“I knew it was a demanding sport, but when I started practicing it for real I realized exactly how tough it is. Swimming synchronized together with others to the beat of music may sound simple, but I promise it is not. I have the deepest respect for all young girls who do this so brilliantly already at a young age,” tells Natalia.
As her daughter left she convinced Natalia to join Baileys Ladies – an artistic swimming team in the city of Stockholm in Sweden, consisting of a group of about six fierce ladies. All of them are, as Natalia, mothers to girls who swim.
“We have so much fun. Many of us were already spending so much time in the swimming arena coaching our girls, but now we get one more dimension out of it.”
As an artistic swimmer you need to be able to do everything that a swimmer does. But there is more.
“You need to be good at performing both above and under the surface and be able to hold your breath for a long time while being upside down. There are so many angles you must control and most important of all – it needs to look pretty.”
In Sweden it’s not a big sport, Natalia says that the best teams in the world comes from countries such as Russia, Spain and China. And she cannot avoid joking about her roots:
“It’s a bit embarrassing having a Russian name and not being better at this than I am.”