European Youth Olympics Festival

Artem Markov

Russian Federation

20 years old

Skiing

English, Korean, Italian

Interview

What are your passions and hobbies?

Piano, chess, skiing, reading.

 

What is your secret superpower (or one you would like to have)?

I would like to have extra-endurance and ability to live without sleeping.

 

What is your favourite dish from your country?

Chicken-Kiev.

 

Who is the most inspiring athlete for you?

Stanislav Pozdnyakov (Russian fencer).

 

The words I live by are… (motivational quote)

Therefore, fighting a hundred times and winning a hundred times is not the best of the best; the best of the best is to conquer someone else’s army without fighting. – Sun Tzu

 

What motivated you to apply for the EYOA programme?

The opportunity to take an active part in the promotion of the Olympic values and to do it with many energetic people from other countries.

 

What are your goals as an EYOA?

To make yesterday’s rivals today’s friends.

 

What would be your dream job in the future?

A politician who lays down his life for his country.

 

What are your expectations from being an EYOA and the EYOF in Vuokatti (FIN)?

As we say in Russia: “Patience and hard work will wear everything out.” So it’s better not to expect something, but work hard with other Ambassadors on a worthy result.

 

What does Olympism mean to you?

It means international peace for me. I believe that the Olympic Movement is the most effective tool of diplomacy. In general, this is what Pierre de Coubertin intended when, at the end of the XIX century, he put a lot of effort into reviving the Olympic Games. He wanted to overcome national selfishness and contribute to the struggle for peace and international understanding. The “youth of the world” was supposed to compete in sports, not on the battlefields. The revival of the Olympic Games seemed in his eyes the best solution to achieve both goals.

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