Translation: Zhenya 2011 TV Interview by Spanish TV


English translated by Gaby (BILLION THANKS!!!)
Skip the introduction of the 2:30 mins in the beginning

Interviewer:I
Zhenya: EK

2.35 I: Thank you very much for coming to our studio. Welcome to our show.
2.37 EK: Thank you

2.39 I:In the recent Grand Prix, you won the AA and the Individual Competitions. Previously, the World Championship was held in Moscow and you won there too. After so many victories, how did you feel? Did you feel more excited or tired??
2.59 EK: In the 2010 and 2009 World Championships I was very tired. I was tired both physically and mentally, but last year it was the other way around. I was stronger during the final day. The AA finals were on that day and after my last routine I was completely excited, in a good mood, and I was even stronger.

3.30. I: And now, in what mood do you start this year?
3.33 EK: I try to be in a good mood; but it’s difficult because the new season is starting, with new apparatuses, new work, new elements, so I must work very hard.

3.43 I: In previous years, you’ve won almost every competition. Are you used to winning every time? Do you feel the same emotions?
3.57 EK: Well, every athlete wants to win. No one wants to lose. That’s normal. But without defeats there are no victories. In my case, the victories don’t come easily. It requires a huge effort from my coaches and from the entire team working with us.

4.30 I: And yours.
4.32 EK: Yes, especially my personal coaches who spend every day with me in the gym. Irina Viner, the principal coach, pays a lot of attention to our health, so we have the appropriate conditioning; everything. She’s very nice with us.

4.55 I: So, every time is as hard as it was the last time.
5.00 EK: You know, the most important for me is to not disappoint anyone because there are people who put in a huge amount of effort for me, so I don’t want to disappoint them. I love them all and I try to do the best I can.

5.17 I:Are you saying that every competition is full of tension?
5.19 EK: Yes, but to tell you the truth, I try not to think about that. I try to do what I’ve been told and then I’m relieved or saddened.

5.39 I: According to your coaches, you’re a very hard worker. How important is this characteristic? It is enough? Or are there other factors like luck, casuality, destiny?
6.07 EK: The most important characteristic for a gymnast is being a hard worker, and to have it, you must overcome yourself, overcome your own temper. You must control yourself in some situations and enjoy what you’re doing.

6.30 I: But what exactly did you have to overcome? In your specific case, what did you have to learn to achieve the necessary character?
6.40 EK: My temper. For me, it is very difficult to control myself because I’m a very emotional person. I always want to do everything perfectly during training, but unfortunately when I practice a new element, I only do them the right way after a month or a year has passed.

7.05 I: You need to be patient.
7.07 EK: Yes, you need to be patient.

7.09 I: What other characteristics, beside patience, are necessary to achieve? And how did you achieve them?
7.15 EK: I think the most important characteristic of a person is to love everybody around you; every circumstances, no matter what they are. You have to look only on the positive side of it.

7.36 I: Let’s say that you were given the opportunity to draw the path of your career the way you like it. Would you have done it with or without defeats? As you were saying before, the defeats have their plus side too.
7.52 EK: You know, without defeats there are no victories. Because every athlete has to take their own path, the path God gave to us. The fact that God tests us is not in vain. It is something that human beings must work with, overcome and move on from.

8.12 I: But what for?
8.14 EK: Sometimes the defeats.

8.17 I: An example?
8.19 EK: Sometimes the defeats change the vision of a person. They teach you that you don’t need to be obsessed with something and you have to move on, think what is good and not surrender to sadness.

8.31 I: When you moved to Moscow, you trained with the “big stars” of Rhythmic Gymnastics. Irina Viner said it helped you a lot, as an example or motivation to grow up.
8.45 EK: I’ve had so much luck. I had the opportunity to train with an amazing coach, Vera Shtelbaums. I’ve also trained with her daughter, Yelena Arais. Vera Shtelbaums was already training Ira Tchachina by then; she won the silver medal in the Olympic Games. She’s a unique gymnast, an impressive person and I had the great chance to spend practically half of my career with her. The most important thing for a young gymnast is to train along with good gymnasts and acquire strength, virtuosity, everything.

9.39 I: And what did your experience bring to you?
9.45 EK: I have learned new elements watching the girls. That helps a lot because it’s one thing to learn alone and another to watch how the others do it.

9.55 I: You see it from different points of view.
9.57 EK: Yes, but you learn how to behave during trainings, to be nice with people around you. It changes your life.

10.07 I: Of course. In the past Tchachina was your role model, who is your role model now?
1014 EK: Every gymnast has their own qualities. The ones in the top 10th, 20th, 45th or 50th place can do unique difficulties. They are in those places just because they lose in the other aspects. We have a high level of difficulty in Russia and this is good because everything evolves so quickly; the particularities of every movement. This is why it is so interesting to work with advanced gymnasts. You have good gymnasts in Spain. I like them very much, they’re so emotional, and they perform complex movements. In Belarus there are good gymnasts too. I love the way Liubov Charkashina is unique in her own style. The gymnasts are very advanced on our team. The list is endless. Every gymnast is unique. If you watch the competitions, you’ll be able to see the differences between them.

11.24 I: If every gymnast performs at a comparable level of difficulties, why do some of them win or lose? What is your opinion?
11.37 EK: When we perform, at least when I perform, I don’t care about winning. I think about what I do at that moment. As soon as I start to think about the score, I get confused. You must have a powerful character. When you perform, you must think carefully because every movement, every step is very important; for example the ball can go far away, the way it isn’t supposed to go. A gymnast must face the conditions, find the way out of difficult situations. This is very important because the viewers nor the judges can notice something went wrong. You can get confused, there mustn’t be any mistakes.

12.30 I: How does it feel when you perform? How would you describe your feelings at that moment?
12.40 EK: When I start my routines, my heart beats very loudly and I have the sensation that everybody can hear it and see it. I’m nervous. Then I forget that I’m performing at the World or European Championships. Sometimes the audience is so supportive that I want to dedicate my routine, all my love, all that I do to them. For example, when I performed in the last World Championships there were lots of people. The support was overwhelming. I was enjoying it more and more with every routine, and the fact that they were enjoying it too is the most important thing in our sport.

13.34 I: We’ll take a break. Don’t go because we’ll be back soon.

13. 53 I: We’re back with Evgenia Kaneva. What is –in your opinion- the most important task of a coach?
14. 05 EK: The most important task, according to me, is to communicate security to the gymnast, and patience too. A coach must be patient, it is impossible without it. The trainer must teach the gymnast to love the sport, to love what she does, and everything else will come.

14.37 I:And what role does the trainer play in a gymnast’s success?
14.45 EK: Our athletes are very young, so a coach teaches us practically everything, starting with the basics. The coach teaches us everything related to life and with the sport. During the period we’re together, she teaches us everything she knows, and that’s very important.

15. 08 I: The essentials.
15.10 EK: Is like your best friend… without the “like”, is a best friend.

15.15 I: What is your role in the elaboration of the routines? When selecting the music, the choreography…
15. 26 EK: The music and the choreography, we pick them together. We’re 4 people: The principal trainer, Vera Shtelbaums my coach, Irina Zenovka my choreographer. She proposes the music, the images and we try them out. If the principal trainer doesn’t like it, she gives her opinion; we follow her advice and we make all the changes. After that, we show her the final result to see how it turns out.

16.03 I: What criterion do you use? What characteristics must the music have?
16. 09 EK: As I said before, we all have different styles. Not all music harmonizes with our movements. It needs to harmonize with my interior world, but I like to be different and I would like each of my routines to be remembered and to stand out. So people don’t say, ‘well she’s a good gymnast, she’s cute and she always performs the same cute routine’. I want them to be remembered on an emotional level. I used a Spanish song in my rope routine. Very beautiful during the Olympic Games, by the way. I would like to use dramatic music, sexy music; to communicate these feelings to the audience. I would like my routines to be interesting to watch. It’s like a ballet, always with different music; I want my routines to be different too.

17.13 I: Tell us about how you spend your days while training.
17.22 EK: The day comes by with several difficulties. Sometimes it’s good, others not so much. Everything starts with the choreography. It’s the most important, and we spend an hour/hour & half with the choreography. Rhythmic Gymnastics is related to Ballet. We go to the Bolshoi Theatre to watch the performances. Our principal coach invites us and we attend happily. Then our first training starts. We practice 2 or 4 apparatuses. In the ideal scenario – if we can perform all the difficulties- we spend 2 or 3 hrs with our routines. If something goes wrong, we spend more time in the gym training, to perform the elements perfectly. Then we have a break, and after that, the second training takes about 3 hours or more.

18. 30 I: So you spend the entire day there.
18.32 EK: Yes, practically the entire day.

18.34 I: What time do you have to be in bed?
18. 40 EK: We get massages also. We go to the sauna. We have the perfect conditions to train in the Novogorsk Training Center. Everything there is done to meet our needs. We go to bed around 10 – 11 PM. This is very important because in the morning we need our strength to perform the routines. If you don’t sleep well, it can be pretty hard.

19. 17 I: You spend the entire day at the gym. Do you have the chance to do what you want? Do you have free time?
19. 27 EK: Yes, of course. It’s a little difficult in the first period, in January for example. The work load is too much. It is not easy. After 2 or 3 months, the schedule is more flexible and we can have just one training a day just to rehearse the 4 routines. We have more free time then.

19.57 I: But you don’t want to break out of that strict schedule?
20.03 EK: Yes, of course that happens. But not now, that happens when we want to get a little distracted.

20. 11 I: Let’s assume that you’re given the opportunity to do something that you generally can’t. What would be the first thing you chose?
20. 22 EK: I don’t lack anything. I can’t say I need something. The human being builds his own life; he also chooses his own path in life. This is why I’m happy with my life. I don’t lack anything. I’m happy that everything turned out ok in my life. I can’t say that I’m lacking something.

20. 44 I: No, not because you lack something. Simply because there might be something that you like to do, but with a schedule like that, you don’t have the time.
20. 55 EK: In principle, I wouldn’t say that we have such a strict schedule. If we agree with our coach, we can get free time, but there are some periods of time when we ourselves understand that we can’t get distracted, so we don’t even discuss it with our trainer; so later we don’t regret our mistakes.

21. 18 I: Considering all the competitiveness, how are your relationships with other gymnasts?
21. 26 EK: I’m very fond of my rivals, as you can say. But I don’t call them that. I call them teammates, girls with whom I perform, because in our sport the one who goes to the carpet and executes perfectly deserves to win. Even if you’re ahead 10 places, the ones who don’t like you can’t say anything since you performed flawlessly. They can only be amazed. I don’t pay attention to rivalry. It’s good that there is some rivalry. When a gymnast performs better than others, everybody tries to compete between each other. When I watch the other girls, I don’t think they’re my rivals. I don’t think I need to imitate what they do. I simply watch them and learn because I can’t do everything. As the saying goes: “As long as you live, you will learn”.

22. 48 I: But one person wins and the others don’t. That brings some negative emotions.
23. 05 EK: I can only get mad at myself, because I understand if I make a mistake, if I lose, I’m responsible for that. The girl who won deserves that victory. I don’t have any complains about that.

23. 25 I: And the other way around? Have any girls gotten angry with you?
23. 26 EK: No, I don’t feel they have.

23. 30 I: You once said that the Olympic Games are a completely different kind of competition. Why?
23. 40 EK: The atmosphere is completely different. In the Olympic Games, you need to be focused. It’s not like in the World/European Championships. In these tournaments, I would say I show my emotions more, unlike the OG. Of course, you have to express your emotions at the OG, but you need to be careful, focus on your performance without any distractions. They’re very different. I still can’t explain it. It probably has to do with the audience reaction. They feel the pressure too. The OG happens every 4 years, and several athletes train especially for the audience, maybe not all, but many of them. That is the most important moment in an athlete’s life.

24. 45 I: It is said that every athlete dreams to win an Olympic medal, that this is the highest point of their career. In your case, you already won the Olympic Gold at the age of 20. What else can be a challenge?
25. 05 EK: I’m now training. I’m preparing for the new season. I hope everything goes well since the OG will be held next season. These are my plans for now.

25. 18 I: So it’s still a challenge for you? Even if you already won?
25. 23 EK: I’ve participated in the OG at a very young age and I think I still haven’t mastered everything in RG. I enjoy training and I keep doing it because I would like to show to the audience what I can do.

25. 48 I: We’ll be waiting to see your new performances.
25. 51 EK: Thanks.

25. 52 I: Thank you very much for being with us.

THE END-
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中譯:m_nn (非常感謝她!!!)

这个主持人说着说着阿根廷口音就出来了。。。
那个画外音倒是比较标准的拉美口音,听不出来是拉美哪个国家的。。。
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有些前后关联的问题我稍稍合并了,但没有改变顺序:::
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两分半钟的简介,从开始学RG到代表国家队,然后在奥运会和世锦赛的辉煌成绩,获得俄罗斯体育大师称号。。。此段略。

——关于参加这么多比赛,是否会疲惫。

2009年的世锦赛让我非常疲劳。但去年的世锦赛,在最后全能比赛的时候我非常兴奋,感觉非常好。

——关于是否存在老当赢家的厌倦感。

运动员都想赢。对我来说每场比赛赢的都不容易。而且我的团队,特别是我的个人教练维耶拉,她是整天和我在一起训练,还有总教练维纳,她对我们所有人的健康状况、身体情况非常重视。我们整个团队的所有工作人员都为我们服务,而我不希望让任何人失望。

确实,每次比赛都是充满紧张的。但说实话,我一直努力不去往这方面想,不去想大家对我的期望有多么高。还是更尽力去集中想自己的成套表演。

——关于教练对她勤奋的评价。

对运动员来说,最重要的就是努力训练。每个人都需要超越自己,自己的性格弱点,才能成长。运动员首先需要享受自己所做的事情,喜欢这个事业。

对我个人来说,我的脾气很急,希望什么东西一下子就能学好、做好,但刚开始这是不可能的。这种时候就要放松,学着耐心下来。

其他方面的动力,最重要的是热爱你周围的一切人和事,不管发生了什么情况,只看到值得肯定的那些方面。

——如果你可以自己选择成长道路,你是否会去掉那些失败的经历。

上苍给我们这些挫折和考验不是没有目的的,需要一个人去战胜,去超越。很多时候,失败能够改变一个人的世界观,教会你不要为一次挫败就一蹶不振,而要重整旗鼓,继续向前。

——你到莫斯科训练以后,据维纳说,这段时期对你的成长非常关键。为什么?因为看到了榜样,还是受到了一种刺激?

我非常幸运,能遇上维耶拉这样伟大的教练(哈哈哈这里丝毫没有提维纳,完全不睬外行的主持人)。我也跟过她的女儿学习。维耶拉当时主管恰希那——奥运会银牌得主,她是一位无可取代的体操选手,一个非常震撼的人,我非常幸运有近运动生涯一半的时间能够跟她在一起。对于一个新秀来说,能够从优秀成熟的选手那里获得经验是非常重要的。

我看她们训练,学到了很多新的动作。这方面帮助很大,你不再只是独自学习,而是能够看到别人是怎么做的。而且,更重要的是,你学会了在训练环境中如何为人处世,这些都改变了你的人生看法。

——以前是恰希那,那么今天,对你来说,谁是你的一个参照点呢?

其实是这样的,每个人都有自己的独到之处。世界前10名乃至前20名的选手,甚至第45、50名的选手,都可能拥有完全独门的东西。很可能是其他方面的欠缺才导致她们的排名如此。俄罗斯RG水平很高,这对所有人都很好,因为大家都很有动力,都积极的投入,提高动作的质量。所以跟成熟的选手一起训练是非常有益处的。西班牙也有很好的选手,我很喜欢,她们非常感性,做很复杂的动作。还有白俄罗斯,我非常欣赏Liubov Charkashyna,她有独特的个人风格。我们队里的女孩儿也都非常好。这个名单很长了,如果你看比赛,就能看到每个人的独特之处。

——那么是什么让一些人赢、另一些人输的呢?

比赛的心理要求非常重要。需要集中精神,每一个动作,每一次串联。像球可能不可思议地飞出去。选手需要反应非常机敏,不能让裁判或观众看出来发生了什么。你不能有丝毫的犹豫,一般犯错误都是由于犹豫或开小差造成的。

——你每次比赛时什么感觉?

刚开始的时候我会非常紧张,感觉血管要冲破胸膛,非常非常紧张。但开始之后,有时我就忘记了我是在比世锦赛或欧锦赛,很多时候,观众给我的喜爱让我希望尽全力去完成我的表演,把我的爱回馈给他们。就比如在去年的世锦赛上,观众非常多,大家的支持非常高涨,我的每次成套越做越有劲头。

——广告过后。你认为教练的主要任务是什么。

我觉得应该是告诉选手,让她能够相信自己的能力。而且要有耐心。教练没有耐心是不行的。还要教会选手热爱自己的项目。其他的,自然会来的。

——对选手所取得成就来说,教练承担什么样的角色?

我们的项目很年轻,所以教练是从零开始教我们一切。就像你的好朋友,最亲密的朋友。

——关于音乐、成套、舞蹈编排。

我们是一起做。四个人一个团队,我的个人教练 Vera Efremovna Shtelbaums,还有我的编舞教练-Irina Zenovka,排好了之后总教练看,如果有一些不同看法,她会提出来。

我们每个人风格都不同。有些人会一直用温柔舒缓的音乐。我在奥运会上用了一首很美的西班牙音乐,我的绳操,我喜欢用充满戏剧冲突的大曲目,也喜欢用小感怀的小曲调。这能够通过成套表现出来,最好是要有所不同,每次都不同,芭蕾是这样,RG上我也希望如此。

——关于每天的作息。

一天有很多事情要做。有时过得很快,有时很漫长。一般先从舞蹈训练开始,这是最重要的部分,一个半小时。我们的总教练也请我们去“大剧院”看芭蕾表演,我很喜欢。然后是第一堂训练课,一般是两个或四个项目,我们会花两到三个小时做成套训练,如果有些东西不是很满意,我们会先练别的,在健身房做专项训练,然后是休息。接下来是第二课训练课。

对,基本上一天都泡在里面。

——关于身体极限。

一般我们还有训练之后的一些恢复项目,如按摩,还有桑拿。我们的训练中心条件非常好。大约十点到十一点睡觉。要知道,第二天需要早起训练,要有良好的精神状态就必须休息好。

——关于业余时间。

一般赛季之初较紧张,像现在一月,要练习新的成套,但两三个月之后,时间安排上就不会这么紧张了,可能只有一堂训练课,过一遍四个成套即可。

我们有时也想打破这些纪律,但不是现在。在编排新东西的时候不会想要分散精力去找别的娱乐的。

因为每个人都是自己选择自己的道路。我对现在的生活很满意,我没有任何不足可抱怨。我能够拥有这样的生活到今天,感到很幸福。

——(主持人死磕这个问题)你就真的不想玩任何别的事情?

我们的作息也并不是那么的刻板。我们可以跟教练商量,获得更多的业余时间。但有那么一些时候,你不会想要去这么做,因为在需要训练的时候如果不勤奋,之后会因为没有做好而后悔。

——关于和竞争对手间的关系。

我跟我们队的队友都非常和睦,不是我们队的,我也非常喜欢。在我们这个项目里,所有出色的女孩儿都应当成为赢家。哪怕前面有十个人,那些不喜欢你的人也不能够责备你,因为你完成得很好,他们所能做的只是惊叹。至于竞争,我不是很在意,有竞争这很好,大家相互比较怎样做得更好。但我看对手比赛的时候,并不很注重这些,或者模仿她们,我只是尽可能学一些,我也不可能全部学得到。就像谚语说的,只要你活着,就能继续学(不知道是不是“活到老学到老”)。

至于输掉比赛会不会产生负面影响。我只会对我自己生气,如果我做的不够好,没有赢的比赛,我只跟我自己生气,赢得比赛的女孩完全没有任何责任。

你问反过来,我也没有感觉到(因为我总赢而影响我和别人的关系)。

——奥运会和其他比赛的不同。

需要一个人非常专注。不像世锦赛或欧锦赛上,我会更多地情绪用事。奥运会上虽然也需要情感投入,但必须适可而止,要时刻专注于所做的一切。而且在比赛的时候,所感受到的气氛也是完全不同,我还说不清楚,可能是压力吧。因为观众也被这种压力所影响,四年才有一次,很多出色的选手都为了自己的支持者而努力训练那么多年,所以说,大家都需要保持冷静。

——二十岁就拿到奥运冠军,还有什么可求的?

现在是正常的训练,希望新的赛季能够继续前进,我还在努力准备新的成套。

我比奥运会的时候还很年轻,RG的很多方面都还没能掌握。我喜欢继续训练和学习。

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相互致谢,结束。

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2 Responses to Translation: Zhenya 2011 TV Interview by Spanish TV

  1. Michel says:

    Thanks Gaby for the translation (L)

  2. Tatiana says:

    thank you for posting this interview, very interesting 😀

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