Katinka Hosszu is reported to be divorcing husband Shane Tusup, her coach since the 2013 season that marked a born-again phase of the Hungarian swimmer’s career in the pool.
Speculation that the relationship has ended was rife in the Hungarian media. That a marriage now appears to be over is one thing. In swimming terms, the moment also appears to confirm that the sports partnership that helped Hosszu deliver three gold medals for Hungary at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games is also over.
Hosszu appeared at the European Short-Course Championships in December without Tusup by her side for the first time at a major event since they became partners in sport. Tusup was said to have been suffering from “migraines”.
Bikk.hu now adds to confirmation of a split in a report that says Hosszu is now looking for another coach, program and base. The article does not hint at what might happen to “Iron Aquatics”, the club founded in Hungary by Hosszu and Tusup.
Tusup has been sued by former club coach Darren Ward over alleged abusive behaviour, while another incident that made headlines in Hungary last year appears to have been the last straw, a delegation from the Hungarian swim federation having visited the American coach to tell him his behaviour – including shouting ‘fxxk you’ at a referee who happened to be Hosszu’s childhood coach, was unacceptable.
Tusup’s deckside displays of emotion have been a part of the Hosszu show for the past four years.
Now, Hosszu is starting to get back in shape after having cancelled several competitions while dealing with personal matters, according to Bikk, which produced a photo of a smiling Hosszu from a social media account in which the swimmer describes her mood and workout: “It seems to me, that was a good practice.”
SwimVortex has asked representatives of Katinka Hosszu for confirmation of the media reports and comment.