“Carry the battle to them. Don’t let them bring it to you. Put them on the defensive and don’t ever apologize for anything,”- Harry S. Truman
And so we send our American freedive team to battle the top athletes in the world for a chance at victory. On Sept. 7 six athletes, three men and three women, will fly to Nice, France to show the world what it means to be an American freediver. They’ll have to perform a constant weight dive for depth, a dynamic apnea for distance and a static apnea for time. These performances will be tallied and used to rank them amidst the best of the best.
The United States team has consistently represented the country well at World’s in years past, but with athletes like two-time world record holder Ashley Chapman on board along with US national record holders like Jenna McGrath, Nick Mevoli and Ted Harty, the eyes of the collective freedive community will be glued to Team Red, White & Blue this year.
Ashley Chapman, the women’s team captain, has broken the World Record in constant weight without fins twice, one of the only women in years to catch arguably the best freediving female in existence, Russian Natalia Molchanova.
When asked how she feels about the teams chances in France Ashley said, “I’ve been to this championship before and seen the competition. The US has always been strong, but I know that this team is the best yet.”
Ted Harty, the men’s team captain, not only held the US national record for dynamic apnea but also trained fellow teammate Nick Mevoli to his first national record in constant weight, with a depth of 91 meters in his first year of competitive diving.
Ted said that everyone on the team has been training for months and that he feels lucky to be part of such an amazing group. “I feel confident that we’re going to show everyone what the US is capable of this year,” he said.
So as we send these amazing athletes off to France I wish them as much luck as I can muster and will be cheering from the online grandstands everyday. To follow the athletes’ progress with me be sure to check in here at Freedive Blog for updates straight from Nice.
To help support Team USA or to follow their training progress check out their website.