27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Ekaterina Selezneva: A special thanks to volunteers - they are indeed always ready to help!

Group All-Around medallists were crowned on Day 3, the final day of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Group Championship, while Individual All-Around winners were announced yesterday already. Today we sat down with the Russian Cup's bronze medallist Ekaterina Selezneva, the 17-year old gymnast from the Moscow Region, to talk what it takes to win a medal in rhythmic gymnastics. She kept the leading position throughout the first half of the Individual All-Around events to be later edged out into the bronze medal place by Margarita Mamun and Elizaveta Nazarenkova.

- Ekaterina, on Day 1 when you finished at the top in qualifying you refused to speculate and share plans. What do you feel now after winning the Russian Cup's bronze medal?

- Of course I'm happy as it's my first big victory. At the moment I feel overjoyed that everything ended and ended so well. 
- Yesterday, during the interview, Evgeniya Kanaeva said that each athlete strives for self-motivation; some strain after good results, others want to appeal to spectators. What is your goal?  
- I do rhythmic gymnastics for myself, I simply enjoy it. Of course, results and feedback from spectators matter as well but in my opinion the most important things is to enjoy what you do, to love the sport you play. 
- Do you have any plans for the new season? 
- Right after the arrival I will need to create and start practicing a new routine that will meet the new regulations coming into effect next year. Many things change; we will have new elements, new bonuses. We will be entitled to use a song for one of the routines; it was forbidden earlier. Now it seems complicated but eventually rhythmic gymnastics will become more entertaining I think. 
- Do you have any lucky charm that inpsires you ahead of a performance? 
- Just as all gymnasts, I have my own favourite toy - it's a teddy. But the support provided by relatives, friends and spectators is much more important. 
- Is there a competition among you? And what is the usual attitude towards opponents in rhythmic gymnastics? 
- Of course, there is a competition but I wouldn't say that it's very strong. Most of us came here from one city, from one school; we wouldn't wish bad luck to one another, we will always be supporting each other.   
- What can you say about the championship's management? 
- Everything is awesome. The organisers did a great job. As far as the centre is concerned, it has spacious training halls and a huge competition area. Yet the most important thing is that everybody is ready to help you any time - a special thanks to volunteers for that!



Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate