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Olga
Beresnyeva
UkraineUkraine, UKR
Open water

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
12 October 1985
Height
175 cm
Weight
70 kg
Residence
Mariupol, UKR
Occupation
Coach
Languages
English, Hebrew, Russian, Ukrainian
Higher education
Coaching, Teaching - Donetsk State Institute of Health, Physical Education and Sport: Ukraine

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age six in Mariupol, Ukraine, and took up open water swimming in Israel in 2008.

International Debut

Year
2002
Competing for
Ukraine
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Berlin

General Interest

Hobbies
Reading, studying psychology. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing seventh in the 10km at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Athlete, 25 Nov 2014)
Most influential person in career
Her father. (Athlete, 19 Mar 2015)
Awards and honours
She holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in Ukraine. (Athlete, 25 Nov 2014)

She was named one of the 10 Best Athletes of the Donetsk region of Ukraine in 2010 and 2012. (ilich.in.ua, 13 Jan 2011)
Famous relatives
Her father Oleksandr Beresnyev represented the Soviet Union in swimming. (fakty.ua, 20 Aug 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In 2015 she decided to retire from competition, and in January 2016 she opened a swimming school in Mariupol, Ukraine. The school includes a water rehabilitation and sports section. (Athlete, 12 Jan 2016)

FURTHER EDUCATION
She has studied hydrotherapy in the Wingate Institute in Israel. (Athlete, 25 Nov 2014)

UKRAINE TO ISRAEL AND BACK AGAIN
In 2004 she acquired Israeli citizenship, which was possible because her grandfather was Jewish. At that time she did not feel well in the Ukrainian national team and was looking for better training conditions. In Israel she competed for the Hapoel Jerusalem Swim Club. In 2008 she qualified for the Olympic Games but was not included into the national team. She then returned to Ukraine. (fakty.ua, 20 Aug 2010)