Tusup in Dark Horse Vlog Update: ‘I Can’t Want the Olympic Gold More Than You’

Two new episodes of Shane Tusup‘s ‘Olympic Darkhorse’ series on YouTube have been uploaded since our last update. The series follows Tusup’s coaching journeys with Italian record-holder Ilaria Cusinato and Hungarian teenager Zsombor Bujdoso, especially with Cusinato’s quest for Olympic glory next year.


Episode 9 follows the trend of several videos we’ve seen before: interchanging montage scenes of the athletes working out in the gym and in the pool. This video felt tense. At around 3:45, Cusinato is attempting cleans with a barbell and ends up falling to the ground. Later on, at the end of a tough pool session, Tusup offers a get-out swim (the event is known, but it seems like it’s a 400 IM) if both swimmers can break five minutes. The swimmers seem to say they don’t think they can, or don’t want to, do the swim. Tusup exclaims that he’s been working hard and he’s tired, too, and expresses his frustrations.

“I can’t want the Olympic gold more than you… I’m tired, too,” he says.


Episode 10 is a much lighter mood, with Cusinato and Tusup on a couch doing a Q&A. Cusinato’s followers send her questions to ask Tusup, and vice versa.

One follower asks who Cusinato’s biggest rival is. “Myself,” she says.

Warning: several of the questions asked in this episode are of an explicit sexual nature. 

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3 years ago

So many bizarre comments. What’s wrong with you all? Can’t wait for her to win gold.

3 years ago

Good grief, I don’t know what I watched, but it was not a hang clean. Maybe a reverse curl with a jump?

High pull drills, front squats, triple extension all must be taught before moving in to clean work.

3 years ago

Shane…as a 30+ year old man, can you be mature enough to know not to ask your 19 year old swimmer about questions that are purely sexual in nature?

Reply to  MTK
3 years ago

How could you question the man whose name is synonymous with chivalry?

3 years ago

can’t wait for ilaria to win gold and zsombor to get an age group record. going to come right back to this article to troll you all when it happens.

3 years ago

Go Shane 😎

3 years ago

The guy has a lot of haters. So if he fails, it’s going to be massive Schadenfreude. And the likely end of his swim coaching gig.

Reply to  Marklewis
3 years ago

What if she improves noticeably? I haven’t read any opinion yet of all these haters that exclude possibility of this happening. People like LANDREW are worrying about mental health of swimmers that undergo such a treatment. But there are plenty of examples in military training when extremely hard conditions didn’t hurt cognitive abilities but vice versa helped to not overreact being under stress.
And how the tough training system implemented in some Asian countries by taking children from the family completely at very early age and pushing them to the limits is different.
Tusup hasn’t invented anything new. It is probably the only (or almost the only, cannot be certain in this matter) thing he is comfortable with… Read more »

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

I’m pretty sure the litany of “she’s gonna hurt herself” on this board qualifies as excluding the possibility that she’s going to improve.

3 years ago

Go back to the comment sections in early days of Tusup-Hosszu tandem. What will you find? The fascination about Katinka’s muscles that many men were jealous of. There was strong belief that they cannot be developed naturally. Now look at Ilaria’s arms. Are those the ones capable of 4:26?
Go ahead, Shane. Create another monster. 😀

Reply to  Yozhik
3 years ago

He didn’t create her. Salo did. Prove me wrong

Becky D
3 years ago

I’m curious about the timeline. How many days have elapsed between episodes 1 and 10? How long ago was episode 10 filmed?

I haven’t watched ep 10 yet, and I’m almost afraid to. The cringe-o-meter nearly pegged in the middle of episode 9.

Hungarian speaker
Reply to  Becky D
3 years ago

Based on the set-up, if we believe it’s authentic, episode 10 (episode X) was filmed today, a few hours after they solicited fan questions on Instagram and then they responded to them basically right away. A videographer lives with them all, so this is not beyond belief. (There are 2 episodes per week, so 5 weeks since episode 1. They’ve been consistent.)

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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