To strive for the top: Hanna Huskova’s big interview

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To strive for the top: Hanna Huskova’s big interview

Hanna Huskova, the 2018 Olympic champion, has given an interview to the program Simple Questions.

Egor Khrustalev, TV presenter:
What do your parents feel when they see your unique freestyle jumps?

Hanna Huskova, 2018 Olympic champion:
I can say that they got used to it. Of course, they feel worried every time. But they understand that so many years in sport is normal.

Egor Khrustalev:
If a small boy or a girl want to choose what sport to take up, would you advise to take up freestyle?

Hanna Huskova:
Yes, but I think that this sport is for those who like extreme from the very childhood.

But of course I would recommend freestyle.

Despite the fact that there are ups and downs in the sport, but this is the kind of sport freestyle is. It is pleasant to watch it from aside.

Egor Khrustalev:
Then tell us, please, why is it unique? Except getting onto the podium…

Hanna Huskova:
The jump. When you jump from the trampoline – that is something amazing. When you are at the height of a 5-storey house, but you simply do not feel it. You hold your breath. And the main thing is to perform the jumps you trained for all those years.

Egor Khrustalev:
Where do you train most of the times?

Hanna Huskova:
We have summer training camps as well, we jump onto water. And we are grateful for the freestyle center built in Minsk. And we can train there at any time of the year.

Egor Krustalev:
When you understood that you will have to jump up to the height of a 5-storey house, were you scared for the first time to do that?

Hanna Huskova:
The first time was scary, of course. But actually, we have special exercises for that. Trampoline jumping and jumping on the track. With the help of these exercises we train the jumps. And when we have learnt that, you do the same but on water. And only after jumping onto the water, you only do it on the snow.

Egor Khrustalev:
When did you start doing freestyle?

Hanna Huskova:
I was seven, and when I was nine, I was doing a flip back onto water, and at 10 I was jumping onto snow.

Egor Khrustalev:
How does your mum feel when you do all these tricks?

Hanna Huskova:
I am sure that any mother will feel worried for her child no matter what.

But I’ll repeat it again: she has got used to it.

She got used to it that I’m in this sport all my life.

Hanna Huskova:
Why didn’t Anton Kushnir go through the qualification? Of course, this news became known in the whole world. It was a shock for all of us. The leader was taken off the competition.

Egor Khrustalev:
You could be put any score as well then?

Hanna Huskova:
There are four judges. Yes, everything depends on them. But What concerns this situation…The decision can depend on many things – whether the judges liked you or not, or how well you did. But once again I’ll say, it is not known why Anton Kushnir was marked down. In his first attempt he did a good jump. But he was marked with a low number of points. In his second attempt he was a little bit worse, only a little bit, but he was put more points. And no one understands it and it is very upsetting.

Egor Khrustalev:
Do you have dreams that you are falling down?

Hanna Huskova:
No, but before competitions I sometimes dream how I jump. And I can’t sleep, it happens to everyone. But it is good that I haven’t had this for a long time.

Thank God that there was nothing like that before the Olympics.

Egor Khrustalev:
Before presenting a program live, I feel very worried. But when everything begins it becomes easier. When do you feel worried most of all? Before you start doing the jump? Or when you are going up the slope?

Hanna Huskova:
It is always different. Sometimes my knees start trembling when I am going up the slope. It happens. Sometimes it happens when you are being announced and you are standing there all ready to go. There is a panel which has a countdown of 15 seconds. And you have 15 seconds to start and jump. But if you do not do it then…