Yesterday, our students from Novaschool Sunland International had a visit from a very special guest. The Olympic swimmer Nina Zhivanevskaya spent a couple of hours with the students sharing her experiences as a world-class athlete and gave them advice on how to pursue their ambitions.
Nina Aleksándrovna Zhivanevskaya, born in Russia, is a Spanish swimmer. Her speciality is the backstroke and she has also obtained fantastic results in different styles. Some of her greatest achievements are a bronze medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics as part of the Unified Team in the 4 x 100 m style and another bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games with the Spanish team in the 100 m backstroke race. In the European championships, she obtained four gold medals (in 2000 and 2002), five silver medals (1999, 2002 and 2004), two bronze medals (2004 and 2008) with Spain, and two silver medals (1993) and three bronze medals (1993 and 1995) with Russia. She took some time out of international competitions during her maternity leave but returned for the 2008 Pekin Olympic Games where she reached the 100 m backstroke semi-finals and achieved a sixth place.
As well as having the honour of meeting her, the students were able to hold and take photos of the Olympic flame.