Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
It is nearly impossible to accurately predict the medalists in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games…but some athletes are ideally prepared to swim the race of their lives and capture gold.
One of those athletes is reigning world 10 km champion who blew away his competition in Kazan, American Jordan Wilimovsky.
There are a number of reasons why Wilimovsky will stand on top of the Olympic podium on Copacabana Beach at the end of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim:
1. His track record of success on the international stage. Not only did he dominate the competition at the last world championships, but he has long been a contender in every international competition he has ever participated in, including the FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships.
2. His composure and inner drive. Despite the pressure of the Olympic Games, he has a mellow personality that experience with the logistics and expectations of the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim.
3. He can adapt to all racing situations. Wilimovsky is never out of contention in any race. He has won races by surging with others or initiating surges himself from the front, from the middle of the lead pack.
4. He can come out on top in any all-out drop-dead sprint against his top competitors – from 50 meters out or 500 meters out.
4. He has succeeded in medaling in lakes and seas, and in rough and calm conditions.
5. The water temperature, either cold or warm, will not bother him. He is comfortable in all weather, wind and water conditions.
6. He is comfortable in the surf and waves as a long-time surfer. He understands the dynamics of the ocean which will be extremely important if Copacabana Beach is wavy and turbulent.
7. The 22-year-old believes he can medal and win.
8. The power, resources and logistical operations of USA Swimming is behind him, many of his daily cares are taken care of by staff members.
9. His coach, Dave Kelsheimer, is a strategic thinker and will put together an excellent Plan A and alternative Plan B and Plan C in his signature event.
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