The 2023 World Aquatics Swimming World Cup begins next month with this year’s stops including Berlin, Germany, Athens, Greece and Budapest, Hungary.
2023 Swimming World Cup Series
- October 6-8: Berlin, Germany
- October 13-15: Athens, Greece
- October 20-22: Budapest, Hungary
For Milak, the series marks his return to the pool after having bowed of this year’s World Championships, citing a lack of form both mentally and physically.
At the time, the World Record holder and Olympic champion said, “I’m still trying to find a satisfying answer why this had to happen – still, I know myself well enough to be aware that I’m not even close to my top shape, those 100% which is required to reach the top and I’m not the one who would be consent with anything less.
Now I’ve hit rock-bottom, but I have to emphasize that this does not come with any worries from my side. I’ve accepted this, and I honestly hope that everyone else can also do that. To see that any athlete can face a period like this in his career, when you need to step back, recharge the batteries in order to be ready for the next challenges.”
Flashforward to today, however, and 23-year-old Milak says he is ready to go and has an enlightened outlook for his 2023/2024 racing season.
“I have come back, Milak said, per the Hungarian Swimming Federation Facebook post.
“I needed a break but I feel now ready to go again with the same or even more steel will than ever before.
“Again I feel the hunger to show swimming feats that I have never done before. I started training again with double ambition, I programmed myself, I know that the first few weeks and months will hurt, but I chose this path and I will go through it – to Paris, and then further.”
The Olympic champion added, “Thank you very much for everyone’s support and understanding, I will be working to make it up to everyone.”