Yulia Sergeyevina Kozik is a Russian basketball player for Dynamo Kursk and the Russian national team. She participated at the 2015 FIBA European U20 championships, 2016 FIBA European U20 championships, 2017 FIBA European U20 championships, winning a bronze medal. She qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympics, playing in a team with Mariia Cherepanova, Olga Frolkina, and Anastasia Logunova in the 3×3 tournament. She won Olympic Silver Medal.
Medals Won: Women’s 3×3 basketball: Representing Russia ROC
Silver medal – second place 2020 Tokyo Team
Women’s basketball: Representing Russia
Europe U20 Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2016 Matosinhos
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Matosinhos
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar catches up with Yulia Kozik exceptionally talented Russian 3×3 basketball player and Winner of Olympic Silver Medal, here she talks about her fitness routine, diet, and her success story.
You were born in Moscow, Russia. You must have played basketball from a young age. You specialized in the 3X3 women’s basketball format. This propelled your career to the height where you have been at the top of the world as a leading women’s basketball player. Tell us more about this journey of hard work, tenacity, and endurance?
Since fifteen years of age I’ve played basketball 3 on 3 during summer holidays just for fun. At that moment it wasn’t an official sport. It was amateur. After some years it became the professional sport. At first it was hard to switch from classical baseball but then we got used to it and some practice games were enough for us.
You won the bronze medal at Europe U20 Championship in 2016 and 2017 at Matosinhos, Portugal. Tell us more about what had been a catalyst to make you the Russian leading Women’s Basketball Player?
I think it depends on a hard work and a professional coach. If the coach progresses, the player does it too. Never give up even if it’s very hard! As people says through tears and sweat.
You won the silver medal Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo. Elaborate more about this exceptional achievement of your basketball playing career?
It’s unforgettable! Surely every sportsman has an aim to win the gold. In particular for us it was the First Olympic Games and the first one for 3 on 3 in general. It took us long to realize that we were participating in the Olympic Games and we won the Silver! After such moments you understand that all hard work was not vain.
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