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The Versatile Rosolova

I first learned about Denisa Rosolova while watching last year’s European Indoor Championships. It was remarkable how a former champion heptathlete and world class long jumper shifted to the quarter mile and strike gold! I admired her athletic talent and versatility. More importantly, Rosolova has the audacity to try something unorthodox. For this, she has reaped dividends.

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Yuliya Pidluzhnaya Answers the 10-for-10 Quiz

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.

Track Beauty of the Week: Vicki Barr

Vicki Barr is this week’s Track Beauty!

The Briton is an experienced competitor. In 2007, she lowered her 400m dash personal best from 52.85s to 52.44s, earning a slot to the Osaka World Championships. Since being selected for the U.K. Olympic Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Barr has barged into the podium of several major international competitions.

Photo from Stuart Grout

At the 2009 European Indoor Championships, the British 4x400m relay quartet, of which Barr was part, won silver behind the powerhouse Russian team.

The British women finished fourth at the World Championships in Berlin the same year, a respectable performance considering the high caliber competition. Competing for England at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, Barr reached the semi-finals of the 400m dash and won silver in the 4x400m relay.

The British sprinter has personal bests of 23.87s (2007) and 52.40s (2010) in the 200m and 400m dashes, respectively.

Track Beauty of the Week: Denisa Rosolová (Denisa Ščerbová)

Denisa Ščerbová-Rosolová is this week’s track beauty!

The Czech athlete originally started out as a heptathlete, but shifted focus to the long jump. The then 16-year Rosolová leaped 6.40m to win silver at the World U-17 Championships. A year later, she was crowned as the World junior champion, notching a 6.61m jump in the final.

Photos from topathletics.org and Denisa Rosolová

The skilled Rosolová went back to the multi-events in 2008 (her best mark in the heptathlon is 6,104 points). According to an EAA article, injuries sustained from the grueling discipline saw Rosolová shift to the 400m.

Photos from Denisa Rosolová’s Facebook fan page and Daylife/Getty Images

Rosolová had won numerous Czech national titles in the long jump and heptathlon. Despite winning the European indoor long jump silver in Birmingham back in 2007, triumph seemed to elude Rosolová in both the jumps and the multi-events.

In 2010, Rosolová made the big shift to the quarter-mile. Success was immediate for the versatile athlete. At the European Championships in Barcelona, the Czech went tantalizingly close to 50 seconds in the 400m, finishing 5th (50.90s) in the highly competitive final.

At the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Paris, Rosolová nipped the fancied Russian duo of Olesya Krasnomovets Олеся Александровна Форшева and Kseniya Zadorina Ксения Ивановна Задорина in the last 60m, winning her first major senior title. The 24-year old ran an indoor personal best of 51.73s en route to the gold, bettering her 2011 season’s best by a massive five hundredths of a second.

Denisa, however, wasn’t as successful outdoors in 2011. Despite notching a new personal best in the 400m dash in Ostrava (50.84s), the Czech could only muster a semi-finals finish in the Daegu World Championships, exiting the competition in 52.53s. At the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Rosolova qualified for the finals (her first in the worlds as a quarter miler) and finished in sixth place.

Article by Joboy Quintos

Simona La Mantia’s Nike Women Ad

Here’s a well-made ad about the newly-minted European Indoor Triple Jump Champion Simona La Mantia of Italy.

As a kid, La Mantia’s excessively long legs made her different from her peers. “Not fitting in,” said La Mantia. “Gave me a reason to stand out.”

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