#6 ⇢ On Confidence and How to Cultivate It

Confidence is one of the traits that is most commonly associated with great athletes. Top performers like Michael Phelps appear to be so sure of themselves and seemingly don’t care what other people think, but how do they get there? How do you “become” confident? It’s definitely not something you can just turn on and off, but rather a state of being and carrying yourself. I have a few thoughts on this that I’d like to share.

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#4 ⇢ Competing for the Red, White and Blue with a Dual Citizenship

Being a citizen of two countries is not all that uncommon nowadays, but competing in the Olympics with a dual citizenship is still an anomaly. For me, answering the question “where are you from?” was always puzzling because I consider two places my home - the city I was born and raised in (Yaroslavl, Russia) and the city I live in (Walnut Creek, CA). Although I’ve lived in the States for many years, I still have a strong allegiance to my home country of Russia, so my experience competing for the Red, White and Blue was definitely a unique one.

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#1 ⇢ Hello and Welcome!

Hi friends and welcome to the blog! The idea of launching a personal website has been on my mind for a few years, but it wasn’t until last year that I started to think about it more seriously. Initially I had wanted to create a space to compile photos, videos, interviews, etc. from my time as an elite athlete - a sort of athletic “resume”, if you can call it that. Many athletes have their own website, so I thought “hey, I should do that too”.

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