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- Thriving Under Pressure with Siobhan Haughey, 2x Olympic Silver Medalist
Thriving Under Pressure with Siobhan Haughey, 2x Olympic Silver Medalist
Siobhan is the fastest 200 SCM Freestyler in history!
Thriving Under Pressure with Siobhan Haughey
Siobhan Haughey made history by becoming the first Hong Kong swimmer to win Olympic medals, securing silver in the both the 100 Freestyle and 200 Freestyle events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. A few months later she broke the 200 SCM Freestyle World Record at the World SC Championships in 1:50.31 - still the fastest in history.
Siobhan holds multiple Asian and Hong Kong records, is a sneaky fast breaststroker, and can swim the entire range of freestyle distances from 50 to 400.
In this episode, Siobhan describes how she approaches each practice session, setting specific goals, her strategies for recharging outside of the pool, and her event-centric training approach, shedding light on the benefits and challenges of focusing on specific races.
Siobhan reflects on her collaboration with renowned coach Tom Rushton, providing unique insights into their training dynamic and the impact of their partnership on her success.
Discover what it feels like to be behind the block at major meets & learn how Siobhan maintains her focus amidst the intense pressure of high-stakes races.
She shares her perspective on mind games in women's swimming and emphasizes the significance of staying focused on personal growth and goals rather than being distracted by external factors.
Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking conversation with Siobhan Haughey as she opens up about her remarkable swimming journey, provides exclusive insights into her mindset and training techniques, and offers valuable advice for athletes and coaches alike.
Listen on Apple Podcasts here.
Watch on YouTube here.
00:00 - Welcome Siobhan Haughey!
02:34 - Underdog Mentality
05:55 - Setting A Good Example
07:44 - Studying In The U.S. and Covid
11:53 - Practice Goals and Details
12:50 - Balancing the 50, 100, and 200 in Practice
19:58 - Looking Forward to 2024
21:56 - Recharging Outside of the Pool
24:46 - Specialization By Event
29:12 - Out of the Pool Recovery Methods
32:42 - Being Coached by Tom Rushton
37:05 - The View From Behind the Block in Paris
39:49 - Racing With The Blinders on
43:35 - Race Day Routine
46:57 - Mind Games on the Women’s Side?
48:40 - The Importance of Focusing on Yourself
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