Jon Rudd On The Making Of Ruta Meilutyte, Her Toolbox Marked ‘Champion’ In Tow

Jon Rudd and Ruta Meilutyte - main image and right, Patrick B. Kraemer

Talking at the American Swimming Coaches Association annual gathering in Cleveland, Britain, England and Plymouth coach Jon Rudd recalled the moment when Ruta Meilutyte first explained to him in broken English and sign language what the three colours of the Lithuanian flag meant. She was 12. Green for fields, gold for sun … and to this day, the last words often said by coach to charge as she leaves for the blocks is a simple “Red is for blood”.

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Talking at the American Swimming Coaches Association annual gathering in Cleveland, Britain, England and Plymouth coach Jon Rudd recalled the moment when Ruta Meilutyte first explained to him in broken English and sign language what the three colours of the Lithuanian flag meant. She was 12. Green for fields, gold for sun … and to this day, the last words often said by coach to charge as she leaves for the blocks is a simple “Red is for blood”.

Comments

rfrize

Thanks Craig, great insight in to their world.

Ger

When her biography, or autobiography, is penned, it must surely be titled, “Red is for blood.”
A great piece. Did Rudd speak about her performance levels in Kazan? Below par for her. Maybe recent illness affected her preparation?
I had no idea that USADA did not test foreign athletes; glad that has been put right.

clive rushton

Excellent article on what appears to have been a terrific presentation. Good job Jon – see you in a couple of weeks.

Meantime USADA: according to this article they may not even [properly] test USA athletes!!

http://www.sbnation.com/longform/2015/9/9/9271811/can-boxing-trust-usada

Yozhik

Very pleasant sketch on Rūta Meilutytė’s character.
P.S.
I don’t know how such idyll pastoral looked like in Shane Gould’s case, but you can believe me that there was nothing romantic in Ruta’s ‘rustic upbringing’. If her psychological state was not damaged permanently at her childhood, then wish her to ‘westernise’ asap, to learn values of her generation, to earn enough money to get financially independent and to follow example of Rebecca Adlington.

Trevor Christian

Interesting to see yet another athlete succeeding by overcoming the adversity that life can throw at you.

Establishing the right attitude to being a 24 hour athlete can make the difference between success and failure. Overcoming life’s adversities and having an active upbringing have likely molded her mental and physical qualities to give her key attributes that transfer into the making of a successful athlete. She may well have been successful at what ever sport she took to having the foundations of attitude and athleticism. Add the swimming specific abilities from a good coach to attitude and athleticism and there you have a winning formula.

I will be interest to see how she reacts to a below par performance in Kazan. If her attitude remains steadfast I am sure she will bounce back – and some!

Progress in not linear.

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