Like most 13-year-old skaters, there are times Andrew Torgashev would like nothing better than to go home and tell his parentts about how tough his coaches are making life at his rink in Coral Springs, Florida.
But Andrew can’t do that. His parents, Ilona Melnichenko and Artem Torgashev, are his coaches.
It’s a situation that works pretty well, most of the time.
“There are hard days and easy days; it depends on the mood,” said Artem, a two-time World Junior pairs medalist for Soviet Union. “We try not to bring parenting to the coaching, and coaching back to the home. We try to find a medium comfortable zone for training .”
“It’s hard to separate parents from coaches, but we find a way to do it,” Andrew said. “It’s not always perfect, but we always communicate in the end and it always comes together.”
The two worlds collided in the kiss and cry after Andrew performed a pristine free skate to Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez.” Melnichenko’s role as a coach and choreographer melted away. The proud mom kissed Andrew on the cheek. Like many another teenage boy, he vigorously wiped the kiss away.
A moment later, Andrew’s score – 149.63 points – was announced. All business he turned to shake hands with dad, and then with mom. his total, 225.24 points, was a new U.S. junior record, eclipsing Nathan Chen’s 2014 total by about two points. this is his third U.S. title, after winning juvenile and intermediate crowns.