Ariarne Titmus Hasn’t Swum a Lap in 2 Months Since Tokyo Olympics

Braden Keith
by Braden Keith 45

September 23rd, 2021 News

Olympic gold medalist Ariarne Titmus hasn’t swum a lap since returning home from the Olympic Games, she told the Gold Coast Bulletin this week.

“I haven’t done any laps, and I’ve got another two weeks before I head into training,” Titmus said.

The 21-year old Titmus validated her remarkable rise to the top of women’s middle-distance swimming in Tokyo by winning gold in both the 200 and 400 meter freestyles. In both cases, she knocked off the last decade’s best female distance freestyler, Katie Ledecky.

Titmus also picked up a silver medal in the 800 free and a bronze medal in the 800 free relay.

“This is the first time in my life I’ve focused on things other than swimming and I’m really enjoying it,” she said. “I’ve enjoyed having that extra glass of wine and not worrying what time I’m going to bed because I have to get up early to train.”

Besides a whirlwind tour of endorsements and media appearances, Titmus, who rode horses when she was younger, has used the time to reconnect with them for the first time since she was 12. As a spokesperson for the Victoria Racing Club and the Lexus Melbourne Cup Carnival, she recently participated in a photo shoot with horses, where she said “they were like me: athletes taking a break from their sport, fattening up, relaxing…so they can come back stronger.”

Rest, and the amount of it that swimmers get at the end of a season, has become an overarching topic in the sport over the last 18 months.

Many athletes who were locked out of pool time in the pandemic came back faster than they ever were in spite of the loss of training, which has led some coaches to the conclusion that we aren’t giving our swimmers enough of a break between huge training cycles.

At the same time, the upstart International Swimming League, now in its third season, has pushed many athletes to jump right back into full training and racing a month after the conclusion of the Olympic Games and a long five year training cycle.

Titmus, who competed with the Cali Condors in previous seasons of the ISL, isn’t participating in this year’s events.

We’ve heard from other swimmers who are taking it easy on their return to the pool. Titmus’ countrymate and fellow Olympic hero Emma McKeon was a late arrival to the ISL, and said that she was, essentially, just swimming when she felt like it during the interim.

There now will suddenly be a quick turnaround, a brief, three-year cycle, before the Paris 2024 Olympics come around. With a short course World Championship meet later this year, both long course and short course editions next year, a Commonwealth Games next year as well, and then another round of long course World Championships in 2023, the training and competitions will come fast.

For now, Titmus is enjoying her break and the fruits of her labor before its full steam ahead to France.

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GTS
1 year ago

Very much looking forward to the world championships in Fukoka in May 2022. Lots of wicked fast times there in 2001 (Hackett, Thorpe, etc.). As long as she can remain uninjured, I’m expecting faster times than her best this year. Hoping Ledecky’s transition to Florida will result in faster closing speed in the 400 as well, which will push Titmus below 3:56. I think Titmus can go 1:52.5ish in the 200 without anyone’s help.

Every needs a break
1 year ago

I’m shocked that the comments saying that it’s good to take a break and stuff like that are getting crazy downvotes….

Corn Pop
Reply to  Every needs a break
1 year ago

AT is on a roll. Smart move to do the horsescircuit . I’d say $25,000 to appear at a Sat afternoon meet. A stylist dresses her up & she stands around with a sparkling water & gets a pic with the winner . Nice.

Troyy
Reply to  Every needs a break
1 year ago

There are people that are desperate to criticise Titmus any chance they can get. It’s really quite pathetic.

McKeown-Hodges-McKeon-Campbell
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

which is funny considering that everyone here praises agnel and laments his short peak, yet he himself attributes his regression to having no break after london

Last edited 1 year ago by McKeown-Hodges-McKeon-Campbell
Abba
1 year ago

Slacker

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Abba
1 year ago

So OTS is the alternative then

Robbos

Only an excuse for Manuel!!!

Sam B
1 year ago

and when she drinks water from a bottle or glass, she first wraps it in a piece of cloth.

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Sam B
1 year ago

Well, whatever you do around here, down speak speak down to tater tots. Not in this household…

Old Retired Guy
Reply to  Old Retired Guy
1 year ago

Easy for me to write, eh? Was supposed to read “don’t speak down to tater tots”. Just keeping things cromulent, here, yaknow?

Last edited 1 year ago by Old Retired Guy
torchbearer
1 year ago

Think she earned a rest! It was a long slog to her first Olympics…

Yozhik
Reply to  torchbearer
1 year ago

It’s a strange take. Who of the Olympians haven’t “earned” a rest? Manuel? It’s like if you were beaten in Olympic competition then there should be no a rest for you?

Torchbearer
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Agree totally- but the story is about Titmus and her particular life choices at this time.

Troyy
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

The comment didn’t say only Titmus deserved a rest.

C L G
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Yes. ALL Olympians earned and deserve a break regardless of how they performed, including Manuel.

Last edited 1 year ago by C L G
Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Unrelated but you just got obliterated on the swimswam Instagram account and it’s really funny

Yozhik

Expecting Sullivan challenging Ledecky was even more unrealistic than anticipation of Ledecky breaking 8 minutes barrier. We are both very funny people with our predictions. Join the club 😀

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Yozhik
1 year ago

Is this a formal invite for me to become to next troll on swimswam 🧍🏻‍♀️

Yozhik

This comment section is mostly about predictions:
“read my lips”, “you heard this here first”, etc. And everybody who is making predictions at this site does it like they know for sure what will happen in the future. That is the beauty of predictions when you bear no responsibility for being wrong. Why do you deprive me of having same pleasure of stating something that I believe has high likelihood to happen? It’s not fair. Admit it.
And about troll club. Why do you think swimswam posted on IG my prediction that happen to be far away from actual results of Olympic competition? There were so many unexpected results like M400FR, W100BR, W4x200(australia), etc. Sullivan’s significant improvement of… Read more »

Last edited 1 year ago by Yozhik
10kFtPerspective
1 year ago

swim parent perspective on rest: I’ve seen the value for my boy when he was age group swimming. Seemed to be significant mental and physical benefits to his 6-month sabbatical after 7-years of non-stop year round swim. Positioned him well for achieving a period of 16-18 yr old successes and managing the stresses, I think. n=1, so take that dataset size into consideration!

Awsi Dooger
1 year ago

She emphasized that intent in a video interview not long after Tokyo. Titmus said the next two months were all about rest, having fun and making money. Then in October it would be the start of six months of hard training. I appreciated that this summary mentioned the endorsements, because that’s obviously what she meant by making money, and also why she doesn’t need the ISL.

Reed
Reply to  Awsi Dooger
1 year ago

Somewhat disappointing to see Ariarne in newspapers one day for a nice visit to her former school in Launceston but then followed by comments the next day about extra glasses of wine, not having to go to sleep, etc. NBD, but there could be better things to say as a children’s example especially if she wants to collect endorsements.

Every needs a break
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

This whole comment section seems either to be fully onboard with her decisions to relax and the other is straight negativity…. Ugh it’s disappointing to see that humans can’t take a break from the reaching the pinnacle

EPN
1 year ago

Good for her! Take a breather.

Swammer6245
Reply to  EPN
1 year ago

This “breather” isn’t surprising for Titmus. Despite Boxall’s hype, she’s no workhorse. After a 16-month absence from LCM swimming beginning Aug 2019 (no LCM meets for her during that stretch, even pre-pandemic) Arnie supposedly injured her shoulder at her return to LCM swimming in a meet in Dec 2020 before an ex-pro rugby trainer was reportedly brought in by Deano for her three-month “extraordinary treatment and rehab” (whatever that means, and supposedly out of the water) during half of the six-month lead up to Trials and Olympics.

Sub13
Reply to  Swammer6245
1 year ago

These comments about her “rugby trainer” are so hilarious. People were using them to criticise her so much leading up to the Olympics, and she STILL was better than everyone else in the world lol.

Troyy
Reply to  Sub13
1 year ago

They are insinuating that doping was involved. That’s why there’s quotes around “extraordinary treatment and rehab”. I guess they think rugby in Australia is riddled with doping like the NFL (which hasn’t even adopted the WADA code for obvious reasons) and the trainer is providing their supposed doping expertise to swimming. This is what I take away from these comments that they’ve been spreading over any article about Titmus since Australian Trials.

Swammer6245
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

There is no insinuation at all. Actually the phrase “extraordinary treatment and rehabilitation” is simply a direct quote of words from a seemingly friendly March 2021 article, words written by Australian sportswriter Julian Linden who interviewed Team Titmus for an article headlined “Top Rehab Team Gets Titmus Firing–‘Arnie’ Calls In Big Guns For Tokyo” and which discusses Boxall bringing in an ex-rugby trainer for oversight of Titmus’ rehab which reportedly took her out of water training for three months. The article may be found on the instagram site handled “aussieswimmingnews”.

Troyy
Reply to  Swammer6245
1 year ago

Yes, this is all widely known in these parts but for some reason you feel the need to reiterate it every chance you get as though you’re trying to make a point or pushing an agenda.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Swammer6245
1 year ago

Shes gna overwork herself if she continues to train under Boxall like this

Troyy

Yes, only Ledecky is talented enough to to work so hard. Meanwhile Ledecky so deep into her career having a very advanced training age is gonna ramp it up and go under 8 minutes in the 800! 👏👏👏 Bravo! 🙄

Last edited 1 year ago by Troyy
Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

have you ever heard of a funny username or is your sense of humor broken

also Ledecky doesn’t have an overly aggressive coach so I don’t get how you using my username has anything to do with this

Troyy

Or perhaps your username just isn’t funny.

Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  Troyy
1 year ago

Regardless you’re still taking everything I say way too literally

McKeown-Hodges-McKeon-Campbell

boxall lives in your head rent free

Last edited 1 year ago by McKeown-Hodges-McKeon-Campbell
Ledecky will go under 8 minutes in the 800
Reply to  McKeown-Hodges-McKeon-Campbell
1 year ago

I live in your head rent free since you somehow always find a way to reply to my comments

Robbos

Do you not like Boxall? Get use to him, there are a few more talented swimmers coming out of his team of swimmers.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Robbos
1 year ago

What was that guy’s name who choked at the Olympics? Kinda like Titmus’ choke job leading off their 800 free relay and costing them a gold or silver.

Robbos
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

Zach Apple????

Swimmer

Boxall knows what his doing how else would Titmus have got to this stage. People really like to s**t on Boxall because he has different methods to get the best out of his athletes. People just really want to have a go at someone for the sake of it 🙄

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

An n or 1 doesn’t exactly make him Eddie Reese.

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