Chris Morgan Talks About Gennadi Touretski on WOWSA Live

Chris Morgan Talks About Gennadi Touretski on WOWSA Live

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Gennadi Touretski of Russia traveled the world as a very successful swimming coach. Towards the end of his career, he was awarded the Russian Order of Friendship in 2011.  During a coaching stop in Switzerland, Touretski mentored Olympic swim coach Chris Morgan who recalled Touretski’s s four basic principles of coaching on today’s edition of WOWSA Live – including the importance of pull-ups and range of motion.

While his coaching of 9-time Olympic medalist and freestyle icon Alexander Popov was all in the pool, his four principles are good for open water swimming coaches to understand,” said Steven Munatones​

One of Popov’s most remarkable swims was ironically not the event in which he won an Olympic gold medal.  He won the silver medal in the 100m freestyle final at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.  But what was so incredible is that in the final, he did not wear a swim cap or a techsuit – neither a jammer nor full body techsuit like the other seven finalists.  Popov was the last swimmer to win an Olympic medal old-school style – swimming in men’s briefs. He raced without a compression paneled techsuit or even a swim cap.  To be competitive against the world’s fastest swimmers while they are geared in all the latest technological advanced swimwear was extraordinarily impressive to me.  

Popov – who is currently an IOC member – stayed true to his principles to the very end [shown in lane 3 in the video below].”

Alexander Popov wins an Olympic silver medal in lane 3 without a techsuit or swim cap at the 2000 Sydney Olympics

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Steven Munatones