The top-notch Russian long jumper, Yuliya Pidluzhnaya Юлия Витальевна Пидлужная, answers the 10-for-10 quiz!
The Russians, since the days of the former Soviet Union, have always produced top caliber jumpers. Yuliya is amongst the new generation of the Russian jumping tradition. The graceful athlete has personal bests of 6.84m outdoors and 6.75m indoors.
Read: “Track Beauty of the Week: Yuliya Pidluzhnaya Юлия Витальевна Пидлужная”
Pidluzhnaya at European Indoors (Photo from Yuliya)
She has reached the podium of several major international events, most notably at the fiercely fought 2011 European Indoor Championships long jump final, where she leaped to 6.75m and won the bronze medal behind compatriot Darya Klishina and Portugal’s Naide Gomes. At the 2011 World University Games in Shenzen, Yuliya’s best mark of 6.56m brought home the silver medal.
From 2009 to 2010, Yuliya improved her jumping by an impressive 0.33m. Pidluzhnaya has been ranked as a top tier long jumper ever since.
1.) How did you get started with athletics?
[I] started to be engaged with school [-based athletics at] age 14 years.
2.) What’s the most memorable moment of your athletics career?
I remember [very well] the first time [I competed at a major international championship] of the world. [The experience] [have] not [been] forgotten.
Yuliya with her Universiade silver (Photo from vestnik-lesnoy.ru)
3.) What is your life long dream?
In life I dream of the family.
4.) Let’s lighten up a bit! What’s your favorite outfit?
Most of all I like to wear dresses since they I emphasize character of the girl.
5.) What is your favorite sports movie?
The favorite sports film isn’t present. [I don't have a favorite]
6.) What’s the best pump-up song of all-time?
I listen to various music, everything depends with all the heart.
7.) If you could spend the rest of your days at any place in the world, which would you choose?
I would like to be on the island of Cyprus.
8.) What do you do in your free time?
[I don't have] enough free time, but I like to be photographed and go [to a trip] by the car.
Yuliya has both amazing leaping ability and great fashion sense. (Photo from Yuliya)
9.) Name three things you just can’t live without:
High heels, the car, sports shoes.
10.) What advice would you give to the young athletes of today?
To work and be able to wait, love the business.