Belarus rhythmic gymnastics coach Lyubov Cherkashina about her daughter

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Belarus rhythmic gymnastics coach Lyubov Cherkashina about her daughter

The CTV Channel has interviewed Lyubov Cherkashina, winner of the Olympic Games in London, coach of the national rhythmic gymnastics team and a young mother.

Irina Rombalskaya, TV presenter:
Good morning. I'm very glad that you found time to come to us.

Lyubov Cherkashina, coach of national rhythmic gymnastics team:
I'm very glad too. Thanks to the program Big Breakfast, it is already possible to track how Lyubov Cherkashina was growing.

Irina Rombalskaya:
Today, all we care about is the birth of your daughter, and everything connected with it.

Lyubov Cherkashina:
I worked out in gym till the last moment. I wanted to hide somewhere in the little corner. When the baby was born, it became clear that you can not hide anywhere and it's easier to tell everyone right away. Of course, it is a great piece of luck. Now my husband and I laugh, looking at the baby. She is so small and is already famous! My husband and I had to work to become popular. And immediately after she was born, she appeared at once everywhere: in the media, in the newspapers. That's why it was quite interesting. We tell her everything. Of course, I don't know if she understands this not. But it turns life around, makes you plan everything in a different way. It provides one more common birthday to mom and dad. Despite the fact that you should pay a lot of attention to children, you still get an incredible amount of energy from them. And it seems that you can take on a thousand projects, work 24/7. Do everything to make your child proud of you.

Irina Rombalskaya:
In the second week after the birth of your daughter, you were re-elected in Lausanne.

Lyubov Cherkashina:
In fact, prior to the birth, I said to the doctors and family that I definitely needed to be re-elected, because this was the last chance. When it was time to give birth, I tried all the ways to induce labor!

Irina Rombalskaya:
Did you wash the floors?

Lyubov Cherkashina:
I washed the stairs and the floors. The apartment was very clean. But, thank God, my daughter was born on time. I managed to do everything and came to the International Gymnastics Federation in Lausanne. Some people did not believe that I gave birth two weeks ago and this once again proved the seriousness of my commitment.

Irina Rombalskaya:
You're in great shape. But, all the same, gymnasts and ballerinas are at risk.

Lyubov Cherkashina:
It seems to me that gymnasts and ballerinas are now in a double risk group. Because now there are a lot of healthy lifestyle activists. Sometimes you look at this and think: God, I'm doing this wrong. And if I stand here with this angle, then in photo I will have a couple of extra kilograms. This makes you get into trim instantly.

Irina Rombalskaya:
Taking into account that you are involved in professional sports, is it more difficult or easier?

Lyubov Cherkashina:
Probably, it is more difficult from the psychological point of view. You get used to being always fit, and then you realize that so much is going on with the body. And in one moment you need to be fit and you want to be beautiful and slim. I run about five kilometers, and I think I'm a hero, because it is non-specific work for gymnastics. But there are some exercises that can not be done right after the birth. Therefore, I have to do light exercises, for example, going up and down the stairs. It is necessary to feel yourself healthy and athletic.

Irina Rombalskaya:
What do you eat and drink, and how much do you walk in order to be fit?

Lyubov Cherkashina:
I really like to eat. And if I were in Italy, I would eat paste 24 hours a day. I do not keep a strict diet and eat when I want and what I want. The most important thing is not to overeat.

And moving. Moving is living. Now I have to walk with a baby carriage. I like to go up and down the stairs. I also walked a lot when I was pregnant. And I do simple exercises at home: I raise my legs, I do butt exercises, I do knee bends while holding the baby. Probably, I still have the fear that I need to be fit. I hold the baby on my hands - I start to bend over. I see a sofa - I start to do knee bends. I want to keep fit even without going to the gym.

Irina Rombalskaya:
Gymnastics is a demanding sport. Do you think about the future of your daughter in gymnastics?

Lyubov Cherkashina:
It is. Girls have a lot to endure. We are going through a lot. Will my daughter do gymnastics? Now we just do not think about it. We have such period when we enjoy that the kid is in our family. And, probably, after some time we will think in which area she would like to succeed. Maybe it will be sport, maybe art.

Irina Rombalskaya:
What do you think about genetic passports? Now there is an opportunity to track the sports gene and see if a person can achieve certain results in a certain sport. Do you believe in this?

Lyubov Cherkashina:
I think that it this is an interesting project. But, probably, not for our sport. It is for such sports where you need to be more endurance. The uniqueness of rhythmic gymnastics is that you need to be flexible, artistic and enduring.

Irina Rombalskaya:
And you just can not figure it out from the DNA.

Lyubov Cherkashina:
Yes. Besides the fact that you need to train, to spot this talent... And then the child will say: "Ay. I'm tired of it." And no DNA will explain it and show it. I think these passports work. And if someone wants to take the child to biathlon, then why not find out in advance whether it will be okay or not? As for the choice for the girl, you initially think about rhythmic gymnastics. Regardless of my personal experience. The second for girl is figure skating or tennis, in my opinion. In our country, I would choose tennis.

Irina Rombalskaya:
Athletes are organized people. Was the birth of a child a planned step or not?

Lyubov Cherkashina:
The birth of a child was planned. We realized that we want our family to become larger. Now we enjoy this.

All photos taken from Lyubov Cherkashina's instagram profile.