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Sofya Fyodorova: I want to be the first all the time

Already today, on February 11, in Pyeongchang, qualifying performances of snowboarders among women will be held. Among our athletes in slopestyle and big air is a young representative of the Krasnodar Territory, a rider of the Roxy team Sofya Fedorova . We met with Sonya in order to find out more about her rapid development, plans for the upcoming Olympics and favorite skiing tracks.

- Sonya, tell us how it happened that snowboarding has become a significant part of your life? How did it all start?
- It all started when my dad was the first in my family to start snowboarding. Before that, we sometimes went to the Moscow region and went skiing. When I saw my dad on a snowboard, I felt like it too. I took his board, his big boots, and began to learn how to ride on the slope myself, without an instructor or someone's help. Later, I consciously started going to “Snezhkom”, an indoor ski center in Krasnogorsk, with my father's snowboard. There she herself learned to turn over and ride, then gradually mastered riding in the park. On my 14th birthday, I was given my first own snowboard. In the same year at “Snezhkom” I began to communicate with the guys, and they introduced me to the coach. So I ended up in a sports school.

- Why did you even want to compete? You can just ride for your pleasure.
- To be honest, somehow it worked out for me. A month after I entered the sports school, my first children's competitions took place. And it began. I started performing and showing good results. And I liked it. There was an excitement: I realized that I want to constantly be the first, I want to show others what I can do. You can say that from the moment I started skating, I started taking part in competitions. I like it and it is a pleasure.

Sofya Fyodorova: I want to be the first all the time

Photo: From personal archive

- Can you say that some competitions have become a turning point for you? Have any influence on you?
- Most likely yes. These were the European Cups and the World Championship. I won the Big Air World Championship in my first year of international competition. After that, they took me to the national team, and I earned my personal quota, that is, a place in the World Cups. They began to take me to the World Cups, thanks to which I am now here at the Olympics. Therefore, most likely, the World Championship became the decisive competition in my career

- How much time does training take?
- You can say that I have adjusted my life to training and I try to train 100 percent of my time.

Sofya Fyodorova: I want to be the first all the time

Photo: From personal archive

- Do you have enough time to ride for your pleasure, for example, with friends?
- Yes, at the end of the season, when the competitive season ends and there is free time, I can afford to ride with my friends and have fun. For example, New Star Camp (QuiksilverNew Star Camp is the largest sports and music festival in Russia. It will take place from March 30 to April 8 on the territory of the year-round mountain resort Rosa Khutor. - Approx. ed.) . It will be a lot of fun there. It will be just the time when you can ride with friends, for yourself.

- Where do you usually train? Are there tracks in Russia that you like? Can you recommend any of them?
- To be honest, I usually train in Europe. My season starts in August. I go either to the glaciers or to where it is winter, that is, to New Zealand. I love Austria, Switzerland, I also liked New Zealand. These are my favorite places. I don't visit Russia often, because I constantly train and compete in World Cups. Probably Sochi is my favorite place in Russia. A good training park is being built there during New Star Camp. Sometimes they make a good park in the Sunny Valley resort in Miass.

- How do you keep fit in the offseason?
- The off-season is usually short for me. The season ends around late spring and starts again in the summer. Usually I ride a skateboard, I also go to the indoor Snowboard to ride a snowboard, or work out in the gym. But in the summer I mostly go skateboarding. This is my favorite activity.

Sofya Fyodorova: I want to be the first all the time

Photo: From personal archive

- What, in principle, does training consist of? Is it not only skiing on the slope, but also general physical training in the hall?
- Yes. I go to the gym all year round. For me, this is, one might say, part of the daily routine, so I go to the gym 365 days a year.

- Do you have any snowboarding idols? People whom you look up to or who are just interesting to watch from the outside?
- There are no such people that I look up to. There are just snowboarders whose riding style and lifestyle I like. Naturally, I follow them on Instagram ( smiles ). I try to learn some details of the tricks, watch the video, try to make out the technique of skating. This is, for example, Anna Gasser or Jamie Anderson.

- This Olympiad will be your first. Are there any expectations? Maybe make plans?
- The track is quite difficult, very large figures and very different in level even from the World Cups. My expectations are simply to make my program error free. So far, this is my main goal. I hope everything works out. I like it here, and this is the main thing!

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