Alexander Alexandrov’s future in Brazil is not a done deal yet, his former protégé Svetlana Boginskaya told the Gymcastic podcast this week.
Since leaving Russia earlier this year, Alexandrov has moved to Texas, where he is considering several offers, including the Brazilian Federation’s proposal to take the women’s team as they prepare for the Rio Olympics. Since word got out that he might be going to Brazil, he has received even more offers, Boginskaya said.
Still, “Brazil is probably number one right now,” she added. “He’s talking to people. By July 1, he’ll make his decision.”
Alexandrov, whose coaching contributed to the Olympic success of numerous gymnasts, including Boginskaya, Dmitri Bilowertchev, Dominique Moceanu and most recently Aliya Mustafina, is regarded as one of the best coaches in the world. He is largely credited for steering the Russian women’s team to its 2010 European and World Championship victories, two years after the country failed to win a single gymnastics medal at the 2008 Olympics.
Boginskaya, a three-time Olympian who won five Olympic and nine World Championship medals over the course of her long and distinguished career, discussed a variety of topics at length during her hour-long interview. But when it came to Russia, where she trained for all but the last three years of her career, the Belorussian Swan came directly to the point.
“Disappointing that our country is still battling this jealousy and success of others,” she remarked, citing Alexandrov’s bosses in Russia without naming names. “[Alexandrov] put Russia back on the map, on the podium.”
The full Gymcastic interview with Boginskaya comes out next week. Follow the podcast on Facebook and Twitter.
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