How to make a nice, cheerful interview with the Master? It's just seemingly simple, even for me (speaking modestly). Because it’s just enough to add a sense of humor of questionee and questioner and it is (should be) cheerful and fun. But ... It can't be! When I asked Konrad about some facts from a distant history - he wrote back to me, not to go into it, because ... ()
Because his best feature is - actually - memory, but ... "muscle memory"! So, for now it's only me who laughed. I invite you to conversation!
First, the interview that appeared on ARMBETS TV in 2014. Back then Konrad won third place at the World Championships. Iza recalled in this conversation that he was the first Pole, ever, to win gold at the World Championships. And then ... then there was a break. Why?
Konrad in the mentioned interview: The break was caused by "various factors". He also mentioned that he was planning to start training again.
Another "forgotten" interview from November 2016 - how did it all start?
Konrad Krawczuk: My mother brought me to armwrestling training when I was 12 years old. I was a weak, sickly child who couldn't pull up himself on the bar. Two years later I won the title of junior world champion.
How could it look like in the eyes of a twelve-year-old?
Konrad Krawczuk: Zloty Tur was then in Gdynia, near elementary school No. 27. I saw Igor, as big as a wardrobe, funny talking guy, who probably eats for breakfast teenagers such like me (that's how I received it). The first trainings were something exciting, Mr. Janusz (Piechocki) and Igor (Mazurenko) always managed to make me not feel like a freak. I felt that the club was "my place". They saw something in me, "they wanted to" and I managed not to jeopardize it. As you can see my memories are made of emotions rather than technical aspects. Igor is certainly one of the best trainers in the world, so do I had the chance to become the best, technicalities were always the right thing. It cost me the most work to shape myself as a human, my character, not strength. It's probably a truism but without Igor back then, I wouldn't be who I am today. Definitely!
You couldn't play football, but how was it with strength?
Konrad Krawczuk: I was stronger than my peers, but the gym anyway - from the first days, it had exposed my weaknesses. However, this did not discourage me, people in the club were also not discouraged by the minor.