This Friday, Oona Carbonell announced her retirement from synchronized swimming: “Today I stop being one of the synchro ‘girls.’ I do it in a way”. The Catalan athlete hangs up her swimsuit with the honor of being the most decorated swimmer of all time at the World Cup, as well as having two Olympic medals. The family played a decisive role in the decision: “My head and my heart were no longer in the water a thousand per thousand but wanted to be with the family. It is not fair to have half measures for the Spanish game. Son with my other didn’t feel like being in the water anymore and it’s so hard it’s either your passion is at a thousand or nothing. I looked at withdrawal closely. It’s important to know how to say even though You always have doubts. Withdrawal is not easy. You retire soon and what now. You have to cultivate ‘what now’ during your degree.
In recent years, Ona has also become a standard-bearer in the battle to reconcile motherhood and high-competition sport. The former winner of MasterChef Celebrity has two children. Kai will be 3 in August and little Teo is about to turn one. Oana’s partner and father of her two children is Pablo Ibáñez, a former gymnast whom she met more than a decade ago at the High Performance Center of Sant Cugat (Barcelona). Press the ‘play’ button and meet the beautiful family of Oona Carbonell.
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