What significance does the forthcoming Championships have for you?
A very big one, the World Championships is one of the most important competitions of the year.
You are the European champion, the World Champion, what are your chances in this competition?
I think I answered this question many times and will repeat once again: Modern pentathlon is a sport in which 12-15 people are potential winners of each start. I can only hope that I am one them.
Are your thoughts with the Olympic Games already or have you concentrated at the World Championships?
I try not to think about the Olympic Games . All my thoughts are at the World Championships.
There are 4 candidates in the national Russian team qualified for the Olympic Games but only two of them can go there. Does the necessity to confirm your status influence your preparation for the World Championships?
Yes, it certainly does. There is a certain tension. I have three very strong opponents, each of whom wants to go to the Olympic Games, as much as I do.
Which disciplines might be the key one’s for you at the World Championships?
All the five. If one fails one of the sports he will never become the Champion.
What is your main focus during the training in the course of your preparation for the World Championships?
I try to concentrate at the technical disciplines , it is not possible to change dramatically the physical state in short period of time.
Who will be your main opponent in Rome?
Would you call 2012 successful?
How can I call it successful? First of all I haven’t won anything yet, and the second… all the most important starts : World Championships, European Championships and the Olympic Games are in the nearest future.
Do you like to compete in Italy?
In general I do. I am sure that this year everything including the jury will be on the highest level.