Coaching Analysis - Olena Kostevych
I've observed Olena Kostevych on two occasions. The first time was at the 2003 USA World Cup at Fort Benning, Georgia. The range was very warm and there wasn't much air flow. There was Olena, in her trademark blue Ukraine team jacket. I watched her shoot a 99/100, and go on to complete 13 "10"s, in a row. I believe that she was 18 at the time.
The second time was at the 2004 Athens' World Cup, just a few months before the Olympics. I watched her and was impressed with her even temperament while shooting and consistent delivery. While she sat out the finals for that World Cup, she came back strong four months later to win the Gold Medal in Women's Air Pistol at the 2004 Olympics (Athens), at the advanced age of 19 years of age. Somehow, I don't think that she is ready to retire.
Stylistically, Olena stands perpendicular to the target. Her chin is slightly tucked in, her back is arched a little backwards and away from the target to counterbalance the pistol, and her right shoulder is somewhat elevated. Olena's stance seems wide but her feet are roughly shoulder width apart and her knees appear to be locked back. Olena initiates the shot when she is at ease, facing to her left. She turns her head towards the target and simultaneously raises the pistol slightly above her point of aim, then lowers. Her hold is lengthy but very stable. Prior to her next shot, she re-checks her grip without fail.
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