I was just trying to help out. It was unexpected and a decision had to be made quickly.
And, of course, method is very important as is a high-quality specialist (trainer) working with you to keep you going in the right direction for your improvement and to help create results.
Today I have 35 people who work in the club and associated businesses.
Often you need to take some risk, but it must be a realistic risk, you can't take a crazy risk.
I began with track and field because this is what I know.
I think that focusing on the money, on the business, is not enough.
You must have the ability, if I may say so, to use such a high grip. You must have perfect technique. Then you can move to a higher grip.
The strategy of my coach and me was that we looked at pictures of all the best pole vaulters from around the world, and we took the best parts from them, and we created a person that had never existed. We then started to work toward being such a person.
She's a personality, not only for sports. She is very intelligent, and she's a star outside of sports.
I think that, generally, you need to live with your sport 24 hours a day.
My policy was just to give good things for sports in my region.
It is not enough to be strong, you must work with your mind and be a clever person who can calculate. It's like having a small computer in your head.
Even now I want to keep my amateur spirit, to spend my time, to be in the sport with all my heart.
I am alone, some people help me, but, basically, I can do what I want.
You need to work very hard, you have to spend a lot of time practicing your sport - six to seven hours daily.
I decided to create a sports club during the Soviet times. It was my dream.
I have spoken with many former athletes, and they tell me the best time they had was in sports. I listen to them and use their experience in my career.
What is nice about this sport is that I am responsible for most everything.
The Olympics are always a special competition, it is very difficult to predict what will happen.
We started with that, basically to help kids, and then we created a pole vault school, which is part of the club and exists to this day. The club and school exist.
People come from around the world and can understand each other without even speaking the same languages!
She proved she is a great athlete in the way she performed today and in the way she keeps breaking records.
I have bought pole vault equipment, the landing areas, posts, which costs a lot of money. We pay for coaches.
My main idea was to create a sports facility for the basics. This is why I established the club.
We would like to have the normal procedures as at previous games. We hope and expect everything will be agreed before Turin.
Sports life is very short.
The pole vault is a very complicated event, there are many things involved.
Of course, the psychological part, the tactics, is very important.
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