Alena Spodynyuk is no stranger to friendly competition. From age 12 to 17, Alena played professional handball, even being chosen for the Olympic reserve of the Ukraine. Overall, her team brought 5 gold medals to Kiev. More than anything, Alena is passionate about her country, currently studying Tourism and Hospitality at the Kiev National University of Culture and Arts. She hopes that Miss Universe will bring her closer to her goal of becoming a host on TV.