This is not the time as a swimmer you’d ever want to be sick, but according to swimmingworld that’s exactly what’s happened to Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian.
According to Jeff Commings of SWM, Adrian and Dana Vollmer were both hit with some sort of illness. Team USA head coach Bob Bowman said both were sick, but he didn’t specify what the illness was.
Commings said in his world notebook story on the website that Adrian was sick during the medal ceremony after the Americans won silver in the 400 free relay.
There was some speculation that Adrian’s time of 47.95 was slow, but quite frankly that time is astounding now if you think about how sick he might be.
I’m sure all of Kitsap is hoping Adrian will recover quickly. The good news is he doesn’t have to swim again until Wednesday’s 100 free prelims. A couple days of rest and hydration will certainly help. He’s tough. He’ll fight through.
I remember when I was covering the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and Bremerton’s Dana Kirk picked up a stomach illness. It completely wiped her out. She was the American’s top swimmer in the butterfly, winning the 200 at trials, and didn’t make the final. I know she was sorely disappointed.
As much as swimmers travel I’m surprised we don’t hear about illnesses more, to be honest, but they tend to keep that pretty quiet.