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Team USA swimmer Anita Alvarez and coach speak out after fainting in pool


Team USA artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez said she felt “much better” after fainting and starting to sink during the world aquatics championships in Budapest on Thursday.

Breathtaking underwater footage of Alvarez’ trainer Andrea Fuentes diving into the pool fully clothed to save her has sparked mass concern for the New York native’s health.

The young swimmer wasn’t breathing when Fuentes brought her to the surface, but she quickly managed to spit out the water she had inhaled.

The 25-year-old two-time Olympian spoke on Instagram following the frightening ordeal, saying she was “well and healthy”.

“I hope everyone can respect the fact that my team and I still have two days of competition to focus on here in Budapest,” she wrote on her Instagram Story.

“Whether in the water for me or on the sidelines will be determined by myself and the expert medical staff, but either way @artswimusa and I have a job to finish and I hope everyone can figure it out .”

Alvarez is now awaiting official word on whether she has been cleared to compete in Friday’s women’s freestyle final.

Anita Alvarez of the United States, center, is pulled from the pool after collapsing during the artistic swimming solo freestyle final at the 19th FINA World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
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Team USA swimmer Anita Alvarez and coach speak out after fainting in pool
Alvarez said she was “well and healthy” after the incident.
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The Team USA Artistic Swimming organization said watching the incident unfold was “heartbreaking for our community,” but assured fans that Alvarez “felt much better already.”

“Anita has been assessed by medical staff and will continue to be monitored. Whether or not she will compete in the Free Team Finals on Friday, June 24 will be determined by Anita and expert medical staff,” the organization said in a statement.

The coach who saved Alvarez, fellow Olympian Fuentes, 39, spoke on Instagram after the ordeal.

“What a day!!! I think I had all kinds of emotions possible,” she wrote alongside a series of Team USA images.

“Anita’s solo was so good too, it was her best performance ever, she just pushed her limits and she found them but Anita is fine and the doctors also said she is fine.”

“Now it’s time to rest and recover,” added Fuentes.

Fuentes, a Spanish swimmer with four Olympic medals to her credit, has served as the head coach of Team USA since 2018.

The veteran swimmer criticized the slow response of rescuers in Budapest to Alvarez’s apparent distress.

Team USA swimmer Anita Alvarez and coach speak out after fainting in pool
Anita Alvarez’s Instagram story about her health after passing out.
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Team USA swimmer Anita Alvarez and coach speak out after fainting in pool
Anita Alvarez of the United States receives medical attention during the women’s solo freestyle final.
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Photographer Oli Scarff, who took the footage of the chilling ordeal, said it was “a shocking thing to see”.

“As soon as I looked at the robotic camera, I had this kind of clear view of the stage while everyone in the arena was looking at it through the surface of the water,” he said. at CNN.

“It immediately went from photographing these beautiful images of this incredible athlete performing…to a moment, in the blink of an eye, now we were photographing a near-death situation. I was pretty shaken up, actually.

Alvarez previously said she hoped to compete in the 2024 Olympics.

Team USA swimmer Anita Alvarez and coach speak out after fainting in pool
Andrea Fuentes helps save Anita Alvarez after she passes out during a competition.
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