The U.S. duet of Anita Alvarez and Mariya Koroleva (with alternate Alison Williams) will attempt to earn a spot in the Olympic Games this week by taking part in the Olympic Qualification Tournament, which runs from March 2-6 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Here's the latest on their quest:
Not much to report on Day 2 of training except for the rain! We were not very prepared for such bad weather, but at least we had one umbrella and a poncho.
There are two pools here for practice: the competition pool and the training pool. The first training of the day Monday was in the training pool. The athletes spent a lot of time working on their elements for the technical routine and then reviewed both routines with music. Practice with music was better than yesterday, with more energy and better height.
After lunch, the weather got worse and we were told that all practices were cancelled. Coach Lolli Montico used the time to do a video review with Anita and Mariya, while Alison did some core work and flexibility.
“There is nothing we can do about the weather and it is supposed to be like this for a few days, so we adapt our training schedule," said Myriam Glez, USA Synchro’s Executive Director. "The athletes seem to be in a good spirit and are staying positive and dynamic."
Coach Montico is using this time to do more land training. “This is a good opportunity for the athletes to refuel and we are also using our time differently," she said. "There is a lot to do outside of the pool – land drill, video, flexibility.”
Hopefully, the athletes will be back in the water tomorrow for their first training in the competition pool.