Posted on http://rsport.ru/rhythm_gym/20121030/627030737.html on 30/10/2012
Oringally written in Russian by Alexander Vladimirov
Translated and edited by catts (thanks Ekaterina for checking-Zoe)
‘The decision of Evgenia Kanaeva, two-time Olympic champion, to return to the Russian national rhythmic gymnastics team will be a great joy’, said Irina Viner – the chief trainer of the Russian national team – to agency ‘R-Sport’.
In the London OG, Kanaeva won her second gold medal and became the first ever two-time Olympic champion in rhythmic gymnastics individual all-around.
She won her first gold medal in the Beijing OG. Kanaeva also is a 17-time World Champion. In September, the gymnast said that she had not yet made a final decision on future performances.
‘We never discuss the timing of return with such great gymnasts, as is Zhenya Kanaeva. She is a two-time Olympic Champion! Any time when she recovers and decides to come back, it will be a great joy for us,’ Viner said in a telephone conversation.
‘ So far she has decided not to continue training, and has not yet changed her mind ,’ said the agency interlocutor.
The trainer refused to answer a question about the likelihood of Kanaeva’s return to the national team. ‘I do not think about it, I hope,’ said Viner.
November, 12-16th, Russian RG championships and CUP will be taking place at Kazan Gymnastics Center, which has been built for the 2013 Summer Universiade.
‘In the tournament in Kazan, there will be no Kanaeva and (Daria) Kondakova, as she has retired. (Alexandra) Merkulova is still out of shape as she is recovering from an injury. The rest will be taking part, including (Daria) Dmitrieva and (Margaritat) Mamun,’- concluded Viner.
Note by Zoe Wan: at first I was struggling on posting this interview translation or not, because it’s Irina Viner’s statement, not Zhenya’s but anyway I decided to post it, thanks catts and Ekaterina. Many fans are eagerly to know will Zhenya continue her RG career or not…I only can say you won’t see her training and competing for a long time, this is what I know. Anyway she is still in the break and has some health issues to take care of. All we can do is wait and see what will happen. Like Zhenya says usually “In life, many things can change”