Since Katinka Hosszu teamed up with her husband, Coach Shane Tusup, success has never been sweeter.
The husband-coach-swimmer relationship is different in this situation. They’re essentially the same age, and they trained together at USC under Coach Dave Salo.
After a 4th place finish just off the medal podium at the 2012 London Olympic Games, the 3rd Olympics for Hosszu, she was emotionally crushed. Tusup helped pull her out of the depression and come roaring back in the post Olympic year. However, early in 2013, critics were everywhere and loud, many of them SwimSwam.com readers. They felt Tusup was pushing Katinka to compete in too many competitions and races. Tusup was seen as an inexperienced lightweight. Tusup and Hosszu didn’t listen to the naysayers and stuck to their plan. After winning World Championship gold, the FINA World Cup Series crown and over $500,000 in purse money from more than 122 races in one year, they’re having the last laugh.
Katinka and Tusup’s plan goes beyond winning gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. They want to change the sport, make it more professional, and they’re doing it by example. The question is, who will follow in their footsteps.