Newly-Formed Team Efimova Has Eyes On Australia

Russian swimming star Yulia Efimova announced last November the creation of a new professional swimming squad called ‘Team Efimova.’  The team would initially be coached by her father, Andrey Efimov, with fellow Russian Nikita Lobinstev as a fellow team member. Three months after inception, the newly-formed squad is on the move, having arrived in Bali for a weeks-long training camp before heading to Australia.

In its trip down under, Team Efimova reportedly has two tasks on its agenda. The first is to compete at the NSW State Championships set to be held March 3rd – 5th. The second purpose of the trip is to scout out a potential Australian coaching candidate to take the reins of the outfit. According to state-run news agency TASS, Efimova, will “talk to a number of experts on the subject of cooperation.”

Swimming Australia recently announced that its Podium Centre Program will be reduced from 14 to now 9 High Performance Centers, potentially opening up a few more possibilities for Efimova. Athletes having served doping suspensions are prevented from training at the High Performance Centers, so with the reduction, 4 more potential training locations have now opened up to Team Efimova. Doping-plagued athletes are not outright barred from training within the borders of Australia, as evidenced by Chinese World Champion Ning Zetao and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Park Tae Hwan both having trained down under after having been found guilty of doping offenses in their careers.

TASS indicates that Team Efimova will not move forward until after the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. To make it to that point, the athletes will first compete at the Russian Championships in mid-April.

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Swimmer A
4 years ago

Team Efimova…… alright..

swim mom
Reply to  Swimmer A
4 years ago

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GOYULIA
4 years ago

Our Lady will be the sweetheart of Australia and mother Russia as she trains for double gold in 2020.

Prickle
Reply to  GOYULIA
4 years ago

Sure, 28 years old is the right age to strive. Has the mentioned above mother become so decrepit not being able to give birth to someone younger, fresher and what’s is more important – cleaner?

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

Sometimes there are no more to be found eg USA has not found tennis ladies / girls/ people to replace the Williams .

I might pop in & check out Yuloshka’s style . Ive already kicked a few kms for my butt , done a ballet lesson for legs just since I read she was coming .I plan on a sabbath fast to drop some kgs . i ve got 4 weeks .

Prickle
Reply to  G.I.N.A
4 years ago

Yulichka(Юличка).
What’s wrong with staying in Russia where she can do whatever she wants, can eat whatever she wants – she is protected, awarded, paid, loved. What is pushing her South: California, Australia? I think she likes English speaking environment. Her Russian is heavily polluted with American accent. Or maybe she is sport promoter and wants to dedicate her life to motivate people like you to be stronger, slimmer, faster. Mystery. Let’s know please what you achieved in 4 weeks.

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

Recently I was in NZ wandering around a graveyard getting a feel for some local history . I came across a grave for some poor goody goody soul who left nice little NZ to go ‘ help’ with some NGO in Chechnya . Dead as a doornail – for nothing .

Yuliya is living proof that there is life after an all out muslim vs state war .I am fan of all who survived .We should learn because it could easily be our future .That she is a swimmer , an excellent breastroker , extremely physically attractive is just the icing on the cake .

In th e choice of life between the dead interferer & globe trotti g swimmer… Read more »

IRO
4 years ago

I’m wagging my fingers at this!

The Grand Inquisitor
4 years ago

“Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it.” I suggest any Australian entity that’s even remotely considering associating themselves with these ne’er do wells should at least have a brief chat with Dr. Dave Salo first.

Tom from Chicago
4 years ago

Doping is not a victimless crime. FINA, WADA, the IOC, and CAS all failed to protect clean athletes. Efimova was busted for illegal doping twice.

Efimova prevented Shi Jingling of China from getting an Olympic medal.
Efimova prevented Meilutyte from a World Championship.

GOYULIA
Reply to  Tom from Chicago
4 years ago

The said swimmers lost to someone who had about 50% of her preparation because of nonsense. Ruta got swallowed up in the moment and should have focused on her race and not petty allegations against our lady.

Lane Four
Reply to  GOYULIA
4 years ago

What on earth is this “Our Lady” nonsense? Who do you think she is, The Blessed Virgin?????

GCoach
Reply to  Tom from Chicago
4 years ago

Shi did get a bronze in the 200, but yes, she pushed her out of the 100 podium…

Taa
4 years ago

I miss Yulia…every sport needs a villain and at least she is a easy on the eyes

Owq
Reply to  Taa
4 years ago

Wagging my finger

Jackson
Reply to  Taa
4 years ago

We have plenty of villains in Australian Swimming thank you very much, we don’t need any more! The S8 swim twins Elliott and Patterson lead the charge complete with the usual blessing of the IPC to go forth and cheat. We are supposed to treat them as heros – pffft!

swimdoc
4 years ago

Waiting for the @POTUS tweet in support of her.

Bigly
4 years ago

Wonder what Mack Horton would have to say about this.

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Bigly
4 years ago

He has been busy challenging his Driving through a red light charge . He contested the A sample ( b& w pics) & had to confess on the B sample ( coloured pics) .

Judge told him he had to learn more patience .

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