USA Swimmer Anita Alvarez Rescued By Coach After Fainting in Pool During World Championships
At the global aquatics championships on Wednesday in Budapest, a Team USA artistic swimmer who looked to faint in the water was spectacularly saved by her coach. Anita Alvarez, 25, was performing her solo free performance when terrifying photographs showed her floating toward the bottom of the pool while seemingly asleep.
According to the Olympic Games’ news site, her coach Andrea Fuentes, who has previously won four synchronized swimming Olympic medals for Spain, sprung into action. In pictures, Fuentes can be seen swimming to Alvarez while still completely covered in a T-shirt and shorts. Then, he pulls the swimmer up toward the water’s surface.
The two-time Olympian Alvarez is then seen being pulled by her and an unnamed male toward the pool’s edge. According to the Olympics Games website, Alvarez received medical attention before being carried away on a stretcher. Anita is fine, Fuentes confirmed following the terrifying occurrence in a statement posted on the USA Artistic Swimming Instagram page.