Maria Kiseleva (RUS)
2010 Honor Synchronized Swimmer
FOR THE RECORD: 2000 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (duet, team); 2004 OLYMPIC GAMES: gold (team); 1998 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (duet, team), 2003 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold (team); SIX EURO-PEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS: gold 1993, 2000, 2004 (team), 1995, 1997, 1999 (duet, team); 1995 FINA WORLD CUP: bronze (duet, team), 1997, 1999 WORLD CUP: gold (duet, team); 1996 EUROPEAN CUP: silver (team), 1998 EUROPEAN CUP: gold (duet, team), 2003 EUROPEAN CUP: gold (team), silver (duet); 1998 GOODWILL GAMES: gold (duet, team); MUL-TIPLE RUSSIAN NATIONAL CHAMPION
Maria Kiseleva At her first Olympic Games in 1996, she and her teammates finishedin fourth place in the Team event, the only synchronized swimming event in Atlanta. Soon after Atlanta she joined with Hall of Famer Olga Brusnikina and the pair dominated Duet com-petitions for the next eight years. From Atlanta to Athens, Maria lost only one competition in Duet and Team and won the 1998 World Championships and World Cup.
At the 2000 Sydney Games, Maria and Olga won Russia’s first Olympic gold in synchronized swimming while scoring nine 10’s out of a possible ten judges in the finalround. They used a karate routine performed to the beat of Japanese drums to defeat a team from Japan. After Sydney, Maria took a two-year break from training and competition, but in 2003 she made a comeback, and again with Olga, won the World Championship Team competition and her third Olympic gold medal in the team event at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Maria Kiseleva Since 2004 Maria has organized the annual Moscow International Synchronized Swimming Show.