According to her Twitter account, Zimbabwe swimmer Kirsty Coventry is moving back to the US to train with her former coach Kim Brackin, who is now the head coach for the women at the University of Texas.
Coventry first worked with Brackin when the swimmer was at Auburn and Brackin was an assistant coach. Coventry left Brackin to return home to Africa to continue her training some time after the 2009 World Championships (though Coventry took a bit of a break from the sport in 2010). This past summer, Coventry went to train in Monaco at the request of the former Charlene Wittstock, who is a former Olympian from South Africa with whom Coventry had become friends (before Wittstock became the Princess of Monaco). At the time, she stated that she intended to remain in Monaco until the Olympics.
While training with Brackin, Coventry earned all of her 7 Olympic medals (including the last two golds in the 200 back), and 8 World Championship medals.
The move is a low-risk one for Coventry, as she hasn’t had much in the way of success since leaving Brackin. This past summer, at the Shanghai World Championships, Coventry failed to even make a single final.
Coventry Tweeted that she was returning to Brackin because “I trust her 100 percent and I know she has my back!”