How did your medical go?
Just like previous years, no changes.
Did you keep training during the holidays?
Of course, at my age you have to do something, or you’ll physically fall apart. I gave myself a week’s rest and then worked out using the training programme our coaches designed for me.
How did you spend your free time in general?
I was at the seaside with my family for two weeks and we came back on 30th December to celebrate the New Year with my extended family. In early January we went to visit my grandmother for a few days too.
What was the best part of your holiday?
I saw a shark! I went snorkeling and saw it quite close to me, this was the first time in my life I’ve seen a live shark, I mean not behind glass in an aquarium. It was about five meters away from me. I also swam around the coral reefs and saw fish up close. I don’t think it was dangerous, no one told me it was!
Did your son give you any presents for New Year?
No, he did not have time, we only got back from holiday on New Year's Eve and he is still quite small. My brother gave me a watch, even though I don’t usually wear a watch, but now I will.
How do you feel before heading to the Gazprom training camp?
As always I feel excellent!