Philipp’s first part starts at 02:50
Int.: Philipp, we’ll include you into our talk. Unfortunately you didn’t have much to celebrate. I’ve seen the competition and I was shocked to see how badly one can actually injure themselves. And I always wonder… *to the ladies: Do you watch gymnastics? - Yeah!*, I always wonder why gymnasts barely get hurt doing that. It’s almost acrobatic. What happened exactly?
Philipp: Well, we really motivated each other and when we got into the competition, I tried a new leap because, of course, I wanted to achieve something at the combined event. The past two years have been very successful for me and I expected this to be a high point. I wanted to be even better and did the double salto with a half turn, and, well, it wasn’t that good for me. I hurt my foot at the first apparatus, and, well, it’s difficult when you always have to pay attention and be like ‘What’s hurting? Can I put my foot down?’ and so on because it was only the first apparatus and there were still things to come, floor, parallel bars and high bar… I kept fighting and the next day we did everything to fix it but there were also two Germans who were better than me, so…
Int.: I also saw your performance on the high bar, you lost control and slid off… It’s the seventh time this year, maybe it’s already some psychological thing… I mean this discipline is insanely hard, you can see it while watching, but… describe the moment when you slid off the high bar!
Philipp: *adorable super cute laugh* I think you only need to see the expression on my face! I mean, you don’t really… Actually, you could freak out. Again, I’m at the Olympics. Again, I’m down… Unfortunately I’ve already been in this situation in Peking once, the expectations were high, in all the finals so far. I, personally, wanted it more than anything, but, to be honest, I’ve had trouble on this apparatus the entire year. Last year in Stuttgart, I’ve had a very bad downfall and ever since I sort of seem to have a blockade.
Int.: Philipp, you are 25 years old, what is hurting on your body at this moment right now? Except for your mind, that might hurt a little…
Philipp: *another adorable super cute laugh* I have problems with my foot, my back and my wrists, and my collarbones and my shoulders hurt. But I’ll have time to cure that now.
Int.: Okay, now you’ll have a break to cure it… But these injuries, I mean, you train insanely hard, especially now that there are the Olympics. How many hours does Philipp Boy spend in the gym, on the floor, on the pommel horse, on the high bar? Can you define that?
Philipp: Yes, of course. We train at least five hours, two in the mornings and three in the afternoons. But that’s usually not the only time we train. Sometimes we train more, sometimes less… Also on Saturdays, sometimes on Sundays. But the injuries don’t happen because I do gymnastics, but… I don’t know where they come from, I-
Int.: I don’t believe that. I don’t believe that.
Philipp: *adorable super cute laugh no.3* I didn’t injure myself for two years, and I had success. But somehow with the beginning of this year, there was something fishy about it. Since January I’ve been constantly having injuries, again and again, always so quickly, then to the european championship-
Int.: Probably that’s the reason. Because everything happens so quickly.
Philipp: Right. I should have done the same thing one of my team colleagues did, I should’ve only trained for the Olympics, not for any other competitions, but afterwards you can always say ‘I could’ve, I should’ve, If I…’. Well, I fucked up. *cute smile* That’s the way it is.
Int.: Today is the single discipline and Fabian Hambüchen, I guess you were talking about him?, he is going to compete today and you’ll have to watch… Even though you should’ve been one of them. How much does this hurt?
Philipp: Marcel Nguyen is also going to compete! *another cute smile* And both of them… well, they were also at the combined event and… I wish them both the best of luck, of course I’ll be sitting somewhere in the audience, half crying… It would be unsportsmanlike not to watch it, for heaven’s sake, but I wanted to be in this finale, I already won the medals there and I wanted to win them here and now I’m the one sitting on the grandstand… it’s not a nice feeling.
Int.: But you’re only 25, and there’s still so much ahead of you… What’s the best age for a gymnast?
Philipp: 25. *laughs*
Int.: 25… what a stupid question! Let’s say 28, 29, it’s gonna be better then! … I wanted to refer to the team finale, the atmosphere in the hall was amazing, because the british team was there too, I think even the royal family was there… The entire population of Great Britain was engrossed in it… That’s not always the case when it comes to gymnastics! The halls are not always sold out… I don’t wanna call it a marginal sport, but the media doesn’t pay you that much of attention as for example football! *to the ladies* I think riding either? We’ll talk about that in a second… Does that give you even more motivation, especially when it’s a team sport, when you’re fighting for your team?
Philipp: It is an incredible, insanely good feeling! I know now how football players feel when they play games every weekend. It is truly amazing. Of course I wish that we got more attention than just every four years because gymnastics is a very important sport that doesn’t get that much of attention yet…
Int.: That is a big wish!
Philipp: Of course it is a big wish, but everyone who does gymnastics somewhere says: ‘Amazing sport! Beautiful!’ But then I don’t understand why they don’t come to the hall and support us but “only” every four years! It’s a pity. But I don’t think there’s much we can do, football is very dominant in Germany and - I mean, I enjoy watching football but, some more people could also watch gymnastics! *smiles*
Interviewer and the ladies talk about how the riding sports has developed and that there are more people who are interested in riding. At 10:39, Philipp chimes in.
Philipp: Hearing that now, something has changed, also for us! German championships are being streamed on ZDF, or ARD (German TV channels), even though it’s not much…
Int.: We got the message… I, personally, wish there was more sports on TV too!
Interviewer turns back to the ladies and Philipp’s part is over.
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