HARARE - Zimbabwe Olympic swimmer, Kirsty Coventry, believes she still has what it takes to return to the top of her game and relocating to the United States provides her with a massive opportunity.
Currently tied as the most decorated female swimmer in the history of the Olympics, Coventry, who has won seven Olympic medals and broken seven world records, announced her relocation on her official website.
“I wanted you to be the 1st (first) to know that I will be moving to the USA to train for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games,” said Coventry.
“I have decided to make the move to Charlotte, North Carolina, where I will be training with some of the best swimmers in the World... I know that I need to swim against the best in order to be my best and this has influenced my decision to make the move.
“I have spent a lot of time in the USA during my career but I haven’t been to Charlotte before and I have no idea what to expect.
“I know that to do well though, I have to get out of my comfort zone and that is where I’m headed. As anxious as I am, I would not be doing this if I was not sure about it and it helps knowing I have an awesome team waiting for me when I get there. It also makes all of the difference knowing that I have your support and encouragement with me wherever I go. Thank you to each and every one of you.”
In Charlotte, Coventry will be training under swimming coach David Marsh of SwimMac Team Elite as she hopes to make a make at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016.
“This will be my fifth Olympic Games and I need to make sure I train with the best. SwimMac Team Elite has an amazing coaching staff and a group of great swimmers. These guys are all going to be responsible for getting me to where I need to be and at the same time, I will be responsible to get them where they need to be – it’s a team effort and I’m excited to get to Charlotte and play my part,” said the 30-year-old swimmer.
“I don’t want to say that Rio 2016 will be my final Games because this adds huge pressure on me. I do like thinking about the fact that I will go from competing at the Olympics in Rio to helping create the Olympics in Tokyo.”