1. Please recall and describe the emotions you felt when you became a world SAMBO champion in 2015.
"Honestly, I couldn't believe it. This was my second world championship. In 2012, I was third, and I was really upset. But we'd been preparing all year, we traveled to tournaments each month and trained hard... When I stood on the podium and they played the Russian national anthem, I felt really happy. Dreams do come true!"
2. How did they congratulate you? What do you remember most?
"Everyone congratulated me, even people who didn't know much about the sport... Friends, acquaintances and SAMBO fans from different countries. The telephone rang off the hook. My whole family watched the online broadcasts of the competitions on the FIAS website, and within half an hour after I won, I was flooded with congratulations. It was so great!
My mother was first, of course. She's a coach, and she flew there to second me. The most unexpected and pleasant event was when my boyfriend Misha secretly flew to Morocco without telling me. He wanted to support me at that critical moment, but I saw him only after the final. He had to hide the whole time, so as not to distract me from the fight. It was so unexpected and pleasant... It was maximum happy!"
3. How has your life changed in the year since the last world championships? Does the status of the world SAMBO champion help you in sports and in everyday life?
"What's changed? After the World Championships, I was awarded the title of Honored Master of Sports, but generally, everything is the same as before: we train and we're not ready to rest. While there's strength and will, we want to make the most of it."