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Aleksandr Maltsev

Gold

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Silver

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Russian Federation RUS

Aleksandr Maltsev is a pioneer in Russian synchronised swimming. He is still the only man in the sport at national team level. But Aleksandr is sure that some will appear to replace him. Synchro swimming is becoming more popular among boys, young and ambitious coaches are ready to work with them. Maybe one day Maltsev, who is studying to be a coach, will make a name for himself in this field. However, he hasn’t realised his full potential as an athlete and hasn’t achieved his Olympic dream yet.

FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

Mixed duet technical routine
FINA World Championships

Gold Medal

Mixed duet free routine

Interview
Aleksandr Maltsev

Did the coaches take into account your opinion when choosing a partner for you?

Darina was appointed by the mixed duet coach, Gana Maksimova. She had already worked with me. She also helped Team Russia to prepare for the FINA Trophy, so she had an idea of the candidates for the mixed duet. At least visually. She voted for Darina Valitova. Everyone in the team felt comfortable with that choice. The next season there were several candidates, I tried to pair up with some synchro girls. Finally Mikhaela was nominated. My opinion was taken into account. But it was head coach Tatiana Pokrovskaya who affirmed the candidacy.

Was it difficult to combine personal and professional life and then to get through a break-up?

I agree that such a delicate situation can rock the boat. There are so many examples in figure skating. But it depends on the people involved. If you have the same motivation and the shared sense of purpose, nothing can disturb your plans. You have to put all extra feelings and emotions aside and pursue your goal.

You had an improvisation mixed duet exhibition with Virginie Dedieu in the training pool in Budapest. How did it happen?

Virginie Dedieu was in Budapest as a coach of Team Spain. She just came to swim and we executed some elements on impulse. Not even experienced duets are able to perform such tricky elements. But we suited each other and did everything from the first attempt. Virginie was an outstanding soloist. She also took part in the mixed duet competition in Kazan. Her accomplishments earn her respect. I think this was one of the most unforgettable moments of Budapest for me.