19-year-old Russian Vladimir Strugevich from St. Petersburg has been a true multi-sport talent in his youth. Find out how he came to finally focussing on Nordic Combined and his first experiences with international Nordic Combined events this winter.
How did you start with skiing / Nordic Combined?
I studied in the third grade and one day the coach of the St. Petersburg Ski Jumping school came in our class. He told us about Ski Jumping and asked if somebody wanted to enter the classes. My eyes lit up! And I joined the classes even without asking parents' permission. (laughs)
I had been training on the hill for one year when I started skiing seriously. Before that time, the Cross-country skiing was just a part of warm-up. But then I enjoyed the combination of jumping and skiing. It was the start of my Nordic Combined story.
Why did you pick Nordic Combined as your sport, what fascinates you most about it?
Nordic Combined wasn't the only sport in my childhood. As well, I was dancing and learned kung-fu, but some time later I gave up these classes. Though I'm the Nordic Combined athlete I like Ski Jumping more: feeling of flight is outstanding for each of us.
What do you have to work harder on, the ski jumping or the cross-country skiing?
I should work on both components, the sky's the limit. (laughs)
Do you have a sports idol/role model (inside or outside of Nordic Combined)?
Yes, I have an idol in sport, it’s Jarl Magnus Riiber. I'm amazed by his performances last season.
What was your greatest/best/most exciting moment in Nordic Combined so far?
The Junior World Championships 2020 were my first serious international event. After these competition, I drew some conclusions and realised what I need to work on.
What are your goals for the next season?
Work, work and work again! (laughs) I want every new season to be more successful than the previous one. And I hope I will show better result on the international competitions.
Interview: Anastasia Shuhova
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