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93-year-old former scout about his sports life

Another hero of the Great Patriotic War is Mikhail Bobrov, an honorary citizen of St. Petersburg, a brave scout and a man whose soul and mind are always young. By the way, his body is strong and young too, since he was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest conqueror of the North Pole. You will see an interview with him in the program Simple Questions with Egor Khrustalev on Victory Day, May 9. I propose you a part of the conversation that was not included in the program, but it is very interesting and optimistic... Sometimes there is simply no limit to human abilities, even at the age of 93...

Mr Bobrov, thank you very much for finding an opportunity to talk. You are a unique person, you are now 93. Let me ask the following question: how does life at 93 differ from life at 83?

Mikhail Bobrov, Professor of St. Petersburg Humanitarian University of Trade Unions, Honorary Resident of St. Petersburg:
Physiology is doing its job. You can't do as much as you could earlier.

And you did much at 83, didn't you?

Mikhail Bobrov:
Up to 90, I was quite active. But then, sharply, a person approaches certain end and feels that the organism calms down, your spunk disappears. We must prepare ourselves slowly, you know...

You are the honorary head of the physical culture department. What does your working day look like? How much physical training is it in your work day?

Mikhail Bobrov:
I once spoke to Alexander Sergeyevich: "Let me go." He said: "If you leave, you will be lost." Indeed, this is like a battery, students... They recharge you. Such wonderful students, they are smart, but they need to be educated. Because sometimes our television spoils guys, and even night clubs. By the way, he does not allow them to go there and does the right thing. We had very interesting trips with these guys, this reminds me of our sports life, it makes you stand still.

I know that you are included in the Guinness Book of Records as the most adult person who conquered the summit at the North Pole. What is your most recent conquest?

Mikhail Bobrov:
I ski, which is very cool.

Did you ski this winter?

Mikhail Bobrov:
No, two years ago. I had serious fractures, so I decided to take a break. We agree in advance with avalanche workers, with glaciologists, the state of snow... You know... We have a company of 4-5 people, they deliver us by helicopter. And we perform a freeride, the snow is deep, you fall into the snow, you stand in it up to your waist. And the most interesting thing is that you must be able to "read" snow. This means that you fly out into the snowy ground, you fall and it's very difficult to get up; you can get to ice crust where speed increases dramatically! The skis can jump out onto the strong crust, but it breaks under your weight and skis go under this crust, so you tumble for a long time. We learned all this in battles on the passes of the Caucasus. We picked up this knowledge from the German mountain-rifle division Edelweiss (1.Gebirgs-Division). They knew that if they fell and mess with snow, they would be killed. So they skied like devils. It's all left in my soul, in my heart so... It's advisable to move, because skiing is my life.

93-year-old former scout about his sports life