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Natalia
Ishchenko
Russian FederationRussian Federation, RUS
Female
Artistic Swimming

Biography

Further Personal Information

Date of birth
08 April 1986
Height
177 cm
Weight
56 kg
Marital status
Married
Family
Husband Sergey, son Semyon
Residence
Kaliningrad, RUS
Occupation
Politician
Languages
Russian
Higher education
Sport Studies - Baltic Federal University: Kaliningrad, RUS

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up the sport at age five in Kaliningrad, Russian Federation.
Why this sport?
Her mother took her to their local swimming club and gymnastics club. She did not have time for both and chose synchronised swimming.

International Debut

Year
2002
Competing for
Russia
Tournament
European Cup
Location
Istanbul, TUR

General Interest

Hobbies
Figure skating, ballet, cinema, books, internet, travelling. (Athlete, 15 Mar 2016)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning her first Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. (Athlete, 24 Dec 2016)
Most influential person in career
Her mother, and her coaches. (Athlete, 27 Feb 2015)
Awards and honours
She was named the International Swimming Federation [FINA] Synchronised Swimming Athlete of the Year in 2010, 2011 [shared with Svetlana Romashina] and 2012. She was named the FINA Female Synchronised Swimming Athlete of the Year in 2016 [shared with Svetlana Romashina]. (fina.org, 04 Dec 2016; FINA, 04 Jan 2013)

She was named the European Swimming Federation [LEN] Synchronised Swimmer of the Year in four consecutive years from 2009 to 2012. (len.eu, 2015)

In recognition of winning two gold medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, she received the Order of Honour from the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 26 Aug 2016)

For her performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, she was decorated with the Order for Merits to the Fatherland [fourth grade] by the president of the Russian Federation. (pravo.gov.ru, 13 Aug 2012)

For winning gold at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, she received the Order of Friendship from the president of the Russian Federation. (kremlin.ru, 02 Aug 2009)

She holds the title of Honoured Master of Sport in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 26 Dec 2016)
Other sports
Her sister Olga has competed in synchronised swimming. Her husband Sergei Anikin won a silver medal in 3m synchronised diving at the 2004 European Championships in Madrid, Spain. (bcn2013.com, 04 Jun 2013; trud.ru, 16 Aug 2010)
Other information
RETIREMENT
In April 2017 she retired from the sport and was appointed interim vice-premier of the regional government in Kaliningrad, Russian Federation. In August 2017 she was appointed minister of sport in Kaliningrad, and is also responsible for the youth policy in the region. (kgd.ru, 05 Apr 2017; vesti-kaliningrad.ru, 24 Aug 2017)

PREGNANCY
She missed the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, because she was pregnant. She returned to training in late 2014. (sport-express.ru, 24 Sep 2014; bcn2013.com, 24 Jul 2013)

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