Interview with Gatsalov I will post translation in small sections
If someone knows of a site that can translate it from Russian, here is an interview with Gatsalov:
Last edited by Big; 04-01-2007 at 04:50 PM.
This is the interview where from I took the info about Gatsalov's children and several days ago I opened a new thread to which Quick couldn't add something smart
Try with the on-line translation of altavista: http://babelfish.altavista.com
Copy the text of the interview and paste it in the translation field. IMO altavista Russian-English translation is best one offered free in the net, however it is bad and the English out-put text is often understandable or meaningless. At least you can understand the main points.
Sometimes the translation is quite funny for people who know both Russian and English. For example the translation of Russian ?ochko? = ?point?. In the plural form, ?ochki? (points) is identical with the word ?ochki? meaning ?glasses?. So, these are two different words which have one and the same form. Altavista cannot differentiate them and each time it translates ?glasses?. That is why, when you have in Russian that a wrestler has won on points, altavista translates that he has won ?on glasses?.
BTW Gatsalov is quite impudent in that interview. He already has been sharply criticized in the forum on the same site: http://188.8.131.52/forum/viewtopic.php?t=156 (in Russian).
What I am going to do is translate his interview myself small sections at a time. Stay tuned.
Here the beginning , the preamble, if you will:
The victory of the Russian team at Krasnoyarsk's World Cup means even more in terms of that it was won with an experimental arsenal of wrestlers. Some injuries could not allow some best wrestlers in Russia to compete and their places were taken by the younger wrestlers. An Olympic champion from Athens 2004, Ghadzhimurad Gatsalov, who won in all three matches in Krasnoyarsk, in his 24 years of age looked like a complete veteran.
Last edited by Big; 04-01-2007 at 08:57 AM.
This will take quite a while to translate, but should give it to you with a fairly easy to understand translation.
That translation just butchered the inteview! No way can some google site get the intricacies of Russian vernacular.
Here is the beginning of the interview:
In my opinion, the team wrestled not just good, but outstanding, began Gatsalov. On this World Cup team there were only 2 number 1 wrestlers in their respective weight classes, and the rest was filled in with young wrestlers and what a fill in it was! We shut out both Ukraine and Georgia, and that alone means something. Even in the final we wrestled pretty confidently.
Last edited by Big; 04-01-2007 at 08:59 AM.
I was also happy with my own results, considering the fact that initially I was not supposed to wrestle at the World Cup. Only a little while before the tournament the coaches along with Dzhambulat Tedeev decided to let me wrestle. Before Krasnoyarsk, I was only at one training camp with the team and did not have enough time to get into optimal shape. However, this World Cup was at home, in Russia, and I could not let down the fans.
Journalist: Are you concerned about some of the younger wrestlers challenging you?
It is possible that some of the younger guys can push me aside. Nobody is irreplaceable. However, the wrestler that wants to do that has to prove that he is ready. There are many young wrestlers with great potential but they have not realized it yet. On top of that, often even a little threat by the newcomer to a titled veteran is often blown out of proportion as a big story. This is how it was with me when in the finals of an international tournament in Tashkent I was challenged by one young wrestler. I was not ready then like I wanted, received a much tougher draw than he did, and in the final barely moved my legs. But he resisted and gave me a real fight. Right away there emerged some voices stating: "Ah, look at that guy, look how he wrestled against Ghadzhimurad"!
Journalist: Did you you quickly understand that it is much harder to be an Olympic champion than an average wrestler?
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