A Day in the Life of… Anastasiya Merkushyna
From the time she was a small child; 23-year old Anastasiya Merkushyna knew exactly what to dedicate her life to. She grew in a sports family, where her mother Irina was a professional biathlete and her father Oleh Merkushyn a coach; so no surprise that Anastasiya followed her parents’ footsteps.
Does Not Relax
The young biathlete, who traveled with her mother to camps and competitions from the time she was born, is a persistent and hard-working person with high goals. Even when she is back home from training camps (this year she is training outside of the team under her father’s direction) she does not relax. Workouts are the routine of her everyday life, but apart from that, most of all she loves to spend time with her family.
“I am an early bird and I really like to get up early, so usually my day begins around 6.45! The morning always starts with physical exercise, whether I want it or not. However, there is an easy way to brighten up my day by making a cup of tasty and flavored morning coffee!” Along with the coffee, Merkushyna loves to pamper people with homemade bakery treats, admitting, “Earlier I liked to treat myself with some sweets after a good competition, but now I eat only diet foods.”
After tasting a fragrant drink and starting the day in a good mood, Anastasiya moves to a working part. “I cannot imagine my life without training, so even in rare days when I am at home, I train twice a day. The first session is “a flight of fantasy” or… the pursuit of squirrels! However, it is not I, who chases them but my dog Den. He is great and very smart, he can even count!”
She's the youngster on the Ukrainian team but her family lives and breathes biathlon.... and in her spare time, she teaches her dog "Den" how to count. 🐶🔢 Join us for a day in the life of Anastasiya Merkushyna 🇺🇦😊: https://t.co/9xdr640jam pic.twitter.com/6DFzKU3cT7— IBU World Cup (@IBU_WC) October 12, 2018
Biathlon is a Lifestyle
The second training session goes equally interesting and unconventionally, “During the second session, I usually work with the youngsters; I like it because it means a charge of vivacity and positive.”
“Later, in the evening, it is study time for me and my sister. I try to help her in learning.” Then with a wide smile, she adds, “Although everything does not always go smoothly.” Her younger sister Alexandra is also a biathlete, with some achievements at the national level, and that makes her older sister happy. “I also want Sasha to follow my mother's footsteps because biathlon is not only about medals; it is a lifestyle.”
When the tough day is almost over, the whole family gathers for a delicious dinner, made by the father, “First, my dad “master chef” who cooks very well, makes a good and tasty meal for the family! After that, before bed, we spend time at the fireplace, where we talk, laugh; these moments are very special! My family is a great support for me and days like this are always in order and calm, they are filled with comfort and happiness, which give me a lot of energy and motivation.”
Photos: Christian Manzoni, Mariya Osolodkina, Anastasiya Merkushyna