Career highlights

  • Olympic Games: gold medal in 2004 and 2008
  • Member of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Athletes’ Commission
  • PhD in Pedagogical Science, Academy of Physical Education

Why did I want to be a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission?
I wanted to be a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission because I love the Olympic Movement and hoped to devote my life to it.

In my sports career, I experienced not only success and glory, but also hard work, difficulties and frustration. I felt that it was the right time to share my experience and knowledge with the young athletes, to help them grow.

What do the Olympic Games mean to me?
In Athens, it was so special. It was my second Olympics, and I won gold with my very last attempt. That was very special and I will never forget this.

In Beijing, it was a different situation as I was the favourite. The crowd was amazing – they were clapping, screaming and just waiting for the world record. I started telling myself ‘ok, just believe that it will happen’. And it did, so of course that was over-emotional for me.

Role in the AC
It is my goal to share my experience and knowledge with athletes to help them grow. My education enabled me to have a career in sport and that’s why I support the development of the IOC’s education platform.

Additional roles in the IOC
Member of the following Commissions: Athletes’ (2016-), Athletes’ Entourage (2016-)