Mikhail Grabovski on difference between Belarusian and American attitude to hockey

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Mikhail Grabovski on difference between Belarusian and American attitude to hockey

For some he is a star, for others he is a sex symbol. The Belarusian ice hockey player Mikhail Grabovski held a summer camp for young players at Chizhovka Arena in Minsk. 

The CTV channel talked to the player on this occasion.

You have small children but work with older kids. You see the difference?

Mikhail Grabovski, hockey player:
Small children mean small problems, big kids mean big problems! The problem here is the same: the organization and everything else. People are not accustomed to working at such a pace as in America. In Belarus, it's hard to teach them to do everything quickly, pay attention to details, treat everything seriously and to enjoy what you're doing. Children feel it: attention of the coaches who are professionals. If children do not get it, they will not come here with pleasure.

When I was little, my father did it so I came and got pleasure. I always had coaches who made me have fun and get pleasure from what I was doing. If I did not do something then I was made to. Mikhail Zakharov is a man who really puts this heart into players. He is strict but those who work with him for a long time know that this is good. All the problems that have been around hockey... He quickly deals with them. I hope that everything will be the same as in my childhood.

You have been training the guys 5 years. What result do you expect?

Mikhail Grabovski, hockey player:
That they have something useful from these camps. Yes, they have been with me for five years but for me each year is like the first time. 

Do athletes have star sickness?

Mikhail Grabovski, hockey player:
They are prone to it more in childhood.

Those people who have star sickness will never achieve anything. People who achieve something never get star sickness!

You have a status of an athlete, a hockey player. Will you strive for something else in the future?

Mikhail Grabovski, hockey player:
I'm at the level that makes me constantly evolve, not just in hockey ... 

The training camp was initiated by Mihkail Grabovsky as well as the Presidential Sports Club. This year the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation is among the organizers too.

Mikhail Grabovski, hockey player:
I need to thank my country for raising me and thus I am here to share my experience with these kids.