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This article may be outdated but it helps us to have some idea on Zhenya’s feelings and thoughts during this year’s Universiade.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)
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.
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 is「What 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….
Evgenia Kanaeva: 我想過贏5面金牌嗎? 不，當然沒有…
Chinese traslated by Zoe Wan
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。
….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。
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。