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#BeActiveAtHome | Ekaterina

Our Young Delegate Ekaterina Gorokhova started training rhythmic gymnastics when she was five. Since then, she has been active in and off the gym; she is still practicing gymnastics, works for Russian Olympic Committee and offers classes on stretching to keep youth being active while at home due to the lockdown.

How and why did you get into sport?

I started practicing rhythmic gymnastics when I was 5 years old. It is still one of the most popular sports for girls in Russia. It wasn't my choice but I am so grateful to my parents who got me into sport and told me so many stories about Moscow Olympic Games in 1980. I have been practicing gymnastics for almost 20 years. I was also a leader of my University team.

The 1998 World Youth Games in Moscow was the moment when I fell in love with Olympic movement and its spirit. Since then sport and Olympic movement have been my inspiration and my biggest passion in life. I was not able to become an Olympian but I am happy I was still able to achieve my Olympic dream and work for the Russian Olympic committee.

What would be your message for youth who are at home due to the lockdown?

Right now we are living in a complicated time but this is not the reason to stop being active. There are a lot of videos, online trainings and different lessons available, so it is easy to find something interesting for you. You can also join your favourite athletes who post home workout routines.

I really missed my friends so I decided to do free live stretching classes on my Instagram. It keeps me active and motivated and I am really happy that I can also motivate my friends to practice sport and be active at home despite the lockdown.

Follow Ekaterina’s stretching classes (click here)