What a trivial question! But I have to start with something. I met Alex in Warsaw after returning from the draw ceremony of the second stage of the Top-8 tournament, which was held in Kyiv. ()
Alex, about the results of the draw and your assessment. First of all, such a question - what has changed in your life since you hit the Top-8?
- Many, very many. The most important thing is that the Top-8 organizes the entire season for an athlete, from beginning to end, I know my start calendar, I know what to expect and who to expect. It is completely different in terms of sports. It is better! In my daily life, I get the impression (and there is evidence) that I have become recognizable. Complete strangers come to me, asking if I am Alex Kurdecha. Really! At the airport, in the fitness center where I work, even on the street! They take pictures with me, they say they read or heard about me. However, I want to emphasize: this is not just my confession. In my opinion, over the past few months, the recognition of our sport has increased significantly. In Poland and in many other countries. Yes, my growing popularity is the result of it. This plan for the coming months and the new popularity give me a strong motivation. Thanks to the Top-8 arm wrestling firmly entrenched in other countries. What we saw in Malaysia, for example, is impressive!
Do you, as an athlete, now possess more knowledge than, for example, in 2017?
- Much more! I, to put it correctly, became smarter, more experienced and more coordinated. I think the last fight taught me a lot.