Evgenia Kanaeva: Have I thought about winning 5 medals? No, of course …


many thanks to catts,he finally finished this article’s translation,
This article may be outdated but it helps us to have some idea on Zhenya’s feelings and thoughts during this year’s Universiade. Enjoy the read.

Published on 31.08.2009 (23:00)
http://www.libsport.ru/doc/37c4dfb0-7a8e-41c7-9397-a514250cad57/
The original author: Tonkacheeva Oksana (Russian)
The English text was translated and edited by catts

INSIDER LOOK OF THE OLYMPIC CHAMPION – HER VIEW ON THE UNIVERSITY GAME, COMPETITIONS AND BEHIND THE SCENES
The University Games in Belgrade ended with the Russian national team confidently taking first place on the medals list. Our athletes won 76 medals altogether, in which 27 are gold. The RG competition was won by the Olympic champion Evgenia Kanaeva. Today we bring you her Belgrade "abstract".

Expecting a debut
It is the first time in my career to take part in the University Games in Belgrade. When the competitions are new, you always have special feelings for them. It is not just about excitement – which is there of course, but also about how much sensation is at all the important moments. Here it is, a new boundary for you, and you should take all opportunities to give your best …

I flied to Belgrade after finishing my second year study at the Omsk physical culture institute, and thus the University Games has turned out to be my first competition for almost a month. Therefore, the stimulus to go and impress was considerable. Later, I realized the University Games is a ‘more-than-serious’ competition. Generally, for me, there is no tournament in which it is impossible to give my best. I have been brought up this way since childhood, and the head trainer of the national team Irina Aleksandrovna Viner never underestimates the status of any competition. Indeed, the University Games is almost like an Olympic Games. Perhaps in terms of nerve, tension and importance for the athletes, it is not quite at the level of the Olympic Games. But, take note, the word ‘solemn’ sounds similar … And both competitions take place every four years. And the competitors are the same as those with whom I performed on the OG carpet. Anna Bessonova, for example …

Day one: acquaintance to the University Game
… Upon arrival, we were taken to the athlete village from the airport. Although it does not appear to be as big as the one in Beijing (it does not have restaurant or cafe as the one for the OG, and thus we need to go off elsewhere for meals), there is a festival atmosphere. The space, flags, beautiful sportswear … buses with delegations shuttling here and there … However, my mood of having fun and going on holiday vanished very quickly. When we arrived, after getting our bags, we at once went for training. I adapted to training/competition mode immediately. Surprisingly, later, many people asked me, ‘how do you like the city? How is the country?’ I could not give any answer as I was not able to wander around the city or look at anything interesting. Such chance just did not come.

Many people may not believe but our lives are always like this: you get up in the morning, train, then you eat something, have a rest, and it is already time to get ready to perform. During the time of competition, you plunge yourself so deeply that as long as the competition lasts, nothing else is exciting or interesting at all. For me, Belgrade is like … the bus, the sports hall, training, hotel, a dream. I was there for 3 days, but all the time it was about competition … Perhaps I will upset someone by admitting that I did not pay much attention on how our national team members were doing. I was later told by the journalists that my medals have helped the national team to go top on the medals list …
 

Day two: all-around
On the first day of the RG competition, we performed in Individual All-Around. It is the most prestigious, as well as the most difficult, championship title. You execute 4 routines, and the result is calculated by adding up all the points. Upon stepping onto the carpet for the first 2 rotations, you could hear a voice inside you saying ‘get into gear’; some parts of you might have been feeling very cautious, but soon were all liberated. You needed to get used to the gymnasium, the carpet and the spectators. But AA is a marathon, it exhausts you. I remember, after arriving back to the hotel, at once I slept. There remained two days of competition, which would be ended with the finals on individual apparatus. However, we needed to analyze today’s performance in order to understand why the errors occurred. Despite the gold medals, I made mistakes in my routines!

Day three – individual apparatus
 
I remember, while I was on the bus on the next day, my head thought of all the details of the routines. It may appear to many people that the competitions on individual apparatus are easier to go through. Not at all. In AA, you can use other routines to compensate your worse performance; here you only have one chance to be first. And, for me, as I have already mentioned, not everything in my routines turned out. My physical form was not at its peak, and the previous long break also affected me. I was out of breath all the time, my feet and hands were little a bit stiff … In short, I was far from perfect. But I tried not to panic. I adjusted myself as such – despite not being in the best condition, I aimed to do the maximum. I was not affected by those gymnasts who love one apparatus and only execute the routine with a moment of inspiration. I love all the apparatus. For ball – splits, for ribbon – turns and throws, for rope – leaps … What was on my mind was how all the elements could open the door for me to give my best.

Epilogue
Have I thought about winning all five medals? No, of course … it is very difficult to predict any result in our kind of sports. What do I remember the most from the University Games? Probably, it was the joy when I was told, due to my victories, Russia came top on the medals list. Don’t think that I played the role as a heroine … I do not consider. I stepped onto the carpet and tried to do everything that I am capable of. It just happened that today everything turned out fine for me. Next time it can happen to someone else …

What more? You know, for some reason, I remember one thing well – it happened when I was 12, while Ira Tchachina was in preparation for the OG in our RG school in Omsk. At that time, for me, it seemed so unreal to even be called to join the national team training, let alone taking part in competitions … So I am happy and will remember all my medals, especially these 5 in one tournament …

Note: My favorite words of this interview isWhat was on my mins how all the elements could open the door for me to give my best。」I love Zhenya use this idea-"open the door" 

Little Zhenya watched Irina Tchachina training/
stretching….



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Evgenia Kanaeva: 我想過贏5面金牌嗎? 不,當然沒有…
這篇訪問發表於2009年8月31日
俄文原文網址: http://www.libsport.ru/doc/37c4dfb0-7a8e-41c7-9397-a514250cad57/
Chinese traslated by Zoe Wan

奧運冠軍的內心世界-她對世界大學運動會,比賽跟幕後的看法。

在Belgrade舉辦的世界大學運動會結束了,俄羅斯國家代表隊在獎牌總數排名第一。我們的選手共贏得76面獎牌,其中27面是金牌。奧運冠軍Evgenia Kanaeva贏了韻律體操比賽。今天我們將帶給讀者她的印象記。

期待世界大學運動會首度出賽
這是我生涯第一次參加世界大學運動會。你永遠會對新的比賽有特別的感覺。當然你會覺得興奮,但並不僅止於此,還有在所有重大時刻的感動情緒。這裡,對你而言,那是一個新的境地/ 領域,你必須把握所有機會展現你最好的一面。

我於完成我在OMSK體育學院第二年課程後啟程飛到Belgrade,所以世界大學運動會成為我休息將近一個月後的第一個比賽。因此在鼓舞刺激之下,印象相當深刻。之後,我才了解世界大學運動會是更重大的比賽。一般來說,對我而言,沒有任何一個比賽我會有所保留不去展現我最好的一面。從我小時候開始我一直被教導以這樣的態度面對每一個比賽,且我們國家隊的主教練-Aleksandrovna Viner 從不低估任何一個比賽的情況。確實,世界大學運動會幾乎就像奧運比賽。也許在緊張程度、張力、跟對運動員的重要性來說還不到奧運的層級。但請注意,比賽名稱的莊重/ 莊嚴,兩者聽起來很類似,兩個比賽都是四年舉辦一次 (這裡Zhenya 記錯了吧,Universiade 是兩年辦一次)。且競爭者跟我在奧運的對手是相同的,譬如Anna Bessonova。

第一天: 熟悉世界大學運動會
….抵達Belgrade後,我們由機場被帶領著去選手村。雖然這裡的選手村不像北京奧運的那麼大 (它不像奧運有餐廳 or 咖啡廳,所以我們必須到別處用餐),但有節慶的氣氛。場地、旗子、漂亮的運動服…載著代表團的巴士這裡那裡的到處穿梭…..。但是玩樂跟渡假的心情很快就消失了。當我們抵達,拿著我們的袋子,我們立即投入訓練。我立刻調整為訓練/ 比賽的狀態。很意外地,隨後不久,就有一堆人來問我: 「你喜歡這個城市嗎? 這個國家如何?
我無法給予任何回答,因為我沒有機會去逛這個城市,看看有哪些有趣的東西。

很多人也許不相信,但我們RG選手的生活總是像這樣: 早上起來,訓練,然後吃一點東西,休息一下,然後就差不多到時間該準備去比賽了。比賽期間,你讓自己投入其中,非常地深入,這樣的狀況一直持續到比賽結束。沒有什麼興奮或者有趣的。對於我,Blegrade就像…巴士、比賽大廳、訓練、旅館跟睡眠。我在那裡待了三天,但所有三天的時間都跟比賽有關…對於我承認自己沒太留意國家隊其他比賽項目選手的表現,也許會讓某些人失望。是事後有記者告訴我,因為我的獎牌讓我們國家隊在獎牌榜上排第一…

第二天: 個人全能
RG比賽第一天,是比個人全能。這是聲望/地位最高,也是最困難的競賽頭銜。你得做四個成套,比賽結果是把四個成套的分數加總。步入比賽場,前兩輪時,你聽到自己內心有個聲音說: 「把開關打開(意指進入比賽狀態吧);一部份的你可能感覺非常的小心謹慎/保守,但很快地就釋放所有情緒。你必須習慣比賽的體操館、地毯跟觀眾。但個人全能是一種馬拉松式的比賽,會耗盡你的精力。我記得比完個人全能後回到旅館,我立刻睡著了。還剩下兩天比賽,是比單項決賽。然而我們必須分析今天的表現,以便了解為何會發生失誤。儘管我拿到全能金牌,但我的成套出現失誤。

第三天: 個人單項決賽
我記得隔天,當我坐在巴士裡,我腦裡想的是我的成套的所有細節。很多人可能會有這種印象,覺得個人單項比賽比較簡單/容易。一點也不,個人全能你可以用其他項目的分數去彌補你表現比較差的某一項;而單項決賽想取得第一名你只有一次機會。且對我來說,先前我已經提過,並不是每一個成套我都表現好。我的身體狀況沒有調整到顛峰,而之前那段比較長時間的休息也對我產生影響。整場比賽我都有些喘不過氣,我的手腳都有些僵硬…簡而言之,我離完美還有段很大的距離。但我試著不讓自己驚慌。試著這樣調整自己:「儘管自己不是在最佳的狀態,但我盡可能做到自己所能做的最大的極限。」我沒被那些只喜歡一種器械且只享受於某一個受到鼓勵的時刻的選手影響。我喜歡所有的器械。球-柔韌、彩帶-旋轉跟拋接、繩-跳躍…..我心裡所想的是如何讓所有動作為我打開一扇門讓我得以進入狀況展現我最好的一面。

結語
我想過會贏得五面金牌嗎?不,當然沒有…我們這個運動是很難去預測結果的。對於世界大學運動會,我記憶最深刻的是什麼?就是當有人告訴我,俄羅斯因為我的關係而在獎牌榜上躍居第一,當時我內心的喜悅。不覺得自己扮演了女英雄的角色…我不這麼認為。我走上體操毯上並試著做出每一件我所能做的。有可能今天每件事對我而言都進行的很順利,但下一次這種好情況可能就轉到別人身上。

還有要補充的嗎?因為一些原因,我記的很清楚這件事-在我12歲的時候,當Ira Tchachina在OMSK的RG學校為奧運做準備。當時對我而言,被挑選加入國家隊,單獨參加比賽,
已經是很難以想像,有如在夢中/非現實…所以我很開心,而且我會記住所有我獲得的獎牌,特別是這五面金牌。

Note: 這篇訪問我最喜歡的一段話是 我心裡所想的是如何讓所有動作為我打開一扇門讓我得以進入狀況展現我最好的一面。我喜歡Zhenya用 "打開一扇門" 這個概念。

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4 Responses to Evgenia Kanaeva: Have I thought about winning 5 medals? No, of course …

  1. Wan and catts says:

    這篇訪問我最喜歡的一段話是 「What was on my mins how all the elements could open the door for me to give my best。」我喜歡Zhenya用"打開一扇門"這個概念。也必需說catts的遣詞用字真的太棒了!

  2. Wan and catts says:

    補上中文翻譯

  3. Wan and catts says:

    hehe 兔子, 我把我有的-Little Zhenya跟其他小朋友看著Ira做伸展/ 訓練的照片補PO上去了…不曉得這2張是你提到的照片之一嗎?

  4. RC says:

    看到最后一段她回忆自己作为小妹妹看师姐Ira备战大赛,我感慨啊。。。。。。。。。每次看到她和Ira,宝宝和虫子,这些段落真的让人感触很多很多顺便说,第一张训练照,正好很像01年左右Ira的一组很著名的训练照的感觉,当年看的时候就注意Ira了,几年之后才发现,那组照片里的某张有卡娜在旁边,圆头圆脑,那照片的拍摄时间,基本上就是卡娜文中所说的12岁上下的年龄

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