Taschlerová & Taschler on a journey to realize their targets

By Matteo Morelli | Skating Picture by Robin Ritoss

Representing the Czech Republic, Natálie Taschlerová & Filip Taschler are a partnership that’s constantly enhancing and keen to indicate their full potential. They’re at the moment coaching on the Younger Goose Academy in Bolzano, Italy, with a workforce 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 targets and work in direction of them.

Taschlerova & Taschler after the Rhythm Dance at Grand Prix Espoo. Picture 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 a lot better than Sheffield. We arrived right here with out expectation and it was extra relaxed for us. Total, it was very nice and we discovered a solution 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 glad about it. We made some very small adjustments that in all probability 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 have now 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 thought from already two years in the past, after we completed the junior season. I noticed this idea with a synchronized skating workforce. I used to be stunned they did a local weather change theme and located it actually robust and galvanizing. We mentioned this concept with Matteo and he was glad to attempt to develop it. The music had way more phrases at first of the season, however we acquired some suggestions that it was perhaps a bit too political, so we labored on some adjustments to maintain it extra impartial and focussed on nature as a theme. 

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

NT: I began skating after I was two, Filip began when he was 4. We will mainly say we have now been skating for complete 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 obtained 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 expertise 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 resolve to attempt skating collectively, and right here we’re!

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

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

FT: We’ve 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 ups and downs in fact, however it’s regular. We’re additionally working with a psychological coach. Total, we have now a powerful connection on the ice, and skating helps us to enhance our relationship. 

Let’s take a look at your senior profession up to now. You competed at some worldwide occasions already, nevertheless the Covid-19 pandemic noticed a sequence of occasions getting cancelled over the past couple of years. How did you reside this explicit 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 loads. Our coach is superb, he retains saying that in each scenario we have now to consider the constructive aspect of it. So we used that point to enhance and concentrate on our essential purpose, the Olympic Video games. 

NT: And in addition I believe this era of COVID-19 helped us to get extra used to residing in Italy, to fulfill 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 obtained nearer with everybody and that was good. 

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

FT: It was very nerve-racking as a result of I obtained injured and I needed to miss the summer time preparation. It was exhausting, I assumed my dream was gone, however I labored loads with my psychological coach and we made it occur! We certified and it was an incredible expertise, being on the ice with all the highest groups was so inspiring. We tried to soak up every thing from our time there.

NT: Going again to the household enterprise we talked about earlier, it was good to realize our purpose for our mother and for our dad, as a result of we have been all the time speaking about it with them. We sacrificed loads, 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 exhausting however in the long run, that is what paid off. Total, we had an incredible time. The entire month there was fairly lengthy, however after we obtained 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 obtained a transparent path in thoughts that you simply wish to comply with? 

NT: The purpose is that we wish to assault as a lot as doable on the Europeans, the spots are open for everybody proper now, and we’re enthusiastic about that. We set the targets, however we all the time go away 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 perhaps we have been dreaming about it, however on the finish we have been tremendous glad as a result of we skated clear and improved. 

Having the proper assist to realize your targets is essential, and appears like your coaches are very a lot in your aspect. How would you outline your relationship with them?

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

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

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

NT: We loved it loads, it was a brand new expertise for us as a workforce to go together with two {couples} and one coach, but it surely was superb. On the follow classes, we have been giving one another the look and saying “let’s go”!