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Vladislav Tretiak: "To win gold today should be to sacrifice themselves"

February 10 2006

The day before the opening of the XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin has opened "Russian house". According to national tradition vodka was flowing river, and the caviar was absorbed in buckets.

Meanwhile in Moscow, where a smaller scale, opened the Italian House "- a sort of nod back to Italy for their hospitality. At his inauguration was attended by Olympic champions, Vladislav Tretiak and Vladimir Kuzin, as well as representatives of the Russian Olympic Committee.

In his welcoming remarks, the multiple Olympic champion Vladislav Tretiak said:

- These games bring together the nations. And, of course, brings us together is that we'll all be rooting for the Russian team. Russian will always be Russian.

Next Vladislav returned to the old and sore subject, "our" and "not ours" in the Russian hockey team: "All players who have agreed to play for Russia, playing for the honor of their country!"

What do you expect from these Olympics? What sports can bring us a medal?

Vladimir Kuzin:
-I am waiting for XX Olympic Games in the first place victories. As for my type (cross-country skiing.. - Ed.), Then, unfortunately, in the pre-Olympic competitions our boys and girls were frankly weak. This causes great concern. But let's hope that the main launch four years, they still perform well.

Vladislav Tretiak:
Hockey has always paid close attention, players stand on the first day to the last. A very large burden for the players. At the Olympics come to the strongest. Professionals, amateurs - they all want to win the gold medal. Therefore, the predictions are very difficult to do. Seven teams: America, Canada, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, and we - each of them can win. All on an equal footing, all come a day before the opening of the hockey tournament.

The main task of the coach or manager - to assemble a team, to place her on the links, right to form a composition, to unite it literally the day before the tournament. I think the win is the team that better adapt to new rules and will be better to keep discipline. In many respects the outcomes of meetings will decide the game on an uneven playing compositions. Personally, I would be very interested in this tournament. Let us hope that our team wins, we get sick.

Next, the conversation turned to these types of Olympic as skiing and ice skating. Olympic gold medalist in skiing was calm and optimistic: "Everyone wants to win. I have a feeling that we still will not be left without gold. More competition from the Scandinavians was always, to this we have become accustomed.

As for figure skating, we all cared only one thing - whether our athletes to repeat the achievement of the European Championship, winning once all the gold. Here, the conversation became master of sport of figure skating Valery Kuzin.

"Of course, this will not happen!" We will kill a single species .... But if this still happens - it will be a real miracle! "In figure skating subjective judging, and as it were, at least one of the four gold medals to give to us. Although I believe that every form of our skaters are really claim for gold. But this is not hockey. So I do not think we will win 4 gold medals. Normal result - a 2 "gold", and, accordingly, a set of silver and bronze.

The conversation gradually returns to the ice sport number 1. Can we call our current team "Dream Team"?br />

Vladislav Tretiak:

- Every team, especially our own, always poses a greater purpose - to win the gold medal. What about the super-team - it can be said after the tournament. We have a good squad, we have the best hockey players, we have a good team. Its main assemble, unite, placing correct - it is a matter of a coach. And the material is good, the desire to have a good hockey players too. I remember the Olympics in Salt Lake City, when he said that we Americans supposedly did not want to win, because so many players working in America. I do not know who the journalists allow such nonsense. Every hockey player playing for their country - they are part of their homeland. But today, just like in football will not win. Therefore it is necessary to evaluate an opponent after you have him beat.

That we can interfere to win the tournament?

- (With a smile) can hinder your opponent. But seriously - Canada is stronger than others, but other teams are equal. To now win the gold medal ice hockey at the XX Olympics in Turin - to do heroic deeds, sacrifice. In other sports, such as in skating you can once get together and run a distance. You will receive a medal for it, but here you have to be collected in all matches.

What is the level of our goalies?
- Well, we have good goalkeepers: and Nabokov, and Bryzgalov, and Sokolov - all three decent goalkeepers. I think the first game starts Nabokov because he is more experienced.

See also:

"Forget the judges and about dope, go for the gold medal!"

Bon voyage! Russian Olympians were carried out in Turin


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