Rand and Grethe Grunberg represent Estonia. In
spring 2005, they won the Estonian (senior) National
Championships and in the fall of 2005 they won
their first Junior Grand Prix medal - a bronze
- at the Tallinn Cup. They are coached by Lea
Rand, Kristjan's mother, and also train and work
with Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva in Canton,
did you each start skating? Why did you start?
Kristjan: . I started skating at
the age of five. My mother wanted to send me to play
ice hockey, but there was only one group and Ii was
too young for it. So, because my mother was a coach
i started doing ice-dance.
did you start skating together?
I'm not sure, but i think at the age of eight.
season, you have worked with Igor Shpilband. How has
this influenced your skating?
Igor helped us a lot and because of him we won our
first grand-prix medal :) He's a great coach!
you training in the USA full-time?
We're trying to train there as much as we can. Basically
for the full season.
is it like for you to be coached by your mom?
It's a little hard to be trained by mother, because
i'm not so afraid of her. Sometimes we argue, but
things like this happen and all in all she's a good
What is your favorite type of music to skate
I don't have any favourites, because i'm not the one
who decides, usually. It's a coach who decides, and
I always agree :)
do you think about the new judging system?
I really like it. I've got used to it and i think
it's better than the old one. It's interesting to
see your points and levels and so you can see what
needs to be changed.
are your goals for this season?
I would like to be at least top ten at Junior Worlds
this season, and to be more exact - 8th.
are the skaters that you look up to as role models?
My biggest role model has and always will be Evgeni
Platov, he's the greatest! I also like Tessa Virtue
and Scott Moir, who are very talented. That's why
I enjoy skating in Igor's group.
do you enjoy doing in your free time (hobbies)?
I love soccer, its the best game and sport in the
world!!! Its a good way to spend your free time with
friends and have fun. In addition, a lot of skaters
are good soccer players.