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July 6-17 2013

Kiseleva: Stress merits for Russian synchronised swimmers

The situation when music stops while performing is a great stress for synchronised swimmers, but this experience will be useful for the Russian youth national team, says Mariya Kiselyova, three-time Olympic synchronised swimming champion.

The problems with music happened when Russian athletes performed free routine in the synchronised swimming team competitions in the 2013 Summer Universiade. Music stopped twice while the Russian group was performing, informs R-Sport. Referees, having discussion, decided to give athletes a chance to perform their programme after all other participants of final round. Inspite of all these obstacles, the Russian team obtained gold.

"This was a great stress, for which we are not ready. The same situation happened during the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004. To be honest, you will not wish the same for your opponents. And here the team of Russia is young, without any experience, and, of course, it is difficult to bear it at the start. Both physically and psychologically. That is why I am glad that girls coped with it. We did not want such situation happen, but if it did, it would be useful," says Kiseleva during her conversation with journalists.

"They do not have another chance, they are high level athletes and they must cope with this," continues Kiselyova. "If you are at this level, if you are in the Russias national team, you must be ready for everything. This is a step at the beginning of the way which will train them and they will be stronger." Kiseleva does not know why there were problems with music. "This question is not for me. I am very glad that girls coped, coaches coped and they all showed excellent results, referees put good points and they won gold medals. They are the best ones," concluded Kiseleva.


«R-Sport», 25 July 2013