Interview by Despina Dimotsi

Kristina Makushenko known primarily as the “Aqua Queen on heels” is a synchronized swimming champion. She has won gold medals four times during world championship swimming events and twice during the European championships.

She began participating in synchronized swimming competitions when she was nine years old and clinched gold at the World Champion for the first time at the age of just 13 years old. Nowadays she is a famous social media personality as she posts her underwater dancing and tutorial videos on her accounts. Her creative direction with choreography and wardrobe has accumulated hundreds of millions of views for her viral videos, she has gained over 2.4 million followers on Tik Tok.

Though she is based out of the Miami, Florida area, she is a native of Moscow, Russia.

DD: Kristina I would like to tell us at what age did you decide to start synchronized swimming.

KM: I started synchronized swimming at age of six.

DD: Which are the difficulties of such a sport? Especially when you have to compete on a global level

KM: I can’t say there are difficulties, It’s just a very extremely competitive sport . It’s hard to reach high levels because my sport requires good abilities in ( swimming, gymnastics, flexibility, rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, dancing, strength ) and to be good at all of them is hard BUT possible:)

DD: How did you decide to move to USA? Do you believe USA has more to offer to someone who is talented? Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?

ΚΜ: I used to live in USA when I was a child from 2 to 6 years old, then I moved to Western Europe and then eight years ago I moved back to USA. So I knew back then that I will live again in USA. And yes, USA has way more things to offer, more opportunities than where I’m from. I can’t say it’s easy – but not to complicated 🙂 As long as I don’t get mentally discharged – things quite easy for me.

DD: You ve visited Greece in the past. Do you like our country? Would you prefer it for vacations or business in the near future?

KM: I would say both! My dream place to visit is Santorini island and Athens! I would choose both – small vacation during business !

DD: How did you come up with the idea to create these wonderful underwater videos , dancing on high heels?

KM: I had partnership with Nike swimwear and they asked me to create underwater video. After that I wanted for fun create couple more and I post them. One of them went viral and that’s how it all started 🙂 just fun – and now it is a full time job.

DD: Describe us a typical day in Miami. What do you love to do in your free time.

KM: On my free time I love to go to the beach (obviously haha) by myself, no phone and just enjoy the view . Also I love to explore new art museums, events, new restaurants, movie theaters.

DD: What would you advise a young girl who wants to get into synchronized swimming

MK: From an early age of child if is not flexible and don’t have good extensions – focus on that! Because later on it’s hard to achieve ! And that’s the first of the most important things.

DD: What are your future plans. How do you imagine yourself, according to your personal achievements, ten years from now?

MK: 10 years from now I hope to be featured in one of movies as ( exp: Avatar, little mermaid, black panther) in all those movies there were underwater scenes !

Από ermag

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