Posted on http://rsport.ru/interview/20130307/649477066.html on 07-03-2013
Originally written in Russian by Veronica Stolbunova
English edition translated and edited by catts, Many Many Thanks catts
The Head of Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, the chief national trainer Irina Viner, told Veronica Stolbunova of the agency “R-Sport” about her initial encounter with the two-time Olympic champion Evgenia Kanaeva, her life outside of sport and her own relationship with the gymnast.
Kanaeva was not especially shiny
Q: Irina, do you remember the first time you met Zhenya?
A: Zhenya was a very humble girl. And her second coach Vera Efremovna Shtelbaums, at that time, was working with Irina Tchachina in Novogorsk. Amina Zaripova watched this girl in a competition and asked her to come to train in the Olympic Village of Udaltsov in Moscow, so that she could be closer to the trainer (Shtelbaums). I resolved, and Zhenya came and received training. She sometimes came to Novogorsk and trained there. She was a good girl, but was not especially shiny. But over time, this girl had done it all by herself, of course, Continue reading