Team USA’s Emily Brunemann is on a nice streak this year and is currently leading the FINA 10K World Cup standings. We checked in with Emily today (which is tomorrow in Hong Kong) to find out how things are going as she and the rest of team USA (Christine Jennings and Tristan Baxter) prepare for the final 10K world cup race.
Emily isn’t taking anything for granted heading into this last race. In fact, she’s trying not to focus too much on the overall standings, and she’s approaching it like every other race on this year’s circuit. She’s quick to point out that winning the overall title is not a lock going into this race – double points are on the line. Brazil’s Ana Marcela Cunha and Italy’s Martina Grimaldi are within striking distance with wins in this final race. However, the way the series has been going things look good for Brunemann who must finish in the top six to win in the event of Cunha or Grimaldi taking the final title; Brunemann’s won 3 world cup events and has placed second and third. Her least successful race was Cozumel where she finished 6th.
It’s evident that Emily is learning a lot this year and she’s taking her experience as momentum in preparing for the long term goal of Rio 2016.