Born to a sprinter mother and a high-jumper father, Darya has been an athlete most of her life. She’s a European long jump champion and has consistently been ranked one of the world’s best.
The One X Ten Interview:
1. Where are you from and where do you currently call home?
I am originally from an old and historical Russian city of Tver. I feel pretty well at home in the US now.
2. How did you get started in your sport and when did you realize you wanted to pursue it professionally?
I started track-and-field when I turned 11. It was from the very beginning that I approached what I was doing very seriously, so that transition happened pretty smoothly.
3. What is the biggest setback you’ve suffered as an athlete?
My not participating in the last Olympics.
4. Best piece of advice from women starting out in your sport?
Always trust yourself and success will come.
5. What’s the biggest misconception people have about being a female athlete?
People believe that female athletes going into their sport forget about being charming and beautiful. This is very wrong.
6. Whom in your sport do you admire the most and why?
No idols for me. I want to be a personality on my own without imitating anybody.
7. What’s in your gym/workout bag?
Special shoes (weight-lifting), water, Skullcandy headphones, towel
Cereal, cottage cheese with berries, coffee. I love my coffee!
9. Favorite workout or workout tip?
My favourite is technical long-jump sessions
10. We define “The Wonder” as the state of reaching the truly extraordinary—the achievements that most people, including you at one point, could not fathom. What is your Wonder and what has it taken—or what will it take—to reach it?
Wonder for me is just going one step over what you believe is your limit. To reach that you work so hard, sometimes, it takes months and years. And it is also your strong belief that if you work hard you will do that.