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08-04-2012, 09:30 PM #52
08-20-2012, 04:29 PM #53
Mayorova on the outcome of the Olympic cycle and plans for team
In Kratovo on the basis of the Russian national team badminton complete collection of junior teams and 17 to 19 years. TCB he spends coaching staff that led the preparation of the core team for the Olympic Games in London. On the results of previous Olympic cycle and plans for a new period of said head coach of Russia Claudia Majorova:
All preparations for the Olympic Games was planned and carried out his plan for us. Athletes were ready for the tournament is optimal, and showed that they play in the group stage, where the opponent was very serious, but nevertheless, a number of victories we have won. It should be noted that all members of our team, these Olympic Games were the first - no one had a similar experience. And the Olympic tournament is not a European Championship or even the World Cup - there is much more stressful. Against this background, I believe there has been considerable success because despite all the stress of our athletes have shown the level at which they were ready. We have seen the examples of other sports that many athletes failed the start, but to us it did not happen - the team has played at the highest level that has been achieved to date.
Very good game showed our singles Anastasia Prokopenko against the Polish girl Kamila Augustine and Danish Tina Bown. Start with the fact that Camila Nastia never won, and won here. Yes, and Bown - one of the strongest of the world - before the match was not expected that there will be a battle in which Prokopenko lost just a little! In this match Nastia never deviated from the plan worked out for the game. Sometimes it happens that badminton tired, did not start playing as it should, but how convenient that is generally comfortable and the opponent. But then it was not - the plan passed to and fro. She herself had not lost a single shuttle, second only when the enemy created a really complicated situation, laying out at full power.
Vladimir Ivanov also had to draw the heavy competition. He met with the player from Taipei, who last met in India has lost. It should be noted that thanks to this victory taypeets and got to the Olympics, so that after the Indian match, he rushed to Volodya, hugged him and almost kissed. But for Volodya was a defeat that left a mark. However, at the Olympic Games themselves, he was able to overcome it and confidently beat his opponent. Ivanov, in connection with its growth, must always play a specific game. If he plays it, then it will be difficult to anyone! And in this match he played his game 100%. Unfortunately, the match with the Korean he could not stand it inside and out - he sometimes succumbed to the game opponents. It is a pity, by the way, that was the first Korean game, when Ivanov has not yet entered the tournament. The original schedule, which was later changed, was different. And if it survived, I think, and the match turned out to be different.
As for the game Volodya Ivanov in doubles together with Vanya Sozonova - here we have the predictable problems in advance. The game is a couple is too clear for rival figure - Ivanov has more on the back of the line, Sozonov - at the net. Already all the contestants know it, and pulled out a network of Ivanova. Nevertheless, our players are also prepared for the opponents! On one of the strongest couples of the world - Bo and Mogensonom from Denmark, they met at the European Championships. And there already knew how to play with them, were physically and psychologically ready to perform this miracle! Lacked a little bit, one or two points - most likely because of the lack of extensive experience playing in tournaments of the highest rank, who have full Danes. Somewhere lacked concentration - played into the net, somewhere did not take a pause to this high concentration of repair - hurry, and so on. That is a little bit, because these details have missed the victory! The game with the Chinese - the second pair of our competitors - basically say the same thing. Although the Chinese have always shown a different badminton - not the tactics, and the rate on the concentration and here too, of course lack of experience, ability to distribute the internal forces on such a match is not allowed to win, but played very well, too!
Our mixed Alexander Nikolaenko / Valeria Sorokina started very well! They beat the British, who a year ago at this same stage became vice-champion of the world! A pair of very strong, but after such a defeat, it was unable to recover psychologically and lost to the Germans. In our meeting with the same German couple has decided to clean all of psychology. In the end the third installment of our players to forget about all the tactics and played just to throw the shuttle to the other side. Of course, it's the nerves.
As for the women's pair Nina Vislova / Valeria Sorokina - they basically played his strength is no better and no worse than we thought. Strong rivals, especially the Chinese, offering a pair of our strength, exhausting pattern of play that endure to the end of the girls could not. In the same game with a lower class of rivals than they are - from South Africa and Canada, mobilize athletes and played very confidently, clearly and well.
So, as I said, the whole team performed well, showing nearly the maximum that they can now show.
Of course, this result, we walked in small steps. First, create the conditions for the exercise - as much as possible the opportunity to work on the collection, based on the team. As a result, succeeded in laying a solid foundation of training. Yes, it is not yet such that the medals at the Olympics would have been the result of natural, not "happy", but it is very decent. Hence it came to the podium first major international tournaments - especially Super Series. The result of this great work carried out was the fact that all the athletes passed the annual Olympic qualification - this is a very important point! They do not "spread out" before, have not received serious injuries, they have the strength to get through and break into the games in all five categories. And not just passed, and were able to efficiently recover and prepare for the tournament itself. I think - this is the result of our serious professional.
Now we have entered a new stage. We need to accumulate a new quality. This is especially true of the training process. To go forward, athletes should be approached to work more professionally. All terms and conditions for this are currently set up - there is a base, the right specialists. Of course, we will think about improving the training process in terms of the separation of training pairs and singles, as it is quite different approaches to things. In a single game needed a large amount may be somewhat emotionally monotonous, but solid work. In pairs - it's emotional outbursts, explosion, instantaneous concentration. In principle, a single skater and greenhouses - they are different people, and the process of working with them must also be a little different. In this way we can achieve a new quality.
Of course, one must work with the youth of a new, professional level. Young players should also get used to long hours of work at the training camp. It is desirable that it was a steady base on which the process is year-round, and in principle to this we now come to our activities. It is very important to work to restore the athletes, the same young people, because now we have coaches who will give them serious load, after which they must be able to restore the quality.
A serious and professional attitude should be the players to work on the basis of the team. The athlete must arrive at the base of very high quality home prepared to withstand what he will be here suggested, it is very serious, concentrated work on the collection - no distractions. Only those who understand that badminton - his profession, the main business of life, can succeed here. Neither the study nor the personal affairs of any other circumstances should not distract the athlete from his main work - otherwise the result will not be.
Now we are on the basis of collection of junior teams and 17 to 19 years. This collection was planned before the Olympics and actually opens up a new Olympic cycle. There are two age groups, they have slightly different objectives. The eldest is preparing for an international youth tournament in Ramenskoye and its main launch - the primacy of Russia, who was coming. The youngest - also partly prepared for the international tournament, but most importantly - met with the work of the team. We need to show them - what team that there would be requested to show a new, modern equipment, to explain what they need to be prepared.
It is pleasant to note that all young athletes who are now in the collection, a very high motivation. They want very trying, which is certainly nice, and manage performance of work. Of course, we will try to keep it. This enthusiasm, competition, will be transferred to the adult team, and then the youth will receive the accumulated experience. I think that for about two years of intensive, professional work of our best athletes 94-95 years of birth would be a force to reach the level of our current first team. These opportunities will be available to them, as well as the necessary attention from the coaches. Of course, our first part will be involved in this process - those who are motivated to improve further, ready to go forward. The participation of our Olympians in working with young people is important. Not only in training, even just in conversation, dialogue, they convey the energy that got in the game. The success of the games are very elated our young people, and they asked many questions about the Olympics coaches. This is - a very good background for their development, I hope it will spur a new generation to great accomplishments.
08-21-2012, 04:09 AM #54
The Russians are coming, the signs are there. With President Putin and Premier Medvedev setting the example by taking up recreational badminton, how not to?
08-21-2012, 04:57 AM #55
The schools program is set to begin in September so at least the talent pool should increase but first and foremost it is still viewed as an activity with social benefits not 5 potential gold medals at the Olympics
08-21-2012, 05:04 AM #56
Only the Russian can dethrone the chinese
08-21-2012, 05:39 AM #57
Tautologically speaking, anybody or nation can be dethroned , it's a matter of when and how.
08-21-2012, 05:47 AM #58
Don't think Denmark can dethrone china, too low population
08-21-2012, 10:36 AM #59
08-21-2012, 12:11 PM #60
As far as all these are concerned, I believe there are at least 5 to 10 countries with the potential and ability to do it, what they lack which I believe tilts the balance in CHN's favour for supremacy are, if I may say so, Tang Xianhu, Lin Dan and Li Yongbo, like it or not.
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10-18-2012, 03:49 PM #61
Here is the new instructional video for the schools program :
10-18-2012, 06:57 PM #62
Wow! the game's come a long way...
10-23-2012, 07:06 AM #63
Where is Anastasia Prokopenko? Is she injured? She was not in Danish Open qualies and also not in French Open.
10-24-2012, 03:01 PM #64
Just letting you know the trials for my new team entry in the WBA league are in full effect :
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10-25-2012, 03:14 AM #65
Wow! The Russians have a different practice drill but they are surely having fun. Maybe they train outside to handle the drift better. I think I spotted Bibik and Vislova in the video. But where is Prokopenko?
10-26-2012, 05:13 AM #66
didn't spot vislova in the vid...where? russian girls...mama mia
12-04-2012, 07:35 PM #67
No time to have a siesta
Interesting background info on the Russian coach in this interview with Badminton Europe. Think I've read most of her personal history before but not on the move and details of the early work in Poland . Shameless full copy for future preservation :
Date: 12/2/2012 9:35:10 AM
With the Olympic bronze medal for Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova in London, Russian badminton achieved its biggest success ever. The woman behind that success is Klaudia Mayorova. We spoke to the Russian coach in our "Women in badminton" series about the London Olympics, victories, barriers and she reveals to us who she finds inspiring.
What the Olympic Bronze medal from Valeria Sorkina/Nina Vislova means to badminton in Russia?
To win an Olympic bronze medal is nothing impressive in Russia as Olympic medals are won quite often and one medal more is to be honest … not a big deal. But to the badminton in Russia it means a lot. I could compare the experience I recently had to a long expected rainfall on the Savannah... When it finally happens, everything starts to bloom. This is what happened to badminton in Russia right now. You could humorously comment it that now we have “four years of peace" because we have financial support from our Ministry of Sport for the national team. However there is no time for a siesta and we need to work really hard. We all realize that during the Olympics we had a lot of good fortune but it favors those who are better and who work hard.
Can you describe how you experienced the London Olympic Games? It must have been an amazing feeling for you as well.
The Olympics in London were the second “Games” for me as a coach. The first one was in Peking with the Polish team. It was extremely difficult to deal with emotions, the euphoria that is present during a sport events like this and with those restrictions imposed by Chinese during Olympics. I for my part used all the knowledge and experience from that time while preparing the Russian squad. Unfortunately there were plenty of unpleasant surprises. In first place those were connected with the organization - but I am talking about the Russian Olympic Committe. We've been to the World Championships in London one year before and thanks to that, we knew how the organisation part should look like and could avoid these sort of problems.
We couldn't feel the celebration of sport as we didn't stay at the Olympic Village and after the Olympics we were immediately sent back home. But the atmosphere in the stadium and on the streets was wonderful. Because of the four pairs being disqualified, I had extreme emotions about that. On one sidet was exciting that a chance to win the medal became quite real. But on the other side I was aware of the fact that as a coach, I didn't want to get the medal this way. It was extremely annoying for me. Then I resolved we are to do our job... and then everything suddenly appeared in bright colours. Everyone was exceptionally happy and it was worth to give people so much joy.
How much effort have you put into that medal?
I’m certain that the women's doubles category is one of the most challenging one. Because defense in the women's game is very good, they even defend men's attacks in mixed doubles - but the strength of women's attack is lower in comparison with the defense. That is why the game often changes into an hour and a half marathon which is not very entertaining to the audience. For me as a coach it is very interesting to observe how the girls make it out to score the point. And to this kind of effort, girls should be trained. For the last three years, we increased the training capacity by 200% and we still need much more in order to keep up with Chinese. Last year we focused on qualifications to the Olympics. There were injuries interrupting the training but the aim was accomplished with full determination.
During the Olympics we "put all the eggs into one basket", leaving all private matters aside. It was very difficult for my girls. But after the vacation and after the Olympics they said it was worth. Their financial status has been raised as well as their popularity which makes a big difference in Russia.
You are a long-time professional badminton coach, but have you been playing badminton yourself?
I've been involved in sports since my childhood; first it was swimming then figure skating. After having a serious knee injury, I left ice skating and during my school time, when I was 14, I started to play badminton. I lived then in Norilsk where winters last very long and are extremely cold: - 72 degrees and people spend their time in sports halls. After half a year of training I was the best one in the city and I went to my first competition in Krasnojarska and being there I knew that this is how my life is going to be. Soon bigger success came as I was a junior player which resulted in inviting me into the best Russian club of that time in located in Nizni Nowgorod. That was the beginning of my career as a professional during this period. I lived at my coach's house and I was training twice a day.
What have been your achievements as a player?
I became National Champion of the Soviet Union in U19 in all categories: singles, doubles and mixed doubles and still I hadn't been taken to the European Junior Championship. This is how it was then. It was not your level that decided but those who were in power. Yet I continued to practise. Later I won the National Championships of Russia, I was the medalist of the USSR Championships, the Champion of Spartakiad of the Nations of USSR. I took part in abroad competitions twice. First time it was in Prague in the Czech Republic where I lost the first round to the Dane Mogensen. Then in Pressbaum in Austria I lost with my partner Irina Serova in th finals of the women’s doubles to the famous pair Knap [van der Knaap?] and Kloud [Kloet?] from the Netherlands. And in 1991, I was invited by Piast Club in Slupsk and I moved to Poland where I was also a player but focused more on working as a coach.
What have been your biggest barriers and victories until now as a coach?
The most difficult task was to win the first medal for Poland. I was working in Słupsk in Chromik Sport School No. 16. The head master understood my determination and the need to work hard in order to win the medal on European Junior Championships level. That is why he allowed us to train in the sport hall whenever it was necessary. I was giving training during that time to about 140 players of different levels and different ages, from 7 to 18 years old. I was spending all my time there between 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fortunately I lived in the school building and the sports hall was about 100 meters away. After three years of very hard work, Kamila Augustyn and Piotr Żołądek became the National Champions of Poland and after five years of my work there were 10 players I trained that were invited to Polish National Team and Kamila Augustyn and Przemek Wacha gained the titles of the National Champions in Poland in seniors being only 17 and 18 years old. Then I was offered to work as a coach of Polish National Team for juniors.
I insisted on further work and created training business plan for the next two years. Fortunately the President of the Polish Association of Badminton Jadwiga Sławska-Szalewicz was very supportive and she had a trust in this plan. I was being sent to training courses and to the world sport events in order to learn what to aim for. And then the successes came as we won the first three medals at the European Junior Championships in 1999 in Glasgow, Scotland. Przemek Wacha and Kamila Augustyn won the bronze medal in the singles and in doubles competition, Przemek Wacha and Piotr Żołądek reached the finals.
During this time I had some problems of private nature. As I was focusing mostly on training, the competitors, I did not spend enough time with my child. Then I got divorced from my husband, and my daughter was growing up in the sport halls and when we had the away game, competitors' parents looked after her. Those first medals for the country that raised me as a trainer, set the aims in my life. It was during this time I started to believe in myself as a trainer. I knew I was going to be a trainer till the end of my life and that badminton is what I like and what I'm going to live for. Then it was easier because there was success already.
Two years later in 2001 in Spała during the European Junior Championships, Kamila won the Silver medal in the women’s singles and in the doubles together with Nadieżda Kostiuczyk, they won the title. Later those players achieved more success on various tournaments. The most gratifying to me as a coach was when Przemyslaw Wacha entered the semi-finals at China Masters in 2007 and the victory by Kamila Augustyn and Nadiezda Kosticzuk at the Denmark Open in 2006. From 2006 competitors trained by me were winning the medals on a regular basis during the Europe Championships. In DenBosh in 2006, two bronze medals in mixed doubles were won Robert Mateusiak and Nadieżda Kostiuczyk and in doubles by Robert Mateusiak and Michał Łogosz. In 2008 in Denmark, Przemysław Wacha won bronze medal and Robert Mateusiak and Nadieżda Kostiuczyk won the silver in mixed doubles. During the Olympics in Pekin we reached two quarter-finals in mens doubles and in mixed doubles. And the Polish team I led, moved from 23-rd position to 11-th in the ranking of World Championship Sudirman Cup.
In 2009 I started to work in Russia in Favorit Ramenskoe Club. We won the European Club Championships and I was offered to work with Russian National Team. In 2010, the womens team from Russia won the silver medal during Europe Team Championships and during Uber Cup finals they entered the final eight. In 2010 at European Championship in Manchester, Ella Diehl won the bronze medal and Valeria Sorokina and Nina Vislova won the title. In 2012 during Premium Super Series in Korea, mixed doublse Nikolayenko/Sorokina entered the semi-finals. And finally we won the bronze medal in women’s doubles at the Olympics in London.
After the Bronze medal in London, what is your next ambition to achieve?
Of course I'm not going to stop after the bronze medal. I wish my players a regular success as well as winning Superseries and World Championship medals. I know that in order to achieve such goals you have to systematically build up the structure. And I started to build it in Russia. It's a big country and it has tremendous potential. Now they started to build a 8 courts training hall for the national team only. It will be possible now to train regularly on a top level. Next step is then to raise excellent coaches. A single warrior on a battleground is not enough to win the whole war. We need plenty of those coaches who could help and are here in order to form the structure. We are currently testing the training curriculum for coaches and badminton competitors of Russia ISIDA. This programme will allow the club coaches to observe training sessions of their players during national team training camps and to continue the sessions according to my plans when players are training in their clubs.
Do you have any recommendation to young girl’s players on how to achieve your very personal goal?
In order to become a good badminton player one must have a brave heart. The second thing is great coordination and mental endurance. Sport is difficult for girls because trainings do not allow them to have moments of laziness and keep them away from those boys of little value and that is why girls think they lose a lot. Just believe that it's worth to train because girls are then admired by those valuable persons and a discipline they get used to by regular training will help them resolve their life problems. And the rest... it depends on luck.
Last question: Which female athletes inspire you and why?
When I was 18 I took part in the competition called Literaturnaya Rosji 82' (today known as Russian Open), where international players from Denmark and England came to Moscow. Then in a training hall I noticed a girl who was running very fast over the court. I thought it was more than a minute per round and she did quite a few rounds. Then she got up and started a training session, playing against two boys and she did excellent. During next competitions I found out that she was Helen Troke (European Champion 1984 and 1986 from England), but I was shocked that it's possible to train so much and so intensively. Since then she is a great example for me.
I also liked Mia Audina very much. She was mentally very strong. And today I admire Juliane Schenk for her hard work and determination; and Tine Baun for her sophistication on court. But the greatest inspiration for me is Yu Yang. This girl with a smile on her face would defeat anyone and she motivates her weaker partners. Passing by she would always say hello, she's great. And for the incident during the Olympics in London I blame the politics of coaches and judging from my personal experience, I know that players in such countries have no influence at all.
Thanks for the interview!
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