Iranian Paralympic gold medalist Sareh Javanmardi says her absolute favorite thing to do in her free time is to read.
Javanmardi’s profile rose exponentially after she made history as Iran’s first ever female gold medalist in Paralympic shooting, Paralympic.org wrote.
The 32-year-old won the P2 (women's 10m air pistol SH1) and P4 (mixed 50m pistol SH1) at Rio 2016 – all which have brought more attention. She shares how she copes with that, and more:
1. “My absolute favorite thing to do in my free time is to read. I try to read as many books as possible, as I feel reading helps me to increase concentration – in everyday situations as well as in shooting. It also aids in keeping the stress of the competition at bay as well as the pressure – news stories around getting a certain result can really get to you sometimes.”
2. “I have become aware of several habits that I display during competition. For example, I regularly pause and point to drink more water. I also check my equipment quite often. After all, the functionality of the equipment is a key component in being able to give your best performance.”
3. “A motto or maxim that I try to live and shoot by is that I strive for excellence.”