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Despoina SOLOMOU
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC Greece   
GenderWomen
Born18 Aug 1990 in Athens, GRE
Height1.68 m
Weight 52 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Coach, Finance
Languages
English, French, German, Greek, Italian
Higher education
Management - Athens University of Economics and Business: Greece
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age six in Athens, Greece.
Why this sport?
"I love water, I love swimming, so this combination is adorable."
International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Greece
Tournament
Comen Cup
General Interest
Nicknames
Dolphin (Athlete, 11 Apr 2008)
Hobbies
Dancing. (NOC, 02 Aug 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning the duet event at the 2007 European Junior Championships in Calella, Spain. (Athlete, 22 Apr 2012)
Most influential person in career
Her parents. (Athlete, 22 Apr 2012)
Hero / Idol
Synchronised swimmers Virginie Dedieu and Gemma Mengual. (Athlete, 22 Apr 2012)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Just love your sport, that's the key." (Athlete, 13 Mar 2007; Athlete, 22 Apr 2012)
Other information
RETIREMENT
She retired from the sport in February 2014 due to a lack of funding. (kathimerini.gr, 15 Feb 2014)

COACH
She is the head coach of Lugano Nuoto in Switzerland. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2015)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2012 London, ENG Duet 178.560
10 2008 Beijing, CHN Duet 91.501
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP Solo Technical Routine 89.600
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP Solo Free Routine 88.800
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Free Routine 87.980
8 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team Technical Routine 86.400
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP Free Routine Combination 86.850
7 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Technical Routine 88.300
11 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Technical Routine 87.200
7 2011 Shanghai, CHN Solo Technical Routine 89.400
9 2011 Shanghai, CHN Solo Free Routine 88.590
10 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Free Routine 86.950
7 2009 Rome, ITA Solo Technical Routine 90.333
9 2009 Rome, ITA Duet Free Routine 91.333
9 2009 Rome, ITA Duet Technical Routine 90.833
8 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Solo Technical Routine 91.334
8 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Free Routine Combination 91.333
8 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Team Free Routine 92.167
9 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Team Technical Routine 90.833
10 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Duet Technical Routine 89.833
9 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Duet Free Routine 91.166
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2012 Eindhoven, NED Solo 89.620
5 2012 Eindhoven, NED Duet 89.220
6 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team 85.180
4 2012 Eindhoven, NED Free Routine Combination 85.940
5 2010 Budapest, HUN Solo 90.100
4 2008 Eindhoven, NED Team 92.000 
4 2008 Eindhoven, NED Duet 92.500
4 2008 Eindhoven, NED Free Routine Combination 92.900 
4 2006 Budapest, HUN Team 93.400