Cusinato Continues to Push Limits in Latest Olympic Darkhorse Episode

Two new episodes of Shane Tusup‘s ‘Olympic Darkhorse’ series on YouTube have been uploaded in the last week. The series follows Tusup’s coaching journeys with Italian record-holder Ilaria Cusinato and Hungarian teenager Zsombor Bujdoso, especially with Cusinato’s quest for Olympic glory next year.

In episode 5, Tusup introduces the ‘Darkhorse confessional,’ a segment within this series. He explains that he and his swimmers will answer questions from fans, address comments on their social media pages, and talk more about their training experience and their lives in these confessionals. Episode 5 is, then, Tusup’s confessional, where he talks in-depth about his time in the world of golf prior to this, what it was like getting fully back into swimming and coaching after being removed from the sport for awhile, and what he’s looking forward to in the near future.

In episode 6, we’re back into training footage, where it’s clear that Cusinato is continuing to hit barriers with her strength and stamina levels but is pushing through them. We’ve seen her testing her threshold in the pool in earlier episodes, and now we’re seeing her push her limits in the weight room with some footage of weight training featured heavily in episode 6.



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3 years ago

We should dispense with her swimming for the 200 IM and 400 IM Olympic gold in 2020. Just give her the medals because Tusup guaranteed that she would win.Hell hath no fury like Tusup scorned.

Water Bug
3 years ago

Finally, I was wondering when we were going to address this! Sorry, but every episode to me is Shane throwing shade at Katinka. But maybe it’s just me . . .

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Water Bug
3 years ago

It’s more like he’s showing how exceptional she is. Only one Iron Lady, as poor Ms. Cusinato is finding out the hard way.

Water Bug
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

I was referring more to his comments about “not knowing” what was going on in swimming or “who was at the top” at Ilaria’s events, as well as talking about winning gold and breaking world records. You know since Katinka happens to be at the top of the IMs, defending Olympic champion, and the world record holder . . .

3 years ago

Only four comments? Come on!

3 years ago

It’s still uncanny to me how much Ilaria looks like Katinka did at that age.

3 years ago

Not gonna lie, I’m enjoying this vlog.

Ol' Longhorn
3 years ago

“your body is handling it well” —– what an idiot.

3 years ago

This is definitely the cheekiest swimming series on YT.

Becky D
Reply to  Qqq
3 years ago

Any worse, and it’ll get an Alaskan DQ.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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