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Interview with Sadulaev after Worlds 2018

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source: http://www.wrestrus.ru/news/Novosti_turnirov/chempionat_mira_2018/abdulrashid_sadulaev_rozhdenie_docheri_podarok_motivacija_i_otvetstvennost

Sadulaev: "I did not know how the match would go, but I started the match ready to fight till the end. I was ready to wrestle for all 6 minutes, but when I got the chance to finish the match earlier -- why not use it? ... It was very difficult for me this past year, so don't just look at the match that it ended quickly. I waited for this moment the entire year, and I have a hard time finding the right words now. But I say thank you, I am very happy."

You and Snyder were together in the warm up area for 2 days. Did you guys communicate?

 

We first saw each other in the hotel, we greeted each other, and wished one another success. After that we met on the mat.
 
Last time you wrestled you had few hours till the final only, now it was an entire day...
 
Today, I woke up, had breakfast and went to rest. Slept until noon, woke up and waited for the final match.
 
Recently, you had a daughter. Did you see her already?
 
I was in Moscow when I learned that I have a daughter. I have not seen her yet in person, did not feel any parental feelings yet, but I was very happy. Birth of my daughter -- it is such a gift, and also motivation, responsibility. I called my daughter Amina -- the mother of prophet Mohammad.
 
So, the win is for the daughter?
 
Well, before we boarded the plane, we agreed the wins are for Besik Kudukov. So its for him.
 
What are you next plans?
 
I have not been home for a long time, and now I have a daughter there. I will go home, relax, spend time with family, friends -- and then again, start preparing. Quite soon will be the Yarygin tournament and then 2019 is critical as the Olympic slots will start to be determined then. I already have experience with the Olympic Games.

What did you weigh today?

95kg. But I was ready for this worlds, so it doesn't matter what the weight scale shows. I know my opponents cut 5-6kg, but I am already used to the new weight class, feel good there, and I am ready to work more.

You won the worlds for a 3rd time. Are you thinking about setting records? You are only 22 after all...

Well, Karelin won it 9 times. 9!  For me to reach this record, its like walking by foot to China. I don't think about records.  I have people to aspire to, for instance Karelin wrestled at 4 Olympics and I am not even thinking about a 3rd one right now. Ahead of us -- world championships and second Olympics. So we will go forward in small steps.

Khabib Nurmagomedov is your friend and he won an important UFC fight this montn.

When Khabib was fighting, we were in a training camp. This was Sunday, rest day, so we sat in our rooms, watched and supported him. He also made Conor be responsible for his words. Many things were said about Khabib's Dad, our religion,  and our country. I am using this opportunity to tell all athletes, from all sports: if you don't have a medal on your neck or a belt around your waist, don't talk so much trash, you will be sorry later.

Snyder also talked a lot about you, how you have bad coaches and improper training.

Before we left for Hungary, I saw one of his interviews, where he said I have bad coaches, who force me to wrestle in 97kg. As if I have not chance there and I cannot win against him. But one has to be responsible for their words. Kyle Snyder is a great competitor and opponent, Olympic champion. But lately, he was talking too much, and he got what he wanted. I want to tell Snyder and all others: I can be doubtful for many things, but not in my skills and my coaches. I hope I have closed this discussion forever and we don't have to talk about it again.

Your win -- is it a gift for Putin?

I know that last year Putin watched my match. I was so ashamed I lost...but this year I managed to win. You see, professional sport does not like long breaks. I want to tell everyone: I lost last year because I did a huge pause, too big. I was not ready fully for the tournament. The loss last year was useful at the end, as it motivated me greatly to train more. And now I am ready to show everyone my superiority.
 

 

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24 minutes ago, Katie said:

Interesting that they seem to take Conor McGregor's insults seriously. Apparently their culture very much values an earnest sense of honor.

Perhaps that is why Dagestan is among the most violent places on Earth. Yes, great people, especially if you ignore all the murders and "honor" killings.

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28 minutes ago, NJDan said:

Perhaps that is why Dagestan is among the most violent places on Earth. Yes, great people, especially if you ignore all the murders and "honor" killings.

I didn't intend to suggest anything about violence. I will now step away from this topic.

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You forgot to translate the last line of the interview:

Quint Kessenich: "What's it feel like?"

Sadulaev: "I just want some ice cream, man. I just want some ice cream!" [runs off screaming]

 

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Not even meeting your daughter is hardcore.  This is an example of the focus needed to compete and dominate at the very highest level.  There is no way I would have missed the births of my sons, but I was not a world class athlete either.

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Different values, different culture, different sense of duty and obligation.  A lot of these guys were selected at an early age, most around 10 or so, to be groomed by what would be college level coaches here.  They aren't being driven every weekend to compete for three-foot high plastic trophies to fill up the mantel or an awards shrine.  When we trained with the Belorussian Cadet and Junior national teams in Minsk, some of the kids didn't even have wrestling shoes and most wore the same training clothes every day--they didn't have squat.  This is life for them, survival, their chance at a future.

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10 hours ago, manyak said:

Does anyone have the link to the interview where Snyder talked bad about Sadulaev's coaches?

I have a feeling there is no such interview.  The only time I saw him ever comment at all about the coaches was that they had scouted him well when he went for his foot-stomp "radar" single leg  in match one and Sad dropped to Snyder's right leg.  

I don't think Sad speaks a lot of English, so I would not be surprised if there was a mistranslation or a story about disrespect concocted to motivate him.

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4 minutes ago, AHamilton said:

I have a feeling there is no such interview.  The only time I saw him ever comment at all about the coaches was that they had scouted him well when he went for his foot-stomp "radar" single leg  in match one and Sad dropped to Snyder's right leg.  

I don't think Sad speaks a lot of English, so I would not be surprised if there was a mistranslation or a story about disrespect concocted to motivate him.

That would be unfortunate if true, since Flo themselves were promoting the statement Kyle supposedly made about Sadulaev's mentors.

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13 hours ago, NJDan said:

Perhaps that is why Dagestan is among the most violent places on Earth. Yes, great people, especially if you ignore all the murders and "honor" killings.

Americans are great people, too, as long as you ignore the nearly 12,000 fatal shootings so far in 2018.
The northern Caucuses have been essentially at war for the past quarter-century...what's the USA's excuse?

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My recollection isn't real clear about this, but at some point I think Snyder tweeted something to the effect that the sun is out, the bird are singing, and Sadulaev is moving up to 97.  I guess if you're hyper-sensitive or really digging for bulletin board material that could be used, but I don't remember anything about Snyder dissing Sads or his coaches and his training.  Could be wrong.

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"Bad mentors" is directed at his coaches, teammates, and possibly even family who told him he could win.  Mild maybe, but to a man with great pride very offensive.  The beauty of our game?  The talk got settled on the mat.  Oh, and the "bad mentors" were absolutely correct--remove foot from mouth (or fingers from Twitter) and get your a$$ back to training.

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Yah, not cool indeed.  Although, IMO, KS is not as articulate or charismatic as a JB.  I don't think the true meanings of some of his comments come across sometimes so they get misconstrued.  Like that time he said he thinks he can beat Sadulaev worst the next time they met.  Could easily be reworded.  But these guys are athletes and not public speakers so no fault to him. 

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