5 questions with... Katinka Hosszu

Katinka Hosszu with a young fan during a meet-and-greet session at Kallang Wave Mall. The Hungarian is in town for the Singapore leg of the Fina Swimming World Cup. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE KIAT
Katinka Hosszu with a young fan during a meet-and-greet session at Kallang Wave Mall. The Hungarian is in town for the Singapore leg of the Fina Swimming World Cup. ST PHOTO: ONG WEE KIAT

Katinka Hosszu, the 30-year-old Hungarian, has three Olympic golds, all from Rio 2016.

Q Who is the greatest athlete (non-swimmer) in the world?

A LeBron James.

Q What's the hardest workout you've ever done?

A I sometimes do running workouts with an athletics coach. Those are the hardest because they are on land.

Q What part of swimming do you hate the most?

A Getting in the water!

Q What do you tell yourself on the starting blocks?

A I got this.

Q Which swimmer now or through history inspires you and why?

A Krisztina Egerszegi because she's Hungarian. Growing up, she was my hero and I've watched the documentary on her like a hundred times. She is a five-time Olympic gold medallist and she had a world record that stood for more than 20 years.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 15, 2019, with the headline '5 questions with... Katinka Hosszu'. Print Edition | Subscribe