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Iris Tió, the assault on the podium

Iris Tió, the assault on the podium

Retired Ona Carbonell, mother of two children and in another branch of sport, artistic swimming gives birth to Iris Tió (Barcelona, ​​2002), the new Spanish star who will compete in six events at the Fukuoka World Cups, which start this Friday, and who will jump into the pool 12 times. A brutal physical exercise in a synchro that has mutated, with more apneas and greater “wear”, which has become more objective because now the figures have an established difficulty and the scores are released from the subjective yoke of the judges. That opens the door to medals. Even more without Russia. “Last year I was sixth, but I feel much better. I am close to the Japanese (Inui) and I must fight it “explains Tió, the daughter of musicians, the “mix between Mengual, Fuentes and Carbonell”as defined by Mayuko Fujiki.

Her mother plays the clarinet and her father the violin and, of course, she has been used to dancing to classical music for as long as she can remember. Her mind is a pentagram and her notes are precisely placed, as in the technical solo routine where she will perform Mahler’s 5th Symphony, a work of “fire and strength”. “This girl is the bomb. She is the best that she has had in Spain ”, he said Andrea Fuentes at the Gwangju World Cupsin 2019, when at just 16 years old Tió was part of the Spanish team and the medal record of Ona Carbonell.

Iris Tió and Alissa Ozhogina.ATTILA KISBENEDEKAFP

“The training sessions are tougher. Since I do so many tests, I spend the whole week in the CAR (Sant Cugat), the first one came to do the solo or the duet and then I join the team, ”she says. And, in his house in the Sant Gervasi neighborhood, he memorizes what he has learned: “I do visualizations with music. There are many choreographies, there can be trouble ”. In those moments of solitude, Tió seeks silence, after “a day of much fuss, listening to the music many times, stop, repeat, correct, repeat…”. And that is where he also reflects on how to be a perfectionist.

“I take it too seriously. They advise me to enjoy myself, that I must work hard but also live the moments, ”she adds. A vision that takes away her tension after she years ago was designated her successor. “In the club I always had (CN Kallipolis, with Anna Tarrés) I had to swim everything, it was another pressure and less demand. But I take it naturally. Compliments since I was little have given me energy, they motivated me to continue”emphasizes Tió, who has already accumulated the experience of two World Cups and one Games and now wants to storm the podium of the solo (technical and free), duet (technical and free) and team (technical and free).

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