Let’s check in with Khadzhimurat Akkaev and see what he’s been up to in the weeks leading to the Olympics.
Update 11.09.2014: Read Akkaev’s 2014 Interview on ATG.
It looks like he has permanently moved into the Taganrog training camp.
And, since we last saw him, he got himself a new laptop (I guess the old one wasn’t fast enough to support the countless ATG tabs he has open :), Hi Khadzhimurat, if you read this).
As always, if you speak Russian, it would be greatly appreciated if you could sum up the main points.
Here is what’s going on the video:
Akkayev shows a matreshka with his face on it and says that it is the biggest of them all.
He ironically calls himself “a prisoner of Rigert castle“. He actually lives and trains there all year.
Akkayev shows his room. Narrator says, that the first thing one is noticing is the perfect cleanliness of his room. “If the car isn’t washed – I can’t help not to wash it, I will do it even before I eat breakfast” – says Akkayev, – “even if I see my slippers are on the floor overturned – I will come back and upend them. I think it’s called “pedantry”, and I have it out of measure”.
Khadzhimurat is unpretentious at home, but he likes unusual things. He shows a figurine which is a present from Africa, and says it is pretty heavy. Akkayev likes some queerness in the interior, “it’s cool”, he says.
“It’s a given that with such ascetic life he is a captive of social networks, but he uses a fake name, because, for the first, there are too many people wanting to friend him and chat with him, and for the second it gives less information about him to those who wants to create a fake profile with his name.”
He shows his userpic (that looks exactly like him) and says that this is Gerard Butler, lol.
When the talk goes about Beijing Olympics, he quickly changes in face. He thinks that by placing him in a B group, so that he competed first and couldn’t know the leaders’ results, coaches made a big mistake. As a result, he only got Bronze. Akkayev says: “Maybe coaches thought that I hadn’t competed for a long time before Olympics and therefore “lost my grip” [an idiom], but as it showed up one either have “it”, or don’t”.
The next goal for the weightlifter is to win a Gold at London in a more prestigious weight class – 105 kg, to which he moved 2 years ago, and is very pleasured with his progress so far. In April 2011 Khadzhimurat won the European Championship, and after half a year he placed first at Worlds.
“The best weights I worked up to as of today were 210kg snatch and 245kg clean & jerk, which in sum are 17 kilos over the world record so far”. So, today Khadzhimurat Akkayev have all chances to win the Olympics, especcially since 27 years old athlete acknowledges that there may not be another try in the future.
“Many people say: “Once I hit Bronze or Silver I’ll quit” – well, then that is the limit of a person’s capabilities. I am not OK with this. I have been going this road all my life – to get top achievemnt, and in fact that is all my life. That is what I live for“.