Olympic silver medallist Ona Carbonell heading back to pool after winning gold in the kitchen

Synchronised swimmer didn't know how to cook before the show, but came out top in Spain's Celebrity Masterchef.

"This is like an Olympic final for me."

That's how London 2012 medallist Ona Carbonell described her appearance in the Celebrity Masterchef cooking show on Spanish television.

"I don't have an Olympic gold yet, but I'm going to try to clinch it in the kitchen", said the synchronised swimmer.

And she did!

Water-based success

The 28-year-old admitted she couldn't even fry an egg before joining the show.

The two-time Olympic medallist quickly picked up techniques in one of the best restaurants in Spain: 'El Celler de Can Roca' with its three michelin stars.

And Carbonell went on to beat actress Paz Vega in Sunday's final by cooking a menu that was based on the main ingredient in her profession: the water.

The jury, including one of the best chefs in the world, Ferran Adriá as special guest, loved Ona's avant-garde cuisine.

Olympic Chefs

Carbonell isn't the first Olympic medallist to have won Masterchef in Spain winner.

Two-time Olympic champion kayaker Saúl Craviotto was crowned in the last edition.

Both athletes were very competitive in the kitchen, and cited the sporting values of effort, teamwork, and discipline as being the key to their success.

Maybe they'd been having lessons with fellow Spaniard Africa Zamorano, who appeared in the Olympic Channel series "Transform my Meal."

It's not just in Spain where athletes have performed well in television cooking shows.

Britain's two-time gold medallist Rebecca Adlington was knocked out in the semi-finals of the UK edition last year, while Team USA athletes even starred in their own cooking series.

Following her victory, Carbonell is heading back to the pool to resume training for Tokyo 2020, where she is aiming to add Olympic gold to the silver and bronze medals she won at London 2012 (and, of course, her new culinary title!).

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