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Claudia HOLZNER
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC Canada   
GenderWomen
Born08 Feb 1994 in Calgary, CAN
Height1.70 m
Weight 64 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Nicolas Cote
Residence
Montreal, QC, CAN
Occupation
Athlete, Coordinator, Fitness Instructor
Languages
English, French, German
Higher education
Business, Language Studies - French - Concordia University: Montreal, QC, CAN
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport in 2002 at age eight in Calgary, AB, Canada.
Why this sport?
She first became aware of artistic swimming after watching the sport at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. She initially took part in gymnastics but switched to artistic swimming in 2002. "It is such an artistic sport. I love being able to perform for the audiences and feel the support from the crowd. It has given me the freedom to create. Compared to gymnastics, it's nicer to land on your face in the water than on the beam."
Name of coach
Katarzyna Kulesza [national]; Karine Dore [national]
General Interest
Nicknames
Clauds, Clauss (olympic.ca, 26 Jul 2015; synchro.ca, 06 Mar 2016)
Hobbies
Cooking, DIY projects, hiking, skiing, crafting. (olympic.ca, 02 Jun 2021)
Hero / Idol
Canadian artistic gymnast Kyle Shewfelt. (olympic.ca, 02 Jun 2021)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
She takes a small statue of children's TV character Barney the Dinosaur, given to her as a joke, to every national and international competition. (olympic.ca, 02 Jun 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"She believed she could so she did." (olympic.ca, 02 Jun 2021)
Ambitions
To finish in the top five in the duet event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Panam Sports Channel YouTube channel, 05 Feb 2020)
Other information
OTHER ACTIVITIES
She works part-time as a campaigns coordinator for Canadian Athletes Now [CAN] Fund, an organisation that helps raise funds for Canadian athletes. She was featured in the documentary Perfect [Parfaites] that followed the Canadian artistic swimming team in their journey to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jul 2020; Twitter profile, 12 Jun 2021)

FURTHER STUDIES
Between 2011 and 2012 she studied nursing at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB, Canada. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jul 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2021 Tokyo, JPN Duet 184.479
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Technical Routine  
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Technical Routine 88.865 
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Highlights 89.933 
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Free Routine  
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Free Routine 89.766
7 2017 Budapest, HUN Team Free Routine 88.800
7 2017 Budapest, HUN Team Technical Routine 86.204
7 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Free Routine 89.000
7 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Technical Routine 87.652
6 2015 Kazan, RUS Free Routine Combination 90.367
6 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Technical Routine 88.889 
7 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Free Routine 90.000
5 2013 Barcelona, ESP Free Routine Combination 90.410