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Natalia Kuziutina leader for young Russian generation
17 Mar 2019 14:50
Female Russian star Natalia Kuziutina was not happy with her bronze medal on home soil at the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam. Last year, the defending European Champion won gold at the tournament. In the fight for bronze she was due to face younger team member Daria Bobrikova. However, Daria was injured. Nevertheless, Natalia is considered a leader for the younger generation.
“I’m happy being a leader within the women’s national team. I don’t step away from the responsibility to help and support my younger team members. When I myself was younger, older athletes did that for me too and that was important for me,” she tells IJF Media.
“I enjoyed seeing Daria Davydova (-63kg) winning gold yesterday. I congratulated her and she appreciated that, telling me my support was important to her. That’s significant for me too.”
Women getting stronger
Russian female judokas are stepping up and getting stronger. “Judo is very popular in Russia. The men’s team is very strong and on top. Since the women train together with the men, the women are getting stronger as well,” Natalia explains. “If you would compare today’s results with those from ten years ago, you would notice a lot of progress.”
Lately, judo created a buzz on social media and Natalia was right in the middle of it. “The Russian Judo Team was in Sochi on training camp. There, Russian President Putin – who is IJF Honorary President and IJF Ambassador - came to one of our training sessions but also joined us on the tatami, so we had the opportunity to train with him.” For Natalia and her team mates a precious moment. “It was a great honor for me to train with our President. We did some randoris together. I found out he is strong and in really good shape. It was really cool to meet the president. Many team members saw him previously only from a distance. It’s a great support for us to meet our President in person and to participate with him in his favorite sport,” says the defending European Champion who’s trying to become a World Champion.
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