Shane Tusup In Hungarian Spotlight After Yelling “I’ll Kill You” At Coach Darren Ward

Katinka Hosszu honing for flexible performance as her coach Shane Tusup surveys his stage at European titles in 2016 - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Shane Tusup, the American coach of Hungarian Katinka Hosszu and whose poolside antics have been a part of his wife and charge’s passage to the podium in the pool since 2013, has hit the headlines and TV screens in Hungary this week after he is alleged to have shouted at coach Darren Ward “If you…

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Barnabas Mandi

Indeed Craig, all the gutter-press wrote about it in Hungary. On the other hand this Darren Ward is Scottish.

Craig Lord

Barnabas, if all the references I see in the Hungarian media, TV and print, are gutter press, then Hungary has a very serious problem indeed 🙂 This would not be the first time this coach has drawn attention to himself – and it is that which draws the eye, of course.

completelyconquered2

And who is surprised by this? Absolutely no one. I really hope that Katinka is not suffering because of this relationship with Tusup.

Barnabas Mandi

We know that Shane isn’t an angel. The first articles were written about this in not the most authentic part of Hungarian media and the others refered to them. Perhaps there’s something truth in the story but nobody knows really what happened. You’re right there’re problems with the Hungarian media, because most of them are politically and/or economically influenced. But where’s not 🙂

Attila Riez

Put this in the real way. The Hungarian media is a hatred generator. That it is. Period. When it comes to swimming, you can add a frustrating lack of knowledge and information that is by far over compensated with pure jealousy and ignorance.
Everybody has the right to like the maniac couple and Shane’s perfectionism or not (personally I like the guy’s passion and talent), but what the media presents and creates around them is a shame on us.
BTW never understood Darren’s role in such a high calibre club.

Craig Lord

Attila, all of which may or may not be true and valid, as is the need to watch such behaviour and keep it in check – no question 🙂

Attila Riez

Craig, what I mean by shame is that I simply cannot read swimming news in Hungarian in the year of the Budapest Aquatics, only articles about Hosszu’s wealth, selfishness and the antisocial behaviour of “that American”. I don’t expect professional analyses like your articles, just something positive while we are looking forward to the possible greatest worlds ever, let’s say how exciting it would be to celebrate three ladies grabbing four individual golds each.

Barnabas Mandi

Attila, you’re right. It’s a shame. Positive news? There’s nearly no accurate one. Today you can read that Katinka won 3 Golds in Amiens, but she won four and they “forgot” the Bronze of David, too. I would be glad if the news would be correct.

Craig Lord

Attila, I take your point but it is also fair to say that the money, the behaviour, the profile and progress – none of it is possible to ignore if you want to tell the whole story. Balance is needed, of course, but I’m not in favour of simply waving flags every time there’s a medal if there are indeed other factors that come with the story. Obviously, I can’t comment on the quality of Hungarian coverage, my language skills falling shy of it making sense to do so 🙂

Craig Lord

Barnabas, sure, but I think fair to say that ‘winning 3 or 4 golds in Amiens’ is not a story at all for mainstream media. This is a training moment and there’s no opposition there that would make such moments meaningful, if we’re all telling the truth about such things. I think getting such minor things not quite right is a symptom of where swimming fits: the reporter or sub in question will have been told ‘keep an eye on that’ … and they will have done so on a day when they had other priorities and couldn’t really care less whether KH finished first in minor moments without any serious opposition in the pool at a time of training and earning more money on tour. Just as it is with the swimmer, such moments for the reporter are also often about going through the motions and doing the basics, no more.

Attila Riez

Craig, Barnabas, I guess you have just put together the point. What the local media has developed is a massively polarized audience. The vast majority “waves flags” for every single medal. Sorry to say, but they are simply not able to distinguish world events from any other international meets, which is in deed the media’s responsibility, and once again a shame in a country with such a water sports history. And there we have the haters’ club that is craving all kind of pieces of negative information they can pick up on. Sadly, less than a handful can see “the whole story” in the context of swimming.

Barnabas Mandi

Craig, I know at all points the place of theese “Amiens-type” races , as I also noticed that yesterday you added the results of the two 400IMs to your Friday’s article 🙂

Barnabas Mandi

Attila, the audience you mentioned is at least interested in something, not only himself. I think a population of this size, like Hungary has to be happy for every single “medal”, obviously the bigger the better. IMO the haters are simply yellow. Professionally, financially, or only because Katinka and Shane managed to achive something and they not. They don’t mind what’s in the background only the surface is important for them.

Attila Riez

I have just found something that would be worth to get a few lines in the local media, it’s Ajna Kesely’s new fb cover photo taken at that very same nationals:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=939211202849126&set=a.280761478694105.43455.100002807640270&type=3&theater

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