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Anastasiia Smirnova: Russian Professional Figure Skater talks about herJourney of Hard Work, Tenacity, and Endurance

Smirnova Anastasiia is a Russian Professional Figure Skater. She lives in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia. She is candidate of Master of Sports in single skating. In single skating, she trained in the group of Olympic champion Alexey Urmanov and the honored coach of the Russian Federation Larisa Yakovleva. In pair skating, she trained with Alexey Sokolov, and also skated in the Netherlands from 2015-2018. She was also member of the Dutch national team from 2016 to 2018. She has participated in the show on the world’s largest liners Royal Caribbean International, as well as the Russian show “Shine on the ice”. She has also performed on Harmony of the seas (cast 7). She has worked as a coach in Den Haag (Netherlands) for two years.

Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Smirnova Anastasiia, an exceptionally talented Russian Professional Figure Skater, here she talks about her workout, diet, beauty secrets and her success story.

Namita Nayyar:

Where you were born? Your love for skating must have started early in life. You are also a candidate for Master of Sports in single skating. You became a Member of the Dutch national skating team. Tell us more about your journey of exceptional hard work, tenacity, and endurance?

Anastasiia Smirnova:

I was born in Russia, in Chelyabinsk. At the age of three I started to practice Rhythmic gymnastics, but when I was seven years old my mom found out that there is a figure skating school in our city and I was taken to the figure skating group to the honored coach of Russia Larisa Yakovleva. I fell in love with figure skating very much and when I was told to choose between rhythmic gymnastics and figure skating I chose figure skating.

By the standards of figure skating, I came quite late and I had to catch up with the guys who came to this sport before me and had already studied the jumping elements. Probably it was mine and played a key role in my formation, in order to quickly catch up with the guys from my group with me every day, my dad explained to me jumps according to the physical law. Thanks to the support of my parents and my coach, after a year I learned multiturn jumps and was able to show a fairly good level at competitions.

When I turned eleven, Olympic champion Alexey Evgenievich Urmanov came to our city to conduct a master class, he appreciated my sports skills and invited me to his figure skating group in St. Petersburg.

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