July 26, 2022, 12:33 | Updated: July 26, 2022, 2:13 PM
Malaika Mihambo, Olympic champion and world champion in the long jump, plays the classical piano in her spare time.
Born in Germany in 1994, Malaika Mihambo is one of the greatest long jump athletes competing today.
She currently holds Olympic, World and European Championship titles in her sport, most recently winning gold at the World Championships in Athletics in Eugene, Oregon on July 24.
The recent victory marks her second gold medal at the competition, having won first place at the 2019 event in Doha, Qatar, as well as Olympic gold at Tokyo 2022. She also won the gold at the 2018 European Championships, which usually take place every two years but were canceled in 2020 due to the global pandemic.
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Like many athletes, Mihambo has several methods for decompressing and relaxing after rigorous competitions and training sessions, and one of his great passions outside of athletics is classical music.
In an interview with the German magazine ConcertosMihambo reveals that she didn’t discover classical music until 2016. She started playing the piano at age 22, and through learning the instrument began to delve deeper into the genre.
“Musicians and athletes have a lot in common,” says Mihambo. “Diligent attendance, discipline and passion, which are required to achieve good results and progress, are particularly important.”
The German athlete also says she likes to learn at her own pace without the pressure of success, which is a bit of a contrast to her blossoming career in competitive sport.
In a post shared on Instagram, Mihambo is pictured at her piano with a Chopin music book, captioned “Music is a universal language. It gives you emotions and something to think about. It is definitely food for the soul”.
Mihambo also shared a short excerpt from Franz Schubert Sehnsuchtswalzer as she prepared for the European Indoor Championships in February 2022:
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