Monday, May 07, 2007

Manuadou drops coach, moves to Italy! Coach is pissed, insults her integrity in public

Laure Manaudou, perhaps the greatest female distance swimmer of all time if she can beat Ziegler, is in love with an Italian swimmer named Luca Marin. So much so that she has split with her coach and moved to Italy to be with him. That's Manaudou to thge right wearing her boyfriends Italian cap during the European Short Course Meters Championships. (She is French and sponsored by TYR whereas her boyfriend is sponsored by Arena. Needless to say there was some dram when she raced with it) From Eurosport:
  • The 21-year-old, who won two golds, two silvers and a bronze at the World Championships in Melbourne last month as well as being named the outstanding female swimmer of the championships, is expected to make a statement about her future on Tuesday. [Link]
Swim News qoutes coach and swimmer:
  • "She said goodbye to me," said Manaudou's friend and teammate Esther Baron. How long will that friendship last, one wonders: if Manaudou decides, the legendary best of Egerszegi will come under threat over 200m backstroke, let alone the high standard achieved by Baron, European champion for France last year. Assuming, of course, that Manaudou's march to the pantheon continues without Lucas.

  • Lucas is reported to have said to Manaudou: "She has no head for swimming because of her personal problems". [Ass! You don't say that in public!- Tony] Link
Shakespeare's take on Manaudou: " Love goes toward love."

George Bernard Shaw's take on Manaudou: "Youth is wasted on the young."

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