Translated by my friend Tatiana, Many Many Thanks!!!
Rita: My dear knees (laughing)
Q: What happened to them?
Rita: It’s all the floor: we are moving all the time, catching apparatus, etc. so that skin gets scratched all the time.
Q: Wow, so that’s the price of victory. So please tell us, how much did this medal cost you morally?
Rita: Morally, it was very hard. This medal is a result of hard work. Looking back I see how difficult this path to medal was. I’m glad I could make it.
Q: Have you already realized that you are an Olympic champion?
Rita: No, not yet. As you see, I am still with make up from competition, which finished like 4 hours ago, then doping test, then this and that… so no, I haven’t realized it yet.
Q: What are your feelings right now?
Rita: I’m happy, I really am happy I managed perform well, and finished successfully with gold medal. It’s so cool, I’m very happy.
Q: I believe everyone wonders how it is to compete with your friend.
Rita: I competed with myself. It is hard to overcome yourself; to make yourself go on when it’s seems you can’t anymore. Especially yesterday because we were competing whole day; it’s hard to overcome your own fear, worrying; pressure of responsibility. It’s hard because we need to go there and perform. So it’s yourself you are competing with. There was a loss (mistake) at Yana’s routine, that kind of mistake we can’t talk about competing for gold. But I found out about it after I finished my ribbon routine, Yana told me she dropped clubs.
Q: What did you tell her?
Rita: We couldn’t believe we did it, that all of it was over. Anyway Olympics are a peak of our careers, and we are glad everything has ended so well.
Q: Margarita, there are talks that you got food-poisoning in San Paolo? Is it true?
Rita: Yes, I don’t know how people know it. But, yes. We arrived July, 28th. July, 29th after training, I suddenly got fever and food-poisoning. I don’t know if it was acclimatization or something else, but a few days were wasted. I started training just August, 1st; August, 5th it was opening ceremony and I was still feeling sick I panicked I wouldn’t be ready to compete. My coaches were calming me down, telling me that I’ll be ready. And eventually I was, and everything turned out to finish well. Those were difficulties on my way, mine “per aspera ad astra” (“through hardships to the stars”).
Q: What did your mom say? Did she cry?
Rita: Yes, she did. She said she always believed in me. She hasn’t realized I’m an Olympic champion yet that, but she says she always hoped and believed I could make it.
Q: And last question. Can you tell us how it feels to be on pedestal?
Rita: Seconds of happiness we are training for. To be there and sing the anthem, these feelings are indescribable.