Gabi Halmová - Everyone Said That I Can´T Be a Competitor in Bikini Fitness, Also Because I’m Not Healthy and I Have Not Really Good Body Type (Athlete From Slovakia)

Gabi Halmová

Everyone said that I can´t be a competitor in bikini fitness, also because I'm not healthy and I have not really good body type. Among other things, I am the European champion, the second at Hérkules Olympia Wabba, and the third at the Universe. So everything is possible. 

1. Tell us about your background and journey.

First of all, I wanna say, that I am not only a fitness girl,  but I am a psychotherapist, journalist and after all also a trainer. The reason, why I am a competitor is different from others. I have a genetic disease that is fatal. The trigger for my illness is stress or injury. My problems started when I had a motorcycle accident. I was 20 years old. The onset was slow, I was fine, I had some scars and I was recharged. 

However, in 4 months I lost my sight within one night. Doctors wanted to classify it as multiple sclerosis. I already knew that I had Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, for which my family had a genetic predisposition. Either way, the doctors didn't give me much of a chance at the time, claiming that I would gradually become deaf, paralyze, and have about a year to live. 

The disease has various mutations and manifestations. A person may have an affected visual center, or auditory, etc. Finally, you fall into a coma. My diagnosis was confirmed much later because there are no conditions for testing in Slovakia. I was out of life for a year, of which 3 months in the hospital. There I started running up the stairs because the doctor told me that while I was moving, I am alive.

I've been working on television since I was a child, I've had a pretty good career, but once this happens to you, you're suddenly invisible to people, uninteresting and difficult. So I lost my fake friends, and there were more than enough of them. Thanks to hard mental and physical discipline and also to my family, my eyes began to blur. At first, I saw in black and white, many doctors told me, that it would stay that way. But I told to myself, that I'm an artist and I can't be color blind after all. I had my eyesight back in a year.

2. How did you decide to make your passion your career? Was your family supportive?

Because my problems are not for a few weeks or months, but forever, I try to do everything I wanted. In a fact, everything can be repeated. I graduated from two colleges, traveled, and did various sports. I took a coaching course and decided to try the competitions as well. My family is always supportive, but they prefer more my other professions. 

3. Who is your favorite player and what have you learnt from him/her?

I'm probably weird, but I don't have a favorite in bikini fitness. Every person who overcomes himself is an inspiration for me. Life is not about “stars”, but about normal people. Also, I want to be original, not a copy of someone else. 

Gabi Halmová

4. What is the level of commitment and time required to make a sport a career?

It's individual. It also depends on the type of sport, for example, tennis needs to start playing early, with fitness you can start any time. I think that you can start at any time because if you love something, there are no rules. I am a living example. 

Everyone said that I can't be a competitor in bikini fitness, also because I'm not healthy and I have not really good body type. Among other things, I am the European champion, the second at Hérkules Olympia Wabba, and the third at the Universe. So everything is possible. 

5. How can we encourage more youngsters to take up sports as a full-time profession?

I am a supporter of Aristotle's calocagathy. So there is a healthy spirit in a healthy body. Everything should create harmony, but not everyone is dreaming about the sport as a full-time profession. I am also working as a trainer, journalist, psychotherapist and I am teaching philosophy. But I think that sport is important for every profession and for people of every age. 

Here in my country are many young people active in some sports, but to be a professional is also the question of money, especially in the beginning. That is why I am working quite a lot because when you wanna be a winner, you need money for preparation and also for competitions. And what is important, you can´t give up only because you are not successful in the first year of competing. You need patience.  

6. Which is your favorite book and why?

It depends on my mood, but when I wanna just relax, I like anything from Dan Brown. I usually have difficult days, full of difficult cases and his books are full of suspense and adventure. 

Gabi Halmová - Athlete

Interviewed By: Vanshaj Chawla

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