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Melani
Costa
SpainSpain, ESP
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
24 April 1989
Height
180 cm
Residence
Calviá, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Business Administration - Catholic University of Murcia: Spain

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four at the Club Natacion Calvia in Spain.
Why this sport?
"My two older brothers were swimmers. One day I jumped in the water with them to have some fun."
Club / Team
Club Natacio Terrassa: Spain
Name of coach
Rafael Huete [personal], from 2016

General Interest

Hobbies
Fashion. (diezminutos.es, 02 Feb 2018)
Injuries
A pneumothorax [collapsed lung] forced her to miss the 2017 National Championships in Spain and the 2017 World Championship in Budapest, Hungary. (sport.es, 03 Apr 2017; elmundo.es, 04 Dec 2017)

She suffered left shoulder and right knee problems in the build-up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (elmundo.es, 07 Aug 2016)

She suffered injuries to her left foot and knee in 2014, which lingered throughout the rest of the season and into 2015. (elmundo.es, 19 Mar 2015)

She suffered an ankle injury in November 2013. (rfen.es, 06 Nov 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I was always told to aim high and to value the effort. If I set myself limits, I might never reach them. If you seek to reach a five you will most probably achieve a three, but if you aim for a 10 you might get an eight." (bcn2013.com, 14 Feb 2013)
Awards and honours
She received a silver medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merit of Spain in 2015. (mundodeportivo.com, 23 Sep 2015)

She won the 2015 Exceptional Woman Award given by Expo Mujer. (diezminutos.es, 16 Jun 2015)

A sports pavilion in her hometown of Calvia, Spain, was named after her in 2014. (calviadeportes.com, 03 Sep 2018; melanicosta.net, 04 Apr 2016)

In 2013 she received the bronze medal of the Royal Order of Sports Merits in Spain. (melanicosta.net, 04 Apr 2016)
Other information
HARD TIMES
She sustained a collapsed lung in 2017, which forced her to miss the 2017 World Championship in Budapest, Hungary. She was initially worried she may not be able to compete again, and when she did return to the water she had to be accompanied by someone for safety reasons. She returned to competition in August 2017. "I had to go to therapy. I tried to be at home as little as possible in order not to think too much. Now everything is behind me, apart from the muscle pain. But I'm used to swimming with it. I am lucky I didn't lose my will to continue swimming and my winning mentality." (mundodeportivo.com, 01 Feb 2018; elmundo.es, 04 Dec 2017)

TATTOO
She has a tattoo of the Olympic rings on her right forearm, along with the words 'Beijing 08' and 'London 12'. "The 'Rio 2016' is missing because I have been lazy to go to get it done." (mallorcazeitung.es, 02 Aug 2018; Facebook profile, 05 May 2013)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She studied medicine for two years at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL, United States of America. In 2017 she began a course in physiotherapy at the University of the Balearic Islands [UIB] in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. (mallorcazeitung.es, 02 Aug 2018; melanicosta.net, 04 Apr 2016)

HERITAGE
She was born in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, to a German mother and a Spanish father from Majorca. Her grandparents live in Koblenz, Germany. (mallorcazeitung.es, 02 Aug 2018)