Olympic Dark Horse Episode 16

Olympic Dark Horse Episode 16

So the governing body of swimming
worldwide is FINA. FINA runs everything that is of value in
swimming. For an athlete you pretty much don’t have a choice but to enter into a
FINA competition. Are you ready for tomorrow? Are you ready
for the ride? I`m asking. They’re definitely learning to rely on
each other. You can see they’re becoming more of a family that Zsombor
and Ilaria to fight a lot of times and we started joking they are brother and sister
Then we realized they really are. With everything they go through
with all the workouts they suffer through and push through and kind of
pull each other along you definitely see them having this great bonding effect.
It’s really coming through when they go to competition because they know what
each other’s going through and they’re really like they’re up there rooting for
the other person. The group is amazingfor me I get well with everyone so I don’t have any problems with them. They support me and they always there for me if I need them. I couldn’t ask for better swimmates. So we tend to bounce around countries a
lot chasing competitions, chasing quality competition so getting Zsombor up
against someone who’s gonna help him learn and he’s gonna be a challenge
for him in the race. Same thing with David. Ilaria we
definitely weren’t facing as many different people that she has to learn
the way they race so I really find that racing is valuable and racing is a great
part of what they have to do so we want to get in front of a lot of fans and a
lot of audiences, show off the athletes and then get them to learn about what’s
going on and how they have to race even when they are tired. So we’ll be going
to a lot of competitions where they’re broken down and tired. They’re not going
to be fresh, they’re gonna have to just fight through it to try and win. A lot of
times we’ll use the prize money as the carrot at the end of the stick so hey today’s
workout is this so if you can pull it off you’re gonna get paid.
So find a way to get it done! Of course David helped me
very much. It would have been the same
without him so I’m very grateful for what he does. You’ve seen her change a
lot since he’s gotten here especially her approach towards practice. I would
almost say her belief in the system and understanding that’s advanced quickly in
terms of her having immense understanding of that what I want to
accomplish and how I want to do it. A lot of it stems from David’s experience with me.
He has gone through it kind of rejected it as young kid
teenager who kind of just was defiant and then walked away, realized he
really did like it because he wasn’t doing it anymore. He went back to more of
an old-school Hungarian program. When he came back embracing the program he was
really good. So in terms of buying and understanding of the process and what
you have to go through which is not easy he’s definitely helped her speed that
process up especially from Budapest to Berlin. Just talking her through
things and kind of saying like look Iknow what you’re doing. I know how it
feels I have the same experience. You know especially when I’m harder in
practice or we argue or we clash in terms of an idea she can turn to him and
he can help her understand where I’m coming from
and that she’s not wrong but how it works and how they
mix together. So it’s good. It’s a good relationship but you know
any relationship, any friendship like that or especially when you’re so close
together chasing something professionally. It definitely can
cause problems. There is always the natural risk that one’s performing very
badly in competition their emotions drag the other one down. But they’re both
professionals so hope they can be professional enough
to handle everything well. For me it’s been really tough to be
stuck up in the stands at the best. I can’t really get any access to the athletes
except for the two seconds I get to see them post race usually when
I’m like hanging over the balcony trying to yell down to them. They all started
working together as a team a lot better knowing that I had to be relying on them
to get the job done. A nice positive is that they`ve been s swimming fantastic.
Ilaria had the best time last night in the 400 freestyle, a lifetime best.
She dropped three seconds from Budapest to the prelims yesterday and then three
seconds again from prelims to the finals. Even more important was how she handled
the competition. She started to show and prove to herself that she can do exactly
what I was trying to teach her and trying to get her to. David swam an
amazing race, Zsombor swam two best times so far and phenomenal swims. He’s
swimming everything the way we want doing fantastic.
So I mean in one hand I’m very happy with the performances and I feel like
I’ve let the team down. I feel like you know in one regard a little bit of my
past is haunting them. It’s causing problems for them so being in the stands
I’m not gonna be able to help them warm up or help them prep or give them good
feedback or advice, like it just really sucks. I feel more anxiety
now sitting around knowing that ilaria is on our way to the pool
or they’re off on their way like having breakfast with Zsombor and then going
alright good luck man. Like I won`t see you for two hours until you go for
your first race. It just really sucks. I don’t have a choice
I really there’s not much more I can do. At this time I’m doing everything
probably pushing the limits of what I can do in turn from being in the stands and
then it’s pretty scary because I don’t quite see when I’m going to be able to
be on pool deck or when things will happen and…. I speak a lot with my parents. I speak with
them every day maybe twice per day. My parents works a lot because they see
I can be a really good swimmer and they want to help me and they want
the best way for me. You should be behind me! Ok!
Oh, this one is not good! Fantastic! Wouldn`t it be better if I am in the front? I don`t know. How will I hold on then? You can hold onto me. I will sweat so much by the time we get there. I am already sweating! I`ll start it now. Honestly, there’s huge differences
between the US and Europe. I think it starts naturally with the
idea that Europe has a lot more history a lot deeper history. At the core of it
the US kind of like has the freedom to kind of make their history right now.
Like it’s really young it’s only 200 years old.
A lot`s evolving, it comes in a time when society and everything that’s been
moving really quick to evolve and change and there’s not a whole lot of culture
and tradition there. They’ve taken from other traditions which means
it’s it’s a land of immigrants a lot of people have come in founded things, built
things, impress their culture from their homelands into the area and then mixed.
It’s really creating its own new culture as it goes. When you go to a lot
of the European countries or even the Asian countries. Or say you go somewhere
where there’s a lot more history and tradition and I want to say rules but
like societal aspects that they believe in, expectations. What I’ve seen
especially in terms of training and performance I’ve seen a lot of people
were like why do you guys do this for training or your program
is based like this. Why? And they can’t really give an answer, they just
say it’s always been like that. It seems like the mentality in Europe is
very quick to be going to what was been done and what’s been done and to go back
to tradition for tradition` sake. Not to challenge tradition. When the US really
makes an effort to challenge tradition because a lot of people come in there.
I love parts of my history I love things like that but I want to explore and try
different parts of other people’s culture and see what I want to take and
give back so it’s kind of more instilled in the US, like daily routine – the kind
of challenge and see what we’re doing and why we’re doing it. And what you like
and to explore and try new foods. What I’ve seen, not necessarily true but I’ve seen
more of a pessimistic point of view from the European countries. Maybe more
realistic but like on that borderline where it’s more
trying to be realistic, it might be slightly pessimistic and expecting
things not to work. Being prepared for failure being prepared it’s not
gonna work and you’re not gonna get what you want. Your idea is not going to be highly
successful. Where in the US like I’ve seen a lot more people are very easily
prone to optimism and over-the-top positivity and they’re more about blind faith
and that the idea will work or that it`s gonna be an amazing day or
amazing process or that they’re gonna be super successful. You know it’s just
differences and again it comes from the culture, comes from the background.
It’s not obviously bad or good it’s just a matter of how you… for me it’s how
I have to see the athlete and know where they come from to kind of understand how
to work with them and interact with them so that we can kind of communicate in a
much better way in order to get the job done. In order to build that relationship
that’s needed and to really put our best foot forward. Show it to the camera!

6 Replies to “Olympic Dark Horse Episode 16”

  1. Good job guys, and congrats to Ilaria for the first medal! Shane, could you speak a bit more about why none of the federations giving you the required pass, what is the bs reason? Do you think its gonna be solved by the next competition? Fingers crossed to you all!

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