Dmitry Dubrovskiy: The goal is to be in the Top 10
A few weeks before the start of the new season, FIS Ski Jumping spoke to Dmitry Dubrovskiy, the new president of the Russian Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Federation, about Sochi, new ski jumping centers and his goals for Russian ski jumping.
Name: Dmitry Dubrovskiy
Date of birth: 05.07.1974
Place of birth: St.Petersburg
Family: I'm single, have a little boy (8 years old). I have two sisters and brother, who live in St. Petersburg.
Where is your office: Office is located in down town Moscow and belongs to our main sponsor TMK group.
FIS Ski Jumping: How did you get into the Nordic Ski Sports?
Dmitry Dubrovskiy: I was a nordic combined athlete. My father was a coach of the Soviet nordic combined national team for various periods between 1972 and 1995, including the Olympics in Innsbruck 1976 and Lillehammer 1994, where I also took part. So I didn't have a chance to play chess, football or tennis, what I also like to do.
FIS Ski Jumping: What was your position so far in the Russian Ski Association
Dubrovskiy: I joined the Russian Ski Association in October 2010 and was responsible for the international program and the communication with FIS. Then I became sort of an executive director and later sports director. From last June I was head coach of the nordic combined team until shortly before the Olympics in Sochi.
FIS Ski Jumping: Until December 2012 there were no acceptable possibilities for ski jumping training in Russia, the athletes had to travel a lot. Now that there are amazing new venues in Nizhny Tagil and Chaikovsky and a third one will be built in Sachalin. Many experts expect the Russian ski jumpers among the world's best soon. Is this realistic?
Dubrovskiy: I hope so! But of course it will not happen right away, although we have great training possibilities in wonderful jumping centers in Tagil, Chaikovsky and Sochi. It's not only about the physical and technical performance, mentality, motivation and psychology are also important to compete with top athletes on a high level.
FIS Ski Jumping: With Irina Avvakumova we already saw a Russian winner in the ladies' World Cup last winter. When do you think will we have the first Russian winner in the men's World Cup?
Dubrovskiy: First of all I want to say that this is not our main goal at the moment, but it is realistic. Just like being in the Top 6 in a team competition. Step by step we should get close to the Top 10 in the individual events, then we'll see. Such results on the highest level can give the athletes more confidence and motivation and this will help to further improve. Time will tell how far away we are from this goal. To be precise, I think our main goal for the upcoming season is to be in the Top 10 (individual) and Top 6 (team), in the World Cup and also at the World Championships in Falun. But these are my expectations, our new coaching staff, with Zupan and Chizov for the A team and Jiroutek and Chicherin for the B team, didn't speak about any goals yet. They started the summer preparation and are training together in Chaikovsky and then from June 21st in Tagil, before the first COC in Kranj.
FIS Ski Jumping: How important is it for an Association in general that the athletes win
Dubrovskiy: First it's important to know what we are doing and that we are moving in the right direction.
FIS Ski Jumping: How is the situation with the construction in Sachalin?
Dubrovskiy: The project is in progress, it is in the final stage to get the approval. I think next year we can start with the construction. I'd like to thank Walter Hofer for his assistance and consultancy with his inspections in the region.
FIS Ski Jumping: We had really great Olympic Games in Sochi. How important was this excellently organized event for Russia in general?
Dubrovskiy: Of course it was important for the prestige of the country, especially with how much was done from the ground level, the difficulties we all had with the preparation concerning the weather and snow conditions and the geological situation. And all that without proper experience not only with such huge events but also with international competitions and the security, transportation, logistics and staff aspects. There's no doubt that it increased the popularity of ski jumping and nordic combined in the country, for example I couldn't buy any tickets for my guests and friends, it was all sold out and most spectators were Russians. I hope that the Games will also help us to get kids involved in the sport of ski jumping, especially with all the beautiful venues in our country. I'll do my best do develop the sport in its traditional regions all over the country.
FIS Ski Jumping: Are there any plans for the Olympic ski jumping and nordic combined venues for the future?
Dubrovskiy: First of all it will be a training center for the national teams, it will belong to the ministry of sport as part of the post Olympic legacy program. We are also planning to host national competitions in both disciplines there, but of course mainly in summer and fall. As you know producing snow is very expensive. There is also a plan to keep the facility open as a regional training center. Concerning international competitions, the ski jumping COC or a GP for both disciplines might be possible. We will see what the economical situation will be in the next years.