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Alla
Shishkina
Russian FederationRussian Federation, RUS
Artistic Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
02 August 1989
Height
170 cm
Family
Husband Viktor Kurinnoy
Residence
Moscow, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Russian
Higher education
Tourism - Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism: Moscow, RUS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began training at age seven in Moscow, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
She saw artistic swimming on television and asked her parents to take her to the pool.
Club / Team
MGFSO: Moscow, RUS
Name of coach
Tatiana Pokrovskaya [national], RUS; Natalia Chizhova [personal], RUS

International Debut

Year
2009
Competing for
Russia
Location
Andorra

General Interest

Hobbies
Watching films, listening to music, travel. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold medals in the team event at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016. (Athlete, 24 Aug 2017)
Injuries
She sprained her ring finger ahead of the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, but was able to compete at the event. (teamrussia.pro, 16 Jul 2019)

In May 2013 she suffered a pinched nerve in her back. (medportal.ru, 23 Sep 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I believe in luck. You can't really do without it. But working and training to your maximum are surely first and foremost. Without that, luck does not work." (eg.ru, 16 Oct 2018)
Awards and honours
In recognition of the gold medal she won at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she received the Order of Honour of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 26 Aug 2016)

For her performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she was presented with the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation. (pravo.gov.ru, 15 Aug 2012)

She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 27 Dec 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sport-express.ru, 28 Jun 2019)
Other information
FUTURE
She plans to retire from the sport after the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "It's all jokes about Paris 2024. By that time, I will be already 35 years old, how would I compete? This way, you can play too much and end up with no children at all. To have a baby is one hundred per cent, and then I'll see. I definitely don't want to become a coach but I hope life will present a lot of interesting projects." (sport-express.ru, 28 Jun 2019)

HIATUS
She took a break from the sport following the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She returned to training in 2018. "I didn't go into the pool at all for a year, abstracted from sports and put on five kilos. Then I began training with my personal coach. Only later did she already admit that she had concerns about whether it would work out or not. Well, and then when I returned to the team, there was no time to get involved here, with such loads and such work. In principle, I understood, both in body and soul, that this is a chance for me to compete at my last Olympics, and I can't miss it." (news.sportbox.ru, 21 Apr 2019; rsport.ria.ru, 28 Aug 2018; tass.ru, 16 Nov 2017)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied sports management at Lomonosov Moscow State University in the Russian Federation. (Athlete, 27 Feb 2015)