Swimming World Presents “Ranomi Kromowidjojo: The Fire Inside Still Burns”

Swimming World February 2020 - Ranomi Kromowidjojo - The Fire Still Burns Inside

Ranomi Kromowidjojo: The Fire Inside Still Burns

By John Lohn

Who doesn’t like playing the prediction game? It’s part of the fabric of sports. Before a season or major competition gets underway, journalists and fans toss out their educated guess for who will emerge victorious in a specific event. Who will capture the next Super Bowl? What team will win the World Series? Which athletes will mine gold at the next Olympic Games?

With the next Olympiad in Tokyo just months away, projections have started to pile up. In the sprint-freestyle disciplines, the likes of Australian Cate Campbell, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and the United States’ Simone Manuel have been most frequently mentioned as medal contenders. Conspicuously missing from the forefront of these conversations has been the name of Ranomi Kromowidjojo.

The Dutchwoman boasts an exquisite résumé, a portfolio that has been compiled over more than a decade as an elite performer in the sport.

Now, as she prepares for a fourth Olympiad, Kromowidjojo is confident she is in a place where she can flourish and put an additional stamp on a career that—one day—will earn her hall of fame recognition.

Regardless of what Kromowidjojo does in Tokyo, there is no removing her status as an Olympic champion. Kromowidjojo has forged ahead, confident that her training under Coach Marcel Wouda will produce significant success in Tokyo. She is also focused on the training process and finding a balance between life and training that allows her to enjoy the sport.

“The most important thing for me is that I still want to swim the best race ever and try to get better and faster over and over, in combination with having fun and loving what you do,” she said. “In my perspective, just swimming hard without loving it, or just swimming at this level without satisfying results is not the way I want to be as an athlete.”

“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got. For me, the Olympic Games are the most important focus. The fire inside me still burns because until today, I feel I can swim better and faster than I have shown myself and the world.”

To read more about Ranomi Kromowidjojo’s passion for future success, 
Check out the February issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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017 BREASTSTROKE BARRIER BUSTERS
by David Rieder
The history of the men’s 100 and 200 yard breaststroke has included long stretches of chasing legendary records followed by a shorter period of continuous improvement.

019 LEARNING FROM ADVERSITY
by David Rieder
Minnesota’s Max McHugh was involved in a drive-by shooting last summer, but he believes the incident has left him with a fresh perspective and gratitude for everyday things in his life, including swimming. That approach has fueled his impressive return to the pool.

021 A SENSE OF DÉJÀ VU
by Dan D’Addona and David Rieder
Savannah College of Art and Design (NAIA women), Keiser University (NAIA men) and Indian River State College (NJCAA women and men) appear ready to show the swimming world something it has seen before: repeating as national team champions.

023 THE FIRE INSIDE STILL BURNS
by John Lohn
When discussing the best women’s sprint freestylers heading into this year’s Olympic Games, most frequently mentioned are Australia’s Cate Campbell, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and the USA’s Simone Manuel. But don’t count out triple Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands, who feels her best swims are still to come.

025 TAKEOFF TO TOKYO: DUKE
by John Lohn
As Swimming World continues its “Takeoff to Tokyo” series, a century has passed since Duke Kahanamoku last reigned over the water world, but his name—and merely his first name—remains synonymous with greatness in  multiple ways.

027 THE SKY IS THE LIMIT
by Dan D’Addona
The future looks bright for junior diver Ashley McCool after transferring to the University of Florida.

COACHING

009 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: CHARLES “RED” SILVIA
by Michael J. Stott

013 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: PLAN FOR A BREATHING PATTERN
by Rod Havriluk
Swimmers should plan a breathing pattern prior to each swim to gain the most benefit for both racing and training. The breathing pattern should limit head motion for better focus on technique and also provide sufficient oxygen for better performance.

015 POOR PERFORMANCE… THE NEXT STEP
by Michael J. Stott
At one time or another, disappointment haunts the dreams of even the best swimmers. And often it is the recovery from that disappointment that defines the athlete and, perhaps, the swimmer’s future.

030 SPECIAL SETS: GEORGE HAINES AT WORK
by Michael J. Stott
It never hurts to be a student of the sport. Sometimes that means visiting archival material, be it documents, voices, videos or all of the above to reacquaint ourselves with coaching legends and the methods that made them so effective. Here, Swimming World features the legendary George Haines.

043 Q&A WITH COACH ADAM HOYT
by Michael J. Stott

044 HOW THEY TRAIN ROGER GU AND GRACE GOETCHEUS
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

012 DRYSIDE TRAINING: STROKE STRENGTH SERIES—BUTTERFLY
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

040 GOLDMINDS: PARTNERING WITH PARENTS
by Wayne Goldsmith
A simple, but effective strategy for coaches to engage with, connect to and educate the parents of the swimmers on their team is through the development of a “Training Manual for Swimming Parents.”

046 UP & COMERS: ZURI FERGUSON
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS

007 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

008 BEYOND THE YARDS

033 2020 SWIM CAMP DIRECTORY

047 GUTTERTALK

048 PARTING SHOT

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