Marina Durunda says she is proud of Baku’s hosting first-ever European Games

By: Amina Nazarli

Question: Tell us how did you started to do gymnastics. Why did you chose this sport?

Answer: When I was 4 years old, my father took me to the gym hall. Since my cousin was involved in gymnastics, I also wanted to learn all this stuff. I was so plump (laughing), and naturally, I was offered to go to the dancing. However, I wanted to do gym, and therefore remained in sport.

Q.: How do you think, could you perform in any other sport?

A.: If I liked other sport as well as gymnastics, I think I would have been able. However, I do not like any other kind of sport like gymnastics.

Q.: How do you deal with the emotions in the day of competition? Are there any special secrets of self-control?

A.: I think it comes with experience. When one performs often, it becomes easier and easier … Well, it is necessary to motivate oneself somehow. There are no special no secrets, one just need to believe in himself and then everything will succeed.

Q.:What do you think is most important in any sport?

A.: Self-confidence, patience and hard work … little effort. Discipline is very important. Moreover, it is important to listen to the coach. To listen, to hear and to do.

Q.: How dangerous is to to engage in professional sports, or it depends on the sport?

A.: I think it depends on the sport. There are dangerous sport, such as artistic gymnastics – it is more dangerous than rhythmic gymnastics. Rhythmic gymnastics is not so dangerous.

Q.: Do you have an idol in the sport?

A.: Yes, it is Yevgenia Kanayeva, an Olympic Champion.

Q.: Tell us about your sports plans for the near future.

A.: First of all, of course, I want to perform worthily at the European Championships in Minsk, then at the European Games in Baku, and of course at the World Championships in Stuttgart, where we a license for the Olympic Games will be played. I really want to get this license.

Q: What do your European Games mean for you and how do you prepare for them?

A.: European Games is such an event … I am very proud that the first-ever European Games are being held here in Baku. This is a great honor to perform at the Games. Actually, for me it is a very important event, I want to represent the country worthily at home. I prepare for them in the same way I prepare for important events. We have a new season; we have compiled a new exercise and we will surprise everyone – both judges and spectators.

Q.: If stay a little bit away from the sport – do you have any aspirations or dreams that you want to implement?

A.: I want to be a good daughter, a sister, a friend, a good human. As for the future – I have not set any goal yet.

Q.: Are you able to combine sport with normal life?

A.: When there is free time, we go out for a walk, go to the cinema. I guess we just spend on it less time than non-athletes.

Q.: Tell us about your family.

A.: I have two brothers; I am madly in love with them and miss them a lot. In general, I am very grateful to my parents for sending me in this sport, for their support throughout my career. I love them very much.

Q.: Do you have a loved one?

A.: No (laughing).

Q.: What do your fans usually shout, and want do you want to hear from them?

A.: They usually shout “Go, Marina, go!”. In general, when I just hear the chant “Azerbaijan!” I just have goosebumps. It is a great pleasure – just to realize that the entire audience rooting for you, by soul. It inspires.

Q.: What would you like to tell them?

A.: Thank you for your support!