Leave to return
Olga Zaytseva in public announced her decision to continue till the home Olympic Games in Sochi. The biathlon fans exhaled and so did biathlonrus.com. Our columnist Konstantin Boytsov recalls the image of Olga Zaytseva in 2002, her progressive motion to the leadership in the national team and gives examples of the champions returned to the sport.
Two and a half months have passed since the
The retirement statement was so convincing that even the promises of the RBU management to «talk to Zaytseva one more time» did not inspire the public. The inclusion of Olga in the national team also did not impressed so much. Valery Polkhovkiy, officially headed the coaching staff late April, sent a firm signal that he was counting on Olga and right after the official
2002. Zaytseva, who has just finished her one and only race at the Olympic
Her eyes are still full of that excitement and passion, and the abilities to achieve everything and outrun everybody have only grown. But together with that came problems, injuries and doubts. A new spring Zaytseva met in… the hospital with the injured arm.
Headed by Pihler the women's team works hard on their first training camp, while Zaytseva is just announcing her decision.
— Olga, what is more difficult in sport — to fight
— to maintain. You are making your way to the team, trying to strengthen your position, the most important thing after that is to not get lost in the big races. After all, in the beginning nobody expects that much from you. But after you have reached the top — be good enough to keep it. Of course, when in
Earlier I always came to
— The tension was noticeable. People asked me or even hurried —
After all these years in the national team we found the suitable schedule of the trainings. And this scheme gave its results. Considering the perspectives of joining the national team — we discussed the individual plan, for example, to work whole July on the flat land and the whole August on the highs. Besides Olga has a little son he is upset when mom leaves him for long.
— Olga, when you considered your retirement you said you
— I'm healthy and I do have a desire to train and compete, I'm satisfied with the conditions of my work, I continue my work. Eventually we need to find compromise suitable for all interested parties.
I consider myself to be a responsible person. I understand — the leader of the team can't just quiet and leave everything. Young biathletes look at the experienced sportsmen — their attitude, even just appearance give the newcomers right guidelines and confidence. When Anna Bogaliy and I joined the team Galina Koukleva and Olga Medvedtseva were the leaders. After Vancouver Olga left the team and I felt her absence very sharply — even considering the fact that the last few years she trained individually. I thought of how my retirement could affect the young sportsmen
— I'm sure there are enough arguments on the other scale. Pressing, peaks taken, home and family, the chance to fulfill oneself in something different…
— There are a lot of alternatives. But I think that now I can't do anything better than skiing and shooting. I've considered the option to have a second child. But maybe I have not done in biathlon everything I wanted.
In 1998, a former skier and biathlete Sergey Chepikov left the big sport. In 2001 he came back to win one more Olympic medal and the gold of the world championship.
In 2006 after her disqualification Olga Medvedtseva said repeatedly
Probably, the leaving to return is not that harmful for sportsmen after all. The tendency is inspiring.