#17 ⇢ FINA World Champs, FOMO, and Team USA

#17 ⇢ FINA World Champs, FOMO, and Team USA

Now that the FINA World Championships are over and our National Team is getting ready for the Pan American Games I need to get something off my chest. Ever since I retired after the 2016 Rio Olympics every time I watch a synchro competition I’m reeeeeally feeling the FOMO, except it’s not just the fear of missing out, it’s actually missing out!

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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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#10 ⇢ Olympian Spotlight: Andrea Fuentes (ESP)

#10 ⇢ Olympian Spotlight: Andrea Fuentes (ESP)

Andrea Fuentes is a 4-time Olympic medalist, 16-time World Championship medalist and 16-time European Championship medalist from Spain. She is now the head coach of the U.S. Senior National Team. Andrea and I competed against each other at the London 2012 Olympic Games (but let’s be honest, she is in a whole different category of greatness). Her story is so inspiring and shows that if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish things that you never thought possible.

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#9 ⇢ On Finding Yourself After Sport

When you do a sport for 10+ years, it becomes a part of your identity. For 17 years of my life, I was a synchronized swimmer. And suddenly, the day after we finished competing in Rio in 2016, I wasn’t.

A lot of people struggle to find themselves after they retire from competitive sports, and I am no exception. I knew that Rio would be my last Olympics and that I would retire afterwards, but I still had a hard time redefining my identity now that I wasn’t an elite athlete anymore. When used to sit next to someone on the plane and they would ask “What do you do?” I would say that I am a synchronized swimmer training full time. As of September 2016, I had no idea what to say!

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