Adele Carlsen – Update From Synchro World Cup
16 September, 2010
The British Synchro squad, powered by British Gas, are currently competing in the Synchronised Swimming World Cup in Changshu, China. In this update, high performance manager Adele Carlsen counts down until the Opening Ceremony and admits a couple of withdrawals may have opened the door for the GB team to make a big impression.
We arrived in Changshu, China on Sunday and have been putting the final touches to our preparation for the World Cup which starts later today.
After a seven hour flight from Doha and a two hour bus ride we arrived at our hotel. The hotel is great and only a ten minute walk to the pool which is so handy as we can be left to manage our own time schedule rather than relying on buses.
The coaches were a little shocked on the first day of practice when it turned out every country had only two hours of training a day! Thankfully the organisers soon realised – perhaps after several strong words from the coaches – and the training times were changed to five to six hours a day.
Synchro swimmers don't taper by cutting hours due to the sport being so technical and needing constant repetition work. They taper by doing short intensity physical work, for example doing large sections and whole swims of their routines in 30 minutes of music time, and the rest of a three hour session focusing on short technical sections after warm up.
The facilities are really good. The competition pool is 50m and deep. There is a 25m diving pit that is open for training all day when the competition pool is in use as well as a small shallow pool for warm-up laps.
Some of the top competitors unfortunately have had to pull out due to a number of reasons. Spain and France are not here at all and the Russian Duet had to pull out due to one of their athletes being ill after Europeans.
The Japanese had to pull their Soloist and the Italians are concentrating on the Team only. While it’s a shame that we can't compete against those top nations in those events, it’s a good opportunity for the GB swimmers to really get noticed.
Performance Director Biz Price (r) being interviewed by Japanese broadcasters in China.
The whole team are feeling totally prepared and looking forward to starting on Friday in the Duet event. The Solo event is on Saturday with the Team taking place on Sunday.
Everyone swims the technical and free routines once and the final rankings are decided on those two scores combined. The only event we haven't entered is the Free Combination due to the time limitations enforced on us this year through injuries.