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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Cara Baker Rebounds From The Depths To Scale The Heights
Ashley Twichell: How did you get your start in open water swimming? What was your first open water race, and how did it go?
Cara Baker: My first open water race was at the 2009 Queensland state championships in Australia where my younger sister wanted to compete in the 10 km. I decided that I would also give it a go and just swim the 5km. I surprisingly won the Open womens.
Ashley Twichell: Do you compete in the pool at all? Do you do your training in the pool?
Cara Baker: I have always competed in the pool since I was younger until this year. I decided to concentrate just on my open water. I only train in the pool, unless I do the odd session out in the ocean.
Ashley Twichell: Last summer, you qualified for the 2012 Olympics per FINA’s requirements, but were not able to go due to New Zealand Swim rules. Can you explain this?
Cara Baker: The New Zealand Olympic Committee had given the open water swimmers a certain criteria, requiring that we had to be in the top 9 at Portugal [Olympic qualifier] to allow us to qualify for the New Zealand Olympic Team. Unfortunately, I was only seconds from that qualifying spot. Even though Kane Radford and I had both qualified for the Oceanic spot at the Olympics, New Zealand still didn’t take us on the team as they believed we would not be able to perform to a top 16 standard at the Olympics.
Ashley Twichell: How were you mentally able to overcome that disappointment?
Cara Baker: Honestly, I still haven’t. Being told that the Olympic Oceanic spot is yours and then having a group of people rip your dreams from you is something no one can ever overcome. I took a month off swimming and I was ready to hang up my togs, but I knew I owed myself to retire on a good note. I jumped back in the pool and with the help of my Australian Coach Denis Cotterell, I mentally coped with the disappointment.
Ashley Twichell: What is your next competition?
Cara Baker: The World Open Water Championships in Barcelona. I am swimming the 5 km, 10 km, and the 5 km team event.
Ashley Twichell: What are your goals for the near and far future?
Cara Baker: With Worlds only months away, I want to medal. Not only for myself, but to prove that, that Oceanic Olympic spot should have been mine. I haven’t really thought about my plans after next year. I take each year as it comes.
Ashley Twichell: What is the best advice you can give swimmers who may be trying out open water for the first time?
Cara Baker: To have fun and enjoy the fact you don’t have to follow a black line all day!
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