Here's our Podcast with current world number 8 Vladimir Samsonov. Samsonov has had an extraordinary season finishing 4th in the Rio Olympics and even taking sets off Ma Long. Samsonov from Belarus has the record for being inside the top 10 World Rankings longer than anyone in the history of table tennis! Vladi is a World Cup Winner, World Tour Winner (x26), World Tour Grand Finals Winner, European Champion, Europe Top 12 Champion, World Championship runner up and 4th place in the Olympics.
We talk to Samsonov about his incredible career and how he has maintained such a high level for so long, his Rio experience, rule changes, how Europe can take on the world and lots more.
Breakdown of the podcast
00.31 Vladimir’s thoughts on Rio.
01.05 Samsonov talks about his match against Ovtcharov in Rio.
04.05 How Vladimir maintains his high level performance over such a long period of time.
05.48 Samsonov talks about he controls the ball so well against the likes of Ma Long.
08.17 Samsonov’s talks about Paul Drinkhall’s comeback in the quarter finals in Rio.
10.50 Was your performance in Rio stronger than your performance in 1997 WTTC.
11.35 Vladi talks about the feeling of being world number 1.
12.27 Jan Ove Waldner
13.59 Nature vs Nurture. Talent or hard work.
16.18 Chinese dominance and can Europe get back to dominate the world stage.
18.20 Training at a young age.
19.58 Types of training.
21.43 Can Anyone reach the top level in table tennis.
22.55 Samsonov talks about how he finds ways to improve.
24.59 How much training does Vladi do now.
26.17 Psychological training (nerves, preparation and more).
28.05 Rule changes (speed glue, bigger ball, plastic ball etc) and how Vladimir has adapted.
30.21 Samsonov talks about the current 40+ plastic ball.
32.05 Samsonov talks about his position as the ITTF Athletes Commission chairman.
39.00 How do we make a world champion from Europe?
42.05 User submitted questions (includes favourite player, role models, how to improve when your in your 40’s, video analysis, equipment, future plans and lots more).
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