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Thursday, August 1, 2013
Olga Kozydub Is Coming Into Her Own
On only her second year on the pro tour, the 21-year-old Kozydub is rapidly coming into her own especially off of her victory at last week's impressive 32 km Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean where she placed third overall.
She currently trains in Khanty-Mansiysk City and thoroughly enjoys her profession. "I'm having a lot of fun, both training and competing. I love to swim long distances and for long stretches in the open water."
She is a no-nonsense, down-to-earth, quiet young woman entirely focused on her job at hand. But like many professionals at the top of their field, her intensity eventually is on full display. "I train in the standard way for swimmers, nothing unusual with the usual dryland training. I believe marathon swimming takes a lot of patience and will power. We are asked to overcome any and all difficulties that we encounter during our swims. We cannot surrender or give up to anyone or anything.
Before a race, I'm nervous. But the confidence of my coach (Оксана Веревка) helps me. During a race if she says, 'Everything is going according to plan', then everything will be fine.
And her plans are for the long-term. "My plans are just starting to manifest themselves in the open water competitions. I have big plans for this sport. I think I will be here for a long time."
Photo shows Olga Kozydub leading the swimmers' parade after her victory at last week's Traversée internationale du lac St-Jean.
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