American artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez she is doing well after passing out at the end of her final free solo routine at the world championships in Budapest on Wednesday.
Two people dived to help her get out of the pool, including the US head coach Andrea Fuentes, a retired Spanish Olympic artistic swimmer. Fuentes saved Alvarez from the bottom of the pool.
“I remember thinking it was a truly outstanding performance, like my best by far,” Alvarez, two-time Olympian, told NBC News. “In the end, I remember the last arm I did. It’s such a simple arm, small, but I gave it all to the end, and I did, and then I remember going down and being kind of like, uh-oh, I don’t feel too good. And that’s literally the last thing I remember, actually. “
Fuentes said doctors believed Alvarez’s all vital signs were normal, according to a U.S. swimming art statement.
“It was quite a scare, I had to dive because the lifeguards didn’t do it,” said Fuentes, according to Brand. “I was afraid because I saw that he wasn’t breathing, but now he feels great, he’s at his best.”
Last June, Alvarez briefly lost consciousness at the end of a routine at an Olympic qualifying event, leading Fuentes to jump into the pool, fully clothed, to help.
“Sometimes we forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports,” Fuentes said in the statement. “Marathon, cycling, cross country… we have all seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them get there. Our sport is no different from others, only in the pool, we push the limits and sometimes we find them. Anita is feeling well now and the doctors say she is fine too ”.
Alvarez’s mom said after the 2021 Olympic qualifying event that it had happened in Alvarez earlier outside of competition, according to a CBS affiliate in Buffalo near Alvarez’s hometown.
Alvarez and Lindi Schroeder he finished 13th in the duet in Tokyo, four years after Alvarez e Mariya Koroleva got ninth. Solo artistic swimming is not on the Olympic program.
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Olympic swimmer Anita Alvarez was saved by her coach Andrea Fuentes after she passed out during the aquatics world championships.
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