Dave Salo: Efimova Is Not Training With Trojan Swim Club

USC and Trojan Swim Club head coach Dave Salo says Russian breaststroker Yulia Efimova is not training with Trojan Swim Club, contrary to what has been reported by other media outlets.

Efimova is a former world champion and world record-holder in the breaststroke events for her native nation of Russia. She failed a doping test earlier this year, with trace amounts of newly-banned blood flow drug meldonium found in her system. Given that it was her second positive doping test, she faced a lifetime ban from the sport.

The swimmer maintained her innocence in the matter, and her former coach, Irina Vyatchanina, spoke publicly on her behalf, saying Efimova tested positive for only a small enough trace of meldonium that it could have remained in her system since last year, when the substance was still legal.

FINA officially lifted her ban this week, though the case will still go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport for a final verdict.

Several other swimming news outlets reported that Efimova had returned to the United States to continue her training for the Olympic Games, per comments from her agent. But Salo, who used to coach Efimova at the Trojan Swim Club, told SwimSwam this week that the Russian swimmer was not currently training with Trojan.

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6 years ago

lol, this is still bs, i saw her at la invite representing trojan

Gregor Van Hoegen
6 years ago

Where is Tonya Harding when you need her?

6 years ago

Free Efymova!

Now we can make her swims swimswam’s blueseventy swim of the week again! She’s very pretty.

Reply to  FRswimmer
6 years ago

she shouldnt even be allowed to swim….

Reply to  FRswimmer
6 years ago

And perhaps FINA can invent a new award for Vladimir Putin that is even more prestigious than the FINA Order, which he has already received…sort of like making him a six-star general of FINA.

6 years ago

Yulia obviously sends men into meltdown.& they see her everywhere
In your dreams ..

Reply to  Gina
6 years ago


6 years ago

Read the opening para Bobo

ice age swimmer
6 years ago

I just hope somebody beats her come Rio. Two violations is bad news.

bobo gigi
6 years ago

Who lies in that story? Efimova’s agent? Dave Salo?
Anyway I’d prefer hear simply and clearly from Mr Salo that he will never train her again and overall will refuse to train former doped swimmers in the future.

bobo gigi
Reply to  Jared Anderson
6 years ago

Thanks Jared about the clarification.
If what I’ve read on another swimming news website is false, then they should be careful in the future before making headlines with unverified information. I remark that swimswam is much more cautious.
Anyway even if Mr Salo tells the truth, he must be much clearer about the doping topic and simply break off all ties with swimmers who have a sulphurous reputation. It’s not very good for the image of American swimming if one of its most famous coaches is not 100% clean himself.

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Elfimova is innocent. Bobo, she was guilty the first time and she did her punishment. Second time is a joke and the worst lawyer in the world could win this case.

Silly Goose
Reply to  Anonymous
6 years ago

Anonymous, put the Koolaid down and open your eyes. Anyone taking Meldonium is a doper.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Anonymous
6 years ago

Yep, she’ll be in Rio. The case against her is too flimsy. Right or wrong, like it or not, that’s how it will go down.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

Do we really know that Dave Salo is not lying?
And how do we know that Efimova’s agent is lying?
So much assumptions either way.

Omission isn\'t lying
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
6 years ago

We need more specificity here. Maybe she’s not training with Trojan swim club but is she training with Dave salo? In other words, is he personally training her?

Reply to  bobo gigi
6 years ago

That’s DR. SALO to you.

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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