The Quest To Get Spain To Reign In World-Class Waters, Fred Vergnoux At The Helm

Spain's Mireia Belmonte is in a transition year between successes gone and those she plans to create on the road to Rio 2016 [photo: Patrick Kraemer]

Coach Fred Vergnoux talks to SwimVortex about the challenges of helping Spain to reign in the pool and the work underway to take the examples of the likes of aquatic matador(a) Mireia Belmonte and Melani Costa and have their toil and achievement ripple and roll out to the regions; Belmonte, meanwhile, is in a ‘transition’ year on the way to setting her Rio 2016 goals

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Coach Fred Vergnoux talks to SwimVortex about the challenges of helping Spain to reign in the pool and the work underway to take the examples of the likes of aquatic matador(a) Mireia Belmonte and Melani Costa and have their toil and achievement ripple and roll out to the regions; Belmonte, meanwhile, is in a ‘transition’ year on the way to setting her Rio 2016 goals

Comments

Andy Sinclair

Excellent summation. It is so interesting to hear about all the different approaches right now–such an exciting time as everyone reaches for that extra bit.
I find the new “softness” as it relates to distance swimming in particular is a tricky notion. No, we do not want to be lazy but neither do we want to be rote, desperate and mechanical as we swim. I think (as you alluded to in the article) the key is finding those elements of vitality, even joy through the most intense and difficult efforts–not dreading or backing away from that experience but finding it and embracing it and being calm in that state. Easier said than done I guess.

Craig Lord

Yes, quite so Andy

Not necessarily so.

Seeing there is no hope of getting a decent job in Spain they might as well all take up swimming. Spain should be get up swim eat siesta swim eat sleep .

I am thinking of taking up this lifestyle myself. Thanks Fred.

Edu

Not necessarily so… Keep enlightening us please.

What is preventing you from having that lifestyle?

And where are you coming from? Just to know from what perspective Spain is being so funnily judged (Lutheran, Calvinist maybe?)

Not necessarily so.

Mañana baby . Mañana .

Bill Bellb

The question is: what race(s) does Belmonte have the best chance(s) of winning @ Berlin (’14), Kazan (’15) and then Rio?

If you say 200 fly the Chinese ain’t slowing down none and Katinka will be ready to rock and roll in that race plus both IMs @ Berlin.

Four-eight hundred? Mebbe @ Berlin but @ Kazan and then Rio she’ll be lucky to medal w/Ledecky, Friis, the New Zealand girl et al (plus the PRC has a couple of countryfair distance women). And that Hungarian girl whose name escapes me (Bogdan Kapas?) is starting to make some waves.

IMs?

No chance in 200 and in 400 look out for U.S.’ Beisel/DiRado not to mention the “American” Hosszu and the defending Olympic champ.

So, Fred…where’s that leave her?

Unfortunately left off the podium I’d say.

Hang up your goggles, Mireia and take up knitting.

Much less stressful and mucho mas relaxing.

Leave the heavy lifting to Mme. Urzainqui who saw the light of day, got religion and is now Cal Berserkeley where she’ll win a fistful of NCAA team titles, likely an individual NCAA crown or two of her own and all the while training with the GREATEST woman swimmer in history.

No names need be mentioned of course but she’s currently the ONLY individual London gold-medalist/world record-setter @ an American university if that gives you a hint.

Craig Lord

Bill, knitting could be dangerous, too – she might poke you in the eye with her needle 🙂

Bill Bell

Aw she wouldn’t do that to ME!

I love her.

I think she’s mi dream princesa Espanola!

I think she walks on water and could beat David AND Martin Zubero in the IMs any dia de la semana y dos veces en el Domingo.

I just don’t want 2 c a big girl cry is all!

And I forgot to mention that Katie Hoff is back in training now and by Rio should be a double world champion (IMs @ Kazan) plus wr-holder in those races too. (Ah the unbridled confidence — arrogance? — of us Yanks.)

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