An interview half way to Rio
Katinka Hosszu has been a swimming superstar both on Hungarian and international stage for quite some time. She credits her ongoing achievements to her particular method of training. The essence of which – as we can glean from her interview – is to more-or-less replace the standard 8-9 hours of daily training with intensive competition throughout the year. Of course, to be able to compete in sometimes even more then ten races a day, it is essential to have the phyisical and mental stamina as well the skill to excell in each swim category. With the exception of breast stroke – in which she has improved significantly – she excels in all styles. Since the 2012 Olympics in London (where she did not win any medals), she has proven the efficiency of her special method by winning the short course worldcup series twice and becoming world champion and European champion in both the 25m and 50m pools. Having returned home from Los Angeles to Budapest before the London olympics, Katinka and her American husband-and-coach, Shane Tusup, are working hard to prepare for the Olympics in Rio in 2016. Their ultimate goal in Rio is to win gold, just as it will be in Tokyo in 2020 and the world championship in Budapest in 2021.