Malin Kleinsmith had a birthday recently. I thought about it and realized that I knew very little about her. So I asked a few questions that I haven't asked before. I think you will learn a lot of interesting things about this athlet. Welcome! ()
Beside armwrestling I work as a manager of the ”Service department” in the Municipality of Sollentuna in Stockholm. I have a total of 45 employees, but I am the direct manager of three other managers. In my job besides being a manager I also kind of work as a business developer and help other departments to improve their departments or processes in different ways. Right now I work with Sollentunas IT-support, to make it run better than it does today. I just love working with improvements, and work with people to reach a certain goal.
I come from a big family, and have four siblings. Two older brothers and two younger sisters. We are all born within 5,5 years. So my oldest brother is 5,5 years older than my youngest sister. Non of them armwrestle, but all of them work out. Our mom is from Finland, so we are half Finnish.
My dad is my hero, he is 67 years old, and is in such a good health, he bikes everyday around 40-50km per day.
I also have two kids, who are the loves of my life. Kela my smart, kind, strong and beautiful daughter, she is 12 years old. And my son Cade who is a crazy, funny, kind and cute little thinker, who is 8 years old. They are half Canadians, since my ex-husband is a Canadian.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a rough neighbourhood in Tyresö, in Stockholm. It was a neighbourhood, where many families, not all, lived on social fare. It was a lot of drug addicts and drunks that lived there, together with poor and less poor familys, from many different cultures. We also had a close friendship with many of our neighbours and their kids and had the time of our life living there. Where the kids where everyones kids, we got raised by all the parents there.
I got to see the great in life, and also got to experience the bad side of life, friends dying from drugs, friends that got murdered, childhood friends taken away from their familys by social services, childhood friend whos dad killed his mom, and we watched the ambulance take out the body in a body bag. I have seen familys in the bottom, working them selfs up to the top, other friends that came from the same area that became doctors and lawyers.
Still today I see our closest neighbours and the kids that lived on my street as my family.
I am super proud of my background, and that I was given the opportunity to grow up with so many different people around me with both poor and rich, to see the good and bad. It has really made me humble to people, and to treat people with great respect. It has also taught me to fight for what I stand for, and fight for injustice.
I think that in the armwrestling world people know me as a person always close to laughter and jokes, and know me as a person taking life lightly. I think that if you have experienced what I have experienced, you don´t take normal life problems too serious. And the love, hospitality and happiness I got and felt from people, some of them nearly having nothing, thaught me that being rich is not about money, it´s about being happy and satisfied with what you have, and sharing that with others. And not longing for everything you don´t have., if that makes sense.
What did you do as at child and teenager?
Since we were five sibling so close in age, my parents has a hard time remembering who did what when we grew up, when we were just toddlers. But my dad said that I was always happy and had a great laughter that made everyone around me laugh with me.
I remember I always teased my oldest brother, he was scary to me and kind of a bitter teenager, that didn´t want to have hiss ister hanging around too close. I used to fire him up by teasing him so he would chase me around the apartment and kicking my but when he finally got a hold of me. Even when I locked myself in the bathroom I knew that I had to go out from there at one point and he would kick my ass.
But one day when it was raining outside, I put my shoes and jacket on, took my schoolbag in my hands, unlocked the outside door and then went in to his room and teased him for something and he got furious and chased me out in the mud with only his socks on and I got away, he yelled ”when you come home from school I will kill you”.