Taschlerová & Taschler on a journey to realize their objectives

By Matteo Morelli | Skating Photograph by Robin Ritoss

Representing the Czech Republic, Natálie Taschlerová & Filip Taschler are a partnership that’s repeatedly enhancing and keen to indicate their full potential. They’re at present coaching on the Younger Goose Academy in Bolzano, Italy, with a crew of coaches that features Matteo Zanni and Barbora Silná. We met them after they competed at Grand Prix of Espoo, and talked about their journey as siblings ice dancers, how they arrange their objectives and work in direction of them.

Taschlerova & Taschler after the Rhythm Dance at Grand Prix Espoo. Photograph by Matteo Morelli.

Natálie and Filip, thanks for locating a while to speak to us at Grand Prix of Espoo. With Sheffield, that is your second senior Grand Prix occasion. How do you’re feeling after having accomplished each competitions?

Filip Taschler (FT): We’re so proud of each our rhythm dance and free dance! It was significantly better than Sheffield. We arrived right here with out expectation and it was extra relaxed for us. General, it was very nice and we discovered a method to take one other step ahead.

Natálie Taschlerová (NT): Sure, I agree. The work that we tried to place in after Sheffield in only one and a half week paid off and we’re actually completely happy about it. We made some very small adjustments that most likely nobody can acknowledge. 

FT: We’re so fortunate that our coach (Matteo Zanni) cuts the music. He has his pocket book subsequent to the ice and adjustments it instantly as we go, so we’ve got new music for each competitors! 

Your free programme presents a powerful theme about nature and the planet. How did you give you that concept and the way did you develop it? 

FT: This was my concept from already two years in the past, after we completed the junior season. I noticed this idea with a synchronized skating crew. I used to be shocked they did a local weather change theme and located it actually sturdy and provoking. We mentioned this concept with Matteo and he was completely happy to attempt to develop it. The music had far more phrases in the beginning of the season, however we acquired some suggestions that it was possibly a bit too political, so we labored on some adjustments to maintain it extra impartial and focussed on nature as a theme. 

Let’s have a look at whenever you began skating. How outdated have been you whenever you first put skates on, and the way did you find yourself skating collectively as a crew? 

NT: I began skating after I was two, Filip began when he was 4. We will mainly say we’ve got been skating for entire our lives! We each began in single skating, we tried synchro, after which Filip approached ice dance whereas I used to be nonetheless in singles, however then I acquired injured. I broke my arm whereas doing gymnastics, and from then I used to be scared to leap, and everybody was telling me that I had good skating abilities and I ought to attempt the ice dance.

FT: At that time, I used to be not so proud of my ex-partner, so we determine to attempt skating collectively, and right here we’re!

Do you suppose the truth that you might be siblings lets you be extra direct and clear with one another?

NT: For certain. It’s referred to as household enterprise for a cause! We’ve got a really pure connection and we’re having fun with extra time collectively now, which is nice. 

FT: We’ve got such a powerful connection earlier than a contest, and generally when I’m nervous she will be able to really feel it instantly. We’ve got ups and downs after all, however it’s regular. We’re additionally working with a psychological coach. General, we’ve got a powerful connection on the ice, and skating helps us to enhance our relationship. 

Let’s have a look at your senior profession to date. You competed at some worldwide occasions already, nevertheless the Covid-19 pandemic noticed a collection of occasions getting cancelled during the last couple of years. How did you reside this specific time in current historical past?

FT: We have been actually fortunate as a result of our ice rink in Italy was open on a regular basis. We had actually strict restrictions, however we have been skating so much. Our coach is superb, he retains saying that in each scenario we’ve got to consider the constructive aspect of it. So we used that point to enhance and give attention to our foremost objective, the Olympic Video games. 

NT: And likewise I feel this era of COVID-19 helped us to get extra used to residing in Italy, to satisfy new individuals and get into the life there, as a result of it was the primary season that we spent within the nation. So, we acquired nearer with everybody and that was good. 

You talked about the Olympic Video games have been your objective: you managed to make that dream come true! How did you reside this distinctive expertise? 

FT: It was very worrying as a result of I acquired injured and I needed to miss the summer season preparation. It was arduous, I assumed my dream was gone, however I labored so much with my psychological coach and we made it occur! We certified and it was a tremendous expertise, being on the ice with all the highest groups was so inspiring. We tried to soak up all the pieces from our time there.

NT: Going again to the household enterprise we talked about earlier, it was good to realize our objective for our mother and for our dad, as a result of we have been all the time speaking about it with them. We sacrificed so much, together with spending time with our father within the Czech Republic. We left for the USA with our mother and we stored going, which was actually arduous however in the long run, that is what paid off. General, we had a tremendous time. The entire month there was fairly lengthy, however after we acquired to the competitors it actually felt that we have been on the Olympics. 

Speaking in regards to the future and your goals, have you ever acquired a transparent path in thoughts that you just need to comply with? 

NT: The objective is that we need to assault as a lot as attainable on the Europeans, the spots are open for everybody proper now, and we’re enthusiastic about that. We set the objectives, however we all the time depart them open as a result of we skate for ourselves, not only for the medals. Additionally at this Grand Prix in Espoo, we didn’t get a medal and possibly we have been dreaming about it, however on the finish we have been tremendous completely happy as a result of we skated clear and improved. 

Having the correct help to realize your objectives is vital, and appears like your coaches are very a lot in your aspect. How would you outline your relationship with them?

FT: I feel it’s a fairly sturdy one. It feels extra like a household relationship in a manner. Barbora (Silná) has been working with us since after we began our junior years. We’ve got a very deep connection along with her and in addition with Matteo, who was the primary one who advised us that our father died. They’re attempting to place 100% in for us and to push us working in direction of our objectives to make them occur. Typically, it’s arduous to work with us for certain, due to the stress we’re underneath and, let’s say, as a result of we’re nonetheless children in a manner!

NT: By rising up, we recognize the connection greater than earlier than. Particularly me, after I was youthful I used to be fairly one thing for Matteo’s nerves, so we recognize them working with us!

FT: The crew in Italy is superb and it’s beginning to develop, and in addition the ice dance motion within the Czech Republic is beginning to develop so much. In our crew in Bolzano, we now have the Georgian couple (Maria Kazakova and Georgy Reviya) with us, so we’re extra aggressive at coaching which is best for all of us to push ourselves.

The crew spirit was noticeable in Sheffield, the place each you and the Georgian couple competed.

NT: We loved it so much, it was a brand new expertise for us as a crew to go along with two {couples} and one coach, however it was superb. On the follow periods, we have been giving one another the look and saying “let’s go”!