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Rogozine Heads to Seniors

Andrei Rogozine

Andrei Rogozine, the 2009 Canadian junior men’s champion, is preparing for his first year in seniors at Canadians.

“My goal is to do well at Nationals and get my name out there,” he said. “I’ve done three years of Junior Grand Prixs now. It’s help me to get more experience and confidence. The more competitions you do, the more it helps you to know what to expect and how to prepare. It helps me to develop my programs and train for Nationals.”

“I hope to go to the Olympics in 2014, then maybe do some show skating,” he said.

Rogozine was the 2007 Canadian novice men’s silver medalist and won the Merano Cup in novice men in 2006.

The 16-year-old, who was born in Moscow, Russia, moved with his family to Toronto when he was five and started skating when he was six or seven.

“My mom skated when she was a child but not competitively,” Rogozine said. “She was a fan and watched it on television,” he recalled. “She took me to learn to skate and I thought it was cool. I didn’t play any hockey except a little bit just for fun. I just started skating. I liked going fast and I got good at it. It gave me a feeling of accomplishment so I stuck to it.”

He landed a double Axel when he was ten, a triple Salchow when he was 11, and a triple Axel when he was 15.

Rogozine uses a triple loop-double toe loop combination, triple flip and double Axel in his short program. For his free skate, he adds a triple Lutz-double toe combination, triple flip, triple Salchow, double Axel, and double Lutz.

“My triple Axel is on and off,” he admitted. “It’s not good enough yet to try in competitions but I hope to have it by Canadians. My goal is to have the triple Axel and a triple triple combination in my program. I’ve been working on all the combinations with a triple toe loop at the end. That’s my favorite jump. I’ve done a lot of triple Lutz-triple toes but I’m ore consistent with triple loop-triple toe. I even try quad toe loop in practice when I’m feeling good.”

“I worked on a lot of other things this summer,” he added. “I’m trying to improve my skating skills, the speed and flow of the programs. I do a lot of run throughs to get used to the programs., at least one of each every day.”

Both of his programs are new for the 2009-10 season and use music by Maksim Mrvica.

Inga Zusev and Andrei Berezintsev coach Rogozine, who trains in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Zusev is his original coach, with whom he has worked for about ten years. He trains five days a week for three hours a day on the ice and an hour off ice, plus one or two hours on ice on Saturdays.

“Andre is very competitive,” Zusev said. “We have a plan and try to keep to that plan. Usually we change one of his programs each year. When he was little, I did his programs but now we have to find his personality so we worked with some other choreographers for the first time.”

Shae-Lynn Bourne choreographed his short program to “Concerto in A”. Shae-Lynn brought a bunch of ideas and I really liked this music,” Rogozine said. “Usually I skate to classical music, but this is a remix with more modern electronic sounds in it.”

Carol Lane and Juris Razgulajevs choreographed his free program to “Nostradamus”. Inga picked this music for me because she thought it would be good for me,” he said.

“I like music that drives me and makes me want to skate stronger and faster,” Rogozine noted. “Once I hear it the first time, I know if I will like it.”

His gala program is to “Popcorn”. “Inga and I did it,” Rogozine said. “It was fun. I put in all the elements I was good at.”

Off ice, he listens to many different types of music, but doesn’t play himself now. “I used to play piano as a child but didn’t have the feel for it,” he recalled.

To relax, Rogozine likes to lounge around his house, watch television and videos, play video games, and do graphic design on his computer. “I play a lot of sports for fun,” he said. “I try to play soccer every day and also basketball. I do a lot of cycling as it’s my main means of transport.”

Rogozine is a junior in high school in the High performance Athlete program, which gives him some credit for his skating. “I plan to go to university after I finish high school,: he said. “Now I’m thinking about all the different kinds of things I could do.”

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