(Oleg Kanaev – Zhenya’s father)
Posted on http://www.allsportinfo.ru/index.php?id=71549 on 26-05-2013
Originally written in Russian by Vladimir Ivanov and Maria Vorobyeva
Translated and edited by catts (many thanks to catts!!!)
The first ever two-time Olympic all-around champion in rhythmic gymnastics, Evgenia Kanaeva, has winded up her career and getting ready for the wedding. This is a special report by Vladimir Ivanov and Maria Vorobyeva of the Sport Information Agency “All Sport”, after talking with Oleg Kanaev – Evgenia Kanaeva’s father.
‘We can say that Zhenya has finished with sport,’ said Oleg Kanaev. ‘Soon she will get married, and everything will be fine if God is willing.’
Q: When is the wedding?
A: Most likely, in June.
Q: Has her sporting career really come to an end?
A: How much more can be won totally? Enough!
Q: Why has this decision taken so long? In spring, Zhenya herself could not give a definitive answer.
A: It is necessary to ask Zhenya herself. She is an adult, and she makes the decisions. As far as I know, now Zhenya is going to get married, and to have children. This is the most important thing in life. She makes the decisions well!
Q: So, do you support her decision?
A: Of course!
Q: What are the reasons that Zhenya managed to reach such heights?
A: You may say, it was a collective effort (literally, ‘ the stars come together’ – ed). She has enormous talent but because, as a child, she was a “crumpet” (smiles). She was led by her grandmother to do sport, and then Zhenya was lucky to have a great trainer in Vera Shtelbaums. In addition to talent and hard work, a lot is dependent on the mentor. All these came together for Zhenya. This is the character needed in order to win in two Olympic Games!
Q: Are the emotions in Beijing and London Olympics comparable?
A: The first victory, of course, was incredible. I was all broken, holding onto the brandy, lemon and TV. I had never been so nervous. But in London, everything went as expected. Victory was granted for Zhenya as it should, although I should not say that.
Q: Is there a possibility that Zhenya now gets married, gives birth to a child, and then come back and go for victory in the Olympics in Rio in 2016?
A: I do not know. And no one knows. How can anyone say that now? Although one Belarusian “artist” has returned to sport after giving birth.