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Svetlana KOLESNICHENKO
Sport Artistic Swimming
NOC ROC   
GenderWomen
Born20 Sep 1993 in Gatchina, RUS
Height1.71 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Husband Andrey Arbuzov
Residence
Moscow, RUS
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, Russian
Higher education
Sports Psychology - Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport, Youth and Tourism: Moscow, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age seven in Gatchina, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
She liked being in water from an early age. Her mother thought that swimming was not interesting enough for her, so she took up artistic swimming.
Club / Team
Youth of Moscow [RUS] / MGFSO [RUS]:
Name of coach
Tatiana Pokrovskaya [national], RUS; Tatiana Danchenko [national], RUS; Olga Vasilchenko [personal], RUS
International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
World Cup
Location
Changshu, CHN
General Interest
Nicknames
Sveta (rg.ru, 19 Mar 2020)
Hobbies
Spending time with her dogs, competing in dog shows. (olympic.ru, 24 Dec 2020)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning team gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and claiming four gold medals at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 May 2021; Athlete, 18 Aug 2017; portal-kultura.ru, 29 Nov 2017)
Hero / Idol
Russian artistic swimmers Natalia Ishchenko, Svetlana Romashina and Anastasia Davydova. (Athlete, 28 Nov 2014)
Injuries
She suffered minor knee injuries in early 2021, which made her refrain from competing in the solo technical routine at the European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. She had suffered from the same problem in late 2017 and early 2018. (olympics.com, 15 May 2021; fina.org, 19 May 2018)

She injured her thigh ahead of the 2010 European Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (russwimming.ru, 15 Aug 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Believe in yourself and never give up." (Instagram profile, 25 Jul 2019)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2017 International Swimming Federation [FINA] Female Artistic Swimmer of the Year. In 2019 she shared the same award with Svetlana Romashina of the Russian Federation. (fina.org, 07 Feb 2020, 02 Dec 2017)

In 2018 she was named an Honourable Citizen of Gatchina in the Russian Federation. (gtn-pravda.ru, 29 Jun 2018)

In 2018 and 2017 she was named Female Artistic Swimmer of the Year by the European Swimming League [LEN]. (mundodeportivo.com, 15 Feb 2019; swimswam.com, 22 Jan 2018)

She received the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation in recognition of her gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (kremlin.ru, 26 Aug 2016)

She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 27 Dec 2019)
Famous relatives
Her husband Andrey Arbuzov has represented the Russian Federation in swimming and finswimming. He won gold in the 50m bi-fins at the 2017 World Games in Wroclaw, Poland and gold in the 50m bi-fins at the 2016 World Championships in Volos, Greece. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 May 2021; wsportlo.ru, 09 Apr 2020; swimswam.com, 22 Jul 2017)
Ambitions
To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (fina.org, 21 Apr 2021)
Other information
ROMASHINA'S LITTLE SISTER
She considers her duet partner Svetlana Romashina to be a "big sister" to her and admires her ability to balance her artistic swimming commitments with motherhood. "Sveta was my first partner and mentor and 'big sister'. She encouraged me and helped me with advice. It's a real pleasure and great privilege to work with such an outstanding athlete and person. Just imagine, she has the same training loads as me but, while I'm ready to collapse from exhaustion after training in the pool, she is going home and starting to work again, as a mother. She is worth raising a monument to." (fina.org, 08 Apr 2020)

COMPETING IN SOLO
In 2017 she competed in solo at a world championships for the first time in Hungary, Budapest. She won golds in both the solo free and solo technical events but admitted that she found competing alone difficult. "At first it was a nightmare. Before Budapest, I thought that I would only be doing one solo programme, and the second one would be done by someone else. But the coaching staff decided that I needed to do two. Before that, I performed solo only in juniors, and I did not see myself as a soloist. Honestly, I even preferred not to see my solo programmes, nor to review them. But it was a great honour, and I had to justify such responsibility. And with these thoughts we began training. There was a lot to do and, looking at the video filmed at the beginning of the preparation, I just cried. I didn't understand how one could do all this. But thanks to Tatiana Danchenko's training everything turned out very well. I wasn't 100% satisfied with how I performed, but I rated myself as a four." (rsport.ria.ru, 13 Jul 2019)

 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
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
1 2019 Gwangju, KOR Solo Technical Routine 95.002
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 2017 Budapest, HUN Solo Free Routine 96.133
1 2017 Budapest, HUN Solo Technical Routine 95.203
1 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Free Routine 97.000
1 2017 Budapest, HUN Duet Technical Routine 95.051
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Free Routine Combination 98.300
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Free Routine 98.467 
1 2015 Kazan, RUS Team Technical Routine 95.746 
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Free Routine 97.680
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Team Free Routine 97.400
1 2013 Barcelona, ESP Duet Technical Routine 97.300
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Technical Routine 98.300
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Free Routine Combination 98.470
1 2011 Shanghai, CHN Team Free Routine 98.620
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 2018 Glasgow, SCO Solo Free Routine 94.933
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO Solo Technical Routine 93.481
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO Duet Technical Routine 95.103
1 2018 Glasgow, SCO Duet Free Routine 96.700
1 2016 London, ENG Team Technical Routine 94.099
1 2016 London, ENG Free Routine Combination 96.500
1 2014 Berlin, GER Team 189.760 
1 2014 Berlin, GER Duet 188.039