Shane Tusup Is No Longer the Coach of Ilaria Cusinato

Shane Tusup is no longer the coach of Ilaria Cusinato, interrupting project “Olympic Dark Horse” almost 9 months out of the start of the Tokyo Olympics.

After only 3 months of collaboration their work together is already interrupted. The reasons behind this decision seems to be related to the human side of their relation more than the sporting one.

Rumors have been swirling, but Tusup confirmed the news on YouTube on Saturday.

“Unfortunately we had to ask Dàvid Foldhàzi to step away from the team. It was a group decision and unfortunately there were some serious issues with him breaking team rules. We just couldn’t have him impacting the direction of the team in that manner.

“In regards to Ilaria Cusinato at this point the doors are still Open for her to return. However, we’ve got to the point where we needed to have her take some time to figure out what her direction is. What her main purpose is. And how devoted she is to the big picture, to the big goal. It was a group decision we’d love to have her back but if she’s going to return to the team we need to make sure and she’s fully devoted to what she wants to accomplish (that) she’s a positive influence and motivated among the team. We know exactly where the team is going, we know everyone’s goals are. There aren’t small decisions, they are difficult and we need the whole team working as a unit so everyone can be successful in this year. So, yes, that’s the current status now and we look forward bringing you more updates.”

Foldhàzi, with whom Cusinato appears to be in a relationship based on recent episodes of “Olympic Dark Horse,” also had a falling out with Tusup and was removed from the team.

Were their daily approaches incompatible?

Last summer Tusup left his newborn career as a long-drive golfer to start coaching again.  Shane Tusup, former coach and ex-husband of the 3x Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu, asked Hosszu’s 400 IM rival Cusinato  to join him on a new project headed to Tokyo 2020.

The team Tusup created was build around Cusinato and completed by 3 other Hungarian swimmers: Zsombor Bujdosò, Liliana Szilagyi and Dàvid Foldhàzi. It’s not clear at this stage if Tusup is intended to continue to coach the rest of the group, which will now consist of a group of Hungarians that had been training primarily in central Italy.

The loudest signs of trouble came when Cusinato removed all images from her time training with Tusup from her Instagram account.

The future of the “Olympic Dark Horse” channel on YouTube is up in the air, but at least seems to be over for Ilaria’s  fans. The reality show that documented her training sessions, released on the Shane’s channel, will end with the last episode or will find a new main character?

The 19-year old Ilaria Cusinato has been twice silver medalist at the 2018 Glasgow European Championships, in the 200 IM and in the 400 IM, in both cases behind Katinka Hosszu. The swimming community is now waiting to know her choices about the professional future.

Prior to Tusup, Cusinato was training with Stefano Morini, an Italian National Team coach.

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4 years ago

Coach of Ilaria…2157 new swim job you might love

4 years ago

Kinda saw something like that happen, glad there’s still time for Cusinato to come back to her senses and go after a serious coach.
Id say go back to Morini, the guy is a legend

4 years ago

Serious question – how is Tusup making money? The two remaining swimmers on his “team” can’t be paying him much, if anything at all. Is he getting alimony from Hosszu? He’s gotta be getting money from somewhere to live in Europe and pursue a pro golf career.

Hungarian speaker
Reply to  TheRoboticRichardSimmons
4 years ago

He must have achieved a good settlement with Hosszu and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if she was paying alimony, given the circumstances of their divorce and the fact that his entire career until their divorce was devoted to her advancement, so his capacity to earn would have been harmed by the divorce. In any case, he only took a year off from work, June 2018-August 2019. He was previously being paid by the Hungarian federation as Hosszu’s coach. Many Hungarian articles out there about him being eligible to a 1million HUF monthly salary as national team coach for Szilagyi, if they meet certain criteria, like training in Hungary rather than abroad, etc etc. That was his official pay… Read more »

4 years ago

some f’s

Reply to  anonymoose
4 years ago

a moderate-to-large amount of F’s

4 years ago

When you skip the article and head straight to Yozhik’s comments🎣 🍿

Ol' Longhorn
4 years ago

Hopefully, he shows video of the “team meeting” making their “team decision” next episode. Could fit the team in an elevator.

tea rex
4 years ago

The sky is the limit when you can keep failing upward

4 years ago

I think this whole situation is ilariaus.

Reply to  Paella747
4 years ago

It would be if the hope of two professionals at a crucial point of their careers didn’t get ruined.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Yozhik
4 years ago

When a “coach” (Tusup) knows nothing about coaching proper form in Olympic lifts, and is pressing his novice Darkhorse to lift with improper form through pain, her career was going to be ruined by him. She’s lucky to get out while she can still walk.

Reply to  Paella747
4 years ago

That was a good one. I gave you a +

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Cresce a Padova e dintorni dove inizialmente porta avanti le sue due passioni, la danza classica e il nuoto, preferendo poi quest’ultimo. Azzurrina dal 2007 al 2010 rappresenta l’Italia con la nazionale giovanile in diverse manifestazioni internazionali fino allo stop forzato per due delicati interventi chirurgici. 2014 Nel 2014 fa il suo esordio …

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