"When we are at the competition, we don't fight," adds Sophia. "We try to be as nice as we can be to one another."
They've been figure skating as a team for close to eight years now. Sophia actually started skating first, wanting to follow in the footsteps of their mother, Yana, a speed skater in her home country of Russia.
A short time later, older brother Christopher decided to give the sport a try but only after mom gave him some incentives to participate. (Candy, McDonald's, and toys)
On the ice they've turned a sibling rivalry into their sibling strength.
“We don't have to say it,” said Sophia. “We automatically know what we're going to do.”
Lately, what they've been doing is winning. Just last month, The Elders took home the gold in the Intermediate dance portion of the US Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“They said our scores. (103.53) They were super high,” said Sophia. “It was five points higher than our goal. It was unreal!”
The competition is only going to get tougher for the Elders but they know when they are working as a team, they can achieve just about anything. WDRB asked them if they see themselves breaking up the team somewhere down the line to achieve individual success. The response?
As to whether or not they love each other, Sophia quickly answered,
“Yea...Most of the time”