When you started competing in international competitions, did you see yourself being in the top-10?
I was young, 11 years old and I think no. Firstly, climbing was not popular in my city and my mother sent me for physical development only and I would like to thank her for her decision about climbing. Secondly, I didn’t know anything about climbing in the world except as in my city. I first heard about international climbing in the year 2005 when my friend Evgenii Minachev from my city won the speed world cup in Moscow. He got 500 euro and I said to my mom: “Wow it is amazing! I want to be a professional climber because I could love my work, my hobby and climbing simultaneously “
What motivated you to compete rather than just to climb outside?
I love the sport atmosphere, the feel cutthroat competition and I love to achieve goals! Also we have a big history of the speed discipline since USSR. And moreover, our Bosses love medals. I will still climb on the rocks when I finish my sport career.
What are some struggles you face as an athlete?
I don’t know actually. Maybe my coach, because he doesn’t want to work on the weekends and holidays.
What influenced you to start competing?
Just prove to myself that I can be a good sportsman and a good man.
Who most helped you get to where you are right now?
Of course my mother helped me throughout my life! She had spent all her time and powers for my climbing! She worked a lot! Also, my coach Sergey Sergeevich, and my wife, she made my mind clearer and stronger! Moreover, I’m getting the big support from a local government and the Chinese brand, Kailas! Big thanks!
What advice could you give to Young Athletes?
Follow your dreams, believes in yourself, hard work and never give up! And say “Thank you” as often as possible to your relatives and people close to you.
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