Tell us about yourself. How did you come to arm wrestling and why did you choose this sport?
- I am a student, I am studying at the last year of the Riga State Technical School, I get a secondary vocational education. I want to enter the Sports Academy for a physical therapist. I came to arm-wrestling when I was 15 years old. Everything was very spontaneous, I studied with Kaspars Gravis and he asked me to fight on the school desk. At that time, I did not even know that there is such a sport as armwrestling. And even more I did not know that in my city where I live, there are training in armwrestling. Kaspars called me for training, saying that I should try myself in this sport. Arriving for training, I met Raymond Liepins, who trains me to this day. Therefore, I did not choose what kind of sport to do, I just came to the training and I was dragged into the world of armsport. In addition to sports, I work part-time in the guard, I do my studies, I also help to organize competitions in arm-wrestling in my country.
At this championship you showed a good form, pulling in two age categories. Are you preparing for the fight among juniors and seniors differently?
- I do not particularly share juniors and seniors, because I have one training plan, which fits for both juniors and adults. For the preparation of international competitions, it basically take 12 weeks, in which I combine work with iron, technique and sparring. If I feel that something needs to be corrected in the training plan, then I can pay more attention to pulling or iron.