With her long legs, good looks, and significant talent, long jumper Darya Klishina became the blonde-haired beauty of Russian track and field. While participating in the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar, in 2010, Klishina tried to show the world that beauty can also be powerful. The history of beautiful blonde girls in Russian sport already counts several female athletes who managed to do great in the world of sports. Some of them could be the two tennis players Anna Kournikova and Maria Sharapova. All of whom were well known not only for their looks but for their achievements as well? Daria Klishina met Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon, and she was surprised that Sharapova was 1.88m, eight centimeters taller than Klishina. Even though Klishina was the ‘number one beauty of Russian sport’ (an unofficial title bestowed by a 2010 internet poll), she was unfortunately enough used to things going against her. While stretching out moments before the World Championship final in 2011, Klishina injured her foot and had to jump even though she was in great pain before getting surgery and, subsequently, a lengthy rehabilitation period. The next summer, Daria was back in shape for the Russian Championship, but she failed to qualify for the London Olympics. Even though she was bitter afterward, she held her spirits high and worked hard to maintain her perfect shape, giving her time and opportunity to make P.R. interviews and photoshoots with several magazines and newspapers.
Her status as a national beauty was putting a lot of pressure on her. Even while training and working out, when doing so outdoors, Klishina knew she was watched and perhaps ‘recorded’. In the world of social media, every photograph gathers thousands of ‘likes’ and excited comments. She was approached by all kinds of people, not just men, even girls, and older women, asking her for autographs. IMG, an international marketing agency, represented Daria Klishina. Her main goal was not to get distracted by sponsorship deals but to focus on training and compete as much as possible. She knew that without her long jumps, she would risk becoming just another pretty model. All of her major photoshoots were always scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance, and her coach always had the last word. The deal was very clear between them. She could or would not reschedule the training because of a photo shoot or an interview. Even though being a famous Russian Athlete, Klishina has her heroes. In a masterclass, she was the one queuing for the autograph of her role model, Galina Chistyakova. The 1989 World indoor Long Jump champion who accomplished an astonishing world record jump of 7.52m when she was 25. Daria Klishina, like Galina Chistyakova, had tasted the sweet success with a European indoor gold medal. Klishina first did so at the European Indoor Championships in Paris in 2011 and then regained her title in Gothenburg, Sweden, two years after in 2013.
Let’s take a look at how Daria Klishina trains and eats to maintain her power and beauty. Darya used to follow specific exercises for athletes who compete in the long jump discipline. She was also doing different kinds of bodyweight movements and gym exercises. Some of her favorite exercises were front squats, dumbbell step-ups, and counter-movement. She was and still is on a very similar diet to the diets being followed by fitness models, where she’s avoiding anything that has sugar in it. She never eats any fast food while trying to stay away from fat. She calculates her daily intake of protein and carbs, and most of her daily meals consist of fish, chicken, eggs, vegetables, fruits, and plenty of water. During competitions, she followed a specialized diet that allowed her body to perform at its peak during competitions. This included eating a good amount of carbs and fats for energy, along with proteins that nourish and repair her muscles. She kept a lifestyle where she was eating correctly and sleeping enough – even during holidays. This gave her the ability to gain zero weight and stay fit. Even though she is 1.80m tall, Klishina only weighs around 57kg. It’s not just her genes. Klishina’s slim build is just as much a result of her lifestyle and passion for cooking. She likes grocery shopping, coming home, and inventing new dishes. Her favorite cooking is either meat or fish in the oven, and her favorite side is vegetables, stir-fried or baked. As for puddings, she doesn’t care much for sponge cakes but loves sweets and cheesecakes. If she had an urge for something sweet, she would buy a kilo of tangerines instead of sweets and sugar products.