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Ona CARBONELL
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC Spain   
GenderWomen
Born05 Jun 1990 in Barcelona, ESP
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Pablo Ibanez, son Kai [2020]
Residence
Barcelona, ESP
Occupation
Business Owner
Languages
Catalan, English, Spanish
Higher education
Design, Fashion Design - School of Design [ESDI]: Barcelona, ESP
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age 10, when she switched from gymnastics. Her first club was CN Kallipollis in Barcelona, Spain.
Why this sport?
She thought it was a good way to combine the artistic component of gymnastics with swimming.
General Interest
Nicknames
Mermaid of Barcelona (rio2016.com, 03 Mar 2016)
Hobbies
Cooking. (mundodeportivo.com, 07 Aug 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning silver in duet at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (Facebook page, 05 Dec 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"The main thing in elite sport is knowing what limits you can overcome with effort and dedication. It's a lesson that you can also apply to your everyday life. But sport also teaches you other valuable lessons like discipline, responsibility and teamwork." (proad.csd.gob.es, 01 Jan 2013)
Awards and honours
In 2013 and 2017 she was named Catalan Female Athlete of the Year in Spain. (beteve.cat, 24 Jan 2018; onacarbonell90.com, 2014)
Other information
TAKING A BREAK
In September 2019 she announced that she was taking some time away from competition and would not compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. She wanted to spend more time with two members of her family, who were experiencing health issues, and to become a mother. "My first participation at the Olympic Games is ingrained in my memory. It was in London in 2012, and it was one of the most special moments of my life. It was a little girl's dream that came true and I also was lucky enough to repeat the experience four years later in Rio de Janeiro. Nevertheless, this year, at the start of a new Olympic challenge, I'm faced with a different personal situation. After much meditation with my family, and carefully talking and assessing the situation with my coach and later with the rest of my team, I've decided it's time to take a step aside." (marca.com, 07 Oct 2019; elpais.com, 21 Sep 2019; as.com, 05 Aug 2020)

COACH SUPPORT
She claims the Spanish artistic swimming team at the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, was the best she has ever competed with and that a lot of the credit goes to the coach, Mayuko Fujiki. "For a long time Mayu was like a mother to me. She's the coach I've been with the longest in my life. She has evolved a lot and has absorbed all of the good things from different schools in Japan, the United States of America, Spain and China. She is very demanding, but with her you're always calm because you know the path you are going to take is the right one. As an athlete that is good, you suffer, but you know that it's for something, everything is calculated. She helps a lot with the choreographies. With Mayu we speak the same language. I feel very supported by the team, for me it's the best team I've been with because it's a team in every sense of the word." (efe.com, 11 Jul 2019)

BOOKS
In 2016 she released a book titled 'Three Minutes, Forty Seconds', in which she talks about her life as an athlete in her first 16 years in the sport. The title is a reference to the length of her duet routine at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where she won a silver medal. In 2019 she published another book titled 'Elena Sirena' [Elena the Mermaid], which is a series of short stories for children related to her life experiences. "I've had an artistic swimming summer camp and lots of girls aged six to 17 years old come from all over the world. They love to listen to my stories and this book is a nice and educational way to say, 'You're not alone, sport isn't easy, but it's great'. I'm already working on a second book." (elmundo.es, 26 May 2019; sport.es, 14 Sep 2016; elpais.com, 14 Sep 2016)

DESIGNER
In 2017 she launched a line of swimsuits and bikinis with a sportswear company. She has also designed her own competition swimsuits for the world championships, European championships and Olympic Games. In addition she has worked as a model for Spanish designer Antonio Miro. (efe.es, 11 Jun 2017; revistaspgo.com, 01 Sep 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Duet 186.636
2 2012 London, ENG Duet 192.900
3 2012 London, ENG Team 193.120
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR Solo Technical Routine 95.500
2 2019 Gwangju, KOR Solo Free Routine 94.566
3 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Highlights 91.133 
5 2019 Gwangju, KOR Duet Free Routine 91.700
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR Team Free Routine  
2 2017 Budapest, HUN Solo Free Routine 95.033
2 2017 Budapest, HUN Solo Technical Routine 93.653
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Free Routine Combination  
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Free Routine 91.733
5 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Technical Routine 90.750
2 2015 Kazan, RUS Solo Technical Routine 93.128
3 2015 Kazan, RUS Solo Free Routine 94.900
5 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Free Routine 92.233
5 2015 Kazan, RUS Duet Technical Routine 90.016
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Solo Technical Routine 94.400
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Solo Free Routine 94.290
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP Free Routine Combination 94.620
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Free Routine 94.990
3 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Technical Routine 93.800
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team Free Routine 94.230
2 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team Technical Routine 94.400
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Technical Routine 95.400
4 2011 Shanghai, CHN Free Routine Combination 95.740
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Technical Routine 96.000
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Free Routine 96.150
3 2011 Shanghai, CHN Duet Free Routine 96.500
2 2009 Rome, ITA Team Free Routine 98.167
2 2009 Rome, ITA Team Technical Routine 97.833
1 2009 Rome, ITA Free Routine Combination 98.333
3 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Team Technical Routine 97.167
4 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Free Routine Combination 96.334
2 2007 Melbourne, VIC, AUS Team Free Routine  
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2014 Berlin, GER Solo 185.477 
3 2014 Berlin, GER Team 182.480 
3 2014 Berlin, GER Duet 181.233 
2 2012 Eindhoven, NED Duet 95.980
1 2012 Eindhoven, NED Team 96.210
1 2012 Eindhoven, NED Free Routine Combination 95.600
2 2010 Budapest, HUN Duet 96.700
2 2010 Budapest, HUN Team 96.900
1 2008 Eindhoven, NED Free Routine Combination 97.900 
1 2008 Eindhoven, NED Team 97.800 
FINA World Trophy
Rank Year Venue Event Result
3 2013 Mexico City, MEX Total 373.833 
1 2010 Moscow, RUS Total 389.375
1 2008 Madrid, ESP Total 396.666
2 2007 Rio de Janeiro, BRA Total 295.000