Beata Nelson Had No Expectations Heading into World Cup, Ended Up Overall Winner

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

SwimSwam sat down with Beata Nelson, who is coming off of a big win as the overall champion of the 2022 FINA World Cup. This was the first time Nelson had competed in the world cup at all, but it didn’t take her long to get her feet wet, literally or figuratively. Nelson won the 200 back and the 200 IM (always both on the last night) at all 3 stops, plus notched 3 more wins and 3 2nd places finishes over the course of the series. Nelson explains how she was able to learn from and maintain her performances over the course of the 3-meet series as well as how the financial earnings will help her career in years to come.

Music: Otis McDonald

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2 months ago

Great interview…she was very honest and forthcoming. Coleman, you hardly had to ask any questions.

2 months ago

Her and Stewart should file a lawsuit since they are being denied a right to make a living or some antitrust right to work violation. I don’t really know what I’m talking about about the swimmers got tied up with something legal when the ISL started and this is not that different. You can’t just arbitrarily not invite the fastest swimmer in the world expletive expletive expletive.

Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

I’m sorry, what?

Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

Yeah, you don’t know what you’re talking about about.

Reply to  Taa
2 months ago

I love random babble that makes no sense. My brain wasn’t working that well today with work tasks, so it’s good to see I’m not alone.

The unoriginal Tim
2 months ago

World Cup winner should get all expenses paid trip to short course worlds 🙂

Reply to  The unoriginal Tim
2 months ago

Yeah cmon man top 20 men and women get automatic entry into the SCW meet. Seems like a no brainer and give some swimmers a little extra reason to attend.

2 months ago

The distinctive specifics of World Cup is that it comes at the point of the season when swimmers are not at their peak form. Therefore they are equated somehow with their chances for good place in competition. Another good thing about it is that there is no restriction on the number of swimmers from one country. So this tournament can gather potentially the strongest swimmers no matter how many of them come from the same country. And what pleases me most that that is the professional competition so there is no national anthems and flags.
On the other hand the system of incentives is still not well designed and is mostly targeting the problem of having enough swimmers for… Read more »

2 months ago

A shame she’s (again) not representing our country at SC worlds… time to rethink qualifying criteria!

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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