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Melani
Costa
SpainSpain, ESP
Female
Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
24 April 1989
Height
179 cm
Weight
68 kg
Residence
Palma de Mallorca, ESP
Occupation
Athlete, Student
Languages
English, Spanish
Higher education
Business Administration, Physiotherapy - 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 Calvia, 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; Frederic Vergnoux [national], FRA

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)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She moves her fingers a lot before jumping into the water. "I do it to have a better reaction. Then, I also have to adjust my goggles a million times." She also listens to music for an hour before competing and carries with her a small religious picture and a clover, given to her by her parents. She also likes to paint her nails blue ever since she won a silver medal at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. "In the world championships I painted my nails blue and I did so well that I will paint them blue for the rest of my life." (elconfidencial.com, 06 Nov 2013; rubengutierrezswim.blogspot.com.es, 11 Jan 2012; elmundo.es, 19 Mar 2015)
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)
Other information
HARD TIMES
In 2017, after sustaining a collapsed lung, her future was uncertain because her life could be in danger if she returned to the water. "I thought I wouldn't be able to swim again, that I would never be me again. I didn't even know how I would be after the [issue]. I could not lay down or sit without help. One day I was told that I could enter the water. But I had to swim with someone always next to me for safety reasons, with everything ready just in case I needed to go back to the hospital." She was afraid she could be forced to quit the sport. "I had to go to therapy. I tried to be at home as little as possible in order not to think too much." She returned to competition in August 2017. "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)