Swimming 2022: Emily Seebohm “wanted to cry”, Olympic Games Paris 2024, retirement, Tokyo 2021
Four-time Olympian Emily Seebohm has revealed that she doesn’t want her kids to follow in her footsteps, but just can’t give up on her dream.
Four-time Olympian Emily Seebohm has revealed that she can’t give up her dream of swimming just yet, although she admitted she “wanted to cry so many times” before Tokyo.
Seebohm, a seven-time Olympic and three-time gold medalist, has been to every Olympics since Beijing in 2008, but said she doesn’t want her children to follow her in the sport.
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Speaking on I’m a celebrity… get me out of here, Seebohm admitted it was a difficult way to make a living.
Earlier in the week, she revealed that the country’s top eight swimmers only earn $ 30,000 a year from Swimming Australia and are forced to look for other ways to make money just to ‘survive’.
In a conversation with AFL legend Nathan Buckley, Seebohm revealed how difficult it is to stay on top of your game.
Seebohm asked Buckley how many children he had, to which he replied “two boys”.
She went on to ask, “Are they going to play AFL? “
Buckley replied, “The young man wants it. Would you recommend swimming to your children? “
“Look, honestly, I would say no,” Seebohm replied. “I want them to learn to swim, but I wouldn’t want them to swim.
Now 29, Seebohm said she had been a part of Australia’s junior squad since the age of 11 and started doing eight to nine sessions per week at the age of 16. .
At 16, she also won her first Olympic gold medal in Beijing as part of the 4x100m medley relay team.
She admitted that she would hate for her kids to strive to be the best.
“I would hate if they always felt like they had to be so good,” she said. “There is so much (pressure), it would be so intense for anyone.”
Buckley, from a successful AFL career as a player and coach, added: “If you don’t really like the activity, like swimming or soccer, if you don’t live for it, you you’re not going to be able to handle the scrutiny and the expectations, the training.
Buckley then asked how the sport was physical and psychological.
“The preseason is all physical, it’s just to build it all up, when you go out it’s all about the mind,” Seebohm said. “It’s so scary, especially in Tokyo, we had masks, we had to wear them. There was so much going on.
Earlier in the week, while speaking about her experience in London after finishing second in her favorite 100m backstroke event in 2012, Seebohm admitted that she was considering a fifth bid for the Paris 2024 Olympics.
And she redoubled that she was going to push for more.
“I was about to retire 100% after these Olympics,” she said. “And then it’s a bit like being in a grand final from what I imagine. It’s so full of energy and you go out on a high, and it’s like ‘I don’t want to leave now’.
“Tokyo was so high up, but it’s one thing that burns my head – can I get better? “
Seebohm said she could continue, but said it had been mentally difficult despite being still under 30.
“It’s so hard,” she continued. “Over the past year, I have had so many times the urge to cry after training because I have nothing left. I am so tired.
“It’s been my whole life, I really haven’t done anything else.”
Earlier in the week, Seebohm explained on I am a celebrity she believed that “crying… is a weakness” after being ravaged by crying when she won silver at the London Games in 2012.
But nine years later in Tokyo, Seebohm shared one of the best moments of the Olympics when after winning bronze, gold medalist and Australian compatriot Kaylee McKeown called her to the top step of the podium in the National anthem. There were even a few tears.
Seebohm has been open about the show so far, coming candid about her eating disorder after a traumatic separation from ex-boyfriend and fellow swim star Mitch Larkin.