As a kid your first sport was ballet. Then on seeing artistic gymnastics on TV you left the ice for the ribbon and mat, but not for long. At the age of 6 you got involved in swimming. What was your training routine like in a day?
Until I started school at the age of 6 I continued doing both ballet and Synchro. But afterwards with a school schedule it become impossible so I needed to make a choice. My first serious choice in my life ! And so I chose Synchro. First we had 3 times per week training (1 hour landwork and 2 hours practice in the swimming pool) when I turned 7 years old we started everyday trainings 6 days with one day off on Sunday and our swimming pool practice increased to 3 hours. In the morning I went to school as a normal kid.
Your diet comprises of.. Foods you like to eat and/or those you tend to avoid?
I actually don’t like the diet at all. I used to diet when I was practicing Synchro but now I have given it up. I don’t eat a lot. I always try to eat the small portions but I don’t cut anything from my daily meal. I eat pasta, rice, cheeses(I like them), meat, fish, cakes, cookies, chocolate…drink wine…everything what I want! But I never eat it a lot. I know my limits and I know the limits of my body. Now for me it’s like a normal daily routine it’s my attitude to food and once I got used to do it I can’t pig up at all 😉 I just can’t, it’s impossible, my body doesn’t accept it.
Being a four-time Olympic champion, nine-time world champion, eight-times European champion in synchronized swimming. The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) announced that you will join 17 others as honorees who will enter the International Swimming Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017. What was you first reaction? How does it feel to be honoured for your hard work and contribution?
I became a member of ISHOF in 2015.
I was very excited about this big recognition. It was unbelievable. I had never thought that one day I will be called to come to USA to be celebrated in this way and that information about me and my achievements will be recorded forever for future generations among other great and outstanding people.