Despite being one of the most successful swimmers to have ever represented the country of Hungary, world record holder, Katinka Hosszu, has certainly had her ups and downs with her home nation’s swimming federation.
Coached by her husband, Shane Tusup, Hosszu most recently called a press conference in December 2015 to criticize the Hungarian swimming federation for failing to provide enough resources to its swimmers. To the press, Hosszu expressed that “while the Hungarian Swimming Federation expects world-class performances, the support they provide is far from world-class level.”
At the time, 2015 World Champion Hosszu, the self-titled “Iron Lady” said she and Tusup approached the federation for support in helping them implement ways to improve the 26-year-old’s training program, only to be denied. In that same press conference, Hosszu stated that, “After multiple sit downs, explanations and official requests I was unfortunately denied these resources.”
Even though Hosszu raced her way to a successful 2015 World Championships in the form of two golds and a bronze, she says she has been “tagged as bringing no results” since she has yet to bring home an Olympic medal. Her highest finish was 4th place at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
In an update to this ongoing contentious relationship, reports out of Hungary today state that Hosszu tore up a contract with the swimming federation, one valued at approximately HUF 12 million (~$41,000), for promoting the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest. As she professed in December, Hosszu claims she does not need the money and would rather see the funds directed towards Hungarian swimmers in establishing what she deems “appropriate conditions.”
Further, although Hosszu expressed to reporters today that she still wishes to compete as a Hungarian, if she cannot agree with the federation, she says she may consider training independently. Exactly what she meant by ‘training independently’ isn’t exactly known. Hungarian Swimming Federation President, Tamás Gyárfás, commented that it is “unclear what private preparations would mean”, but stressed that the federation is indeed “committed to agreeing with the swimmer.”
SwimSwam has reached out to Hosszu and Tusup for further comment and will update accordingly.