A day after Hungarian superstar swimmer Katinka Hosszu announced that she was splitting with her coach Árpád Petrov, the Swiss coach released a response statement.
As compared to Hosszu’s statement, which was critical of Petrov’s determination and commitment, Petrov took a more complimentary tone toward his former trainee.
Petrov says that he is grateful for every day he had “helping the world’s best swimmer,” and that he learned a lot from Hosszu – in the areas of “humility, work, respect,” among others. Petrov also expressed gratitude to the president of the Hungarian Swimming Federation, Sándor Wladár, and for others involved with the training.
Petrov concluded that even though he no longer conducts the training for Hosszu, that he will be her biggest fan. He also wished for all of her dreams to come true – be them professional or personal.
Hosszu said that she made the decision based on a “feeling” that she couldn’t shake since the World Championships that she didn’t feel that Petrov wanted to win as much as Hosszu did. “In the run-up to the Olympic Games, I can’t take the burden of carrying someone on my back again,” Hosszu remarked.
Hosszu says that she will now coach herself to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Neither has made comment about Petrov’s future as the head coach of the Iron squad in the International Swimming League. That team, which is partially-owned by Hosszu, completed its first season last weekend with a third-place finish in the European derby meet, which wasn’t enough to advance to December’s finale in Las Vegas. The next ISL season isn’t anticipated until after next summer’s Olympic Games.
Prior to working with Hosszu in the summer of 2018, Petrov was leading the training of the Swiss National Team. Among others, he coached 7-event Swiss National Record holder Sasha Touretski who is the daughter of famed Russian-born coach Gennadi Touretski.
Hosszu won 3 individual gold and 1 individual silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games while training under then-coach and husband Shane Tusup, before that pair ultimately split personally and professionally in 2018. This summer, at the World Championships, she won gold in both the 200 IM and 400 IM. She also scratched the 100 back, finished 17th in prelims of the 200 free to miss advancing, and finished 8th in the 200 backstroke.