I.Rasula
by Igor Rasula
 
 Swim Star 2000 Agency, Belgrade                       .                                                       © 2006 Copyright by MGI, Belgrade
 Special Interview for Swim Star Web Portal, Belgrade...
katie Hoff - interview
 
To the proud of all athletes of our Swim Star 2000 Swimming Club, Belgrade as well as of all young swimmers of Serbia & Montenegro, the exclusive  interview has been arranged with the best girl of U.S. Swimming, the World Champion and the Athens 2004 Olympic finalist - Katie Hoff at the beginning of January.  This is my personal New Year the best wishes to all Swim Star 2000 Fans in Serbia...             (I.Rasula. Jan.2006)
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January 15, 2006 .
Katie Hoff : "Go Swim Star 2000 ! " (The Exclusive Interview)
2006 © Swim Star 2000 Agency, Belgrade
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  To the proud of our Club and our swimmers, but previously as a grant for the enormous efforts been inlayed all those years behind in the popularization of the swimming in Belgrade and Serbia & Montenegro, the Swim Star Agency, Belgrade has got an exclusive interview with the Best World Women's Swimmer... Named as a best girl swimmer of the U.S. in 2005, US record Holder, Athens 2004 finalist, World Champion in Montreal 2005 and the winner of many gold medals at the main domestic and the World evets in last two years... It is just enough to say - Katie Hoff...      Na ponos naseg kluba i svih nasih plivaca, a pre svega kao nagrada za mnogo energije ulozene svih proteklih godina na popularizaciji plivackog sporta u Beogradu i zajednici Srbije i Crne Gore, kao i nasem okruzenju, Swim Star Agencija je dobala ekskluzivni intervju od trenutno najvece svetske plivacke zvezde... Proglasena najboljom plivacicom Sjedinjenih Americkih Drzava za 2005 god., Americka rekorderka, finalista Olimpijskih igara u Atini 2004, dva puta Svetska sampionka prvenstvu u Montrealu 2005.god.... Zaista dovoljno je samo reci - Katie Hoff... 
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Katie Hoff - some of the sparkles from the pool in 2004 - 2005...
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  Swim Star 2000:  First of all, we would like to express our gratitude for your answer in the “Ask Katie” corner of your site. To remind you, last September, still after Montreal and your greatest swim successes, we have asked you for a small interview dedicated to our young swimmers...     Swim Star 2000:  Pre svega zeleli bismo da ti izrazimo zahvalnost za tvoje odgovore u  "Ask Katie" forumu na tvom sajtu. Da te podsetim, proslog septembra, neposredno nakon Montreala i tvojih velikih uspeha, zamolili smo te za jedan intervju namenjenog nasim najmladjim plivacima.
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Katie:  “Yes, I said I'd love...and that I'd be happy to send some answers and a picture to Belgrade.”   Katie:  “Da, tada sam rekla da bih volela da to napravimo... i da bih bila sretna da posaljem neke odgovore i moju sliku u Beograd."
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Swim Star 2000: Well, really many questions and answers in your talks to your fans had helped us to introduce you better. However, in spite of the fact that our swimmers are in SE Europe in Serbia from the distance of more then 13,000 miles they know almost all about you. What’s more – your successes and especially your age are the motifs firstly to the younger category swimmers just to practice in the very poor conditions, as well as to get better every day... Swim Star 2000:  Pa, zaista mnogo pitanja i odgovora u tvojim razgovorima sa obozavaocima, pomoglo nam je da te bolje upoznamo. Medjutim, uprkos cinjenici da su nasi plivaci zive u Jugo-istocnoj Evropi, u Srbiji, na udaljenju vecem od 13,000 milja, oni gotovo sve znaju o tebi. Cak sta vise - tvoji uspesi, a posebno tvoje godine su jaki motivi pre svega mladim plivacima da vredno treniraju u dosta skromnim uslovima i budu bolji iz dana u dan...
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Katie:  “Thank you Igor... I really appreciate that. So, I am eclosing an autographed picture of myself for the swimmers at Swim Star 2000 in Belgrade. The photo was taken after I won the 200 meter individual medley at the World Championships in Montereal, Canada past summer"   Katie:  “Hvala ti Igore. To zaista cenim. Zato saljem jednu potpisanu fotografiju svim plivacima Swim Star 200 u Beogradu. Fotografija je napravljena neposredno posto sam osvojila zlatnu medalju u disciplini 200 mesovito na Svetskom prvenstvu u Montrealu (Kanada) proslog leta."
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Swim Star 2000:  Considering the fact that you are 17 years old, and because of the interest of our athletes, please describe us your first swimming steps. When and where was it? And how did you feel it? Swim Star 2000:  Imajuci na umu tvoje godine, a pre svega zbog znatizelje nasih sportista, molim te priblizi nam tvoj prvi trening na pocetku bavljenja takmicarskim plivanjem. Kad je i gde to bilo? I kako si se tada osecala?
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Katie:  "I was 5 years old when I had my first experience swimming on a summer swim team in my neighborhood in Williamsburg, Virginia. I joined the team in order to be with my friend. At that age, I was not very competitive. I was more interested in collecting a ribbon of every color, than in winning races. They gave the swimmers a different color ribbon for each of the first 8 places."   Katie:  “Moje prvo iskustvo u plivanju imala sam sa svojih 5 godina kada sam ucestvovala sa svojim timom na mitingu u svom susedstvu u gradu Wiliamsburg u Virdziniji. Usla sam u tim samo zbog prijateljstva. U to doba nisam bila neki takmicar. Mnogo me je vise interesovalo 'sakupljanje raznobojnih traka', nego da pobedjujem u trkama. Za osvajanje nekog od prvih 8 mesta organizator je delio razlicite sarene trake."
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Swim Star 2000:  Who anticipated that you might get among the world  swimming elite? Also, when did you feel that first? Swim Star 2000:  Ko je prvi shvatio da bi ti mogla da doguras i do svetskog vrha. Takodje, kada si ti to prvi put osetila?
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Katie:  "Winning gold medals at the World Championships was the culmination of years of consistent daily training and work toward achieving my goals. My goals started small and got bigger over time, until I was able to see myself winning in Montreal. I was also fortunate enough to have great coaches and a supportative family."   Katie:  “Osvajanje zlatne medalje na Svetskom prvenstvu u Montrealu bila je kulminacija dugogodisnjih svakodnevnih treninga i rada sa ciljem ostvarenja sopstvenih ciljeva. Na pocetku moji ciljevi su bili skromni i uvecavali su se tokom vremena, dok nisam spoznala da mogu da i da pobedim u Montrealu. Imala sam i dovoljno srece da radim sa najvecim trenerima, a imala sam i ogromnu podrsku moje porodice."
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Swim Star 2000:  Your words that you will admit some college told us that you think the education is essential anticipation in lives of young athletes besides swimming. That should be listened from many ears. What would you like to study in college?  Swim Star 2000:  Tvoje reci da ces se upisati na koledz, govore nam da ti smatras da je obrazovanje takodje bitna stvar za mladog sportistu pored plivanja. To bi mnogi morali da cuju. Sta bi volela da studiras kad se upises na fakultet?
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Katie:  "I would like to study journalism in college and pursue a career in that field once I have finished my swimming career."   Katie:  “Zelela bih da studiram novinarstvo na koledzu i dalje nastavim svoju karijeru na tom polju kad jednom zavrsim svoju plivacku karijeru."
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Swim Star 2000:  I know we probably made you repeat the same words and sentences you use when talking to the media and your fans. So, one that would like to know more about yourself can log on your website. Do you have any goodbye message to your fans from Serbia? Swim Star 2000:  Jasno mi je da mnogo puta moras da ponavljas iste recenice kad se obracas medijima ili fanovima... Onaj ko bi zeleo da te bolje upozna, moze pronaci sve na tvom oficijenom sajtu. Imas li neku poruku za tvoje fanove iz Srbije?
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Katie:  "Best wishes to you in your studies at Olivet College, Igor. And give my best to all your team mates in Belgrade, Serbia."   Katie:  “Igore, sve najbolje na tvojim studijama na Olivet Koledzu i prenesi moje najbolje zelje svim tvojim klupskim drugovima u Beogradu."
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The Greetings from Katie Hoff, Baltimore (USA)...
Some of the Katie Hoff's latest  swim achievmets:
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Event Discipline Result Rank Place
Olympic Games 2004 200 I.Medley (Q) 2:14.03 (3) Athens Greece
200 I.Medley (SF) 2:13.60 (2) Athens Greece
200 I.Medley (F) 2:13.97 (7) Athens Greece
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World Champs 2004 200 I.Medley (Q) 2:12.69 (3) Indianapolis, USA
200 I.Medley (F) 2:10.61 Bronze Indianapolis, USA
400 I.Medley (Q) 4:36.13 (1) Indianapolis, USA
400 I.Medley (F) 4:33.09 Silver Indianapolis, USA
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US trials 2005 200 I.Medley (Q) 2:13.52 (1) Indianapolis, USA
200 I.Medley (F) 2:11.24 Gold Indianapolis, USA
400 I.Medley (Q) 4:43.31 (1) Indianapolis, USA
400 I.Medley (F) 4:39.25 Gold Indianapolis, USA
200 Free (Q) 2:00.68 (1) Indianapolis, USA
200 Free (F) 1:59.56 Gold Indianapolis, USA
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World Champs 2005 200 I.Medley (Q) 2:12.38 (1) Montreal, Canada
200 I.Medley (F) 2:10.41(A.R.) Gold Montreal, Canada
400 I.Medley (Q) 4:40.91 (1) Montreal, Canada
400 I.Medley (F) 4:36.07 (C.R.) Gold Montreal, Canada
200 Free (Q) 1:59.28 (2) Montreal, Canada
200 Free (SF) 1:59.36 (9) Montreal, Canada
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US Open 2005 200 I.Medley (Q) 2:13.67 (C.R.) (1) Auburn, USA
200 I.Medley (F) 2:11.90 (C.R.) Gold Auburn, USA
200 Free (Q) 2:00.70 (1) Auburn, USA
200 Free (F) 1:59.47 Gpld Auburn, USA
100 Fly (Q) 1:01.29 (1) Auburn, USA
100 Fly (F) 1:00.18 Gold Auburn, USA
200 Fly (Q) 2:11.82 (1) Auburn, USA
200 Fly (F) 2:09.81 Gold Auburn, USA
  Biti velika svetska sportska zvezda, a ostati skroman, otvoren i ljubazan prema svima, to je najveca i sportska, ali i ljudska vrednost... Koliko malo treba ovoj izuzetnoj sportskoj licnosti, rodjenoj 1989.god. da udje medju 'Bogove'? U svim njenim daljim uspesima, u njenim daljim plivackim angazmanima u Americi i sirom sveta, u svim nasim sportistima imace svoje istinske navijace  - iz daleke Srbije !!!
Napred Swim Star 2000 !!! (Katie Hoff, USA, 2006)
(Igor Rasula, January, 2006)...
 
Special thanks to the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Baltimore, MD 21209... 
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