Humiliating træneradfærd and controversial methods.
How to describe a number of former and current swimmers with ties to the national training center (NTC) in the documentary film "Svømmestjerner - Under the surface" the conditions that have been around svømmelandsholdet.
According to DR goes the criticism, in particular, that the swimmers up to 2012 have been weighed in front of each other. It has led to more swimmers developed eating disorders.
the Criticism is directed both against the two former seniorlandstrænere Mark Regan from Australia and Paul Wildeboer, from the Netherlands, as well as the former juniorlandstræner Michael Hinge.
the Danish swim union director, Pia Holmen Christensen, takes sharp distance from the used methods.
It makes me really sad when I hear the stories, I must just say. May I simply just lay me flat down. It breaks me not to hear, and it is not in order, she says to DR.
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Jeanette Ottesen is one of the swimmers, who sheds light on the special relationship, which existed on the national team until 2012. Photo: Jens Dresling
the New guidelines in svømmeforbundet forbade the 'public weighings' from 2005, but according to the former and current swimmers continued right up to 2012.
- We agreed it was diætisterne, who should weigh the swimmers, and it should be in a positive purpose. That is, we are talking cost optimisation and tanning. Not that people should be reviled, because they weigh too much or anything.
- It has never ever been the intention from the Svømmenunionens page, says Pia Holmen Christensen.
Among the profiles that have come forward in the documentary is the OLYMPICS and the WORLD cup-medaljevinderen Jeanette Ottesen.
- I see it as really fangelejragtigt. When I see the queue for me, it gets extremely dark inside of me. I remember the whole situation and the hall as extremely dark.
- When you don't eat and drink, because you want to weigh less, it's an eating disorder. Unfortunately, says Ottesen in the documentary.
The former juniorlandstræner Michael Hinge denies the charges and refers to the Dansk Svømmeunion.
Mark Regan will not be interviewed about the case of the DR, but according to the DR, he considers not, that he has done something wrong. The dutchman Paulus Wildeboer died in 2014.
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