The current Bikini World Champion in -166 cm was one of the stars of the 2019 season. Second place in the IFBB World Ranking, Anna Sorokina went from competing at regional level to achieving 9 Elite Pro cards in less than 2 years. She still considers that she’s learning, but her presence is in the Professional Division, where she aspires to stand out, thanks to her effort, her capacity for sacrifice, and of course, the support of her family.
M&H: Did you expect such a fantastic season like the one you completed last year?
Yes, I expected good results as 2018 went very well for me and I had more confidence and self-assurance. True: I was a little scared, seeing how the season was presenting itself to me. It was all an “endurance race”, where they had bet on me and, no matter how hard and sacrificed it was, I was forced to give 100% and couldn’t fail.
M&H: How did you feel the first time you won the Elite Pro license?
I was surprised, as I got it at my first international event. I really didn’t understand much about all that; not how they were earned, nor what the Elite Pro licenses were for, because, at that time, I hadn’t considered being a professional athlete yet.
M&H: What advice would you give a beginning athlete reading this interview?
My main piece of advice would be that if, at some point during the process you find yourself in lack of strength and unmotivated (and that moment WILL come!), close your eyes and without questioning anything, pull forward from discipline. Don’t give up! The desire and motivation will return. It’s just a bump that you have to go through and it’s part of the process. If you do it and you have started in this world, it’s because you like it and it makes you excited. So pursue your dream, make it come true. Nobody said it was going to be easy!
M&H: Finally: will we be seeing you at the ACE 2020, even if it’s only as part of the audience?
Of course, I’ll be there. It’s true that, with the current situation of the global pandemic, it’s difficult to be 100% sure of what will happen. I hope everything goes well and that I can get an invitation to debut in the Elite Pro category, fighting as Anna Sorokina has always done.
Find the full interview in the September issue!