Paris Olympics 2024: Know The Swimmer Who Almost Drowned And Is Raring To Go

Alvarez will now headline the US artistic swimming team at Paris Olympics 2024 on August 5. Apart from her, all other members of the US women artistic swimming team will be marking their debut. Thus, the team would be banking on the wealth of experience that Alvarez brings to the table. 

Anita Alvarez, the key member of the USA artistic swimming team is confident of putting up a good show at the Paris Olympics 2024.

Alvarez is set to appear for the third time in Olympic Games, thus making her the first three-time Olympian in the history of US artistic swimming.

“Our confidence is level. Which I feel is a great place to be. Every time we compete, we gain a new sense of confidence in ourselves and what we plan to show in Paris. It also teaches us that there’s still tons of room to grow”, said Alvarez. 

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Never-Say-Die Spirit

The confidence exuded by the 27-year-old comes as an inspiration from someone who came out alive from the jaws of death.

It was in June 2022 while competing at the World Championships in Budapest that Alvarez had almost drowned in the pool. While performing her routine at a solo event, the artistic swimmer had fainted and sank to the bottom of the pool.

US Swimmer Who Almost Drowned Determined To Win In Paris Olympics 2024

Sensing a trouble her coach Andrea Fuentes dived into the pool and pulled Alvarez up to safety even as she was in an unconscious state. She was rescued in a nick-of-time.

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US Swimmer Who Almost Drowned Determined To Win In Paris Olympics 2024

 

Road To Paris Olympics 2024 

Alvarez will now headline the US artistic swimming team at Paris Olympics 2024 on August 5. Apart from her, all other members of the US women artistic swimming team will be marking their debut. Thus, the team would be banking on the wealth of experience that Alvarez brings to the table.  

Alvarez has a decade of experience in artistic swimming. She participated in the women’s duet at 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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The synchronised swimmer has appeared in six World Championships, winning one silver and three bronze medals in team events. She has also taken part in three Pan American Games. 

The American has had 14 podium finishes since the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She was crowned the title of USA’s Artistic Swimming Athlete of the Year in 2021.

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