she just recently won a first place trophy for her first tournament in her age group) , Russian language and art. When my daughter and I have free time we love to ride horses or play golf. Sometimes we just to have a tea party with friends. I love being a mom and always thank God for letting me have such a precious girl in my life.
SOI: How was the Russian Dancing On Ice experience for you?
OG: I did the Russian Dancing on Ice project a few times. I won first season in 2006 and got third in 2007. It was an amazing experience which made me enjoy performing once again. I also met and worked with so many wonderful and talented people there and learned so many new things for myself. Being back in my country and seeing everything from a different angle was incredible, because it brought some emotional memories that made me appreciate where I came from even more. I love Russia and always will, even though I have been living in USA and loving it too, for almost 17 years.
SOI: Any regrets looking back on your amateur career?
OG: I might have some regrets from my amateur career but I prefer not to hold on to the past. I always reinvent myself and be positive and optimistic. I believe that the best things are happening in front of you. I just know one thing when something goes wrong learn a good lesson from your mistakes or experiences and move forward even stronger and wiser than before. Think positive and positive will be next to you all the way.
SOI: What would you like to say to the longtime fans that still support you?
OG: I would like to thank from the bottom of my heart ALL of the people who were and still are being very kind and supportive. I love them all very much and wish them the most wonderful and beautiful things in life and God Bless them all.
SOI: What would you tell the young skaters with elite aspirations?
OG: I would like to tell all the younger skaters to NEVER give up on their dreams. Dream big. Whatever it is always believe in yourself and you will be surprised that you can actually do much more than you think you can. Be yourself and bring your own personality out because I believe every skater has their own style and unique thing that can be incredibly beautiful.