Losing to win: Carolina Marn's plan to get fit to the Olympic Games


On Monday, February 4, only eight days afterbreak your right knee in Indonesiaand after six of the operation at the Clnica Centro de Madrid,Carolina MarnHe reached his track of the High Performance Center and found his coach,Fernando Rivas, at the same point where misfortune had occurred. There, a plinth. There, a chair with a cushion on top. All a proposal.

The technician wanted his pupil to sit on top of the plinth, leave his leg completely immobilized and, from there, from the fateful point, starta rehabilitation that both knew would last about eight months. Marn, of course, accepted. And almost two hours spent both practicing blows and more blows until it disappeared or at least the memory of that one fadescrack, of that pain, of that crying.

He wanted to normalize the injury, talk about the knee, return to the place where it happened. If you take fear, whatever it is, that can condition you a lot. Luckily, Carolina has approached the matter in the best way, Rivas says after making a tough decision with Marn:the Spanish didn't go to the Basel World Cupwhich starts on Monday, that is, you will not be able to opt for your fourth title.

According to both, it was not difficult to formalize the resignation, becausea possible run will put the medal at risk in the next Tokyo 2020 Games, but it cost to get to that point. Because Marn is fit – he's doing more intense workouts than before the Ro Games. But Olympic gold demands sacrifices.

And it requires a plan. After his injury, Marn spent four and a half months without being able to move his right leg, doing stationary hitting technique and all possible bodybuilding work and as soon as he could moveI set an ambitious goal: to win back.

His idea was to reach the World Cup, win for the fourth timeand from the podium start the road to Tokyo. ButRivas control his mood. With a conviction,to win you must first lose, he asked Marn to do some tests before the World Cup and, if he was not 100% in all aspects, as happened, take advantage of a calendarin crescendo.

Now, Marn, who won't have a single day of vacation until the Games, dispute almost everything:return on September 10in the modestVietnam Super 100, the following week dispute theSuper 1000 from Chinathe next oneKorean Super 500and so until next summer.

I feel quite well, the knee endures very hard workouts, but in the tests we saw thatI still have to polish the tactic, which in that sense was 80%. There are movements that still cost me, I'm slow, and the worst thing that could happen will be playing again thinking about the knee, admits Marn, who noticed his weakness in his coach's tests.

Rehabilitation in Sierra Nevada

If he went to the World Cup, all his rivals would attack his support area with his right leg and during the recovery he had not had enough time to prepare a solid defense in that area, a shield that offered him security. This August is doing it andin his competitive mind, another challenge is already appearing: being a see-saw in the Games. Be difficult for the many points to lose in the World Cup, but the numbers can add up.I think it's the biggest obstacle I've ever faced. For me gold in Tokyo, after the injury, is the biggest challenge of my career, exposes the Spanish, with a secret weapon.

In April 2018, his coach, Rivas, and his assistant,Anders Thomsen, traveled toSierra Nevadato try to help with nature, that is, altitude. They already knew that, as happens in tennis,at a higher height, the flyer flies faster, but they didn't know how to take advantage of that without turning training into a torture of flights impossible for Marn.

That is why they asked for extra-frills-speed -1, while in Madrid they use speed 2 or 3-, they opened the tips and climbed to the High Performance Center of the mountain of Granada to see if it could work. And yes, it worked.At 2,320 meters, the steering wheel is fast, but with the tricks of the technicians an is controllable.

That is why Marn has spent a good part of his recovery in Sierra Nevada and that is why even the Games will be there almost all the time he is in Spain. It is incredible.An with the superfluous flyers, you hit and it reaches you two meters further, it flies a lot. In addition to the physical benefits that are already known, training in height I think we can gain even more speed for Tokyo, Rivas concludes.

The calendar

  • Super 100 of Vitenam.Be his comeback. In Ho Chi Minh, from September 10 to 15.
  • Super 1000 from China.From September 17 to 22 in Changzhou.
  • Korean Super 500From September 24 to 29 in Sel.
  • Tournaments to the Games.Marn play regularly looking to sharpen his competitive tone.
  • Tokyo games.From July 24 to August 9 seek to revalidate Ro's gold.

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