Rachel Nicol Gives Perspective on Another Setback for Canadian Olympic Trials

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We sat down with Rachel Nicol, the 2016 Olympian for Canada who has, like every other Canadian, once again been forced to wait another month for the 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials. Nicol describes the exhaustion that has come with not only going through a pandemic while trying to train for the Olympics but also having their trials been pushed back twice now.

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Ghost
7 days ago

I can’t imagine the emotional stress these swimmers have to endure this quad! Good luck to Rachel and all the Canadian swimmers!

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Ghost
7 days ago

Plenty of talent on the women’s side:

MacNeil
Masse
Oleksiak
Overholt
Pickrem
Ruck
Wog

Beat those Aussies!

SwimFan
7 days ago

So challenging for these swimmers. Although, I do find it interesting that the HP swimmers in Ontario are having a sanctioned time trial next weekend..?

bob
Reply to  SwimFan
7 days ago

Its time for Canadian officials and politicians to have a backbone and get this done.Totally unfair to the swimmers.All round the world countries are having their trials and moving forward..The HHL is operating where players sit together, fight,travel etc..I was in Costco today and there were as many people as I have ever seen at a swim meet.I hope Canadian swim officials are doing their part to get these trials done.If Ontario can’t get a fa
nless,controlled swim meet done then take it somewhere where they can get it done.Pathetic and sad in my opinion.My heart goes out to the swimmers and coaches.Hang in there 2 or 3 months to go.Go Canada go.

SwimFan
Reply to  SwimFan
7 days ago

Saw the psych sheet.. very limited. There is a lot of talent outside of the HPC, who have all had the luxury of uninterrupted training

Pullbouy
Reply to  SwimFan
7 days ago

Agree and swimmers outside of HPC are attending. The invite criteria was stated as within 1.5% of FINA A time and training at TPASC (the majority of club swimmers this close to a Fina A time are training in some capacity at a TPASC). If this time trial goes smoothly hopefully they will broaden the criteria for another TT and get the competitions rolling!

Cindy Rowe
7 days ago

Move them out of TORONTO! The province is locked down – hold them at the other HPCs with top olympic pools. This is absolute nonsense … and so political by this point. There’s NO REASON to keep trying to hold them at TPASC – move them out of province and give these swimmers a chance to race …

Not sure if the world knows – but our top swimmers have NOT RACED in over a YEAR unless they were still swimming with ISL or NCAA… it’s nonsense by this point.

So disappointed in swim Canada and the politics …
(And yes, I’m from the Toronto area and have swimmers directly affected)

SwimFan
Reply to  Cindy Rowe
7 days ago

Completely agree! Very political.

Admin
Reply to  Cindy Rowe
7 days ago

According to the call with athletes, Swimming Canada says they can’t have it in BC or Alberta, either. I presume that’s because they’ve received the metaphorical “red light” from those provinces too.

Once you eliminate those three provinces, you’ve cut out most of the country’s fastest pools. On some level, they do have to consider that part of the goal is to actually get swimmers qualified – which means they need multiple “A” cuts.

Njones
Reply to  Braden Keith
7 days ago

Down to Winnipeg Pan Am pool it seems.

Admin
Reply to  Njones
7 days ago

I know there’s lots of theories that a pool with a slope like that is slow. But, I don’t know if that math changes if the slope is from 2 meters to 5 meters, as compared to, say, 1 meter to 2 meters.

But…at some point, someone has to make a calculation as to whether it’s better to move the target again or deal with that complication. Which gets the better team? Do you have enough swimmers on the fringe of needing “A” cuts that it matters, or do you just focus on fair competition in a relatively-fast pool to choose your team, and shift your rules about qualification cuts at THE Trials meet?

I probably would’ve opted for the… Read more »

Ghost
Reply to  Braden Keith
7 days ago

Any chance to move it to the US?

oldandretired
Reply to  Ghost
6 days ago

Own the podium has been working with Swim Canada & USA swimming to host it in Florida

Beached Whale
Reply to  oldandretired
6 days ago

where in Florida?

Swimmomof3
Reply to  Cindy Rowe
7 days ago

What about the top 20 swimmers at other HPCs? No time trials for them? What about the other top 20 swimmers Training at TPASC who swim there 6 days a week, but don’t get to time trial? Ridiculous. It will be a political, paper team selection.

Cindy
Reply to  Swimmomof3
6 days ago

Those other swimmers at the HPC aren’t invited anymore … it’s SO POLITICAL … and infuriating … ppl seem to forget that Penny won her gold medals at 16 – and the preselected ppl are using times over a year old (sometimes from over 2 yrs ago) – it’s NONSENSE.

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