Luka Gabrilo Talks Popovici, Thorpe, and Training Elite Athletes Across the Globe

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Luka Gabrilo, the head coach of Zenta Pro Swimming and high-performance consultant for Philippines Swimming. Gabrilo discusses his current system where he’s training 4 athletes from across the world (Kayla Sancehz, Barbora Seemanova, Robert Glinta, Erik Persson) to achieve at the highest level. Sometimes this means coaching them in person, sometimes it means coaching them from afar. Gabrilo explains why he switched to only coaching this many athletes and how he prepares workouts and training plans for each of them.
Gabrilo, a self-admitted technique geek, also indulges us and shares what he sees about world record-holder David Popovici that makes him a cut above the rest. He also shares what he saw in Ian Thorpe when the Aussie superstar was training for his comeback with Gabrilo’s former mentor, Gennadi Touretski.

Music: Otis McDonald

Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners.

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Tracy Kosinski
1 month ago

Ben leaves and the Canadian team splits up.why did Kayla switch allegiances? Super weird. Why do all these pro team coaches sound narcissistic? Guess we’ll see whose group dominates in Paris.

There’s something weird going on – our sport has become all about image and money. I feel like swimmers nowadays don’t stick it out and simply change teams when the grass looks greener.

I don’t know – and I apologize for my rant – but I feel the true meaning of swimming has lost its way.

1 month ago

Looking forward to Practice & Pancakes from Tenerife and Austria. Mel, shell out for Coleman’s airline tix!

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Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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