World Cup Swing, Travel Part of Todd Schmitz’s Plan For Best From Missy Franklin

Photo: Missy Franklin by Patrick B. Kraemer

As anticipated, Missy Franklin will work with her longtime coach Todd Schmitz on the road to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, with Schmitz putting in place a game plan that he hopes will prove beneficial at the most important time.

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As anticipated, Missy Franklin will work with her longtime coach Todd Schmitz on the road to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, with Schmitz putting in place a game plan that he hopes will prove beneficial at the most important time.

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Ger

More racing should help build confidence in regard to any lingering doubts she may have about her back. I wonder if she will do the meet in Minneapolis next month.

commonwombat

Cudos to both Schmitz and Franklin for being willing to step outside the comfort zone and take on this kind of challenge ….. and accept the “lumps” that may come from competing “off peak”. Clearly they have the funding that is allowing them to do so.

She has some major challenges ahead of her, both in the competition she faces AND fitness/technical issues. However anyone writing her off has to be seen as foolhardy unless we get clear evidence over the next 9 months that “the wheels have fallen off”. In both 200s at least, she still has to be seen as a likely major factor.

Yozhik

Ger, it is either I don’t understand the meaning of word ‘lingering’ or you just ‘repeating someone else’s opinion without verifying them with facts. Franklin was in perfect health before college winning six gold medals and showing third ever time in 200 fs at WC two years ago. She was the best college swimmer this year. She consistently improved 200 yards freestyle records each year being in college. As her coach said just prior the Championships in Kazan she had no health issue and regaining the confidence is the only problem. Yes she had some painful problem at PP meet, that looked to me like a cramp since she was able to race at this meet after that with pritty decent times. So, Ger if you know more about this problem please make it public or provide references. It can be a lingering fear of pain commuting back that blocks her performance. In such case I would call it a mental issue, but a back one. Mentioning health issues as an excuse without providing supporting information only harms summer’s reputation. She doesn’t need it.

Yozhik

I saw another swimmer at same meet who was experiencing excruciating pain and overcame it. It was Ledecky at her 15:28 race. By doing similar things Franklin didn’t quit and was even ominated for this effort for golden goggles award. This is how I think Franlin’s back problem has to be mentioned. Unless of course some permanent damage was done to her soft tissue or nerve system was irreversibly affected.

Yozhik

There were many grammar errors and typos in my previous postings. Sorry for that. It is hard to be accurate with typing in the car by waiting for green light.

Ger

Yozhik, all I said was that if she still has concerns regarding her back, then more racing will help build confidence. How you misunderstand that, I don’t know. I posted an article recently with Todd Schmitz. If you didn’t read it, here it is: http://olympics.nbcsports.com/2015/08/11/missy-franklin-swimming-world-championships-olympics-todd-schmitz-coach/

Yozhik

Thank you Ger for the reference. The short recap of this article regarding Franklin’s back problem is the following: She doesn’t have back problem (injure), but the coach doesn’t want a REOCCURENCE of it (back spasm) and there is some possibility exists that Franklin maybe predisposed to it. That’s it. Below you will find the excerptions from this article that support my recap.
“We really wanted, obviously, to have a better performance than last summer and not have a reoccurrence of her back injury.”
“We’re just trying to get her stronger so that the muscles around her back are more developed so that it’s a little more protected, so she doesn’t injure it”
“The reality is that she’ll probably have to do some kind of maintenance like that for the rest of her swimming career.”
“To be honest with you, she never mentioned [her back] once during the eight days of Worlds.”

Since nothing was said that there were some reoccurrences since PP then I’m inclining to believe that the problem was caused by improper preparation for the LCM 2014 season and its treatment should be more psychological than physical.
The spasm prevention of any group of muscles is a daily routine concern of any professional swimmers and their coaches.

commonwombat

Schmitz’ NBC piece is interesting. There’s a bit of “sales talk” but that’s par for the course with any coach interview.

An overlooked aspect of Seebohm’s improved consistency/level of performance over the past 12-18months has been the amount of core stability work she has done and continues to do. Her “rise” has not been purely due to mental issues.

It still quite clear that 200 is Franklin’s optimal distance over either of her strokes. As commented elsewhere, his point re her height disadvantaging her over the start is not completely valid as Seebohm is an excellent starter and the height differential is little more than 1 inch.

The “sales talk” is noticeable with his comments regarding the 200back. This has been the one event where she had marked “ownership” but it’s not clear whether Seebohm is yet the “finished product” over this distance/has her ideal “pacing” figured out. This could be a very interesting race in Rio.

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