Darya Domracheva Interview, July 2011

Posted on July 30, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Darya Domracheva: I have enough strength to beat Neuner

Olympic Bronze medalist from Vancouver; two-time world champion, Belarusian biathlete Darya Domracheva in an exclusive interview, told us that in her preparation for the upcoming season, she constantly thinks about her desire to beat Germany’s Magdalena Neuner .

Q: Were you satisfied with your performance during the last season? If not, what errors are made and what are you doing right now in the training process, so as not to commit them again?

A: The past season was not very easy. Very good performances were interspersed with totally unsuccessful ones. I felt in great shape, but in some competitions shooting did not go well, and in others, my skiing was ugly. But by the end of the season was able to smooth out all the negative emotions that cause such poor performances. And, of course, I can’t but rejoice winning small crystal globe as IBU World Cup mass start event. Also last year, I experienced problems with being ready on the firing line. The loss of Klaus Seibert played a major role in this, not having anyone I could turn to for advice at the World Cup. The new season will come up with new rifles and now I continue to get used to and customize it for myself. I need to work on many other things as well.

Q: How is the training process? How do you feel about the return of Siebert? He probably does not give you boring training?

A: We started preparation for the new season in May. We managed to hold training camp in Sardinia, Raubichi, and Altenberg in Germany. A few days ago we ended the regular camp at Raubichi, during which time I had a minor operation on my foot. I had to miss some part of the training, but now all is well, I'll catch up. Klaus continues his training regimen. We had a full team for the training camp in his home town of Altenberg. Very soon we will begin our training in Austria, Seefeld, where Klaus has promised to attend.

Q: Three-time Olympic champion, Kati Wilhelm, said that “you are one of the few athletes who can defeat Magdalena Neuner. But provided that you improve your shooting”.

A: Nothing is impossible. Of course, Magdalena is a very strong athlete. To win against her, an athlete must hone her skills. I feel strong enough and I want to compete with her and the other biathletes for the highest places.

Q: You probably know about the changes in the Russian team. After an unsuccessful season, the team has almost completely replaced their coaching staff. Do you believe it’s a reasonable solution to blame only the trainers?

A: The results come from the sum of teamwork. I do not think the coaches are responsible for the failure. Perhaps the leadership of the Russian team has analyzed the situation, and made certain conclusions for themselves and decided on of this solution on the basis of these conclusions.

Q: - Do you enjoy spending free time in preparing for the season? Can you afford a day off to go to a noisy club or would prefer to stay home and spend time on sleep and recovery?

A: During training camp, of course, all my free time I try to spend on recovery. It might be going to the movies, walks in the fresh air, sometimes, I just want to stay home. If the training takes place somewhere abroad, I am happy to go explore the local attractions. Well, occasionally I enjoy going to a club and dancing with pleasure.

Tatiana Pomelnikova,

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