Who is Artem Borodulin?

Artem Igorevich Borodulin ( Артём Игоревич Бородулин) born March 9, 1989 in the russian city of Perm, near Ural Mountains. Borodulin’s parents put their son at age five into the sport, because they liked figure skating. “There were tests in Perm in the club,” explained Borodulin. “They (the coaches) said I was suitable for them and we had one practice a day. So in the beginning I was skating just for myself, to be healthy. I didn’t even really have the desire to skate. My mother forced me. There were even a lot of tears. But later, when I was like 12, 13, and 14-years-old, I wanted it myself. I knew then that I want to achieve something.”

Initially Borodulin’s father suggested swimming, but his mother wanted him to skate. “My mother really likes figure skating and she admires legends,” Borodulin said, “especially Tatiana Anatolievna (Tarasova), Elena Germanovna Buianova, Alexei Nikolaevitch Mishin. It was my goal to be coached by these stars. I strived for that and now I am there, trained by Tatiana Anatolievna Tarasova and Elena Germanovna Buianova,” he continued, not without pride. “My mother always wanted me to win. I hated to lose myself when I was small. I would even cry in competitions when I lost. My coach said, “Don’t be ashamed. That’s alright, you have to get out your rage and not keep it inside you.” I hated to loose and I still don’t like to loose. I’m only looking at the victory.”

Although Borodulin’s mother is involved in his career a lot, she does not watch him compete. “I don’t like it. When she watches, I have a bad skate,” he explained. “When we have a test skate, she leaves the ice rink and goes to the dressing room area. She calmly watches the practices, and I’m fine with that, but not at competitions. She didn’t even watch the live broadcast of Junior Worlds. My dad was watching, but my mother didn’t. She then watched the recording.”

Like Andrei Griazev and pair skaters Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Trankov, Borodulin comes from Perm in the Ural mountains, and like them, he decided to move to find better conditions for a career. He moved to Moscow in 2006 with his younger brother, Sergei, who is a figure skater as well. “I had a goal to train hard in order to win,” said Borodulin. “The move was positive for me. For my little brother, though, it was very difficult, emotionally. Our dad stayed behind in Perm, and we moved only with our mom. She is making sure we are following our schedules, cooking for us, and always helping us. She always comes to our practice to watch.”

The move, again, was a decision the teenager made himself. “I finished the 11th class (in school) and I realized that it would be already difficult to skate in Perm. There are only a few athletes, and almost no single skaters. It was basically just me. There was no competition and I started to feel that I was lagging behind, especially in the overall skating. Technically I progressed, but in order to skate more emotionally I went to Moscow to Tatiana Anatolievna and Elena Germanovna. I liked it a lot and my mother said that my skating had changed a lot just after two weeks. It became better and better. When I moved, Tatiana Anatolievna put a lot of emphasis on the footwork and forced me to do them. Elena Germanovna forced me to do the spins. We didn’t work on the jumps, because I had them, but I had to work on the style, on the skating, because without style you don’t get anywhere in international competition.”

Borodulin’s idol in skating is 2002 Olympic Champion Alexei Yagudin. “I like the way he skates. This is masculine skating – the power, the footwork, the jumps, and the emotions. This is figure skating. I don’t really like how the North Americans skate now. I prefer the style of Yagudin and Joubert. Depending on the music, skating should also be soft. Yagudin also had classical programs, but there was this masculine energy coming from his skating. There is a man out on the ice,” he pointed out.

Borodulin is now part of a strong group in the CSKA club. 2007 Russian Champion Andrei Griazev and junior skater Nikita Mikhailov are training with him under the guidance of Elena Buianova. “I’m on very good terms with Andrei Griazev,” Borodulin revealed. “We go out together. We socialize. As for Nikita Mikhailov, we say ‘hello’ and talk, but not often. I don’t have the same close relationship with him as I have with Andrei. With Andrei I get along very well.” At the same time, however,Borodulin doesn’t feel that real friendship in the sport is possible.

A typical day for Borodulin starts at 8.30 am. “My mom prepares breakfast, and after I eat, I go to the rink to the warm up room. I warm up for half an hour, then I get on to the ice. The practice on ice depends on whether I’m preparing for a competition or not. Usually I train for about one and a half hours.” After the practice on ice, he stretches and then goes home where lunch awaits him. “I have lunch and I then I go to sleep.”

After an hour or two of napping, Borodulin then goes to a second practice. “After that I have a few hours to get on the computer or watching TV. I go to bed around 11:30 pm. It’s always the same. Wednesday we have half the day off. We go to the sauna after practice to rest, and then we go to the cinema. On the weekend, we’re also going out.”

Off the ice, Borodulin likes listening to Rap and R&B. He is interested in soccer and streetball, likes watching Italian soccer, and enjoys playing billiards.

this text was took of the golden skate’s article of 2008: http://www.goldenskate.com where you can find mre about championships, skaters and related news! 😀


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