Park Tae-Hwan Parts Ways with Michael Bohl; to Test SwimMAC Carolina Training

Korean swimming superstar Park Tae-Hwan has parted ways with his Australian coach Michael Bohl, with whom he has worked since 2010, and will try out American-based program SwimMAC Carolina, according to South Korea’s The Chosunilbo.

The paper reports that Park will give SwimMAC a test run, and if all goes well hopes to continue that training on a long-term basis.

Park, who is only 25-years old despite having been competing at major international meets for almost a decade, is the owner of four Olympic medals. In 2008, he won the 400 free and took silver in the 200; in 2012, he placed 2nd in both of those races.

He’s also a two-time World Champion in the 400 free, winning in 2007 and 2011.

In 2014, Park didn’t have a great finish to his long course season. At the Asian Games in his home country (and in fact raced in a pool in Incheon named after him), winning just a silver and two bronzes individually in the 100, 200, and 400 freestyles, respectively. He won all three of those events at the Asian Games in 2010.

Though he stumbled there, he did win his only race at the Pan Pac Championships: the 400 free. He swam a 3:43.15 that was five seconds faster than he swam at the Asian Games.

Among others at SwimMAC, he would train with Tyler Clary and Ryan Lochte: two of the world’s best IM’ers. In 2013, Park dabbled heavily in the IM’s, even racing them at Nationals with the intent of qualifying to swim them at the Asian Games.

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Well this should be interesting


As awesome as I think this is, I think a program like Michigan’s postgrad group would be an even better training environment for him. Still, I think this will be a much better year for Park.


Interesting. Very interesting. Wasn’t he hurt at Pan Pacs? Jammed his hand or something?


That was Sun Yang.


Woops, Sun Yang at the Asian Games.

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