” Natalia’s got quite a character”. That’s what you would hear a lot about the leader of the Russian ski team no matter who you talk to. Nepryaeva could be vocal, could be demanding on her teammates/staff, could be all too concentrated on her race to even smile back at the stranger’s greetings. What a few know is that under that tough appearance is actually a fascinating human being: smart, well read, articulate and very, very focused on her goals. You just have to find the right moment to approach her…
….First things first, in a preamble to the interview, a 23 year old Russian Olympic and world medalist and a runner-up for the title of the World Cup winner 2018/19 sets the limits: ” I don’t want to talk about two things: how much money I make and my private life. Everything else – go ahead, ask”
We did ask – and here it goes.
END of Part – stand by for Part II where Natalia talks about her relationship with sponsors, fans, social media – and what she would like to do like Therese Johaug does.