Tuesday, May 8, 2007
Hundred Meter Freestyle
With big-time sports racked by doping scandals, and so many of the major athletes resembling programmed machines, it's kind of refreshing to see a promising athlete completely upend her career and two national swimming federations to be with a guy she's been dating for a couple of months:
Laure Manaudou, the French swimming sensation who dominated the women's competition at the recent World Championships in Melbourne, has stunned her native country by moving to Italy to be with her boyfriend, Italian swimmer Luca Marin.
The 20-year-old Manaudou holds the world records for the 200 metres and 400 metres freestyle and is expected to be one of the biggest names in the pool at next year's Beijing Olympics with a gold medal haul at her fingertips.
However Manaudou's preparations have been thrown into disarray by her love for Marin, who is also world ranked and with whom she has been involved romantically for several months.
"My choice (to move to Italy) is based on love," Manaudou told Italian sports newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
"Between Italy and France, I have chosen Luca, the love of my life. I want to live with him and have a baby..."
Then again, maybe all that chlorine's impaired her judgment.