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Icarus

Hey everyone, 

I know I have been absent in my writing and I apologize for that because there truly is a lot that I could write about, but I am looking at this blog and feel the need to revamp! 

There have been a lot of changes in my synchro life, school life, life life (hahaha) that makes me feel the need to change my blogging technique as well! So I hope that that is something you will look forward to in the future and also please be patient with me until I figure out what I want this page to….. evolve to 🙂 

Now for something more serious…. I just recently watched Icarus on Netflix, the link to the trailer for the film is HERE. It is about last years Olympics and the doping scandal that came with it….. I would say it is a “must see” and also an incredibly important film! 

Last year while all of this was happening, as runner up for the Olympics, my team and I were waiting to see what WADA would decide, as were many Canadian athletes in other sports – some of whom would end up going to the 2016 Olympics… It is so deeply disturbing that doping is something that happens on a regular basis… all over the world I’m sure! 

I don’t care who you are or what sport you’re in, clean sport and fair play is why the Olympics are so inspiring! It takes incredible people to push their bodies to such a high standard and for people to use substance to get ahead….. it just hurts my heart. 

I have 15 years of hard work under my belt and have been tested enough times to know what is expected of me as an athlete in and out of competition. 
This is a must see.

– Claudia 

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“Perfect” online! 

Hey everyone! 

It’s been such a crazy week with “Perfect” coming out! I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has sent messages and live tweeted with me tonight, you are all awesome! 

If you haven’t had the chance to see “perfect” click the link Here and ENJOY! 

This version is 44 mins and is COMPLETELY different from the feature film that will be making its way across the country this fall (hopefully!) 

I hope you enjoy the film! If you have questions feel free to send me a tweet @claudiaholzner or write me using the blog! 

C.

Puerto Rico

5 days until offical training in Rio

Hey Everyone, 

Well, it has been about a week an a half since we have been training here in San Juan and I must say it’s been an intense, yet gratifying camp so far! We have taken a new approach towards this competition, mainly being that we are really starting to simulate what it will be like swimming in Rio. For example, here in Puerto Rico we have a half open pool, giving us a bit of the feeling of swimming outside with the sun as well as some wind which is a force that we don’t get to feel on a daily basis. It has been a great team building experience to work through each situation we have faced, as well as some we might face in the future. 

  
We have also taken some large steps forward as we are finally finding that “sweet spot” we need to compete at our best. A sense of unity is rising within us. For all of us, even for our last olymian on the team, having to qualify is a new experience. It has been an uphill battle, both mentally and physically, to prepare ourselves for an event of such magnitude, and what an amazing feeling it is! We are finally here!!! We have been training our entire lives for this moment. The chance to compete at the Olympic Level for our country, in front of some of our biggest supporters is something that will live with us beyond these qualifiers as well as beyond the Olympic Games. We are in complete control of this journey, knowing that we have done everything in our power to get us to this stage of our careers. We are going to go in fighting, never doubting that we are fully prepared for this challenge. 

After a great tech swim in Puerto Rico

Mondays

Hey Everyone!!

Back to work!!! I hope you all had a fantastic Monday, I know I did! Back in the beautiful outdoor pools of Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, life is good.  Apart from burning my face today in the scorching sun, the training was a success; filled with laughs, improvements and best of all a huge audience.

Parc Jean Drapeau is a public pool, something we are not used to as Centre of Excellence athletes.  Normally our pool, in any other venue, is away from the public eye.  This gives us the privacy to work efficiently and without distraction. But on occasion, a crowd of cooing spectators is just what we need to keep our spirits alive and help us know that we truly are the best team in Canada.  It brings us joy to see how much you, the fans, care and love this sport!

Although today was a great day it was also a tough day.  It was our 1st day after the weekend (the dreaded Monday), as well as our 1st day back on our 6:45am – 6:00pm practices.  It was long and hot out there, but we were focused on our goal and ultimately we came out of the water happy with our performances.

We were also graced with the presence of our superstar teammate, Jacqueline Simoneau, who has just come home from the Junior World Championships in Finland!  She made us proud by WINNING the figure event and then later receiving a SILVER medal for her performance in the Solo event.  Global News reported her story of the Worlds as well as training with us on Team Canada. Congrats Girl!!

Jacqueline Simoneau Interview, Global News

Please check out her interview, and ENJOY!!

Love,

C