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Matt Hetherington
09-10-2011, 01:17 PM
Well I won the interview showdown, for those of you who voted for me THANK YOU, you were right ;) of course. I have to understand that Vladi is a very busy player and newly appointed Chairman of the players commission so the repsonse wasn't quite the depth I had hoped for. However, interview with a former world number 1 I can't possibly complain!

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A Response from a Legend of the Sport Vladimir Samsonov
Well folks, I won the Interview Showdown and achieved an incredible feat for this small blog and am buzzing! Vladimir Samsonov is an inspirational European player often overshadowed by Timo as one of the greatest European players of all time. Having maintained a top 10 position in the ITTF World Rankings for a number of years now, Samsonov shows how experience, hard training and superior knowledge of the game can continue to bring the wins for those who are committed to the sport. Thank you Vladi for the interview! Enjoy people :)

Full Name: Vladimir Samsonov
Age: 35
Date Of Birth: 17.04.1976
Nation represented: Belarus
Highest World Ranking: 1


Equipment Used?
Blade: Tibhar Samsonov Force Pro
FH Rubber: Tibhar Genius
BH Rubber: Tibhar Grips Europe


http://www.morethanthegames.co.uk/files/morethanthegames/vladimirsamsonov.jpg
Vladimir Samsonov former World Number 1
Image Courtesy of Getty Images

Your Career

How long have you been playing table tennis for, when and how did you start?
Almost 30 years , started when I was 6 , first time played with my father


Who has been the biggest influence on your career so far?
I worked with 4 amazing coaches for a long period of time , and also of course my family


What has been the highlight of your table tennis career so far?
I have been world number 1, won 3 times the World Cup, 3 times European Championships in singles , silver medal at the World Championships in singles


What's does your training schedule for a week period involve?
Mostly I practise twice a day , total of 4-6 hours a day


What is your next big goal for table tennis?
Olympic medal is still a big dream for me


Who has been your biggest rival out on the table since you started playing?
Used to be few generations of Chinese players , JO Waldner , Timo Boll , now many others also, upcoming players


What do you think is the most important thing in table tennis for becoming a successful player on the international stage?
I do not think you can single out one individual thing, there are too many factors like talent ,good training conditions , will to train hard, etc. all of these are important in making a successful player

What was it like winning 3 World Cups? Is this a feat you hope to achieve again in the near future?
It was great , especially the last one (beating Ma Long and Chen Qi). Of course I hope I can win again, only it is not that easy. Vladimir has won the World Cup 3 times, the record held by Ma Lin (China) is 4 victories of the World Cup. Best of luck to Vladi in contesting the 2011 World Cup and his chance to make more history.


http://www.allabouttabletennis.com/images/2009-world-cup-winner-samsonov.jpg
Vladimir the Victor at the 2009 Table Tennis Mens World Cup
Image Courtesy of www.allabouttabletennis.com

You have consistenly remained in the World's Top 10 Mens players for some time now, how do you keep on top of the new upcoming players, do you feel experience is a large factor?
I still practise a lot and there are not many new players . Of course experience is very important , still it will not help you if your opponent is much better than you

Why do you think China currently dominate the sport and what does Europe need to do to bring players to that level?
Chinese work harder , are more professional , more organized, also they have many more players . Most of top Europeans live far away from each other , we should practise more together like the Chinese do, this seems to work for them and is something we lack

Is there a tournament title that has evaded you so far that you have been working very hard to win?
Olympic Games

What has been your proudest moment out on the table?
Each victory is special

What one thing do you consider to be most important in becoming a great table tennis player?
I do not think you can single out one thing , too many factors like talent ,good training conditions , will to train hard, etc. are important . (same answer like to the - What do you think is the most important thing in table tennis for becoming a successful player on the international stage?- question )


Off the Topic Questions

Who’s your favourite sportsperson of all time?
Michael Jordan
Favourite food?
Pancakes
What do you do when you aren't playing table tennis?
Enjoying time with my family
Dream Car?
Not interested
Ideal holiday destination?
Formentera, Spain
First thing you would do if you won $1million?
Celebrate with my family and friends

Your Team Mates
Dimitri Ovtcharov , Alexei Smirnov , Fedor Kuzmin

Who’s the funniest player in the training hall?
Petr Korbel

Who trains the hardest in the training hall?
Robert Gardos



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnPTF8MrEzI&feature=player_embedded
World Cup Final 2009, Samsonov vs Chen Qi
And Lastly

Would you like to add one last tip, or an inspirational message for other table tennis players looking to succeed?
I know it sounds silly – train hard and believe in yourself .


Thank you Vladimir, from all of us, please continue to believe you can be the very best and inspire us to do the same!

YosuaYosan
09-10-2011, 02:03 PM
YOU WEEN :D
Congrats bro :D

lol Dan do you expect him to be this fast ;)
How is your progress ?

azlan
09-10-2011, 07:33 PM
Well well well...what do we have here. :)
Great interview Matt, though there are another a million and one things that I would like to ask him. hahaha However, it's still brilliant. He's not that talkative, is he??

Well done mate. And thanx!!!:)

dici
09-11-2011, 04:14 AM
congratz PPP!!!

Actually, I like some of the response from him. This may inspire some young player some more

Matt Hetherington
09-11-2011, 06:04 AM
Yea as I said I would like to have a bit more depth from him but I feel he is very busy at this time and he did return the qns back to me quite promptly so I imagine he didn't have much time to spare. We emailed back and forth a few times and I told him I was moving to Czech Rep. next year and if I went to a pro tour event perhaps I could ask him a few questions live and he seemed to appreciate the idea. So watch this space I guess :P

Michal_Z
09-11-2011, 07:58 AM
Nice interview.. I was surprised that he said funniest person is Petr Korbel ;)
Its interesting to me, that he still believes that he can win olympic games, which I think he cant ..
Because I cant see him beat Zhang or Wang Hao..
Yes he did, but he has to get a lifeform, hehe..

Well, who knows what will happen..

Matt Hetherington
09-11-2011, 01:59 PM
There we go all uploaded onto TTDaily now! :)
I don't know if he believes he can still win it, he just says an olympic medal is a big dream for him. So perhaps he is hoping for a bronze or something :P

ttmonster
09-11-2011, 04:49 PM
Congratulations Pom!!! ... You are a deserving winner ... @Dan :you let us down buddy :( ... but anyways we are still the winners

Dan
09-11-2011, 06:44 PM
Congratulations Pom!!! ... You are a deserving winner ... @Dan :you let us down buddy :( ... but anyways we are still the winners

Haha yes great interview :-)

Hehe im still working hard on getting the interview with Timo

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Dan
09-11-2011, 06:48 PM
YOU WEEN :D
Congrats bro :D

lol Dan do you expect him to be this fast ;)
How is your progress ?

Haha wasn't expecting this fast but great effort. I will have Timo's response soon i hope yosua

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WiWa
09-11-2011, 09:42 PM
There we go all uploaded onto TTDaily now! :)
I don't know if he believes he can still win it, he just says an olympic medal is a big dream for him. So perhaps he is hoping for a bronze or something :P

When he won the world cup beating Chen Qi and Ma Long nobody expected him to either in advance. When the pressure is on there's always room for a suprise, and Vladi knows it. He wouldve been in semi's in Athens if he won the very close match against Persson, so I'd say a medal is possible for him. Especially because there are two bronzes.

Matt Hetherington
09-12-2011, 01:10 PM
You can see what interviews I have lined up here for the next 2-3 weeks depending on response times. Also working on another one I think you will all appreciate, though with three of the hottest females in the sport on my cards I'm sure you will all be fine with those ;) http://matthetherington.blogspot.com/2011/09/blog-news-120911.html

azlan
09-12-2011, 01:34 PM
I honestly hope that he gets a gold medal, though I know it's going to be a rough ride. It will be a beautiful swan song for a great champion.

Der_Echte
09-12-2011, 02:52 PM
I honestly hope that he gets a gold medal, though I know it's going to be a rough ride. It will be a beautiful swan song for a great champion.

Hope so too. He is class and has been so for very long time. Who knows? Yeah, the deck looks stacked against him, but sometimes these competitions have rules of their own, meaning the favored ones might not always win.

YosuaYosan
09-12-2011, 03:13 PM
You can see what interviews I have lined up here for the next 2-3 weeks depending on response times. Also working on another one I think you will all appreciate, though with three of the hottest females in the sport on my cards I'm sure you will all be fine with those ;) http://matthetherington.blogspot.com/2011/09/blog-news-120911.html

Ooo a bit show off there bro lol ;)
Great to see lotsa door opened in front of you (y)

Matt Hetherington
09-12-2011, 03:44 PM
Yea that's me showing off ;) haha just kidding, just giving a summarised update so I don't have to post so much in my update group on fb some people still havent changed their settings.

JUST GOT CONTACT DETAILS FOR JEAN MICHEL SAIVE ;) have emailed him asking for an interview.

Matt Hetherington
12-01-2011, 12:28 AM
I will have Timo's response soon i hope yosua

Tick Tock :P