«Olympic character means the sportsman can surprise himself»
¹ 6 (2009)
Children understand what they want in life
Actors often say in their interviews, that in every possible way they dissuade their children from following in parents footsteps. Because they have felt this terrible work on their own back. And did you try to «protect» your son Arcady Vyatchanin from sports?
Arcady began to swim when he was eight years old. He had no choice: his mother is the trainer, his father is the ninefold champion of Russia and the trainer too. Arcady has grown up in pool.
Arcady, as well as your another pupil Yulia Efimova, was born in April, under the sign of fire. How it is to work with «fiery» children?
It is very good. They are children who understand what they want in life. They did not have time for discos, for walks. It was not necessary to force them to train. I do not train those, who need to be watched over. The are not sportsmen.
Does it mean, that you do not belong to those authoritative trainers who watch over each movement of the charges?
The sportsman will not manage without the trainer, it is clear. The outsider's viewpoint is very important. The trainer shares thoughts, does preliminary outline, but his pupil, if he is talented, also uses creative approach in process. That is called the liaison, the trainer the sportsman. Training is not the mechanical movement of feet and hands.
To make better and to punish the rival
On April, 28th, 2009 Yulia Efimova established two world records, which she was deprived of according to the decision of the International Federation of water kinds of sports. How did Yulia react to this injustice?
The officials considered that the «forbidden»
In Beijing Arcady Vjatchanin started with a fever, and then it appeared, that it was necessary to cross a distance again. Looking at your sick child, didn't you want to let things go hang, to wrap up your child and to give him tea with a raspberry?
I said: «Son, these are the Olympic Games. You wished to perform and you have been training so much! If you refuse now, you will never forgive yourself!» And he has swum! The medal was taken with blood and sweat, and real Olympic character.
What forms this mysterious Olympic character?
Tennis player Nikolay Davydenko said a good phrase after his victory in annual London tournament: «I have surprised myself». Precisely. Olympic character is the character of the winner: the sportsman is not satisfied with the already achieved results, he wishes to surprise everybody. Including himself.
Stars from the reservoir
Do you feel support from the states? The president has presented gifts to you
Yes, the gifts are chic. It is for the first time. After the Games in Beijing, Arcady was presented BMW. Sponsors are attracted now, bonus programs are introduced. Sportsmen get a possibility to earn more.
Are there Russian school swimming secrets, which foreigners would like to adopt?
Irina Vyatchanina is the honoured trainer of Russia, borned in Vorkuta. The champion and the
Author: Irina Varlamova