A press-conference with prize-winners of men’s and women’s slopestyle was held in the media-center of the XVIII Winter Deaflympics in Khanty-Mansiysk.
Lauren Weibert (USA) 1st place
I didn’t know how strong my competitors are; I just wanted to enjoy the race and to have fun. It is already spring in the place I came from. I didn’t expect to see winter again. It was cold, but bright emotions and impressions were worth it.
Petrine Olgeirsdottir (Norway) 2ndplace
I am very happy to compete here. The weather is nice. In finals I fell on my first attempt but then I managed to concentrate and to perform well.
Svetlana Anisimova (Russia) 3rdplace
I expected to be on the podium today. But these competitions are very difficult and needs a lot of training. I am very satisfied with my bronze today. We all know each other and are friends. Even if we didn’t meet in person before, we were keeping in touch in Internet.
Blair Esson (USA) 1st place
I live in a completely different climate. It is very hot now in the place I am living in. The weather here is cold and windy but this gives me more energy. I like the city and its people very much, everybody looks very happy to see us.
Jonas Jenzer (Switzerland) 2nd place
I didn’t expect it will be that flat here. I used to train in the mountains and here you have only hills that are not very high. But the train is good, I am really happy to compete in Khanty-Mansiysk.
Sean Esson (USA) 3rd place
I was standing on the podium with my brother. What else can I expect? I am from California; the weather there is totally different. I was surprised to see that it is still winter here and the wind is so strong. People here are very friendly; they are smiling, greeting us and wanting to make pictures with us.