The German contestants gave us their impressions of Kazan, their favourites for the top spot, and how they don’t feel they need any good-luck charms or traditions: “We believe only in ourselves”.
-Hi – we’re Nico, Nicolas, Viktor and Marian.
-Had you heard of Kazan or KFU before?
-To be honest, no – we hadn’t. But now we’re actually here, we’re learning and discovering lots of new and interesting things.
-Did you manage to learn any Russian words before you came out?
(Nico): Of course! I know “da” and “do svidaniya”.
(Viktor): I understand Russian a bit – I have Ukrainian roots.
-What impressions have you formed on Kazan?
-The city seemed really attractive and modern.
-Do you have any experience of similar major international competitions?
-We took part in the Baltic and Central European Olympiads, but it’s our first time at the IOI.
-Did you win anything at those?
-Yes – at the Baltic Olympiad, Marian and Viktor won bronze medals, and at the Central European one Marian and Nicolas won silver and bronze respectively.
-Do you have any traditions or lucky charms?
No – nothing like that – we just believe in ourselves.
-What made you take up IT?
(Viktor): I started using a computer about six or seven years ago. At first it was just games, but then I moved on to informatics.
-What do you enjoy besides IT? What are your hobbies?
(Nico): I also play the drums, and I like chess and archery.
-How do you plan to spend your free time in Kazan?
We don’t have any plans – we just want gold medals. We really hope to win, but we think all the golds are going to China.