Sarah Sjostrom Returns to Gloria Sports Arena – For a Training Camp

Sarah Sjostrom is headed back to the Gloria Sports Arena – but no, the ‘gang’ isn’t getting back together, at least not at its old stomping grounds.

The Swedish swimming superstar was one of the headlining acts of the Energy Standard training group that preceded the International Swimming League team and was based out of the Gloria Sports Arena in Antalya, Turkey.

She lived and trained at the hybrid resort/training facility on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea for several years in a training group led by James Gibson and Tom Rushton and funded by the ISL’s founder Konstantin Grigorishin. That group was, at its peak, one of the top professional training groups in the world.

The team broke up amid the challenges of the onrushing COVID-19 pandemic, and has so far not shown any indications of reforming – at least not to its prior state in Gloria.

Some portions of the group continue to train under Rushton on a sort of worldwide tour, with athletes traveling to train at various camp locations and compete at big international competitions.

Rushton is currently in Dubai training a group that includes 2012 Olympic gold medalist and giant-slayer Chad Le Clos (South Africa), World Record holder and Olympic double silver medalist Siobhan Haughey (Hong Kong), Olympic semifinalist Kregor Zirk (Estonia), Olympian and Czech record-breaker Simona Kubova (Czech Republic), and Danish swimmers Mathias Rysgaard (49.30 in the 100 free) and Kevin Witt Christensen (49.70 in the 100 free).

Sjostrom, meanwhile, is going to Gloria for a one week training camp with Swedish team before the group heads to the Mediterranean Mare Nostrum series that begins in Canet, France on May 22.

The two groups will eventually collide there: Rushton plans to take most of his group to the Mare Nostrum Series as well (minus the two danes). Those meets have long been among the more-anticipated in-season international meets, and with the unique timing and circumstances of this year’s World Championships, huge fields are expected.

Sjostrom was the 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the 100 fly, also winning a silver in the 200 free and bronze in the 100 free at those Games. In 2021, she slipped on ice and broke her elbow just a few months before the Olympics, requiring surgery. She still fought back on an accelerated timeline to win a silver medal in the 50 free.

Sjostrom is also an 8-time World Champion in long course and 6-time World Champion in short course. She currently holds 5 World Records, including relays, which ties her with American Kelsi Dahlia for the most active World Records by a woman. Her four in individual long course events are the most by any swimmer in the world of any gender, followed by American Katie Ledecky with three.

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1 month ago

Braden, Siobhan’s coach is Chen Jianhong who is the head coach of the Hong Kong’s national team.

She is in Dubai now, because there are a lot of pool closures happening currently in Hong Kong.
Tom isn’t her coach. She is just doing the so called “ training camps” abroad.

Concerning Sjöström, she is part of the swedish national center, which funds her camps and travel to competitions. ( since 2008 )

Rushton is working on his own and gets paid from each athlete that wants to be coached by him. (per weeks or months). He’s not coaching them for free.

Chi Kit Lee
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1 month ago

You have to watch the Swimsuit Guy. No one will coach for free including Hong Kong coach who gets paid by the sports institute.

Big Mac #1
1 month ago

Color me surprised that Dahlia and her have the same number of active world records

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