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Svetlana Kolesnichenko

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Russian Federation RUS

Four times a world champion at Budapest 2017, Svetlana Kolesnichenko enjoyed a two-month vacation after her successful debut as soloist of Team Russia, including a nice time on the hot sands in the Emirates. But she is not going to bask in the sun for ever. Svetlana is ready to work and to prove she is a leader.

 

 

FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

Solo technical
FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

Solo free
FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

Duet technical
FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

Duet free

Interview
Svetlana Kolesnichenko

You have admitted that your Budapest performance made you more self-confident. Is that an important quality for an athlete?

It’s for sure an irreplaceable quality for the soloist. When you are all alone in the pool and in the prime focus of spectators and judges, you have to radiate confidence. In general, this is a right approach for all programmes – solo, duet or team. And it’s obvious that you are confident if you give it your best in training. We don’t have the right to melt down. Otherwise we will take a step back. All the girls in Team Russia understand the fundamental principles of our work. Thus we are very hardworking and determined.

What is your personal motivation to continue training, taking into account that you have an Olympic gold and so many world titles?

Maybe it will sound strange, but I don’t need any motivation. Synchronised swimming is my life and my love. I have a desire, good physical conditions and energy to train and to compete. Why should I stop? The main goal for the upcoming season is the European Championships. We have some changes in technical elements, so there will be good scope for work. As much as we dream of having a vacation after an exhausting championship, we miss synchro swimming during our two months off. I really have great expectations in the new season.

When Russian synchro girls pose for a picture on the seashore they usually execute some elements. You also have one from Dubai – a handstand on the surf board on the water. I suppose it impressed the public on the beach greatly?

I don’t like to be the centre of attention. So I did this trick in a one-and-only attempt and chose the time when there was nobody around. By the way, to put that picture in the social media is not typical for me either. I’m not a media personality. I’m not one to exhibit my private life. My Instagram is more about sport. Besides I’m old- fashioned. I prefer face-to-face contact. I use internet or social media to get information or to watch videos of our rivals.