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USA Artistic Swimming’s Anita Alvarez speaks after passing out at the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary.
In a post on Instagram, the athlete wrote that she would “give a short update soon”.
“But in the meantime, know that I’m fine and healthy! I appreciate all the messages of support and I hope everyone can respect that my team and I can still devote two more days of competition here in Budapest,” wrote Alvarez.
She said she hopes people can understand that USA Artistic Swimming and they “have a job to do” — whether it’s in the water or on the sidelines.
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This comes after head coach Andrea Fuentes dived into the pool to save the two-time Olympic champion on Wednesday.
After fainting, Alvarez sank to the bottom of the pool during a solo free routine, which she told NBC’s Nightly News Thursday was her best performance “by a long shot.”
“And then, at the very end, I remember the very last arm I made… It’s such a simple little arm that I was like, ‘Give it your all to the end.’ And I did. Like, “I don’t feel so good.” And that’s actually the last thing I remember,” she said.
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In her own statement, shared by USA Artistic Swimming, Fuentes said that Alvarez was “okay” and that the doctors had “checked all the vital signs and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc.”
“We sometimes forget that this also happens in other high-performance sports. Marathon, biking, cross country… We’ve all seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them get there. Our sport is no different than others, only in the pool, we push the limits and sometimes we find her Anita feels good now and the doctors also say she is ok Tomorrow she will rest all day and decide with the doctor whether she can swim in free team finals or not. Thanks for all the well wishes for Anita,” she wrote.
“I’ve experienced it before,” Alvarez’s mother told WIVB-TV. “But never in competition. I knew right away. On her last element, I could tell something was wrong.”
“It was her best performance ever, she just pushed her limits and she found them,” Fuentes told The Associated Press.
The swimmer finished seventh in Wednesday’s singles final.
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AFP said Alvarez was dropped from a revised starting list ahead of Friday’s team competition.
Fox News’ Brie Stimson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.