Experience, a journey and projects... A synchro life!
Madina Asrorova is 24 years old and lives in Kazan, Russia. (Credits: Markus Banholzer)
After spending a few years in Canada, Madina Asrorova pursues her dreams at home in Russia. The synchro skater is part of one of the best teams in the country, Team Tatarstan, which intends to dethrone Team Paradise next winter at the Nationals.
Madina is one of those international skaters who went abroad to skate with a synchro team. She chose Nexxice in Canada.
This idea of going abroad started at the junior level: "I was always curious about what other teams have got in store, so I loved to watch some of them… I saw Nexxice on the ice, and I fell in love with their skating style! It was so flawless, effortless and very esthetic… It almost seemed the team was skating above the ice!"
Also, as Madina et her team were watching Senior Worlds, her former coach said: "Nexxice is the only team which does not look tired after skate! Their feet so neat! Skaters make their performance so light and effortless!” Madina got extremely inspired by their style, and she decided that she wants to skate the same way, "so I tried out for the team and got accepted!"
The whole process was very different for her. "For instance, in Russia, we were practicing 6 days a week 2h on ice and 1,5h off ice every day was different (ballet, dancing, working on program’s choreography, fitness, stretching, running and lifting) on the weekend its always double practice! In Canada, we had 4 days of practice a week, around 3h on ice and maybe a couple off ice (yoga, fitness, sometimes dancing). We didn’t do much off the ice with the team; everyone has to control their own body to stay fit."
Another thing that surprised her when she arrived in Canada was the practices' locations. "At home, we were practicing at the same ice rink all the time; we could leave our stuff in the team dressing room, and the practice schedule wasn’t changing. In Canada, we skated where the team could get the ice… and the time was always different. That fact was a bit inconvenient," she remembers.
Canada gave her such incredible experiences, new friends and opportunities. "I’ve met such great people on my way, who were always ready to help me! I have only warm memories about that period of my life; it was cool."
Even though she was able to skate, the past season was hard for her and Team Tatarstan. "We didn’t know what to expect. The situation affected the season a lot as some skaters quit because of the financial side, some of them did not have the motivation or found something else to do, so we needed to take more athletes from other teams."
"Mentally it was super hard too as we prepared two totally new programs and extremely wanted to show them at national and international competitions, but we never knew for sure if we could compete because before each competition the whole team had to pass the COVID-19 test."
Madina also thinks that having many top teams in a country is an excellent opportunity for synchro to grow and hopefully get to the Olympics. "We all push each other to be better as every team wants to be on top of the podium. For the upcoming season, our goal is to get the gold medal at National. This winter, we were extremely close! And of course, to make it to the podium at Worlds!" she enthuses.
For the upcoming season, Madina has no idea if they will be able to compete internationally. "I really really hope so! Miss the whole process of competing internationally! It is always exciting!"
Of course, this top synchro athlete stays positive for the future. "Everything happens for a reason…I wish everyone stay healthy and united. The rest will come. Hope to see you all at international competitions! Good luck for the next season!"