Training a Young Distance Star, Part 2 with Yuri Suguiyama

  11 Garrett McCaffrey | May 31st, 2012 | Featured, Training

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  1. coacherik says:
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    Love the honesty, coach. Thank you.

  2. Casey says:
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    Great Series of interviews Yuri!

  3. bobo gigi says:
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    Great interview. Congrats to Yuri Suguiyama and to her best swimmer Katie Ledecky. She’s able to win the 400 free, the 800 free and the 1500 free next year at the world championships. Hannah Stockbauer from Germany has won these 3 races in 2003 in Barcelona. And next year the world championships are in…Barcelona. This young talent can do it.

  4. Rocket Ship says:
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    John Leonard wrote a great article about favorites that says pretty much the same thing. “my favorites are the kids that show up and work the hardest.” Parents, pay attention.

  5. baxter says:
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    Rocket Ship is right, JL did do a piece on “favorites” and I think it may have been in an article where he also spoke about the kids who work hard and giving them more attention than the kids that don’t push as hard…good article.

    But it is very refreshing to get this perspective from a younger coach that is coaching now, coaching at a very high achieving club (where I am sure it is more difficult to have a “favorite” because many probably could fit that mould) – these days vs. it seems as though more parents/kids have a skewed perception of reality and hyper sensitivity towards self actualization OR less of an understanding or tolerance of the perception of the coach and the reality of what it takes to attain goals – no matter what they may be. Getting kids and parents to eliminate variables, physical, mental, or what have you, is the hardest thing us coaches face on a daily basis. And I enjoyed this interview so much because Yuri DID NOT EXCLUDE ANYONE and their persuit to achieve a goal – whatever the goal might be. The simple fact is, you have to put the work in, and it is all relative. It is our job as coaches to hold kids to their goals, while making them responsible and accountable to said goals that they set!

    Thanks so much for this interview, it was extremely refreshing. It is good to see Garrett back out there again doing intelligent, insightful, and educational things!

  6. Lucas says:
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    Man, nobody can interview like McCaffrey! As always, great questions yield great answers. Not that Coach Yuri didn’t also have his share on making this great (he DID) but I can’t remember seeing one bad interview with Garrett, which leads me to my point: I hope we have many, many more of this coming!!!

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    Intelligent and thought provoking questions by Garrett… Honest and informative answers by Coach Yuri!!

  8. Gail Windsor (MRS. WINDSOR) says:
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    Congratulations Yuri !!! I always said I would see you in the Olympics……….that was when you were attending Myersville Elementary.

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About Garrett McCaffrey

No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming.After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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