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Olympic swimming star Katinka Hosszú, a three-time gold medalist, holds training camp on Suðuroy

The Faroe Islands’ Aquatic Center, locally known as Pálshøll, received a very prominent visitor earlier this month.

Pálshøll.com writes that 29-year-old Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú, who is a three-time Olympic champion and a seven-time long-course world champion, held a training camp at the center last week.

“Every year several swimmers and swimming teams conduct training camps at Pálshøll, but Katinka Hosszú is beyond a shadow of a doubt the most famous swimming star we have ever hosted – and we are very proud of having such distinguished guests,” writes Pálshøll.com.

Pálshøll is located in the town of Vágur on Suðuroy. It is named after Pál Joensen, arguably the greatest Faroese swimmer of all time.

As for Hosszú, she is the world record holder in 100 m individual medley, 200 m individual medley (long course and short course), 400 m individual medley (long course), 100 m backstroke (short course) and 200 m backstroke (short course). She was the first swimmer to hold world records in all five individual medley events at the same time. She holds two-thirds of the Hungarian national records. Hosszu was named FINA Swimmer of the Year in 2014, 2015, and 2016, and won SwimSwam’s Swammy Award for Female Swimmer of the Year in 2013.[4]

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Hosszú has competed at four Summer Olympics: 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.


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