Interviews with athletes are often not as lively, funny. The punctuated answer is particularly characteristic of professional footballers (“everyone must pay 110 percent now”, “we made the blanks narrow”, “we will be billed at the end” are just three of the many examples).
In contrast, New Zealand rugby player Ruby Tui recently gave a completely different interview. One that refreshes and really puts you in a good mood. No wonder why it has spread so fast on the internet.
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genuine appreciation for opponents
The 29-year-old talks to BBC correspondent Joe Curry, after the quarter-finals at the Olympic Games and a 36-0 win over the Russians on Friday. He doesn’t really need to ask any more questions, words come out of Ruby Tui. She gestures happily and proudly in front of the camera, happily answering everything in detail. His smile is so lively that he even infected the BBC correspondent with it.
The rugby player praises his opponents (“Yes, Russia, these are really nice guys”) and applauds him. Not to offend them after a clear victory, but to show respect to the players: “The result looked like it was easy, but it wasn’t that easy, don’t make a fool of yourself.”
Hardly anyone can understand the New Zealander at the beginning of the interview. Her manager later shared her first words with Samoan (the official language in Samoa and American Samoa) at her request. Swiss news portal Watson with. Tui is expressing her gratitude. After this brief introduction to the language, she happily spoke in English.
“Love and Peace, I Love You”
When the sports journalist wants to end the conversation at some point because it starts to rain, Ruby Tui is not impressed. “What rain? Let it rain! We are at the Olympics. May we all be happy. To a fair and peaceful competition,” she says happily. And while walking into the cabin he later pushes: “Love and peace, I Love you.” There’s no better way to articulate the Olympic idea.
At that time, the athlete did not even know that everything would be much better for him and his team: New Zealand won Olympic gold in rugby for the first time on Saturday. The “Black Ferns” defeated France 26:12 in the final seven of the women’s competition in Tokyo. Another interview with Ruby Tui would be appropriate now.
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