Birthdate21 Oct 2000
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Rising Star – May 2019
Greek rower Christina Bourmpou is a Youth Olympic Champion after winning gold in the women’s pair in Buenos Aires last year. But the 18-year-old tells us that wasn’t even the highlight of last year – and she has big things planned to come.
The highlight for me in 2018 was… the World Rowing Under 23 Championships that we came fourth place in. It might not have been the result that we were hoping for but it was the first time I was racing in the under-23s and I can say that every race from the heats to the final was unforgettable.
Racing in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games was… a great experience. The Olympic village was full of fun activities. The big difference from other regattas was that the course was only 500m so we had to be really fast.
This year my goal is… to go to the World Rowing Under 23 Championships and get a gold medal. After that is the Senior World Championships then I will try to qualify for the Olympics for the next year.
I didn’t really choose rowing… My father was a rower so after I had tried a lot of sports and didn’t really like any of them he suggested I try rowing. At first I didn’t like it. I thought it was really boring doing the same thing all the time. But a month or two after I got into the boat for the first time I saw so many great things. Now the thing that keeps me going is that when I am in the boat I feel free. I love to hear the boat gliding on the water.
My family is… really supportive in my choices because and my father and sister have been in the sport so they know how it is and that’s why they support me and in rowing a lot. Their only problem sometimes is that I am away all year and they don’t see me as much as they want.
The best course I have ever rowed in was… in Brest (Belarus). I liked it very much because it had great organisation and it also reminded me a lot of our home lake where we train all year. Moreover, their lake was really calm. Also there is an amazing statue that they had erected for the rowers close to the course.
In winter I train in… Athens where the Olympic Rowing Centre of Schinias is and where the 2004 Olympics took place. It has a small warm up area next to the course. It is 2000m and really good to train in.
My race day routine always… starts the previous day. I listen to music and sleep early so I am fresh for the next day. I wake up early - approximately four or five hours before the race. I eat a light breakfast. Then I go to the course and check the boat and then I begin the warm up.
The best advice a coach has given me is… the course is 2000m. Everybody can be good for the first 1000m but after that you show the training and strength of mind.
My long-term rowing goal… is to try to get better every year and bring better results with every year that passes and to go to two big events - first the Toyko 2020 Olympics and after that the Paris 2024 Olympics.
I can’t say that I have a favourite food but... I like pizza a lot, also omelettes with vegetables and chicken. Another meal that I like is one traditional dish we have in Greece called mousaka.
My favourite music is… the sound of the horn when I pass the finish line.
My favourite thing to do when I am not rowing is… go for long walks, drawing, reading books or going out with friends.