From a 2001 interview with Irina Rodnina:
Q: Communication skills - is that from America too? I am surprised that you
smile to both Alexei Mishin and Tatiana Tarasova who naturally hate each
A: I can't stand that. I know Tatiana Anatolievna well, she is my coach, I
left Zhuk for her at my time... But I don't want and won't depend on her
mood, on her head - will she say hello, won't she say hello to me. Yes, we
are educated people. We can recite entire works of Pushkin, we quote Homer.
We are very educated but not civilized. We can't communicate. Foreign
coaches already guess: at that competition will Tarasova fight with Dubova or
Mishin with Chaikovskaya?