American Olympic Swimmer Fainted In The Pool And Her Coach Saved Her

By Gina Florio··  2 min read
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Yesterday in Budapest, an American swimmer nearly drowned after fainting. Luckily, her coach dove in to rescue her.

Anita Alvarez, 25, is a Team USA artistic swimmer who has swum in the Olympics twice. She was competing in the FINA World Aquatic Championships when she fainted and sank to the bottom of the pool. As you can imagine, it was an unexpected turn of events considering Alvarez is a professional swimmer. Her coach dove in to heroically save her.

American Olympic Swimmer Fainted in the Pool and Her Coach Saved Her

Spanish swimmer Andrea Fuentes is Alvarez's coach, and luckily she was present when Alvarez sunk to the bottom of the pool. She was able to drag her to the surface so she could be treated by medics and taken away on a stretcher. She told a Spanish newspaper that she "saw that no one, no lifeguard, was diving in" so she decided to take matters into her own hands.

“Anita is okay the doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc.," Fuentes said in a statement. "We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross country…we all have seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them to get there. Our sport is no different than others, just in a pool, we push through limits and sometimes we find them."

"Anita feels good now, and the doctors also say she is okay. Tomorrow she will rest all day and will decide with the doctor if she can swim free team finals or not. Thank you for all of your well wishes for Anita," she concluded.

Alvarez's team is competing tomorrow in the finals, but she will consult with doctors before deciding whether she is prepared to compete.

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