|Kosheleva sizes up Russia's rivals |
Kosheleva was born in Gomel near Minsk, Belarus but her father is Russian. At two, her family moved to Moscow where her parents and her brother work for the army. Kosheleva chose another path, but not less ambitious. In 2004, the 191cm youngster started her career with RSSU Moscow. Three years later, she played for the first time for the Russia national team.
"I'm proud to represent the Russian colours," says Kosheleva. "Only a few athletes have the chance to play here. Every day I work hard to assume this responsibility." Is there any secret behind such a powerful game? "The older players help me to grow, share their experience with me, cheer me up when I have a hard time."
During rest time, the pretty Russian likes reading novels, chatting with her family by Skype and enjoying relaxed moments with her team-mates. "We spend a lot of time to work out in the gym and analyse our opponents, but still have some free time. It's important to keep a good balance in order to reload the batteries.
"Volleyball is my life. It gives me responsibility. And I learn teamwork. I love it," adds Kosheleva, who played for Dinamo Moscow and Zarechie-Odintsovo before moving to Dinamo Kazan. "I hope to stay many more years in the game. All my friends are there."
What about the final stage here in Japan? "I personally like the way the USA are playing. A lot of power and excellent teamwork. That's what you need to play for the first spots. I'm sure our team can do the same," says Kosheleva. "The USA, Brazil and Japan are the best teams here. And for sure Russia."
photos Janos Schmidt