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Alexandra Tsiavou carrying her single
scull after training at the 2007 World
Rowing Under 23 Championships in
Strathlcyde, Scotland (GBR).
these times. People keep telling me these
moments never come back and I have to
make the most of it. That’s what I’m doing."
ApostolosPalaiopanos coached Tsiavou
during her university years in Ioannina, under
the supervision of Greece’s head coach
GianniPostiglione when training for main
international events as part of the national
"During my first year of coaching in Greece,
she asked a lot of questions about technique
and how to improve training," says Postiglione.
"She has shown improvement each time I’ve
seen her. She is very determined in all she does."
days each month to train together. "Sculling
in a single is like riding a bicycle, you never
forget how to do it. It also brings you a lot of
positives - it makes you better and stronger
in the double, such as more physical and
mental power and more precise technique."
A mix of pain and pleasure is the lot of
elite athletes, and Tsiavou is no exception:
"Rowing taught me that you have to try hard
for everything in life. Nothing comes on its
own. There is a price to pay for everything.
Although the training is very hard, especially
in the winter, and I don’t do what people my
age usually do, when I win the feeling is so
great I really want to go for it!"
Generally Tsiavou trains in the single, but
she and Biskitzi meet up in Ioannina seven
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