김연아

키그 2010. 4. 6. 20:19
아래 번역된 해맑은 아찌님의 글을 보고 원문을 찾아 봤습니다. 연아 선수를 이해하는 마음으로 본다면 십분 와닿을 것으로 생각됩니다. 저도 나름대로 많은 생각을 하게 되는군요...^^

번역 - 피겨 올림픽 챔피언을 이해하는 법 (하맑은 아찌 수다방)

본문 - Scott Hamilton Interview (Olympic Hall of Fame, 1996.6.29)

What was going through your mind when you went undefeated for so long?

Scott Hamilton Interview PhotoScott Hamilton: At first I didn't really like it very much. I liked doing well at the '80 Olympics. I got the only standing ovation of the night, which was pretty cool. The Olympics in '80 was phenomenal. It was my favorite memory of all competitive events, because it was brand new and it was exciting.

Then when I started winning in '81, it was hard to take. I didn't really feel worthy of the title. It was a hard transition. By '82 I realized if I'm not going to win it somebody I'd beaten before will. I'll be going backwards if I don't keep winning.

So I kept trying to reinvent myself, and I kept trying to look at my competition, see who was really improving and try to stay ahead of them. Brian Boitano was coming up at the time, Brian Orser was coming up at the time. They all had the tougher jump, but they were still in their development stages. So I knew I could hold them off for a couple of more years.

For many years I skated angry, you know, I had the chip on my shoulder. And like most young people I was like, 'Well, I'm going to show them." The "they" thing. "They don't like me," or "They don't want to put me up there," or they, they, they. There's a lot thems and theys out there. Nobody can identify them. Who are they? But it's a paranoia thing and it's that chip that, you know, they're holding you back, or nobody understands. Every kid goes through that. So you kind of approach things with anger and intensity, and I did for many years. And then after I got kind of comfortable with things, I just realized that what I needed to do was be smart.

Look at the people that are judging you. Look at the audience and what they would like to see. Those are the theys and the thems. !

The best thing that can happen to you as a competitive figure skater is to get robbed at a competition. The best thing. It's money in the bank. They owe you and they know it. And if you don't rub their nose in it, if you forgive them and allow things to kind of smooth out, you'll be so much better off, you know. Don't be in people's faces as a skater. Let them know that they made a mistake, without being, you know, upset, or mad or angry. And it's money in the bank. Sooner or later everything kind of evens out, all debts are paid.





When you are introduced as Scott Hamilton of the United States of America, do you feel you are out there for the United States?

Scott Hamilton: In certain situations. At the World Championships, yes and no.

The World Championships is a place for you to really compete and try to beat other skaters from other countries. At the Olympic Games you are representing the United States. It's a different whole. It's the same skaters, same judges, same size of ice, same music, same everything, same format, same, same, but the one thing that is different is: It's the Olympic Games, and you're sharing your successes and failures with everyone that's a U.S. citizen. And it's theirs, it belongs to them. So when I sit up on the podium and I get my medal and I get to hear my anthem and to see my flag raised, I'm the point person for millions and millions of people, that can for that moment in time just feel pride that one of their own did okay. And you feel like you have like 100 million parents and 100 million brothers and sisters and you share it.

Scott Hamilton Interview PhotoIt's what makes the Olympics so magic. It's an amazing thing to hear your anthem and to completely lose it. If people at home are losing it too, they're feeling the exact same emotions I was at that same moment. It's their medal too, they share in it. Most other competitions are individual achievements, but the Olympic Games is something that belongs to everybody.

I hope that all athletes feel that way, because it makes it so much richer and so much better an experience to be able to represent a lot of other people. That's what makes the Ryder Cup in golf so much better than the Masters or the U.S. Open. To be a part of something that is not about personal achievement, but about representing everyone and sharing it with the whole country, it's wonderful.





What were you thinking when you got off that stand? When you realized you had achieved this tremendous goal, how did you deal with that question: What's next?

Scott Hamilton Interview PhotoScott Hamilton: I look at that whole ceremony now and it kind of defined my direction. Brian Orser won both freestyles. He totally kicked in the long program especially. My strategy was perfect going in. If I win the figures, I'm going to win, unless I really blow up into a million piece, which I didn't think I could do because I'd worked really hard. He skated great and blew me away. I made a couple of mistakes and he won the long. program.

But we get off the podium and I'm feeling all those emotions and we step down and I say, "Brian, can we take a couple of laps?" He says, "Why?" And I say, "I figure this is the last time that you're going to be looking at my back. From now on I think I'll be looking at yours, if we continue to compete against each other. I just want to savor the moment." And he says, "Absolutely." We were the best of friends.

I went around once, and we were waving, and then I saw a guy who had a flag on a conduit pipe. As we went around again I grabbed it, and that was the moment where I felt, "Whatever you're feeling, whatever it is, it's party time. This is a moment to be shared and this is the one way that you can really show the people that this isn't mine, this is ours."

I knew that there were always going to be challenges in front of me. The way I talk to Brian and the way that he offered his support and friendship, that's something that hasn't changed. We're still the best of friends, we still support each other.

The fact that I knew I had to compete against him in three weeks at the World Championships in his home country was another thing. I was lucky to get by him there too. But sharing it with all the people, just bringing up the flag and knowing that maybe I affected some people in a positive way was really wonderful.



Why do you think you got the gold while others did not?

Scott Hamilton: In many cases, I see competitors who don't really understand the entire process and the whole big picture. They individualize everything. It's their own direction in skating, it's the way they want to do it, the music they like, the costume or the outfit they want to wear. It's not what will be accepted and appreciated by a panel of judges.

What do I need to do to win? That's my whole focus. What do I need to do to get the biggest mark? I competed in front of East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Russia, China, Japan, Canada, United States. Maybe West Germany, maybe not. I only liked to have one German judge, because one of my biggest competitors was German and he'd get both the East German and the West German judge, so I always liked to have only one German judge -- and a British judge.

Scott Hamilton Interview PhotoYou'd get a split panel, which would end up being five eastern communist countries, against four western. So who are you going to cater to? The five, because they're the majority and you're going to come up with music and interpretation that will be easily accepted and marked by them. You're not going to go in front of China, Czechoslovakia and East Germany skating to Bon Jovi, or some hard rock and roll, or something that they're not exposed to because their culture is different.

You have to cater to the people that are determining your fate and a lot of skaters don't do that. They don't look past themselves. They know what their strengths are and they focus on their strengths, they don't focus on their weaknesses. That's one thing that we always did. We said, "Okay, that's fine, that's going to be okay, let's work on what's really bad. Let's try to create something that nobody else has and let's eliminate all the weaknesses."

What do I need to do to win? Well, I need to win the figures. I'm not a very good compulsory figure skater, it's a lot of figure eights. Well, guess what?, I have to be. So let's spend five hours a day doing figures. on a piece of ice that's fresh, brand new, no lines, no anything, you have to draw the perfect size circles. Both circles have to be the same size, they have to be lined up, the centers have to be neat, everything has to be perfect. That takes time. I had to really apply myself, knowing that if I won the compulsory figures it was mine. It was a strategy. A lot of skaters don't use strategy and don't like to build on their weaknesses, because it's not fun to do that.

They also don't look at who they're skating for and the judges that are going to be determining their fate. They say, "Well, this is me and this is what I like. I'm a rock 'n roll kind of guy, so it's going to be a rock 'n roll kind of thing." And then they get some judges, thinking "What the heck is that?" And they don't win. You got to look at the panel, and you've got to make sure that you connect, present something they can easily digest, and make their job of judging easy. They'll love you if you give them something they can give a good mark to.