Anna Bulygina: “In January-February I should have my optimal form”
Anna Bulygina's comeback to the Russian team for the IBU cups became the great news not only for herself but also for many fans of Anna, who waited for so long for Anna to come back to the international arena. Konstantin Boytsov talked to the main hero of the
On December 5th 2010 Anna Bulygina had her last race at the world cup in Ostersund. Three weeks later at the
— Anna, were the tasks of the
— Yes. The main task for this year was to shoot well. Earlier I just gained my speed. This summer I paid attention to my shooting, I really wanted to shoot clean.
— Your shooting of the season 2009/2010 was full of the paradoxes — almost 100% in the relays and regular mistakes in the individual races.
— That is what I am saying — I am more concentrated at the shooting range now. I think more about the approach. The most important thing is to shoot well, I will work later on my speed. I run slowly right now. I am still recovering after the surgery.
— When will we see fast Anna Bulygina once again?
— I do not know. I cannot compare myself with the shape of 2009. I was really fast, but also had the shooting problems. I shoot well right now, but run really slow. Overall I think I am progressing. I just need to speed up.
Anna Bulygina, shooting at the world cups
Season 2006/2007 74%
— Did you watch the world cup races last season?
— Of course, almost all of them.
— Did you feel anything like offence, discomfort, irritation?
— No. I could not participate in the world cup anyway, I felt bad myself. Why should I be offended?
— How often do you think of the Olympic Games?
— A simple question — what could you change in the Olympic Vancouver, or wanted to change?
— I can only say that what has happened should have happened. I would love to change it.
— You trained with the Tyumen team, at the same time the main team trained under the Wolfgang Pichler's supervision. Do you know anything about their program? Are you afraid of the perspective to work with him?
— I cannot say I am happy. The uncertainty always alerts — how will it be… But it is not so easy to scare me. I have worked in the main team for more than four years with three different coaches — they changed almost every year. I am really experienced in this issue and the new coach will not be a shock for me. On the other hand — such an often change of the coaches is not good for me and for everybody else. It is impossible to get used to the person after just one year. It is also impossible to prove themselves for the coaches.
— Will you find your speed in
— I want to believe I can. I think that everything goes in this direction. I should have an optimal form in
Alexander Selifonov and Sergey Efimov — the coaches who worked with Anna during her best seasons — are sure that it is necessary to take Anna back to the team.
— If she continues to shoot the same way, we will see another Bulygina — says Alexander Selifonov. — I remember well how she could not get down to anything in Vancouver. She was good in the first race but she was not lucky with the starting group. After that it was getting worth and worth. She finished the