Hungarian star swimmer Katinka Hosszu has begun work on a book titled “Hungary’s Iron Lady,” referring to the nickname that she’s earned for her incredible event entry schedules.
Specifically, the book will be a self-published motivational work that is based on the period between the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2013 World Championships. At those 2012 Olympic Games, she had a very good meet, making two finals and finishing as high as 4th in the 400 IM. Hosszu is working on the project with David Szanto, who has “assisted her in cleaning up her ideas and smoothing everything out,” according to her husband/coach/manager Shane Tusup.
“I think it comes as no shock for me to tell you, that since the London Olympics in 2012, I have gone through a great deal of changes as a swimmer, athlete and as a person as well,” Hosszu said of the purpose of the book. “I feel that it is my responsibility as a professional athlete and potential role model to try and give the benfits of my experiences and knowledge to the future generation of our sport and to my country.
“My main goal of this book is hopefully to change the mindset of at least one person for the better.”
After the 2012 Olympic Games, as alluded to, Hosszu went from star to superstar. She dominated the 2013 FINA World Cup Circuit like we haven’t seen anyone dominate it before, and start putting up event schedules that at the time seemed borderline-insane, but now have become the norm for her. She won three medals at the 2013 World Championships, including gold in the 200 and 400 IM, as well.
The mystery of what Hosszu has done to get to the point she’s at now, and specifically what she did between the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2013 World Championships, is one of the two biggest paradigm-shifting* questions in swimming right now, and this book will help illuminate that process and show if, in fact, it is repeatable in a larger portion of the swimming population.
*Editor’s Note: The other question is how far can USRPT take Michael Andrew.
The book will be released in both Hungarian and English editions, with the Hungarian version set to be released at BioTechUSA stores in her home country on November 15th. The English edition will be coming in spring of 2015.