In my childhood, I watched over the
selling of my pastries…”
Oh, God, of cause it is
very sad to part with KatyaSerebrianskaya, who is now leaving the big sport.
All-Around Olympic Champion
in rhythmic gymnastics,many time gold, silver, and bronze medallist of
Worldand European championships, Grand Prix prizes holder.
We, fans of this
bright talent, will not see her sparkling and yet very elegant routines
with the ribbon, ball, and clubs…
But, off with the sadness!
After all, life doesn’t end at 22, and I believe, that Ekaterina Serebrianskayahas
her main and most stunning ball straight ahead!
- Ekaterina, it’s understood,
that the decision to leave the world of sport, which brought many happy
and victorious moments, was not easy to make.
- Yes, it was not a quick decision. Before
I decided,I was thinking for a long time, what I will do after I leave
the sport. And only after I formed a new goal, I
left, to (so to speak) subdue new summits.
But this deciding period of time was, I have to confess, very difficult.
- And these personal worries
influenced your idea of making a fund for helping sportspeople?
- Partly, yes. But this fund, I hope, will
not only give financial support, but mainly psychological.
Why to hide the sin, in the absence of governmental
guarantees, and support, so many people’s fates were ruined! The shining
on many sports arenas champions,
coming down to earth, so to speak, because
alcoholics, drug addicts, robbers, basically, coming to the lowest point.
And one more thing. I myself went
through the situation, when a young perspective sports person, not having
financial help, and meaning – opportunity to go
to competitions, stops in his/hers development,
and can’t achieve higher results. No one among the government officials
cares, that if to help such young
a lady, just a little, he will start bringing fame for our country with
his victories, at international arenas. Those are the tasks for our fund.
Not to be
unsubstantiated, during a very bid sports
show, whichtook place on 5th of November, in Palace “Ukraine,” we handed
our first grant, and will be paying it
throughout the year to one, very young athlete.
- You, by the way, debuted
in this show, not only as a main active person, but also as a director
of the whole happening.
- And this, I have to tell you, was very
- I know that during one
evening you demonstrated a great singing talent. Will you continue to try
yourself in this direction?
- No, that was only a gift for my friends.
other areas in which I am much better!
- You are working on a
book about your life in sport. It is interesting to at least get to know
it’s working name.
- It is too early to talk about it. I can
say one thing. This book would not be the “memories of a champion,” but
rather something like thoughts about
lives and faits of people in sport. Something
like a look from the inside.
- What is the role of
your coach and mother Lubov Serebrianskaya, in what you are doing now?
- Her role – role of a mother. And all of
this – my
gift to her.
- A question that everyone
wants to know an answer to.
Didn’t you leave the sport
a little early?
- I don’t want to talk about bad things.
To be honest, I was literally pushed off the podium, even though I could
have successfully competed, even at the Olympics
in Sydney. Of cause I am sad. But if that’s
the way it happened, then, that is the way it should have happened. This
tragic period, (and I am not
exaggerating, it really was tragic), thank
God,already passed, and I am full of wish and energy to do something new.
- And this is understood
even by the fact that you, after finishing Kharkov institute of physical
culture, got enrolled to the psychogenesis faculty in the
Institute of Psychology.
- One morning I woke up, and realized, that
I don’t understand anything in people. There is nothing surprising here.
I just felt, that I need to
thoroughly learn the human psychology.
- Then, from this field.
It is know that in many sports, and especially in your loved rhythmic gymnastics,
started an era of completely different
gymnasts, even though
the international federation and the spectators want to see on the carpet
more mature, so to speak, with formed figures gymnasts. But nothing can
be done. Such contradiction exists. How do you
think can a mature gymnast
get ahead of those reckless girls?
- Only under one condition can she bear
the palm: if she is – a queen. If even off the carpets, she stands already
like a queen. And everyone has to see and know
it: judges, specialists, audience.
- And the last question.
Judging from your opinions and what you say, it feels that you are preparing
yourself for the role of “Business Woman.”
- Such craving appeared in me at about 12
years old, when I organized a small buffet in our sports gym building,
and to watch how the pastries in it were
selling, I was peaking at it through a scratched
hole in a painted glass part of a door in a neighboring room. Later, I
opened a small café in the sports
school. In general, I am sure that I can
achieve a lot in this field. I wanted to become an Olympic champion after
seeing on the podium our Alexandra Timoshenko. Back then I told myself,
- that is where I see myself.
That is the kind of position I am in with
business. At a certain time, I even went to watch how my aunt’s husband
was selling dresses and underwear. I was just
interested in it. I of cause wouldn’t say
that I wantto see myself behind the counter. But, at a higher level, something
similar can be seen.