INTERVIEW TO CELIA ROBLEDO AND LUIS FENERO(ENGLISH VERSION)
1-You’ve passed from being the only competing spanish couple to having Olivia and Adri’s competition and most likely Sara and her new partner’s. What expectations do you have for the upcoming season? Do you think you can be ahead of them?
Celia: Our expectations are being stronger than past year, regarding results, I don’t know what to say. We are all working to give our best.
Luis: Regarding Sara and her new partner, I can’t say anything because we haven’t seen them. As for Adri and Olivia, they are a good pair, but we haven’t been with them in a competition yet, so we can’t secure anything yet. In some months from now we will all have the answer.
2-Speaking of Sara and Adri… We were very upset and surprised about their breakup. For you, was it also a surprise?
It wasn’t a surprise, the understanding between them wasn’t easy, but when the breakup came it took us all unexpectedly. We heard of the news moments before our short program in Barrie.
3-Your rink in Canada is very crowded right now, how does your coaching team to dedicate time to everyone? Do you feel you are being paid enough attention?
Patrice is the one in charge of schedules and sets every pair trainings
The coaching team is composed by Patrice Lauzon, Marie-France Dubreil, Romain Haguenauer and Pascal Denis. We also have drama and ballroom dancing lessons very often. In addition to all of this, we also have ballet and physical preparation.
For the moment we have no complaint at all.
This year being preolympic year, we need to increase the attention hours during trainings and we’re looking for a way to pay for it.
4- We suppose that being training with so many stars of ice dance has to be great. Does it put more pressure on you or on the contrary you try to learn things from them?
Celia: Sincerely, it is a dream to be surrounded by such talents everyday. Tessa and Scott have been my favourite pair since long. Our relationship with Gabriella and Guillaume is of admiration but above that is friendship. We have lived very good moments at their side. Every skating couple in our team has something special you can always learn from.
Luis: Being training side by side with the bests is really awesome, it is a permanent motivation for us. We can’t forget that we’ve been sharing the ice for almost 5 years with Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron, since we were part of the same training group in Lyon and moved together to Canada.
We are also very happy for the new incorporation of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir this new season to our team.
5- We’re sure you’ve been asked a lot of times what things you do miss of Spain when you’re in Canada, but what about the other way round? What do you miss of Canada when you are in Spain?
Celia: I miss -and this may sound silly- all the little fountains where you can refill your bottle of water in public places here, and I also miss the wide range of vegan options both in supermarkets and restaurants.
Luis: We go to Spain just for Christmas and one week in summer, so we don’t have a lot of time to really miss anything.
6- The rhythms for this season’s short dance are somehow unalike, how do you work to be able of combining them and make them sound good without abrupt changes? Do you choose the music first and then over the music you do the choreography and elements or is it the other way round?
The search for music and ideas for the new programs is a long process, as you have to find melodies that go well together and be inside the style the ISU demands. Choosing the music is what we always do first, and from there we start with the process of creating original elements and then we make the choreography.
7- We guess you can’t advance us anything, but since last year you repeated your free program, will you make a new one for this season? In the previous one, you told a story through it, will this year be the same? Do you plan to make a program with a storyline or you just make a program around the music?
Celia: This year we’re making something totally different from last year. It will be fun and with a story.
Luis: Yes, this year we will show two new programs. In both of them you will see clearly a story, the musics are pretty known, which doesn’t mean they have been very used in competitions.
8- Despite the wide range of existing musics, it seems that originality doesn’t abound in skating, since lots of them are repeated to death… What do you think this is due to? Fear to innovation, convenience…? Is there any music you would like to skate but maybe it can’t be well adapted to a competition program?
Celia: It may be in some cases a fear for innovation. Choosing a music is something quite complex. We have had to change the music several times, even with the program already made because they couldn’t be adapted strictly to the rules.
Luis: We try to search for new musics that haven’t been skated much. As for example the cha-cha-cha program where we used “Eso es el amor” (“That’s what love is”) by Gloria Lasso or the “El tiempo entre costuras” soundtrack (“The time between seams”, a spanish tv drama based in the book “The time in between”), those were songs unused in the ice.
I think people repeat overused music just for convenience, they avoid the work of searching and creating something new.
In ice dance it is mandatory the music we use has a very noticeable and always present beat, if not, we can have a deduction.
There are a lot of songs that don’t accomplish this and because of that we have to send them to professional musicians and they add those beats or compose something similar to what we like.
9- Figure skating is a very expensive sport, especially ice dance category, since you are two and are forced to change at least one program every year. How is your funding going? Shows are a good way to make extra money, do you participate in some this year?
Shows are not a part of our incomes source, we haven’t entered yet in that dynamics.
Our funding depends on the Spanish Ice Sport Federation, Telefónica (the spanish biggest telecom company) with the Spanish Olympic Committee through the Podium grants, and our parents. Thanks to all of them we’ve achieved to be where we are now.
10 – Your costumes in the pasodoble were gorgeous and very original, going far from the typical red and black… And last year’s were simple and elegant, do you take part in the costumes design process?
Celia: The pasodoble costumes were a work of art, mine was dyed and handpainted. We did not want to wear red and black at all. Last year we also chose red in order to be dressed differently and because of the music’s titles “Sangre de toro” (Bull blood) and “Bolero of fire” that inspired us passion. The choice is a team work in which everyone exposes their ideas.
Luis: The pasodoble season, our costumes were made by José Arroyo, the dressmaker of the Spain National Ballet. We wanted something different from red and black and we decided to pick green, the color of Andalucía. At the end, the result is the combination of our tastes, our coaches’s and the dressmaker’s.
11- Little by little you are more known worldwide, and sometimes it is inevitable for gossips to appear. Not long ago there were rumours of a sentimental relationship involving Luis (well, more or less it was almost taken for granted…). Does it bother you that in some places gossip seems more important than your skating?
Luis: It doesn’t bother me. I’ve never hidden my relationship.
12- Celia, you’ve stated you’re a vegan for some years. You athletes must follow a diet that allows you to resist trainings, competitions… Do you find easy to get all the necessary nutritional content? Could you tell us why did you decide to follow that way of life?
For every athlete, nutrition is something essential. It is easy once you realize what the human body needs to make such a big physical effort. I decided to follow this lifestyle hardly knowing that the term “veganism” existed. Since long I thought that eating animals wasn’t for me, but there was a month when I met three vegetarians , and after a talk with my physiotherapist, I decided to stop eating animal products. I’ve had my ups and downs because I hadn’t enough information. Now I feel very good and I feel more and more comfortable with this lifestyle.
13- Tell us something about your hobbies… What do you like to do in your free time? Do you like to be together out of the rink or on the contrary you need your own personal space?
Celia: I like dancing, reading, sleeping and watching movies and tv series. Now we are training more hours so our days are quite busy and we are living apart so we see each other less off the ice.
Luis: I like cinema, listening to music, and when I have time in the weekends I love relaxing for hours at a spa center.
In Lyon we shared an apartment, so we were almost all day long together. Now in Canada, as we live separately, we’re more independent.
14- We, skating fans are sometimes geeks or weird, what’s the weirdest thing that happened to you with a fan?
Celia: Last year worlds I was mistaken for Anna Capellini. After a long chat we both realized and it was a bit awkward… but funny, haha.
Luis: The truth is I’ve never had a weird experience with fans..
15- Speaking of weirdos… We Pink Ladies tend to be quite noisy and striking when it’s time to cheer, do you perceive this on the ice? When it’s time to compete, do you prefer a lively or a quiet audience?
Celia: Of course we do. A lively audience is always welcome. It is a very comforting feeling when we hear all of you.
Luis: Of course it is perceived. We are very grateful for you being there cheering and supporting us with your applauses and yellings. I always prefer a lively audience.