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Alexander Maltcev: We are going to train hard for Sochi 2014

The Russian athlete Valentina Nevidimova and her guide Alexander Maltcev shared their views on ideal paired work in their interview to the Press-Center

Valentina, how did you start doing sports? Who helped you to make first steps in your sport career and supported you?

Valentina: It was hard for me to find myself after I got injured. I tried different sports: tourism, track-and-field, but I felt it was not for me. Then Vyacheslav Goldinov, the coach of Tyumen team, invited me in cross-country skiing. I asked my son for advice, and he approved it and said: «Go ahead, mum!» So here I am. My son supports me. He misses me a lot, because we don’t have so much time together. But he understands me.

Alexander, what had you been doing before you started guiding? Why did you decide to do such responsible work?

Alexander: I was teaching at a university. I have been skiing for a long time. Vyacheslav Goldinov, whom Valentina has already mentioned, invited me to work in the Tyumen team as a guide, and I said yes without thinking. The work is really hard and it needs high level of responsibility, but I can cope with it.

How do you contact during the competition? What signals do you have?

Alexander: We don’t have any special technique, our calls are pretty simple, but they are well-trained. If she needs to turn to the left, I say «left», if there is a sharp turn, I say «sharp left». That’s it. (smiling).

Did you have any problems during the competition? How did you cope with them?

Valentina: Our skis broke during the race on April 4, when we ran the 15 km distance. Fortunately, our Tyumen teammate with her guide was right behind us. We borrowed her skis and continued the race. Of course it was a pity, because we could finish third, not forth. Moreover, there are situations, when the guide gives me a call; I don’t receive it in time and I fail to tuck into the corner.

How much time did it take to learn how to work together? In your opinion, what qualities are necessary for successful paired work?

Alexander: We work together for less than a year, so we didn’t manage to understand each other fully yet.  I think that patience and understanding are the most important. People, who work in pairs, should feel each other. Valya and I are looking for a way to cooperate successfully; I’m sure we will find it sooner or later and then we will perform well.

What are your plans after the World Championships 2011?

Alexander: We are going to train hard. The World Championships showed that we have a lot to work on. So we are planning to get ready for the future competitions in Sochi 2014.

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