After Exhausting Year, Olympic Champ Simone Manuel Out of 100 Free Final

2021 U.S. OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS

Olympic champion Simone Manuelone of Team USA’s emotional leaders, will not be able to defend her Olympic 100 free title.

Manuel finished 9th in tonight’s semifinals, going 54.17. Per NBC’s TV coverage of tonight’s U.S. Olympic Trials, an exhausted Manuel was out of the pool for three weeks this spring. Manuel said after the race that she was diagnosed with Overtraining Syndrome in March and was out of the water until April.

“Simone has had a difficult stretch,” said TV commentator Mike Tirico, noting the trials of the past year. The first Black woman (of any nationality) to win Olympic gold in swimming, Manuel has been an outspoken advocate for racial justice over the past year. But as the United States has undergone a nationwide reckoning on race, Manuel has also been open about the exhausting toll the past year has taken on her.

Since George Floyda Black man, was murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis last May, the nation has undergone a lengthy and often painful conversation on racial discrimination. Manuel, still one of just a few Black swimmers on the U.S. National Team, has often had to take a leadership role in that conversation as it’s played out in the realm of swimming.

Simone Manuel, being one of the few – not just in America, but in the world – elite Black swimmers,” Tirico said on tonight’s broadcast, “after winning the gold in Rio, she became a person who was always asked about that topic.”

“She was exhausted,” Tirico said, also noting that because of the pandemic, Manuel had been unable to travel back home and see her family during that already-trying time.

After the meet, Manuel revealed in a press conference that she’d taken the time off after being diagnosed with Overtraining Syndrome around the Pro Swim Series stop in San Antonio. Manuel said she’d experienced a host of symptoms prior to the meet, including elevated resting heart rate, insomnia, depression, anxiety, muscle soreness, and extreme fatigue. When she returned to Stanford, she tried to modify her training while remaining in the pool.

“After about two weeks of modified training, I wasn’t seeing any progress,” Manuel said. “It actually was declining.”

Manuel’s doctors and coach Greg Meehan all recommended time away from the pool. So Manuel took three weeks away from the water, ending in mid-April. Manuel says she was fully out of the water and spending time with family.

“I think [the pandemic] could have played a part in it,” Manuel said. “I think that being a Black person in America played a part in it. This last year for the Black community has been brutal… it’s not something I can ignore.”

Manuel also spoke on the importance of taking care of mental health, and said she hoped she could help encourage other swimmers to take care of themselves mentally.

You can see Manuel’s full press conference below:

Manuel scratched out of the 200 free earlier this week, but qualified 6th in this morning’s 100 free heats in what looked like a pretty smooth 54.47. In tonight’s semifinals, Manuel went a little faster, but her 54.17 missed the top 8 by just .02 seconds. With Manuel out of the final, the U.S. 4×100 free relay will need lots of other less-experienced swimmers to step up – Manuel has been a mainstay of that relay on the world level since 2013. She’s also the two-time defending World champ and the defending Olympic champ in the individual 100 free.

She’s still got one more entry this week: the 50 free, where she won World Championships gold in 2019. Heats of that event will take place on Saturday morning.

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Teddy Perelli
5 months ago

Such an amazing athlete and person. I hope she can perform well in her 50 free

Coach
Reply to  Teddy Perelli
5 months ago

I don’t know where NBC got their story, but Simone in her press conference just said it was a medical condition diagnosed by a doctor that kept her out of the water for 3 weeks. This jives with what Pat Forde alluded to last week.

bignowhere
Reply to  Coach
5 months ago

I think the phrasing by Tirico was unfortunate. I obviously don’t know her, but I could certainly believe that it was hard year for Manuel, for various reasons, including issues relating to racial justice and also the pandemic. A lot of veterans seem to be struggling this year.

I also think that it is true she was out of the water for 3 weeks in April.

But I don’t think those things were directly connected. Unfortunately, he way Tirico talked about it (and the also the way swimswam chose to write about it), it sounded like he was saying that one caused the other, but I think that is incorrect.

Coach
Reply to  bignowhere
5 months ago

She was out of the water because of a medical diagnosis.

Joe
Reply to  bignowhere
5 months ago

I’ve liked Tirico this week, but this was a really bad messup by him. This is a huge story and he basically got it all wrong.

Coach
Reply to  Joe
5 months ago

It wasn’t even close to being accurate. I can’t believe they brought up BLM when it was a medical issue.

Jeffery
Reply to  bignowhere
5 months ago

racial justice kept her from swimming… bruh, she’s literally a Stanford grad and Olympic gold medalist in swimming, how more privileged can you get??

Exswimmom
Reply to  Jeffery
5 months ago

Tirico’s commentary easy particularly ill timed as ready room camera was focused on Manuel AND Natalie Hinds, sitting right next to her. Hinds had a great swim and there was no comment from either commentator.

PVSFree
Reply to  Coach
5 months ago

Link to the presser you mentioned: https://youtu.be/hJ8BVYmRrek

Absolutely heartbreaking to watch. If you don’t want to watch, Simone talks through how she was diagnosed with Overtraining Syndrome in early March, tried to work through it, but had to take three weeks off to try and let her body recover. You can see how hard this has been emotionally and mentally for her. I hope she gets the help she needs, she’s not defined by her times in the pool

Last edited 5 months ago by PVSFree
Cate
Reply to  Coach
5 months ago

She did say in her press conference that, emotionally she thought that added to her stress. Perhaps you didn’t hear that part. Obviously being overtrained was most of it.

Coach
Reply to  Cate
5 months ago

But that was only after a reporter asked her about it, 20 minutes into the interview. Simone did not bring this up or “use it as an excuse.”

Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

Quit making excuses for her, a lot of the veterans aren’t doing well in trials, while many youngsters are kicking ass. I don’t see the pandemic as a viable excuse. Many of these younger swimmers were not able to train at their respective colleges, and are still doing extremely well. Perhaps she is just past her prime…

Horninco
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

You must be a blast at parties

Solzhenitsyn
Reply to  Horninco
5 months ago

Why because I don’t buy into her sob story about why I should feel bad about her taking 3 weeks off and then swimming bad? Grow up.

Mr Piano
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

Nah you grow up. You don’t know what she went through. She trained for 5 fricking years for this, and then it gets ruined by something SHE CAN’T CONTROL. It happened, we can move on now, but you’re just insulting her character and suggesting that she lied.

Solzhenitsyn
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

She couldn’t control taking 3 weeks off?

anonymous
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

It wasn’t just 3 weeks. Her symptoms started sometime in January and she continued to decline until she had to completely stop training. When they get back into training they are not able to train hard. It can take months for athletes to recover from overtraining syndrome.

swim2
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

the issue is the fact that she wasn’t the only one out of the water, a lot of these young swimmers were out and are back with more speed than ever.

ITSYABOI
Reply to  swim2
5 months ago

they weren’t out 3 weeks THIS spring though… we don’t know her situation. mental and emotional health affected by turmoil in your country is not something you can control.

swim2
Reply to  ITSYABOI
5 months ago

yeah but a lot of the kids qualifying were out for longer than Simone during the quarantine, and they are not using that as an excuse for not qualifying. When someone loses you can always cherry-pick excuses but in reality, she had as fair of a shot as everyone else here and failed to deliver.

anonymous
Reply to  swim2
5 months ago

She had overtraining syndrome. It is not just being out of the pool.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  anonymous
5 months ago

Yeah, whose fault is that.

She and her coach controlled her own training. It was completely within her own control.

Falcon
Reply to  ITSYABOI
5 months ago

Some how Hinds was able to get it done.

Solzhenitsyn
Reply to  Falcon
5 months ago

Yes, no one is talking about Hinds

bignowhere
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

Did you get this mad at Nathan Adrian? Or Zane Grothe?

Solzhenitsyn
Reply to  bignowhere
5 months ago

Who said I was mad?

Nathan Adrian also had cancer, which is a real excuse lmao

Evilwatersprite
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

I’ve followed Simone since she was an age-grouper with First Colony but I’ve never been a bigger fan of her than I was after watching that press conference.

I rhink for those fortunate enough never to have suffered from clinical depression, it can be difficult to really fully comprehend that it can be just as impactful as a physical injury and has to be managed just as carefully as a chronic disease. And as she said, some days, just dragging yourself to the pool or eaking out a 54 is a victory. Hell, talking about depression at all — let alone at a press conference — is harder than any November training set.

“Suck it up, buttercup!” is… Read more »

The White Whale
Reply to  Falcon
5 months ago

Because every black swimmer’s experience is exactly the same?

Anonymous
Reply to  Falcon
5 months ago

Hinds didnt have overtraining syndrome

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Anonymous
5 months ago

No one forced Manuel to overtrain.

She wanted to, because she wants to be successful in Tokyo.

Todd
Reply to  ITSYABOI
5 months ago

She was out of the pool due to over training. That is her own fault. She obviuosly wasnt training properly.

Drama King
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

Come on man.
Tom Dean has infected Covid 2 times. And was in the quarantine for 3 seperate times.
He is swimming lights out in this year.
No excuses …

Abbybetten
Reply to  Mr Piano
5 months ago

She was the only swimmer that was affected by the pandemic? Weird.

Drothy
Reply to  Abbybetten
4 months ago

When most could not swim during the pandemic lockdown or shut down, she and Katie could keep swimming in a 25yd pool in someone’s backyard. My area completely shut down the pool for four months. Then opened in fall but had to book for a slot of 45 minutes max.

bignowhere
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

It isn’t her sob story. Listen to what she actually says at the press conference, not Mike Tirico.

GoBears
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

Who crowned you head of the USA swimming medical staff, commenting on peoples medical history like you have an inside take? It’s a tough year to train effectively in california period with super tight restrictions. But look at this keyboard warrior over here telling a Stanford graduate with olympic gold to grow up, that is kind of rich. You must be killing it in life, I am sure we will all take your astute guidance and live up to your trash expectations.

Solzhenitsyn
Reply to  GoBears
5 months ago

Thank you, finally someone recognizes my talents and forward thinking insights. I was also a swimmer at Stanford until a miscarriage of justice and I was wrongly convicted.

swimFL
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

You obviously have never had OTS. It isn’t like a cold that you just get over. The only solution is to take time off and that’s what Simone did. It didn’t work. Yes, the youngsters are killing it. But that doesn’t mean Simone is past her time. Look at past Olympics and you can see that there are older female swimmers (Dana Vollmer, Natalie Coughlin, Dara Torres) who swam even faster as they got older. So for you to say these things just shows that you have not followed Simone and you don’t quite understand OTS as it relates to swimming.

As I am scrolling through the comments none of you commenting like it was something that anyone could control… Read more »

Solzhenitsyn
Reply to  swimFL
5 months ago

“The only solution is to take time off.” Okay, so it’s exactly like a cold…

MNSwammer
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

A worldwide pandemic is not a viable excuse? Sure, youngsters are performing well but not everyone can mentally and physically perform with such ease through an insane & unpredictable year. Let alone being one of the main backbones of USA Swimming promoting racial equality in the pool and out.

Torchbearer
Reply to  MNSwammer
5 months ago

But in the 100m Free- it is not a question of youngsters performing well…..the times are slow, and being led by old timers!

Lloyd
Reply to  Torchbearer
5 months ago

Exactly. The pandemic was and is present all around
the globe. The 100 Fr. Q times are (embarrassingly) slow
4 a US squad and, like u said, being led by (significantly)
old timers. The (painful) fact of the matter is the US ladies
are going to be 4 sure out of gold or even medal contention
not in just the 100 but also in all 4 relays that miss Manuel
was supposed to be a member of. To cut the long story
short it sounds the least pathetic (like most of this year’s
trials times for the supposedly mighty US team)…

Idk
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

Pandemics a valid excuse being black I don’t think so.

Solzhenitsyn
Reply to  Idk
5 months ago

Fair enough, Natalie Hinds, who is also black, did extremely well.

Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

OK sure, but neither of these are what Simone spoke on… Overtraining syndrome is

Canuswim
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

Completely agree. Manuel likely had more pool time than most younger less known athlete. It’s what you do with the pool time and how you mentally rise above adversity. Manuel got beat in and out of pool full stop.

Solzhenitsyn
Reply to  Canuswim
5 months ago

Spot on.

Lloyd
Reply to  Canuswim
5 months ago

That’s right…

PVSFree
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

I certainly think there’s a unique pressure on her as the first Black woman to win gold in swimming like the article said. Always being asked to comment on these issues must take a specific emotional toll. I hope she bounces back, she’s consistently shown that she’s one of the most clutch swimmers ever

JVW
Reply to  PVSFree
5 months ago

The irony of course is that it’s only those who are fixated on racial issues who are demanding that Simone continually address her status as the first black woman gold medalist. Maybe if it wasn’t such an obsession of lazy sports writers constantly looking for a racial angle to their stories, she could focus on her swimming without all of the ancillary distractions.

HJones
Reply to  JVW
5 months ago

Or, just media in general.

Reply to  JVW
5 months ago

The irony of this to me is that the writers who are “fixated” on racial issues are those who want to see actual change. We ask Simone of so much from a racial standpoint when really we should be asking our white athletes the same thing, because the reality is that black athletes in swimming are an extreme minority and that is what many of us want to see change. In our country, it has been a hard year to be a person of color, as Simone notes.

JDSwim3
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
5 months ago

I firmly believe socioeconomic realities are the primary cause for the general lack of proportionate minority representation in our sport. Throwing a ball through a hoop on a public court is a bit less expensive than the monthly fees, meet entries, travel, etc… associated with competitive swimming. Who knows how many elite “swimmers” never dipped their toes in the water.

JVW
Reply to  JDSwim3
5 months ago

Where I think you are mistaken is that you underestimate the amount of money that families, including minority families, spend on travel basketball teams. Yes, some of these teams have shoe sponsorship, but families still pay thousands of dollars to send their kids across the country (sometimes with mom and dad in two) to attend tournaments nine months out of the year. I had a cousin who was a star basketball player and I was amazed at the amount of travel he did for tournaments between ages 11 and 18.

JVW
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
5 months ago

No Coleman, lazy sportswriters demand that all black athletes — and these days a whole lot of white athletes — address social justice issues because they know those sort of articles are provocative and will get read. I’m sorry to be super-cynical and I otherwise like your work (except, really Coleman, must every guest on your podcast be described as “a very special guest”?) but I think that demanding that athletes be on the vanguard of these issues does a huge disservice to them, even if it does lead to more pageviews.

CheddaShredda
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

I mean if she took 3 weeks off in april what should we expect. its her prerogative to do that but we shouldnt act like a long break like that before the trials isn’t gonna have an effect on her results

Solzhenitsyn
Reply to  CheddaShredda
5 months ago

I would’ve had less criticisms of her if she had said “I took 3 weeks off to fight for my beliefs, knowing it may impact my performance.” I don’t respect her trying to blame other people/events for her lackluster showing.

LaBlom
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

Please quote/cite the words she uses blaming other people for her performance. Unless, of course, you’re putting words in her mouth like some bad-faith, lowlife agitator.

LaBlom
Reply to  LaBlom
5 months ago

Waiting for evidence of her blaming “other people.”

The world at his feet
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

Sounds like she was mentally broken, Solzhenitsyn. I would take a deep breath and try to realize that being Black in America, especially a Black rights activist with the pressure of performing at her best in a year with a pandemic and social justice outcry, may manifest itself in ways that you may not be able to relate to yourself.

Additionally, media can and will spin stories in any way they want. Less criticism, more love for the sport and its athletes, please.

Reply to  The world at his feet
5 months ago

I would agree with this.. but she had a medical diagnosis. Which can take a mental tax on anyone. I’m absolutely sure that the pandemic and the treatment of George Floyd and the social justice outcry had an effect on her, but in the same vain she is giving a valid PHYSICAL reason of why she didn’t perform in the way she wanted to.

I don’t think it’s hard to believe that elite athletes in any sport, especially in swimming, can overtrain and get to a point where they are physically taxed beyond their means. Especially when they have two Olympic years back-to-back, which is mentally draining and emotionally taxing, as Simone notes.

Last edited 5 months ago by Coleman Hodges
Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Coleman Hodges
5 months ago

When we get further away from this Manuel will be confident enough to detail and emphasize that it was primarily mental, not physical. She realizes it doesn’t come across well now.

Solzhenitsyn
Reply to  The world at his feet
5 months ago

I’m black.

Erin
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

I think Covid is 100% a viable excuse. It’s much harder for older swimmers to bounce back from a halt in training.

Solzhenitsyn
Reply to  Erin
5 months ago

Yes but she didn’t have covid, the article says she took 3 weeks off because of cultural issues within the country.

Coach
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

The article is wrong. Listen to Simone’s interview.

Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger
Reply to  Coach
5 months ago

The article includes quotes from Simone’s press conference. Just because you want to be able to bury your head in the sand about tough topics doesn’t mean they’re not visibly impacting your favorite swimmers.

Coach
Reply to  Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger
5 months ago

Please give me the quote where Simone mentioned anything about BLM in regards to her 100 free.

Caleb
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

not even the article says that; she had an overtraining injury and was forced out of the water for three weeks at a very inopportune time, not complicated

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Erin
5 months ago

Tell that to Emily Seebohm, Cate Campbell and Emma McKeon who are much older.

Excuses…

Last edited 5 months ago by Texas Tap Water
Coach
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

She didn’t use the pandemic or BLM as an excuse- NBC did.

Solzhenitsyn
Reply to  Coach
5 months ago

She said she was exhausted because of cultural issues within the country and she was upset because she counldnt see her family. So she actually used both of those excuses.

Coach
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ8BVYmRrek

20 minutes into the interview, and I still haven’t heard any reference to cultural issues, the pandemic, or not seeing her family.

Last edited 5 months ago by Coach
LaBlom
Reply to  Coach
5 months ago

Solzhenitsyn here seems to be an outright liar on a smear campaign.

Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger
Reply to  Coach
5 months ago

Then you need to actually listen to the full interview. Or, you know, just read the quotes transcribed for you in the story. There’s no excuse for being ignorant.

Coach
Reply to  Benedict Arnold Schwarzenegger
5 months ago

I listened to the entire interview. She did not bring up anything about race. A reporter asked her about it around 22 minutes into the interview, but Simone never brought up race.

Bee
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

Are you a swimmer? Sounds more like expectator “wisdom”. Every single one of these swimmers are admirable. All the work they put in to get to this point.
Get my fly!

Solzhenitsyn
Reply to  Bee
5 months ago

Do you mean to say “spectator.” Yes, I was a swimmer at Stanford until a women lied about me and ended my promising career.

bignowhere
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

who’s making excuses?

Solzhenitsyn
Reply to  bignowhere
5 months ago

Buddy are you lost? Have you been reading the thread?

Coach
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

How about listening to Simone’s interview rather than going by the Fake News from NBC.

LaBlom
Reply to  Coach
5 months ago

That would mean he would have to actually be truthful, instead of a bad -faith troll using dog-whistles and inneundo to smear her.

Bignowhere
Reply to  Coach
5 months ago

Aaa

Last edited 5 months ago by Bignowhere
Bignowhere
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

No I am making a point.

Simone hasn’t blamed her performance on cultural issues. But I think you know that and are just trolling.

lightning
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

Maybe she could’ve just done more kick sets while she recovered? Lol

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  Solzhenitsyn
5 months ago

Horrible take.

Swimmer
5 months ago

Are we overreacting yet?

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
Reply to  Swimmer
5 months ago

I certainly did. This was the shock of the Olympic Trials so far.
Hoping she can bounce back for a great 50 (not her best event) and still make the team.

sepgup
5 months ago

Hoping she makes the 50 free and comes back into form for Tokyo to help on the relays.

wow
5 months ago

Douglass and Weitzeil are qualifying for the 50. Huske’s freestyle looks off. Curzan with a shot.

John
Reply to  wow
5 months ago

Huske’s freestlye isn’t off. She was sitting well at the turn on the 100. She will be right up there in the 50.

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
5 months ago

What does some guy being killed over a year ago have to do with simone having bad training

IRO
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
5 months ago

Well, it wasn’t just one guy, for starters.

Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
5 months ago

It’s exhausting to be asked every interview about “racial justice”

just a coach
Reply to  Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
5 months ago

She’s inserting herself into the conversation. When you talk about it nonstop…. people will ask you about it. It can’t be an excuse now.

thezwimmer
Reply to  Swimlikefishdrinklikefish
5 months ago

Then maybe we don’t need to be talking about it in every interview, especially at a sporting event like this.

Anonymoose
Reply to  thezwimmer
5 months ago

i mean she aint asking herself these questions i think?

Respect
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
5 months ago

common reason for any crisis nowadays !!!!!!!

Anonymoose
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
5 months ago

while i agree that theres not neccessarily a connection and it shouldnt be used as an excuse….

goddamn can you maybe not describe the floyd killing as “some guy being killed”! the way you worded that sounds so dismissive and really bad

Last edited 5 months ago by Anonymoose
Canuswim
5 months ago

Manuel did not look good all year. Every athlete had to to deal so many ups and downs and lack of pool time since a Covid, it became a mental toughness competition in adversity. Ledecky said her & Manuel were so fortunate to get pool time just the 2 of them. Sometimes you are just off and Manuel has been for a while even at all the TYR series. It’s okay not to be okay in the pool too, you don’t need excuses.

Very happy for Olivia!!

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Canuswim
5 months ago

Correct.

Kaylee Mackeown lost her father ten months ago, and she broke WR.

Quit making excuses.

Canuswim
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
5 months ago

Exactly. Every swimmer on deck likely has had to overcome one or many hardships in past difficult year. Manuel got beat. It happens all the time in elite sport.

IRO
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
5 months ago

Yes, let’s dismiss the way two totally different people in two totally different countries process two totally different types of grief and emotional turmoil with “stop making excuses.”

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  IRO
5 months ago

Whenever pre-race favorite swimmers from other countries lost (in Olympics, world championships, etc), and offered explanation why they didn’t perform, peanut gallery of SwimSwam called them “making excuses”.

I guess “making excuses” can only be applied to foreign swimmers.

Last edited 5 months ago by Texas Tap Water
anonymous
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
5 months ago

Vengeful

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  anonymous
5 months ago

Hypocrite

anonymous
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
5 months ago

She is explaining what has happened to her and answering the questiions that are asked. She is not making excuses. Australia’s Covid experience was NOTHING like in the USA. She was diagnosed with Overtraining syndrome. That can take months to come back from not just 3 weeks rest.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  anonymous
5 months ago

No one force her to overtrain

It’s her own decision.

She swam a 53 last month.

Quit making excuses.

rsgnsf
Reply to  Canuswim
5 months ago

I do notice you’re very happy for Olivia, but don’t think to mention Natalie, who is tied with Olivia going into finals.

Texas Tap Water
5 months ago

Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel purposefully swam slow so they can swim their fastest in Tokyo.

It is true, because Olympics gold medalist and elite swimming expert, Rowdy Gaines said so.

Torchbearer
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
5 months ago

And you can get away with ‘swimming slow’ in the US (or AUS) Olympic trials….NOT

Tyson
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
5 months ago

Yes purposely give up your best event that you’re the defending Olympic champion in. No one purposely swam slow Ledecky even said that 400 time was crap and she thought it felt faster then what it was

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