Weighing In On Why Suriname's Swimming Team Hasn't Won Gold At The Olympics After Anthony Nesty πŸŠπŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

Last week I was pleasantly surprised - yet it wasn't totally out of the blue - by the news that Suriname's Golden Boy Anthony Nesty was selected as the head coach for the men's National Swimming team of the U.S. of A. for the 19th FINA World Championships.


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In this post from @rarej you'll read more about why Nesty is considered Suriname's Golden boy: he had not only won Suriname's only Olympic gold medal, but he was also the first black male to win an individual Olympic medal in swimming at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Now, he's the first black coach heading a U.S.A.'s swimming team. This wasn't totally out of the blue as Nesty served as a an assistant coach for the U.S.A. swimming team during the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, when one of his college swimmers also achieved gold.

This news also got me to thinking "Why hasn't Suriname reached this level of success on a world stage like the Olympics after Nesty?" It's not that Suriname doesn't have the talent or potential. Suriname's national swimming team also had the opportunity to be coached by Nesty a couple of times during past Olympic events. First I thought the mindset played a role or maybe the politics.

But it could also be that the facilities aren't up to par - being the only country in the region not having an Olympic pool - or that the (technical) support and training on that level should be given sooner. There's been a number of swimmers after Nesty representing Suriname on the Olympic stage, like Chinyere and Diguan Pigot, Renzo Tjon A Joe, Sade Daal and Gordon Touw Ngie Tjouw. Most have received swimming scholarships to foreign (swimming) countries, but was that transition too late or should we also start with training and educating our coaches?


As I won't be able to easily answer these questions, I'll end today's "rambling" with this question: what's your country doing to be successful in swimming on international events? πŸ€“


Chasse into the backstage! πŸ’ƒ


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Lol, you really went looking for that old post of mine.
I think the facilities shouldn't be a problem. There just probably hasn't been anyone in the swimming community who wanted it as much as Anthony Nesty did back in the day. Because some of those olympic participants also train in the US.

It's all about determination and how much you put into it. Look at our determined cyclist making big strides, even though the government was putting less money in his activities at the beginning, not sure about now

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That's why I was wondering about if it's partly also the mentality that plays parts.

I had read that Nesty also had the mindset of "destined for great things" somewhere and makes me think of affirmations. Now, I'm really wondering how successful people's minds are working πŸ™ˆ.

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Wondering about it is already a step in the right direction. ;)

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Gone to coach the USA, well that is good for him, not so much Suriname but hey, maybe they didn't appreciate his skills ( as in didn't want to pay him what he is worth). In Jamaica the swimmers are doing pretty well, it is the bobsled team that lacks the facilities. imagine only seeing a bobsled course when you are in the country for the olympics. But then Jamaica doesn't and will never have the facilities for bobsled practice, just isn't practical in a tropical country.

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...well that is good for him, not so much Suriname but hey, maybe they didn't appreciate his skills ( as in didn't want to pay him what he is worth).

Exactly what I was thinking. What I know about some of the (national) sport associations, is that some boards also have their own (hidden) agendas. The Suriname national football team for instance, was making strides under one coach and then he got the boot with little explanation from the board.

Often, we hear or read about what could have played parts, but it's mostly speculation. The public is most of the time left in the dark.

Not all associations though, because other boards are really doing their best to bring the best out of their sports branch.

imagine only seeing a bobsled course when you are in the country for the olympics. But then Jamaica doesn't and will never have the facilities for bobsled practice, just isn't practical in a tropical country.

Yeah, I've seen some news reports about this and I get it. I would've liked an ice rink in Suriname for ice skating, but alas πŸ™ˆ.

FYI, when the movie came out when I was younger, I had no idea it was based on a true story, until years later. Beautiful story about determination.

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Yeah, I've seen some news reports about this and I get it. I would've liked an ice rink in Suriname for ice skating, but alas πŸ™ˆ.

Even a roller blade spot would do πŸ˜†. I need to take advantage of all this winter sports around me like skiing and snowboard but damn... I just cannot stand the cold.

Yeah man, cool running's is a very good story. Disney still making bank form it.

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Even a roller blade spot would do πŸ˜†.

Precisely! I used to own a pair and did some "tricks" with them at home, but at a rink and with help from others I think I would've dared to try more πŸ˜….

I just cannot stand the cold.

That's what I'm afraid of πŸ™ˆ. I mean, I also want to try those activities you've mentioned, but I haven't experienced snow yet...

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