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

#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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