Dutch Olympic Gold Medalist Van Rouwendaal Takes To Inflatable Pool

For the most part, swimmers around the world are forced to stick to dry land due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. But, there are a few swimmers sprinkled among the mix who are still able to get wet, either in a traditional pool or otherwise.

Falling into the latter category is Dutch open water ace Sharon van Rouwendaal. The 26-year-old reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 10k has traded open water for backyard inflatable pool, as evidenced by her latest Instagram post.

“There’s always a solution, you just have to be creative! 🙈🥶 I could only do 45 minutes in total because the water is very cold..,” read her post, with a short video of the freestyle specialist swimming in the pool while tethered and wearing a wetsuit.

Van Rouwendaal qualified for her 3rd Olympic Games by way of finishing 10th in the women’s 10k at the 2019 FINA World Aquatic Championships. However, the Dutch woman could still try for pool qualification, as she has medaled in the 400m and 800m distances at past World Championships. The 1500m freestyle is now a women’s Olympic event as well.

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A+ for commitment. A drive to win.


Yes very creative.
I love your drive.
Something. I’m Going to do.
Excellent.AA++/Great thinking keep it up

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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