Survival show helped Millousi ‘see competition like a game'
DOHA: Three-time Greek Olympian Vasiliki Millousi felt out of her element as a contestant on the survival programme “Nomads” last year, but the experience made her tougher for gymnastics and life in general.
The 34-year-old Millousi said she was forced to push her physical and mental limits throughout her three-month stint on the show, as she and athletes from various sports faced off in grueling survival contests.
“It was a really unique experience for me, because I was used to being an athlete,” Millousi told www.worldgymdoha18.com. “My life includes healthy food and healthy living, and everything was different there - no food, no power. And with no power you had to compete every day.”
Millousi, whose career has included starts at the 2000, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games, said overcoming the taxing challenges of “Nomads” has empowered her.
“Afterwards I was a really stronger person, and it helps me for gymnastics, too,” she said. “It helped me psychologically to see competition like a game, and to enjoy it more. I’m full of gymnastics. It’s my life and I love it.”