I am going to win Rio as a vegetarianBack in July (2013) Ilya Ilyin sat down for an interview.
The interviewer is some kind of business coach, without a particular affiliation to weightlifting.
But there are a couple of points you might find interesting… Thanks to Vadim for translating the interesting parts.
Update: More in depth Interview with Ilya and Dmitry Klokov.
At 18 years old Ilya decided that he wants to switch to vegetarianism eventually.
Until only just recently he hasn’t been able to fully commit to it.
He ate meat during preparation for London 2012 etc…
When he was in Poland (he was referring to his London 2012 preparation period during which he visited Poland), he told his team mates and other athletes about his plans to train without meat and they gave him looks of course and jokingly said “maybe you should first win another Olympic gold and then experiment with diets?”.
That sort of made him reconsider and give it more time.
So after London he actually started to go meat-free (and eat more raw foods).
I am going to win Rio as a vegetarian.
Knowing that he wants to go up to 105kg (if everything works out to plan) this is going to be interesting.
Apart from this he also mentions that he uses contrast showers to pump him up if he’s too tired in the morning.
He also likes music to be playing when he practices, helps him get in the groove