A very few days remain until the start of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. The Kazakh short track speed skaters, Anastasiya Krestova and Aliya Kim, have been training in one of Seoul’s ice palaces since May 2017. Experienced coach from South Korea, Yun Syn Nam, prepare them for a large-scale competition.

YUN SYN NAM, TRAINER, KAZAKH WOMEN’S SHORT TRACK TEAM:

 - I train a woman’s team from the Universiade in Almaty. I lead active physical training of athletes with the support of Korean short track speed skaters. The entire program, specifically, the training schedule and the atmosphere is arranged for Anastasiya and Aliya. Krestova will arrive in Gangneung on February 4th, and due to the fact that Kim will compete later, she will arrive on February 9th. As a trainer, I will constantly go back and forth. Everyone has their lucky symbol and for example, I wear the same clothes.

Two hours at the gym and an hour of on-ice skills training are the mandatory daily schedule of Anastasiya and Aliya. They master their skills with other members of the Kazakh Olympic team and athletes from South Korea. Anastasiya has new skates with a Dutch blade. She will compete on Gangneung’s ice on February 10th and will perform at three different distances.

ANASTASIYA KRESTOVA, MEMBER, KAZAKH OLYMPIC SHORT TRACK TEAM:

- It seems like I can run very well at the longer distances. Then the next day I sprint which is my crown distance, but something goes wrong which makes me upset. Therefore, there is no need to focus on one distance. Personally, I judge myself. I want to perform in three different distances. I don’t relax and I focus only on 500 meters or 1500 meters. This is the Olympics and you need to fight till the end.

Aliya Kim's parents will cheer for their daughter in a distance. Anastasiya’s relatives can’t made it to South Korea, too. However, the Kazakh athletes feel the support of their compatriots and believe in their own strength.

ANASTASIYA KRESTOVA, MEMBER, KAZAKH OLYMPIC SHORT TRACK TEAM:

- My relatives cheer for me back in home. They sit and worry in front of the TV. I can feel my family and friendssupport even miles away. My talisman is my relatives, who are in my heart and my Kazakhstan!

The 2018 Kazakh Olympic team won nearly 60 vouchers. The XXIII Olympic Winter Games will be held from February 9th to 25th in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 

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