Iris Spanjol

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Iris Spanjol

When I was a little, I always pursued to be in sports. My family supported that. I was searching my field, in which sport should I go. In the end, I decided to stay behind the scene and I wanted to be as a coach, promoting sports. Coming to the RIOU was almost natural to me. In my Olympic Academy they were telling about this university, saying that it in top three. I am happy that they offered me opportunity to apply and that the European Olympic Committee chose me to send me to Russia as a candidate. Then I got the scholarship and here I am. In this university I learned a lot about organizing events and managing big sports events and also small-scale sports events, which is my goal to promote and host in my country. The short goal is I have been working with the swimming federation, and we are going to host swimming marathon in the end of the summer, and I am going to be a part of the organizing committee. I am happy that I am going to implement everything that I learned here. Basically, I am starting to use my knowledge in two months in my country. I am happy to stay in this sports area and explore more. I did not know a lot about Russia. We have a lot of Russian people coming for yachting in my country. I just know they are rich. That was the only thing I knew, but when I came here, I was surprised that first the language is similar and I could understand basic things and the hospitality level was really on high demand. I was happy that we share similar culture and I have been here like home. The most exciting event to me during the studies at the RIOU was the internship with Formula 1. It was a big event. For me it was the biggest experience to see the first Olympic venues and to be part of the Formula 1.