Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova wrapped up her tumultuous road to Rio by clinching two individual silver medals at the 2016 Olympic Games. Efimova took silver in the 100m and 200m breaststroke races, respectively, after being cleared to compete at the 11th hour.
Efimova continued on her international medal quest by collecting hardware at the first 3 stops of the FINA World Cup Series. In Moscow, the 24-year-old scored a treble of golds across the 50m/100m/200m breaststroke events, while also earning bronze in the 200m IM race. She registered new Russian National Records in the 100m breast and 200m IM to boot.
However, Efimova’s momentum will stop there, however, as the Grozny-born athlete says she has been diagnosed with purulent tonsillitis and doctors are ‘insisting she undergo surgery.’ As such, Efimova will miss the 2016 FINA Short Course World Championships and a subsequent head-to-head duel with American Lilly King.
According to a social media post by Efimova, her missing December’s meet in Windsor isn’t the only news the Russian revealed. She will also be forming an entirely new professional swimming team called ‘Team Efimova’ to be coached by her father, Andrey Efimov. Nikita Lobintsev, Lobintsev as two of three swimmers who were a part of the “disappearing positives” program run by Russian doping authorities that turned positive tests into negative (clean) tests.
Efimova was a longtime member of Dave Salo’s Trojan Swim Club based in Los Angeles until March of this year when it was confirmed she was no longer training with the squad.
Whether the new Team Efimova will be based in Los Angeles or Russia is to be determined.