EXCLUSIVE: Lenny to Bypass Goodwill Games

By Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, Arizona. April 17. LENNY Krayzelburg, American triple gold medal winner at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, has decided to pass on competing at the Goodwill Games to be held in Brisbane, Australia, in August and September.

Krayzelburg, who holds the world record in all three backstroke events and led off the USA's world record-setting 400m medley relay in Sydney, told SWIMINFO he plans only to compete in a limited number of meets this year.

"I'll be swimming in a meet in Vancouver (British Columbia) in a few weeks, then go to the Mare Nostrum meets in Monte Carlo and Rome in June," he said. "Then, of course, I'll swim at the Maccabiah Games in Israel (in July). Then that will be it for me this season."

Krayzelburg, who has almost gotten down to his Olympic weight of 190 pounds, has been doing a new weight-training program and only recently, returned to serious training in the water. At the Maccabiah Games, he will face significant challenges in the 200m backstroke, as two Israelis have swum 2:00.

Mark Schubert, Krayzelburg's coach at the Trojan Swim Club, told SWIMINFO that Lenny needed a break from his intensive training. "If Lenny's going to be at his best at the Olympics in 2004–and that's the goal–he needs to take some time off and lower the intensity. So this break has been good.

"When he begins to train at high intensity again, he will be physically and mentally rested."

Krayzelburg said: "I helped out at the men's NCAA's last month. Usually, when I'm at a meet like that but not swimming, I feel the urge to get in the water and compete. That fire wasn't there this time. But it will come back."

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