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Svetlana ROMASHINA
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC ROC   
GenderWomen
Born21 Sep 1989 in Moscow, URS
Height1.73 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Nikolay Zakharov, daughter Alexandra [2017]
Residence
Moscow, RUS
Occupation
Student
Languages
English, Russian
Higher education
Sport Management - Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics: Russia
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began training in artistic swimming at age six in Moscow, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
Asked to choose between dancing and artistic swimming, she decided on the latter because she did not like her dance partner and also enjoyed swimming alone at first.
International Debut
Year
2005
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
World Championships
Location
Montreal, QC, CAN
General Interest
Nicknames
Sveta, Romashka, Demoness [after coach Tatiana Pokrovskaya said she had a demonic mindset] (sport-express.ru, 15 Apr 2021; rg.ru, 14 Jul 2019; Athlete, 27 Feb 2015)
Hobbies
Fishing, gathering mushrooms, sailing, helping stray animals. (Instagram profile, 17 Aug 2020; Athlete, 18 Mar 2016)
Hero / Idol
US basketball player Michael Jordan, German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher. (youngstars.ru, 26 Aug 2012)
Injuries
In mid 2010 she had a hernia operation that kept her out of the pool until November of that year. She started training seriously again in February 2011. She underwent a similar procedure in January 2014 and was sidelined for three months. (sport-express.ru, 19 Jul 2014; gzt.ru, 21 Sep 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Competition is the best practice. There is no limit to perfection." (fina.org, 16 Apr 2021)
Awards and honours
She was named the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Artistic Swimmer of the Year in 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2019, sharing it on the last occasion with Svetlana Kolesnichenko of the Russian Federation. (fina.org, 07 Feb 2020)

In recognition of winning two gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she received the Order of Honour of the Russian Federation. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 May 2021; kremlin.ru, 26 Aug 2016)

In 2013 and 2015 she was named European Synchronised Swimmer of the Year by the European Swimming League [LEN]. (swimswam.com, 07 Jan 2016, 02 Dec 2013)

For winning two gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she was decorated with the Order for Merit to the Fatherland [fourth grade] of the Russian Federation and, for winning gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, she received the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation. She also holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 27 Dec 2019; pravo.gov.ru, 13 Aug 2012; kremlin.ru, 02 Aug 2009)
Milestones
By claiming two gold medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, she became the first artistic swimmer to win seven Olympic gold medals. (fina.org, 07 Aug 2021; SportsDeskOnline, 08 Sep 2021)
Other information
RETIREMENT PLANS
After the end of the team event at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo she announced she would not compete at the 2024 Games in Paris. "These are officially my last Games. At the end of the programme, at the end of the routine, I just wanted to say, 'that's all'. And it's the end. I understand that maybe it's my last competition. I don't know yet, but maybe. I just want to have a rest now. It was a crazy two years, and I just want to be with my family now. As a mother, I would like to have my second baby, I think that I am ready for that. Then, I don't know... Maybe coaching - many countries have contacted me for that, they invited me to work with them. In the future, maybe to work in FINA or even in the IOC. I think I can do it and bring my experience there. I hope this can happen!" (fina.org, 07 Aug 2021, 08 Aug 2021)

CAREER BREAK
After the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she took a break from competing and became a coach with the Russian junior artistic swimming team, as well as assistant coach of the senior national team. She did not compete at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, as she was pregnant with her first child. In September 2018 she resumed training. (gq.ru, 27 May 2020; tass.ru, 08 Aug 2018; rsport.ria.ru, 12 Jul 2017)

ATHLETE REPRESENTATIVE
She has served as a member of the Athletes' Commission of the Russian Olympic Committee [ROC]. (olympic.ru, 21 Nov 2019)

FURTHER EDUCATION
In 2015 she graduated from the Moscow State University in the Russian Federation, where she had studied sports management. In 2017 she started a post-graduate degree in coaching at the Volga Region State Academy of Physical Education, Sport and Tourism in Kazan, Russian Federation. (sport.business-gazeta.ru, 01 Oct 2017; Athlete, 27 Feb 2015)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN Team  
1 2021 Tokyo, JPN Duet 195.907
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Team 196.144
1 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Duet 194.991
1 2012 London, ENG Duet 197.100
1 2012 London, ENG Team 197.030
1 2008 Beijing, CHN Team 99.500
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR Solo Free Routine 97.133
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR Free Routine Combination  
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Free Routine 97.500
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Technical Routine 95.901 
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Solo Technical Routine 95.268
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Free Routine 98.200
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Free Routine Combination 98.300
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Technical Routine 95.467
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Solo Technical Routine 96.800
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Solo Free Routine 97.340
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Free Routine 97.680
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Technical Routine 97.300
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Technical Routine 98.200
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Free Routine Combination 98.470
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Free Routine 98.410
1 2009 Rome, ITA Team Free Routine 99.167
1 2009 Rome, ITA Duet Technical Routine 98.667
1 2009 Rome, ITA Duet Free Routine 98.833
1 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Duet Technical Routine 98.833
1 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Free Routine Combination 99.000
1 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Duet Free Routine 99.333
1 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Team Technical Routine 99.000
1 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Team Free Routine 99.000
1 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN Team 99.334
1 2005 Montreal, QC, CAN Free Routine Combination 99.333
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2021 Budapest, HUN Team Technical Routine 95.670
1 2021 Budapest, HUN Duet Technical Routine 96.290
1 2021 Budapest, HUN Duet Free Routine 97.900
1 2016 London, ENG Solo Technical Routine 93.886
1 2016 London, ENG Duet Free Routine 96.900
1 2016 London, ENG Duet Technical Routine 95.190
1 2014 Berlin, GER Solo 189.658 
1 2012 Eindhoven, NED Duet 97.860
1 2010 Budapest, HUN Duet 98.700
1 2010 Budapest, HUN Team 99.000
1 2006 Budapest, HUN Team 98.800
1 2006 Budapest, HUN Free Routine Combination 97.900
FINA World Trophy
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2007 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Total 296.334
1 2006 Moscow, RUS Total 295.999