I still have excellent relations with my first coach Mykola Bohonasiuk. He works with children and youth, and many years ago, when he felt my level was higher, he found another coach for me. He knew I would not leave him, so he decided to do it for me, and I appreciate it. Today I can discuss sports with him, our families, girls, and other subjects. I trust him.
Today I work with Denys Tobias. He and his wife, 1500 m Olympic Bronze medallist in Beijing 2008 Nataliia Tobias, help me so much in these dark times. They take care of me like of a son. Nataliia even cooks for me so I would be healthy. I feel like a part of their family.
All these people are motivating me for the highest result. I don’t want to be only a European Championships participant. I want to do my best. Because without them, I even couldn’t be in Turkey now and couldn’t prepare for Munich 2022. But some people wish me to lose. To be honest, they help me and motivate me even more.
4. Share a piece of advice with our community, in which others might fall hard at times as well.
Under any circumstances, don’t stop to move. Even drops of water can pierce rocks. After the dark period, you will see the light. If your goal is essential, no difficulties can stop you from reaching it. Find motivation in people and small things and read motivating books. I want to reach high results and become a role model for somebody. I want to motivate other people. And who knows, perhaps in the future, I will even write my book.
5. Which of the other sports taking place at the European Championships Munich 2022 is your favourite?
I have always admired triathletes. They are ironmen and ironwomen, for sure. And after Rio 2016, I also started to admire our athletes who compete in kayak and canoeing. So, I would highlight these two sports.