Aquatic Athletes in Pan American Countries Unite to Stay Active Amid COVID-19 Global Pandemic

By Emily Falkenberg, USA Artistic Swimming, Communications Coordinator | April 03, 2020, 12:37 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - To keep the Olympic spirit alive, the USA Artistic Swimming Junior and Senior National Teams will lead a virtual workout for 10 other Pan American Artistic Swimming Federations.

Over 150 aquatic athletes from Argentina, Aruba, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, USA and Venezuela will join the workout. USA Artistic Swimming Head Coach, Andrea Fuentes stated how important it is to keep athletes motivated and training with their competitors gives them a sense of unity during this uncertain time.

“This is the true Olympic spirit coming alive,” Fuentes said. “These athletes have held on to this Olympic dream for so long, and they are mature enough to understand the situation is out of their control, but we are in this together.It is a beautiful thing that sport gives you: friends from all over the world, and that is something we have all been missing.”

Fuentes said she is using this unexpected time away from the pool to focus on areas of growth they have not had time for but has found ways to keep it entertaining and engaging.

“We have to keep practices fun, but we cannot lose our purpose,” Fuentes said. “They have to feel they are growing by themselves instead of just following the rules set by the coaches. You must build practices that make them decide to be better than they were the day before.”

The National Team is also connecting with the USA Artistic Swimming membership. They are offering clubs the opportunity to have a National Team member lead their club through an online workout. Contact High Performance Manager, Lara Teixeira, at lara@usasynchro.org to schedule a workout.