IPC Biathlon and Cross-Country SkiingWorld Championships 2011

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Sergey Shilov: Our national Paralympic team is not going to relax

Sergey Shilov and Alexey Toropov told about the Russian Paralympic teamplans for the World Championships 2011 in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Are you satisfied with the organization of the World Championships 2011?

Sergey: I don’t see any gaps in the organization. There are wonderful conditions created for us to feel comfortable.

Alexey: I can say that the organizers created the best conditions for Paralympic athletes, even though I’ve been taking part in the competitions not so far ago. I’m very surprised.

Alexey, how can you comment on the first race? Did you feel nervousness before the start?

Alexey: Not really, because I know most of the opponents for a long time. I cannot say that I’m completely satisfied with my results. The team itself performed very well today, but there’s always something to long for.

What are the results the team expects?

Sergey: Of course to get more medals than any other team. We must show the best results, and I can surely claim that we’re not going to relax.

The Russian national team is considered to be the strongest by most rivals. In your opinion, who can seriously compete with us?

Sergey: The team of Ukraine is a very strong rival, since they have a well-balanced team composition.

Alexey: It’s also worth mentioning, that in every national teamthere’s a very strong athlete who can fight for a medal in individual races.

There are some moments when you feel that the medal is almost yours. How do you make yourself to use all the inner resources in order to achieve the goal?

Sergey: One must train hard for years and also stint oneself in some situations in order to achieve their goals. It’s necessary to go for it, dismissin gall which is secondary.

Alexey: I suppose that it happens subconsciously.  The organism works itself and it uses all the resources needed.

Sergey, you have a 20-years experience under your belt; you participated in Biathlon and Cross-Country skiing competitions. Have you ever thought of becoming a coach?

Sergey: In fact sometimes I give a helping hand to our coach Irina Gromova, I share my experience with young athletes, but it can’t be called a coach’s job. Now I’m an athlete and I wouldn’t like to make plans about a coach career.

Sergey, you and Irek Zaripov were raising the flag on the Opening Ceremony. What did you feel while opening the competition of such a level at home?

Sergey: It was a great honour for me, because this was my first suchlike experience. It’s a great responsibility in the first place. I’ll be honest; I even was a little bit nervous before the ceremony.

What do you do before the races? Do you train hard or have a rest and keep your energy?

Sergey: Well, it depends on the kind of competitions and probable rivals. Every athlete has their methods of preparation, which are usually not revealed to the people around.

Alexey, who helped you on the first stages of your sport career?

Alexey: My more experienced teammates helped me a lot when I just started.  They were an example for me and I tried to become like them. I was always interested in sports; it brings in our lives lots of new positive moments, which are new people, travels and emotions. It’s very interesting.

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Team standings
     
1 Russia 20 13 15 48
2 Ukraine 8 9 6 23
3 Norway 1 5 3 9
4 Canada 5 2 7
4 Poland 1 5 1 7
6 Germany 2 4 6
6 Belarus 1 2 2 5
8 Finland 4 4
8 Italy 2 1 3
10 France 1 1
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