Video Interview: Allison Schmitt Reflects on Disappointing Nationals

Photo by Griffin Scott

Editorial coverage for U.S. Senior Nationals proudly sponsored by Master Spas!

IRVINE, California, August 9. THE 2014 Nationals have been a very disappointing meet for Allison Schmitt. The triple Olympic gold medalist from Beijing will once again fail to qualify for the summer’s big international meet after her disappointing finish in the 400 free that won’t even qualify her for the consolation final. After the race, Schmitt talked about how the meet stacked up to expectations and how she has maintained a positive attitude in the wake of disappointment.

11 Comments

11 comments

  1. James

    You may be just probing for a story but those questions were uncalled for. If it had been any other athlete, they would have probably walked away.

  2. coach

    I agree. I come to Swimming World because I expect a classier website than another option.

    • Remember. These are videos from media scrums with multiple mainstream media outlets. They are not exclusively our questions.

  3. emelyn

    Who was the inquisitor?
    BTW, where is Tiffany E?

    • Jeff Commings

      Tiffany is not doing interviews at this meet. Just to reiterate what Jason said above, the interview was conducted by more than one media outlet. Swimming World’s David Rieder did get in a question that you can hear near the end of the interview when Allison looks at the camera. David’s question was thoughtful about the subject matter without being offensive.

      • James

        He did have a few better questions. However, as the website that posted the video, I’m almost positive you have the capability to cut/edit the interview to remove garbage questions such as the first few.

      • James,

        We do not believe in hiding what happens in these interviews. Other sites like to cut out what actually happens and pass off interview responses as their own work as if the interviews were exclusives.

        We don’t. We prefer to let our readers consume the interviews and decide.

  4. KJ

    I cannot believe those questions. What an tactless way to approach the topic.

  5. Ian

    She handled that like a pro. Those questions were awful.

  6. rsg_usfmasters

    How can we find out who the interviewer was, and let them know how we feel about the questions being asked, and the (totally inappropriate) attitude behind them?

Author: David Rieder

David Rieder has been a contributor to Swimming World since 2009. A native of Charleston, SC, he currently attends Duke University, where he works as the public address announcer for the varsity swim team.

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