Both The Liukin and RRG linked to a suddenly unearthed translation of a 2011 interview with the current Jr National Coach of Russia, the 1999 World Champion Nikolay Kryukov.
It is superb.
— Who was at Round Lake then, do you remember?
It was 1989. I saw Dima Bilozerchev, Valeriy Liukin, Vitaliy Marinich … and Sergey Kharkov — all the workhorses in gymnastics. They showed great class in their work. I’ll never forget how I watched Igor Korobchinskiy and Vitaliy Shcherbo train. They were competing in routines. Korobchinskiy would get on the apparatus and Leonid Arkayev would give him a 9.75. And Shcherbo would respond: “That’s kind of weak. I’ll do a 9.8″. And Igor would say, “go ahead, try!” And Shcherbo would get up and do it. Perfectly. I was struck by that — how sure people could be of their own work and be sort of playing around, but so good! That was the pinnacle of class.
… In the regions for example, coaches working at high levels still have to have beginner groups to make a normal living. A lot of them don’t even want to be in the national team. They coach kids up to that level and that’s it. I ask them, “Are you coming to training camp?” “No.” “Why not?” “Because I have two other groups and I’d lose the money.” And I ask, “So what are you working for then?” I know you can’t feed a family on your enthusiasm. Let’s come up with a solution with the directors of sports schools, so that they help talented coaches with initiative. …
— The head coach also has to be a good teacher. Do you feel “lucky” to get to work with the junior team that is the hardest age to work with (13-18 years old)? Are you strict with the guys at camp?
I give them a bit more freedom then we had. …
… Without fear. Without any fear of falling. And do your routine with soul. …
New Zealander Dylan Schmidt won his country’s first ever Olympic Gymnastics gold medal in Trampoline at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games Trampoline competition. With 57.340 points he outscored Liu Changxin (56.935) of China and Pedro Ferreira (56.040) of Portugal. …
I didn’t tell my mum. I thought she’d have a heart attack. I told my brother Adrian, who was my best friend and still is. I took him and my sister-in-law close to the Hungarian border with me. Then me and the six other gymnasts walked over the border into Hungary and from there to Austria. I went to the United States embassy and they provided me with a flight to New York. I’ve never talked about it before. It was hard that night. …
Today marks the 30th anniversary since Mary Lou Retton became the first American woman to win an individual Olympic medal for gymnastics…and not only a medal, but the all-around gold, something that wouldn’t be repeated for twenty years. …
David Patterson coached the great Dee Dee Foster to become the first Elite gymnast from the state of Alabama, the first gymnast in the State to qualify as a USA national team member.
Dee Foster Worley:
… when I learned Sarah and David were stepping down as one of the most dominant coaching tandems in any sport – and that Dana had been tapped as the new head coach – I cried.
I cried for the 35 years Sarah and David have been in my life, teaching me to properly steward my gifts and my womanhood.
I cried because I know that Sarah’s passionate commitment to the University of Alabama gymnastics program is an eternal flame that will never extinguish.
I cried because David, who is one of the best coaches that has ever or will ever grace the planet, will end his gymnastics coaching career as he lived it: humbly in the background, holding everyone up with his quiet might and taking none of the credit for his immeasurable contribution to their success.
I cried because, although I will miss seeing my mentors at the helm, I am almost airborne with joy because my good friend has earned the opportunity of a lifetime.
I cried because I know Dana will be heavily armed with the beautiful burden of continuing a legacy of – not just excellence – but supremacy.
I cried because I can see what’s ahead for my good friend. And it’s the same thing that’s always been ahead for her: a steady, sturdy, next-level rise and a long, fruitful trailblazing journey.