Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I am so impressed with FINA World Cup points leader Katinka Hosszu!

Katinka has swam in three summer Olympics thus far and the 2016 Brazil Games looks like a given.

Born in Hungry, graduated from University of Southern California (USC) in 2013, her swimming accomplishments were many.

Swimming World has nicknamed her the "Iron Lady" but I think the "Platinum Lady" is more apropos:
"... A four-time Pac-10 champion, she owns USC records in the 200y/scm IM, 200y/scm fly, 400y IM, 200y free and in three relays ... Weeks before her senior year started, she competed at the 2011 World Championships, where she finished sixth in the 200m IM (2:11.24), 15th in the 400m IM (4:42.96), 19th in the 200m fly (2:10.06) and was on Hungary's 800m free relay..." 
But that just the proverbial tip of the iceberg...

From Wikipedia:
"... She won her first medal at the 2004 European Short Course Championships, a bronze in 400m medley.

At the 2009 World Championships she won two bronze medals in 200 m medley and 200 m butterfly, before becoming World Champion in 400 m medley. She was elected Hungarian Sportswoman of the Year for her achievements.

At the 2010 European Championships held in her homecountry, she won a silver medal in 400 m medley and became European Champion in 200 m butterfly, 200 m medley and as a member of the 4×200 m freestyle relay team.

Competing in the 2012 Summer Olympics, she finished fourth in the final of the Women's 400 Meter individual medley, with a time of 4:33.49.

At the 2013 World Championships, she pulled out of the 100m backstroke after qualifying second in the heats, to concentrate on the final of the 200m individual medley which she subsequently won with a time of 2:07.92.

At the 2013 World Cup she set world records in 100m IM, 200m IM and 400m IM, breaking 200m record two times and 100m record three times during the World Cup series. ..."

From Swimming World Magazine this morning:
Headline: FINA World Cup Money List: Katinka Hosszu Nears $225K in Winnings 
"... The last two years, the Iron Lady Katinka Hosszu has turned some heads by winning about half-a-million in cash on the FINA World Cup circuit along. She’s doing more of the same this year. ..."

I am rooting for her no matter who she swims against.

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