#13 ⇢ The Story Behind My Two Concussions

#13 ⇢ The Story Behind My Two Concussions

In recent years the topic of sport-related concussions has been amplified with the increase of research and media coverage, especially in football. People who don’t know synchro don’t think that it’s much of a contact sport, but we all know that it definitely is, and we’ve had our fair share of concussion incidents. I have had two - each one happening during my two Olympic seasons. I do want to shed some light about my experience and hopefully help someone who may find themselves in a similar situation.

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#12 ⇢ Olympian Spotlight: Alla Shishkina (RUS)

#12 ⇢ Olympian Spotlight: Alla Shishkina (RUS)

Alla Shishkina is a 2-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, 5-time European champion from Russia. She is currently training on the Russian National Team in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Alla and I competed against each other at several World Championships. At the London and Rio Olympics we competed in different events - me in the duet and Alla in the team.

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#11 ⇢ The Two Coaches Who Changed My Life

In my 17 years as a synchronized swimmer I had the opportunity to work with dozens of coaches, trainers and consultants. All of them contributed to my success in one way or another, but two of them made a significant and profound impact on my career. I think it’s important to recognize the people that helped you achieve your goals and I hope that this post will shed some light on how one or two people can change the course of your life for the better. Coaches are such influential people in an athlete’s life and can either enhance your experience as an athlete, or have an equally significant negative impact. The two coaches I want to tell you about today played a crucial role at different points in my synchro career and I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.

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