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Aleksandr
Maltsev
Russian FederationRussian Federation, RUS
Artistic Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
22 June 1995
Height
175 cm
Weight
64 kg
Residence
Moscow, RUS
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Russian
Higher education
Coaching - Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism: Moscow, RUS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age seven in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. "When I was seven, my mother enrolled me in a synchronised swimming group at a local sports school. At the time, they accepted everyone, boys and girls. My mother thought that this artistic sport would be good for my all-round development. And she was absolutely right."
Why this sport?
He likes the variety of the sport. "It is such a multifaceted sport, and our training includes many different elements. First you learn how to swim, and later how to swim fast and endurance swimming, there is also choreography and fitness exercises, as well as acrobatics and other exercises."
Club / Team
MGFSO: Moscow, RUS
Name of coach
Gana Maksimova, RUS; Maria Maksimova, RUS

International Debut

Year
2015
Competing for
Russia

General Interest

Hobbies
Theatre, cinema, science. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at his first world championships in 2015 in Kazan, Russian Federation. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2017)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2017)
Hero / Idol
French synchronised swimmer Virginie Dedieu. (lenta.ru, 08 Aug 2017)
Awards and honours
He shared the 2015 FINA Best Male Synchronised Swimmer award with Bill May of the United States of America. (fina.org, 31 Jan 2016)

In 2015 he received the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 30 Dec 2015)
Ambitions
To compete in the mixed duet at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (lenta.ru, 08 Aug 2017)
Other information
HISTORIC ACHIEVEMENT
At the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russian Federation, he became the first male Russian athlete to compete in mixed-gender synchronised swimming at world championship level. "The appearance of men in synchronised swimming is logical. A mixed duet is the epitome of harmony. The man, without a doubt, will complement the woman's image, her grace, the lightness and smoothness of her movements with masculinity, temperament, elegance and athleticism. Men can perform very difficult strength elements, many of which are beyond the power of a female body. Also, lifts and throws will look more spectacular thanks to their height." (lenta.ru, 08 Aug 2017; rbth.com, 19 Feb 2015)

PIONEER
He acknowledges his role as a pioneer for male athletes in the sport. "I realise that I am a pioneer who is doing something new. I hope that my example will serve as an inspiration for a new generation of synchro swimmers. Although many coaches, especially older generations, are not ready yet to deal with boys and don't know how to work with them. In my mind, the future of the sport rests on the shoulders of young coaches." (lenta.ru, 08 Aug 2017)