Claudia Holzner

Name: Claudia Holzner  Claudia
First time CAN Fund Recipient
Nickname: Clauss 
Hometown: Calgary, AB 
Sport: Artistic Swimming  

Best Result: 3 x Pan American Gold Medalist   

On The National Team Since (Year): 2012 

How many hours do you workout/train/compete on average each day and how many days per week?  
I am at the pool 10 hours a day, 6 days a week 

What is the biggest hurdle you have overcome to get to where you are today? 
I have had many, but I think not qualifying for Rio was the biggest hurdle I had to overcome. Mentally, physically and emotionally I had invested everything into going to Rio and I was heartbroken when my team and I did not qualify. This experience changed me as a person and as an athlete. I am who I am today because of that specific moment and I would like to say that I have grown tremendously from living through that and coming back stronger.  

What are your words to live by or your motto? 
“Believe you can and you’re halfway there” – Theodore Roosevelt

How did you get involved in your sport? 
I was watching the 2000 Olympic Games with my parents and decided that I wanted to try it. Two years later, I went to a summer camp with the Calgary Aquabelles and I was hooked! 

What is your favourite movie? 
“About Time”, or the “Harry Potter” series

When was the moment you knew you wanted to represent Canada?  
When I was very young I trained beside Kyle Shewfelt at Altadore! I knew then that I wanted to be an Olympian, it just turned out that it was in Artistic Swimming instead of Artistic Gymnastics! 

Instagram: @claudiaholzner  
Twitter: @claudiaholzner