Ariarne Titmus Reveals Why She Has Not Trained Since Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 09/25/2021, 4:30 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 31: Silver medalist Ariarne Titmus of Team Australia poses during the medal ceremony for the Women’s 800m Freestyle Final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 31, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)


The 2020 Tokyo Olympics saw some enticing contests between swimmers of the highest caliber. Significantly, the breathtaking clash between Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky was the most anticipated race this year. Titmus won two gold medals in the 200 and 400-meters freestyle, while Ledecky won her signature gold medals in both the 800 and 1500-meter races.

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The 400-meters freestyle competition was one of the best races in recent memory. Thus, after her successful performances in Tokyo, the swimmer is still enjoying the fruits of her labor. Notably, she hasn’t swum since.

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TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 28: Ariarne Titmus of Team Australia celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women’s 200m Freestyle Final on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Ariarne Titmus on her life away from the pool

The 21-year-old swimmer triumphed in Japan, defeating the phenomenal Katie Ledecky in the swimming competitions. Notably, the 2019 World Championships saw the end of Ledecky’s reign in this event, with Ariarna emerging as the new favorite to win the competitions.

Thus, Titmus now wants to cut back on the ferocious battles, relax a bit and enjoy life away from the pool. Ecstatically, she spoke about how she does a lot of other activities apart from swimming.

“I haven’t done any laps, and I’ve got another two weeks before I head into training,” she said.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 10: Ariarne Titmus of Australia smiles following victory in the Women’s 400m Freestyle Final on day six of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games at Optus Aquatic Centre on April 10, 2018 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

“This is the first time in my life I’ve focused on things other than swimming and I’m really enjoying it. I’ve enjoyed having that extra glass of wine and not worrying what time I’m going to bed because I have to get up early to train,” said Titmus.

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Tight schedule

Despite the Olympics being done and dusted now, the swimming schedule remains a stressful one. With the International Swimming League around the corner, Titmus has confirmed that she won’t take part in this year’s event.

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The tight schedule remains a matter of concern, with debates over inadequate rest time on the rise. Due to back-to-back competitions, the recovery time for athletes has reduced, as even coaches have begun to address the issue.

TOKYO, JAPAN – JULY 28: Ariarne Titmus of Team Australia reacts with her coach Dean Boxall of Team Australia after winning the gold medal in the Women’s 200m Freestyle Final on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on July 28, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

In their quest for Olympic glory, many athletes are back to full training, preparing for the 2024 Paris Olympics. However, Ariarne Titmus is enjoying her sabbatical currently but will surely have one eye on Paris.

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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