Video Interview: Hosszu Considered 2012 Retirement, Now Plans to Swim In Tokyo

World record-holder Katinka Hosszu says disappointment at the 2012 London Olympics had her set on retirement, but now plans to swim through the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

That revelation was part of an interview Hosszu did with Brazil’s Best Swimming shortly after arriving at the 2016 Olympic venue last week.

You can watch the full interview above. Hosszu says that after a fourth-place finish in London, she “had a couple of weeks, almost months, that [she] was thinking about quitting the sport.”

Later in the interview, she says it was her coach Shane Tusup who encouraged her to continue in the sport. The two are now married, and will take on their first Olympics as a married couple, another topic Hosszu addresses in the interview.

“He actually told me in London already that this 4th-place might be the best thing to ever happen to you,” she says. “At the time I thought he was crazy. But after 4 years, it’s hard to say, but he was right.” Hosszu credits her London disappointment with helping build her toughness and fire for the next four years of competition and training which has netted her a sizable stack of medals and a large pool of prize money.

She also says Rio will not be her last attempt at an Olympic medal. Asked if 2016 is finally the time she breaks through for her first piece of Olympic hardware, Hosszu laughs and says “If not now, then in Tokyo, right?”

She goes on to explain her desire to swim in the next Olympics:

“I would like to, yes. That’s my goal, to be in Tokyo,” she says. “I will be continuing practicing and racing just as well as I was the past four years.”

Hosszu talks about the absence of 2015 World Champs runner-up Kanako Watanabe in the 200 IM, plus her respect for Watanabe’s Japanese countryman Kosuke Hagino, who will swim an event lineup in Rio nearly as crowded as Hosszu’s.

Hosszu also comments on Katie Ledecky‘s dominance and Michael Phelps’ last hurrah, along with her thoughts on the Olympic start times, the zika virus and her love of watching fast swimming. Of note: Hosszu says she doesn’t get to watch much live swimming in between her busy event schedules, but rewatched every race from Kazan after the meet because she loves watching swimming.

She also confirms that she will swim a leg of the Hungarian 4×200 free relay despite not swimming the 200 free individually. That means she’ll be able to swim 6 events in total, 5 individuals and the 1 relay.

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Attila the Hunt
7 years ago

Another great swimmer from USC/Trojan Swim Club that defies beliefs.

Reply to  Attila the Hunt
7 years ago

Love Dave Salo and his approach to training.

KH on the other hand … I wonder if the testing at Rio will put her off her game?

Reply to  Bob
7 years ago

Testing at Rio won’t be any different than the 100s of tests she’s had the past few years.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Murica
7 years ago

There will be some differences.
For example, if she wins medals, her urine sample will be stored and retested few years down the road when testing technology will be more advanced.

Reply to  Attila the Hunt
7 years ago

why does she not swim for Coach Terri at Cal?

Reply to  Dawgpaddle
7 years ago

It might be best not to mention Terri… Let’s just say she has some haters here on SwimSwam.

Becky D
7 years ago

Does anyone else hear a power saw at 11:50? Is the venue ready to go?

7 years ago

What a terrific press conference with great questions and honest, direct answers! Thanks for posting this video! 🙂

Reply to  Danjohnrob
7 years ago

Yes, I couldn’t agree more. What a lovely lady. Honest, humble and very intelligent – to master English so well when Hungarian is so different is not a mean feat. She is the swimmer more than any other I want to get gold!

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