Two-time Olympian Olivia Federici will make her competitive return to synchro at the German Open in Bonn this weekend, facing opposition from 22 nations.
Olivia came back to the sport at the start of the season, after taking a break following the 2013 World Championships.
Olivia will be competing in the Duet along with 2012 Olympic teammate Katie Clark, with the same ‘Sneaky Snakes’ routine that the pair will use in March at the Rio 2016 test event, where they will hope to secure their place at this summer’s Olympic Games.
Read on to find out more about Olivia: her role models, her love of Italian food and her slightly unusual hobby…!
- Age: 25
- Born: Plymouth
- Club: Rushmoor Synchronised Swimming Club
- Coach: Katie Chapman
In the pool
Finest ever performance:
Competing at the Olympic Games in Beijing and London are both very special memories, as well as winning a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in 2010.
To go to Rio 2016 and help GB move up the rankings.
When did you begin synchro and why?
I learned to swim when I was two and always loved going to the pool with my sister to play. My sister started synchro and I had to watch on poolside until I was old enough. I couldn’t wait to try it!
If I wasn’t a synchronized swimmer I would be:
Tip for the top:
Make the most of every opportunity to improve and enjoy the journey. Don’t make excuses! Pushing yourself when it’s hardest is when you will improve the most, both mentally and physically.
Make the most of every opportunity to improve and enjoy the journey.
Out of the pool
Life after synchro:
I would like to have a huge family.
Would most like to meet:
Most prized possession:
My family and friends. Especially my hunky husband!
MotoGP and rhythmic gymnastics
My Italian father-in-law’s pasta and his homemade pizza, made in his wood burning oven. Yum!
Riding my motorbike with my husband and playing underwater hockey with my awesome club, St Albans Underwater Hockey.
Good luck to Olivia and the GB synchro team at the German Open this weekend.