Article: Kanaeva always applies this principle-winner or loser

Kanaeva’s first coach, Elena Arais with little Zhenya~so cute
 
Another piece, which is an interview of Kanaeva’s first trainer, Elena Arais. Enjoy the read.
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Original written in Russian by Mikhail Mandel on 23-09-2009, posted on http://www.bk55.ru/magazine/archive/2009/142/11862/
English text was translated and edited by catts
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Six gold medals were won in the city of Mie (Japan) by the Olympic Champion, the ‘Deserved Master of Sports’, Evgenia Kanaeva. ‘Isn’t Evgenia Kanaeva quite a phenomenon?’ We asked the ‘Deserved Trainer of Russia’, Elena Arais – the daughter of the gymnast’s current trainer Vera Shtelbaums. Elena met Zhenya 14 years ago when she was five years old.
 
Q: You had trained Zhenya for almost seven years. How did you notice in the 5-years-old girl that she was to become the future RG star?
A: You first need to accept that there are a lot of talented children out there. However, sadly and unfortunately, not each of them manages to fully develop the talent. Nowadays, all people admire the skill of the Olympic champion Zhenya Kanaeva, but only a few have acknowledged the fantastic work capacity of this girl who possesses endurance and boldness. Besides, she is capable of thinking and analyzing – which is extremely important. I do not know … maybe, the Kanaev family also has been a factor. Zhenya’s mum, Svetlana, is the Master of Sports in RG, and her dad, Oleg, is the international arbitrator of Greek-Roman wrestling. Right from the beginning Zheneya was trained persistently and , certainly, it was necessary to notice how her ability was being developed through training. Results came soon enough. In thirteen years she was able to become the leader in Russia, and even within the first five years she was among the strongest in our region.
 
Q: Perhaps, this is what is called ‘a golden small fish’, a gift-of-a-life-time which all trainers dream of. What have made Kanaeva such a phenomenon?
A: I have already listed the qualities which Zhenya possesses. I can only add that in RG we aspire to make difficult routines. Beauty is important but the sport is indispensable from the addition of complicated elements. And during competitions, frequently – due to the fear of not being able to do certain elements – the gymnasts tend to simplify their routines. Sometimes they even appear to be defensive. Their thoughts are that: if execute cleanly, good result can be achieved even by doing a simplified routine. But Zhenya is different from them that she never simplifies her routines. I would say that she was a brave little girl. She always applies the principle ‘winner or loser’. This quality has already distinguished her from others since her first steps in RG. Zhenya always trained with great joy. I remember how this little girl’s grandmother Irina Aleksandrovne waited long outside the training hall. She lived and lives RG. Once again I want to emphasize: ‘there are a lot of talented children, but there are only a few with both talent and diligence’.
 
Q: Perhaps, Zhenya has done it all. Well-known gymnasts such as Alina Kabaeva and Irina Tchachina have retired. There is no more serious competitor.
A: What are you talking about? What about the absolute world champion Olga Kapranova? And the absolute European champion Vera Sesina? And Ukrainian Anna Bessonova? And how much more work and endurance Zhenya still needs to show in order to get a place in the Russian OG team? Was Zhenya’s every single victory given to her easily? No. She is by right the strongest. Her routines are very difficult, and she executes them excellently.
 
Q: Elena Nikolaevna, please allow me to ask this tricky question: Many people now have the impression that unconditional victories for the Omsk gymnast has begun to irritate not only the competitors, but even the head trainer of the Russian national team Irina Aleksandrovna Viner. It is fair to comment that before the Beijing Olympic Games Viner highly rated her gymnasts Sesina and Kapranova.
A: You what? How victories can irritate the head trainer of the national team? After all Zhenya Kanaeva won Russia a gold medal in Beijing. No. Irina Aleksandrovna is indeed very attentive, benevolent and caring toward Zhenya. Therefore, there is no proof of such rumour, and the atmosphere in the national team is good.
 
Q: You have transferred Zhenya to your mum Vera Efremovna Shtelbaums. Are you looking for new talents at the moment?
A: We simply work. There is a very good structure of trainers in the Center of Olympic Preparation – as well as many talented little girls, and we are determined to train up new RG stars. For now, certainly, we are proud of Zhenya.
 
Remarks:
Evgenia Kanaeva has broken the record of the number of gold medals won in one single RG World Championship – which lasted 17 years. Having won 6 gold medals in the WC in Japan, the girl from Omsk has surpassed Oksana Kostina’s achievement in Brussels 1992, in which she won five gold medals.

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Kanaeva 總是奉行 「贏家 或 輸家」這個信念
Chinese translated by Zoe Wan (zhenya0402)

這篇訪問是訪問Kanaeva的第一個教練 (童年時的教練), Elena Arais。
發表於2009年9月23日
 
奧運冠軍, ‘Deserved Master of Sports’Evgenia Kanaeva 在日本三重 (Mie) 贏了6面金牌。我們請教了 ‘Deserved Trainer of Russia’, Elena Arais –Kanaeva選手的現任教練 Vera Shtelbaums的女兒, 「Evgenia Kanaeva 是不是相當的特別,相當的不平凡 」。
 
Q: 你訓練Kanaeva將近7年的時間, 你如何留意到這個5歲的小女孩會成為未來的RG 明星?
A: 首先你必須承認有很多有天分的小孩。然而悲傷地且遺憾地,不是每一個人都能完全發展出她們的天賦。現在,所有人都讚嘆奧運冠軍 Evgenia Kanaeva 的技術,可是只有少數人了解這個女孩驚人的工作量,她擁有忍耐力跟魄力。此外,她還會思考跟分析,這是相當重要的。我不知道…也許 Kanaev 家族也是其中一個因素。Zhenya 的媽媽,Svetlana,在RG界取得Master of Sports 的頭銜,而她的爸爸,Oleg,是希臘-羅馬式摔角的國際裁判。從一開始,Zhenya 持續地被訓練,而透過訓練留意她的能力發展是必要的。成果很快的展現出來,13歲時她已經成為俄羅斯的領先者 (指Junior吧), 甚至在頭5年,在我們這個地區她是處於最強的族群。
 
Q: 也許這就是所謂的「小金魚」,做為教練,一生夢寐以求的弟子。是什麼原因讓 Kanaeva 如此的不平凡 ?
A: 我已經列出 Kanaeva 所具有的特質,我只能再加上,在RG界,我們冀望創造出困難的Routine,美麗是重要的,但運動不可避免的要附加複雜的元素。比賽的時候,經常地-由於害怕無法做出明確的動作,選手傾向於簡化她們的routine。有時甚至顯的很保守。她們的想法是:「即使做簡單的routine,如果完成的很乾淨,一樣會有好成績」。但Kanaeva 跟她們不一樣,她從未簡化她的Routine。我認為她是個勇敢的小女孩。她總是奉行「贏家或輸家」這個信念。從她在RG生涯的第一步,這個特質讓她在別人中顯的很突出。Zhenya 總是很開心的接受訓練,我記得這小女孩的外婆-Irina Aleksandrovne 總是在訓練大廳外等很久的時間。RG 就是她的生活,她的經歷,她的生命。再一次,我必須強調,有天賦的小孩很多,但只有少數人同時具備天賦跟勤勉。
 
Q: 也許 Kanaeva 沒有遇到什麼阻礙,因為著名的選手像 Alina Kabaeva 跟 Irina Tchachina 等都已經退役了,如今沒有實力堅強的競爭者。
A: 你在說什麼? 那世界冠軍Olga Kapranova 呢? 還有歐洲冠軍 Vera Sesina ? 還有烏克蘭的 Anna Bessonova? 難道Zhenya 的每個勝利都來的很容易? 她是當今最強的。她的routines 非常困難且她完成的很棒。
 
Q: Elena Nikolaevna, 請容許我問個刁難的問題: 「很多人有這個感覺, OMSK選手的絕對勝利不只激怒了她的競爭對手,甚至激怒了俄羅斯國家隊的主教練 Irina Aleksandrovna Viner。北京奧運之前,說 Irina Viner 抬高她自己的選手–Sesina 跟 Kapranova 的看法並沒有錯。
A: 你說什麼? 為何勝利會激怒俄羅斯國家隊的主教練。畢竟,在北京,是Zhenya Kanaeva 幫俄羅斯贏了奧運金牌。不,Irina Aleksandrovna 真的非常細心,和藹且她很關心Zhenya。因此沒有任何證據證明這個謠言,俄羅斯國家隊的氣氛是很好的。
 
Q: 你已經將Zhenya Kanaeva 轉交給你媽媽 Vera Efremovna Shtelbaums 帶。現階段你有在尋找新的有天分的小孩嗎?
A: 我們就是純粹工作。奧林匹克預備中心的教練架構非常好。也有很多有天分的小女孩,我們決心要培養出新的RG 明星。當然,現階段,我們以Zhenya 為榮。
 
Remarks:
Zhenya Kanaeva 打破在一屆世錦賽贏得金牌數量的紀錄-舊紀錄維持了17年。在日本世錦賽贏得6面金牌,這個來自OMSK的女孩已經超越了Oksana Kostina在1992年Brussels世錦賽贏得5面金牌的成就。
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6 Responses to Article: Kanaeva always applies this principle-winner or loser

  1. Wan and catts says:

    呵呵 不過這篇訪問的記者是叫她 "a Golden Small Fish"

  2. RC says:

    对,卡娜是乖乖宝宝^^粉色小兔子~~~~

  3. Wan and catts says:

    你說的對, RC兔, 不過比較特別的是, 我看了那麼多Zhenya的訪問及相關人士的就這篇出現比較勁爆的問題, 其他的都沒有, 大概是Zhenya太乖了, 每次回答問題都中規中矩, 說話都很得體, 也不多說所以記者想挖她比較難 嘻

  4. RC says:

    nodding,刚和Zoe还感叹,媒体就是千方百计的想从被访者嘴里套出劲暴的话来,简直可以说是不计后果

  5. Wan and catts says:

    哈 記者不這樣就不叫記者了, 畢竟媒體喜歡寫些刺激的東西

  6. Hsu says:

    這記者怎麼有些問題讓人覺得有點不舒服阿anyway,謝謝Zoe的中譯 and catts的英譯你們辛苦了^^PS :照片裡的小Zhenya也太可愛了吧~Yao

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