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Moscow, March 3rd.
The only one in history two-time Olympic champion in RG, 17-time world champion – Evgenia Kanaeva is not excluding a possibility of her return to the sport. Today she’s been talking about that with ITAR-TASS reporter during the first stage of Grand-Prix Moscow.
“I am still living and breathing gymnastics – attending the championships, following the events; has attended practice in Novogorsk, – said Kanaeva. – For the time being, I have taken some time off, and my future in the sport will depend on my health – soon I am leaving abroad for treatment.
“Every year, every month, and every day new thoughts and goals come up, – continued Evgenia. – It is hard to predict anything. Take Alina Kabaeva, for example, – she returned after a year-long break, could not live without the sport. Figure skater – Evgeniy Plushenko – so many injuries! But still he came back, had a surgery, and now wants to compete at the Olympics. Just imagine that you have been doing what you love since childhood, and can only see yourself doing that. When you give everything to the sport: all your love, strength and health, it is hard to let it go.”
ITAR-TASS correspondent wondered if Evgenia Kanaeva was planning to become a mother in the near future. Evgenia Kanaeva answered with a smile: “I cannot plan that, but every woman, girl, dreams about that, and so do I. But so far it has not happened to me”.
Two-time Olympic champion at this point cannot see herself as a trainer. “So far I have not been thinking of doing that, – said the gymnast. – I can come to the team practice and give some tips or help with something, but not more than that. The members of our team are children: they need support and praise. Now they have a chance to prove themselves. At this point, I have other goals”.
As a RRGF vice-president, Evgenia Kanaeva attended championships of Russia in Kazan in the beginning of the year. “We were selecting girls for the team, – said Kanaeva. – So far I have been fulfilling that sort of duties in this capacity. My thoughts about my appointment? You see, Irina Aleksandrovna Viner-Usmanova would never leave any of her athletes in any trouble. You can call her with a problem at any moment, and she’ll help. She is an honorable person. I will also be doing my best to do everything I can for our sport”, – promised the Olympic champion.
She also emphasized that she was not excluding a possibility of her returning to the sport: “Everything will depend on the state of my health – for now I have taken time off”.