Swimming in the early hours of the morning before heading to her office where she works as an engineer: 27-year old Keren Zibner is no ordinary swim champion. Today (Monday), the Israeli Olympic swimmer, swam her first meet in the 2017 Maccabiah, looking to add new medals to her current collection of eight from the games.
Full-time model, engineer, and swim champion Photo Credit: PR/Channel 2 News
27-year old Keren Zibner, is one of Israel’s top swimmers who has represented the Jewish state in three European Championships, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio and has won eight medals from the Maccabiah Games. In addition to being a swim champion, Zibner is an industrial and management engineer and a full-time model. “The heavy load is good for me. If I feel like I have nothing to do, I get bored and suffer,” she said in an interview with Channel 2 News Online.
Zibner described her busy schedule where by the time most people leave for work in the morning, she is already through half of her day. “Every morning I wake up at five,” Zibner explained. “I go to the gym, then I swim and at 8:30, I’m already on my way to work.”
Aiming for gold Photo Credit: Facebook/Channel 2 News
Despite the busy schedule, Zibner’s preparing for the world championship coming up in a few weeks and will start competing in the Maccabiah today (Monday). “It’s interesting to me. I love having a lot of things in my life,” she explained. “I always combined swimming with other things, I still swim every day but at hours when most people are still in bed.”
Zibner competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio Photo Credit: Facebook/Channel 2 News
The sharp transition from the pressures of competitive swimming to sitting in the office all day was not easy for Zibner. “It wasn’t an easy change, but I gradually made it through,” she said. “I still have to adjust. It feels unhealthy to sit in a chair, so I am always running in the halls. Regardless, I still really love my job.”
From competitive swimming to the office Photo Credit: Israeli Swimming Association/Channel 2 News
The swimmer added that she was able to apply a lot of the lessons she learned as an Olympic swimmer, to the workplace: “My entire personality developed through swimming…Knowing how to work hard, achieve your goals and not let anything stop you. This perspective helps me a lot in life.”