I’ve been in Switzerland for a week now. It’s been great to be home and surrounded by family and friends. I’m currently in a recovering and fine-tuning stage in my training, so I’ve had more time to myself and enjoy myself outside of the pool. Last week I was a guest on SF Sportpanorama. It’s always been a dream of mine to be on the most recognized sport show in Switzerland. Beni Thurnherr, the moderator, is a Swiss icon in the TV and entertainment industry. Click here for a link to the show (it's in Swiss German).
Following the TV show I made my up to Bern to pick up my Swiss Olympic gear. We got some really cool things. I can’t wait to show off my stuff at the Olympics. Please check back with Twitter/Facebook for photos.
I’ve spent the last couple of days in the Ticino with the Swiss Olympic Swimming Team. It’s been great catching up and laughing together. The Olympic the movement is fantastic but I think what is equally as nice, is the friendships that you build throughout a career. You're friends with people that have the same passion and drive as you. You will forever have a bond with everyone that you meet throughout your career. I’ve been fortunate enough to have some of my training partners from Los Angeles with me here. We’ve been training together and been laughing a lot.
On Monday I’m off to London. The big dance is only just around the corner. Check back in a few days for my race schedule. Cheers for now
Wow... Has it really been 4 months since my last entry? Oops. Time has flown by so quickly. A lot has happened that I can barely update everybody on everything. I am currently sitting at Los Angeles International Airport waiting for my direct flight to Zurich with Swiss. I always thoroughly enjoy my flights with Swiss because I feel like I’m almost home once I set foot on the plane. The friendly Swiss-German speaking staff always put a smile on my face. Simply hearing Swiss-German makes me feel at home.
In 14 days today the opening ceremony for the biggest sporting event in the world will take place. I’ve trained hard and long for this event and I can’t wait to finally show the world what I’ve been training for. I have invited a few of my training partners from Los Angeles to join me in Tenero for the final tune up before the big dance. I’m extremely excited to show them around my home country and have them experience some Swiss culture.
On Sunday July 15 I will be a guest on SF Sportpanorama from 18:15-19:25. This is a huge honor for me and I’m super excited for the opportunity. I will be taking along my brother who coincidently will be celebrating his birthday that day. Hope you can tune in. I will be posting a link after the show so that you, my supporters, can watch it in case you missed it.
Thanks for checking in with my blog and sorry again for the lengthy absence. I intend to update my blog at least a few more times before the Olympics, so please be sure to check in again.
For now, Goodbye Los Angeles… Grüetzi Schwiiz :)
My trip to Switzerland ended just as quickly as it began. After spending only a week in my home country I’m already back in Los Angeles. The time flew by.
Fortunately I was able to spend a few days at home with my parents before the start of Swiss Nationals. Although technology allows us to stay in touch with Skype, email, SMS, etc. there is nothing better than catching up face to face over a glass of wine at the dinner table.
Along came Swiss Champions (Oerlikon) that served as an Olympic qualification competition. I only rested for the meet for about a week so I wasn’t competing fully prepared. Due to my results at World Championships last summer, I only had to swim the FINA B-cut (1:51.5) in the 200m Freestyle to officially qualify for the London Olympic Games. Here is the breakdown of my races:
100m Freestyle: 49.61
Gold – This was possibly the most exciting race of the championship. Flori Lang, my club teammate and best friend on the Swiss National Team, was chasing the Swiss Olympic qualifying standard. I knew he would be out fast and that I lacked speed the first 50 meters. Knowing this, I tried staying with him the first lap of the race before blasting off the wall and starting to make up ground rapidly. By 75 meters we were neck and neck. By 85 meters I was slightly ahead. At 95 meters it was neck and neck again. At the end a mere 1/100 of a second separated 1st and 2nd place. 49.61 to 49.62. Both Flori and I were under the Swiss Olympic cut of 49.63.
200m Freesyle: 1:48.8
Gold – I stamped my ticket to London in prelims already with a 1:49.4. I wanted to get the FINA B-cut out of the way in the morning so I could go full speed in the final and not have the extra pressure. Unfortunately I didn’t swim up to expectations. I wanted to be about a second faster. I knew that my rival David Karasek was in good shape and hungry to hunt me down in my pet event. He had swum some amazing times at his university conference swim meet a few weeks earlier and that he was fully rested. What was supposed to be a peddle to the metal race ended up being a strategic race.
400m Freestyle: 3:51.0
Gold – I have become more comfortable swimming the 400m Free because of my training group here in Los Angeles. Being surround by the Olympic Gold medalists and World Record holders pushes me to my limit every day. I knew going into the 400m Free that I will have a strong back end due training. This was the first race of the championship and was a great beginning of racing.
100m Butterfly: 53.81
Gold – If you ask my teammates about how much I butterfly I swim in practice you will definitely hear them say: almost never. I started swimming this race a few years ago because I wanted to get away from competing in only Freestyle events. Going into this event at this competition I knew it was going to be difficult coming out on top. Nico Van Duijn, a young up and comer butterfly specialist, has been nipping at my heels for the passed 2 years. He swam an incredible 53.7 in prelims so I knew I’d have some work cut out for me. I managed to surprise myself with this win. I have the utmost respect for Nico and although I know that he may be disappointed that he swam slower in Finals and didn’t pull out the win, he has a bright future in front of him. I know it’s only a matter of time before he takes down my Swiss Record (excuse the pun;)
I came home with 4 national championships. This now takes my Swiss National Championship tally to 29 individual titles. I can’t believe it’s already been that many. It’s been a wonderful journey and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me.CAN'T WAIT FOR MY THIRD OLYMPIC GAMES!!!!
The time has finally come. Less than 48 hours until the start of the 2012 Swiss Olympic Trials. I'll be swimming the 100 Fr, 200 Fr, 400 Fr and 100 Fl. Click HERE for the results page. On the left hand side you'll find the "Live Resultate" tab. Click on that.
Here's your friendly German translator:
Freistil - Freestyle
Brust - Breaststroke
Rücken - Backstroke
Delphin - Butterfly
4-Lagen - Individual Medley
Staffel - Relay
Thanks again for stopping by my site. I'll fill you all in how it goes a little later. Thanks for your support!