The USA team - Lawrence, Calvin, Dhruv and Daniel - share their impressions of IOI 2016.
- How do you find the Universiade Village?
Lawrence: It’s lovely here. The biggest surprise for us was the food, which is actually incredible.
Calvin: Yeah – the breakfasts here are excellent. I love cereal!
- And have you been to the city itself?
Daniel: So far only on the tour of the Kazan Kremlin. Personally I’d never seen such an unusual combination of architecture – the Muslim mosque and the Orthodox church are right next to each other. I won’t forget it for a long time.
- How did you find the Olympiad itself?
Daniel: The Olympiad was organised really well – we liked it all.
Lawrence: The tasks on the first day were pretty complicated, but at the same time very interesting.
- What else I you looking for here? Some came here exclusively for medals, while for others it’s far more important to experience the culture and meet new people. What about for you?
Lawrence: For me the most important thing was to test myself in the competition and see if I’m capable of a high finish.
Calvin: Personally I want our whole team to go home with gold medals.
Dhruv: Winning medals would of course be very nice, but the main thing was to enjoy the atmosphere here.
Daniel: The main thing for me has already happened – I’ve represented my country at the Olympiad, and for that I’m proud. It’d be great to bring home a gold, but I also want to meet some new people.
- What do you do in your free time in Kazan, and how do you spend it back in the USA?
Daniel: Mostly here we get together and play ping-pong. We also brought some films and books with us.
Calvin: Here I listen to music in the evenings, but back home I relax watching baseball – it’s a sport I really like.
Lawrence: Personally, I just eat!
Dhruv: I love to read books, and I have two with me here in Kazan: one by Terry Pratchett and the other is Dune by Frank Herbert.
- What would you like to wish the other contestants?
All together: We’d like to wish everyone luck – we’re all friends here.
- Daniel, we have a request – please say hi to your parents! They’re also in Tatarstan at the moment!
Daniel: Ha, I’m blushing a bit… Thank you vey much for supporting me, even thousands of miles from home, and thank you for being there for me. I don’t know what I’d do without you. Mum – you’re the best mum in the world, and I hope you like the city as much as we do. I promise I’ll win a medal and make you both happy!