Evgenia Kanaeva: Nobody is garanteed a place in Olympic team

interview link: http://www.itar-tass.com/c20/328116.html
released on 27-Jan 2012
English translated by Tatiana, Billion Billion Thanks!!!

–  How do you manage to be number one of national team for so many years?

–  First of all, I don’t consider myself as number one.

–  Coach considers you are.

–  No, coach doesn’t think like that. She sees me as a gymnast who is striving for the best and she is helping me in it.

–  As I can see the attitude of Irina Viner to you is special.

–  Well, when I do things right and she is satisfied with my work then attitude is good; of course when I do something wrong she always comments on my mistakes, helps me with that, she can raise voice or say with calm when it’s necessary.

–  Was there any performance of yours you were absolutely happy with?

–  No.

–  Even after Beijing and Belgrade?

–  Sky‘s the limit in our sport. There is always something that can be improved.

–  Zhenya, can you please tell us with more details about your preparation to Olympic Games.

–  You see, it’s my dream to participate 2nd time in Olympic Games. I’m not the only who dreams to go there, we have plenty of gymnasts who want the same thing. That’s why I’m training now my new program, pushing myself to the limits to be able to perform it great.

–  Was it necessary to change program after Montpellier?

–  Yes, for me it was the very necessary. Since I won World Championship I have to raise my level, to improve my skills. I have to move on and never stop. Because everyone around is working and moving forward. So Should I. I think if you decide to be in sport you have to move only forward.

–  Evgenia, when will you show your new program?

–  At the Moscow Grand-Prix Stage, on February.

–  How is going to be preparation for Olympics? Is the schedule of competition and training ready?

–  Yes. At the moment we are getting ready for Grand-Prix, where we need to earn points. According to that we know who goes to other competitions. We have about 6 events after which we know who participate in European Championship. Probably, after EC we can approximately say who will perform at Olympics.

–  Evgenia, you have already achieved everything in RG, don’t you have problems with motivation?

–  I still have feeling that I can improve my skills. If I continued doing RG after OG 2008 it means I realized it’s gonna be harder, I wanted to overcome myself.

–  If we look into the future, let’s say 2015, how do you see yourself?

–  It’s too far, I don’t think about it.

–  How did you manage to avoid “star disease”?

–  Don’t you feel that I have it? (Zhenya is laughing)

–  No. Unlike many Russian hockey or soccer players who are sticking up their noses you have no signs of “star disease”.

Well, may be because I’m not a soccer player (laughing). I think it depends on upbringing, and it’s no need to behave demonstratively after your victories. Any person in any sphere can win or lose.  Yes, I’m gymnast and I have some achievements, but it’s not a reason to stick up my nose. I don’t consider myself better than, for example, a plumber. I respect any profession.

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9 Responses to Evgenia Kanaeva: Nobody is garanteed a place in Olympic team

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thanx you very much !

  2. Dorian says:

    My niece on the other hand would be very pleased to have her favourite rythmic gymnast win the gold medal and 200 dollars.Regardless of what happens ,I’m sure my niece’s opinion won’t change, since every time I turn on my computer after my brother’s family comes over it has about 20 evgenia kanaeva you tube vids.

  3. Dorian says:

    I bet my niece 100 dollars that Kondakova will win the gold medal.She is insistent that Evgenia will win the gold medal.So I really hope Evgenia does win the gold medal so I don’t have to take her money .I am 26 years older than her, so I do have a bit more money.Actually I told her I would give her 200 dollars for her 100 dollars, because she only has about 175 dollars.In all honesty ,I probably wouldn’t take her money .Even though I want Kanaeva to win because it would make my niece very happy I don’t want to lose 200 dollars.

  4. ZKG-WanWan says:

    Zhenya new hoop 2012

    Zhenya new ball 2012

  5. Anonymous says:

    @xSleepingAwakex : Hey ! Could you give me links on youtube for her two news routines?thanx !

  6. ZKG-WanWan says:

    @xSleepingAwakex, yes I have watched Zhenya’s new 2 routines, and I love her hoop 🙂

  7. xSleepingAwakex says:

    Have you seen her new routines? 😀 Somebody posted her new ball and hoop routines on YT already, they’re amazing, especially ball! ❤

  8. Dorian says:

    I can’t wait to sit on my butt and watch the olympic games ;and while I’m watching with my many treats by my side, I will be thinking to myself ;I really have to start exercising.I told my niece I would record all the gymnastics (rythmic)I could ,so that’s a little exercise I guess;getting up to press record.

  9. Mascot Area says:

    Electro music project dedicated to Zhenya: http://youtu.be/V3vxeDGENxg

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