The head coach of the US national team world champion in freestyle wrestling, World Cup medalist Bill Zadik on arrival in Yakutsk gave an express interview to the Sport Yakutia correspondent at the airport:
- We have 11 athletes in the team. I think the World Cup, as always, will be a very competitive and strong in composition tournament. All teams here are very strong and can give battle to every opponent. It will be very difficult competition for all of teams. But we are well prepared and happy to be here, looking forward to the start of the World Cup.
- Who, in your opinion, will be the main favorite for the World Cup?
- Since the competitions are held in Yakutsk, of course, the favorite is the Russian national team. They won in the overall team standings of the World Cup last year, so that they are by far the strongest team at the moment. But once again I will say that there are indeed many strong Koi-mandas here - Georgia, Iran, and all the teams are very good.
- Unfortunately, we will not see in Yakutsk many leaders of your team Olympic champion Kyle Snyder, world champion David Taylor, and many more. What is the reason?
- I must say that the calendar this year is very difficult - we took into account that the first numbers of our team must first of all fight in a series of rating tournaments. They have already performed in Krasnoyarsk and Bulgaria. So we decided to give them a rest.
- How was the preparation for the tournament in Yakutsk? Who are the leaders of the US team today?
- Preparation went well, all athletes approached the competition in great shape. In our team, all are leaders. I expect the guys to full dedication and bright fights.
- Thank you!