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Marius KUSCH
Sport Swimming
NOC Germany   
GenderMen
Born05 May 1993 in Datteln, GER
Height1.91 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Residence
San Diego, CA, USA
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English, German
Higher education
Finance - Queens University of Charlotte: United States
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age five at the Dattelner swimming club in Germany, and started to take the sport more seriously in 2004 after moving to SV Blau-Weiss Recklinghausen. "I felt very much at home in Recklinghausen. Almost all of my friends swam there with me."
Why this sport?
At age 16 he began attending a boarding school in Essen, Germany, and joined the SG Essen club because it was located next door to the school. "The attraction for me was the combination of school and swimming. I had previously considered going to Dortmund or Wuppertal [to swim], but the effort to travel there every day would have been too great."
Club / Team
Team Elite Aquatics [USA] / SG Essen [GER]:
Name of coach
David Marsh [Team Elite], USA
Training Regime
He trains six days a week with Team Elite Aquatics in San Diego, CA, United States of America.
General Interest
Hobbies
Splashdiving, watching football and combat sports. (mariuskusch.de, 02 Apr 2020; Inside with Brett Hawke YouTube channel, 11 Mar 2020)
Hero / Idol
German footballer Per Mertesecker, US swimmers Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps. (Inside with Brett Hawke YouTube channel, 11 Mar 2020; mariuskusch.de, 08 Dec 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"I don't swim for anyone else. I don't swim to impress my parents, I don't swim to impress my federation or the people in the stands. I swim because I love it. And so the only person really putting pressure on, would be myself. So it doesn't really matter if I'm on the biggest stage or the smallest stage, I just always try to rely on the work that I've been putting in. Realising, whatever is going to happen, I can live with the result because I've been doing the very best I can." (Inside with Brett Hawke YouTube channel, 11 Mar 2020)
Awards and honours
While competing for Queens University of Charlotte in the United States of America from 2016 to 2019, he was named Bluegrass Mountain Conference Men's Swimmer of the Year in 2017, 2018, and 2019. He was also named the university's Senior Student-Athlete of the Year in 2019, and the NCAA Division II Male Swimmer of the Year in 2017 and 2018. (queensathletics.com, 19 Apr 2019, 12 Apr 2018)
Famous relatives
His father Udo competed in canoe sprint and dragon boat racing at national level in Germany. He has also served as chairman of a canoe club in Datteln, Germany. (swimpool.de, 01 Apr 2011)
Other information
MOVE TO THE UNITED STATES
From 2016 to 2019 he studied at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, United States of America, an NCAA Division II swimming college. "Honestly, [Queens] wasn't my first choice. My top choice was [University of] Louisville, but due to eligibility reasons Division I wouldn't work out for me. So I only had the choice of going to a Division II [college]. And funnily enough the head coach of swimming at Louisville, Arthur Albiero, was great friends with the head coach from Queens, Jeff Dugdale, so he was thrilled to have me on board and that's how it worked out. If I had the chance to do it all over again, there's nothing I would change." (Inside with Brett Hawke YouTube channel, 11 Mar 2020)

FROM COLLEGE TO TEAM ELITE
A week after graduating from Queens University of Charlotte, he moved to San Diego, California, to train with the Team Elite Aquatics squad under David Marsh. Working under Marsh has resulted in a number of small changes that have had an overall impact on his swimming. "[We're] doing a lot of small things and making those add up, it's not one big solution. So for example I've started really worrying about my sleep because I wasn't feeling recovered, so I've been making sure I get eight or nine hours each night. I've been caring more about nutrition, eating the right things to get my calories, as I've struggled to maintain and put on weight, so we've been working with nutritionists. And then in the water, just being very detail-orientated. I've been working a lot on my strokes, whether it's freestyle or butterfly, and really caring about the small, tiny details. In the beginning you think it doesn't make a lot of difference but once you can apply that you find that you're moving way more efficiently through the water rather than working against it. I love David's way of coaching, he is a big contributor to me being able to show these performances right now [in 2020]." (Inside with Brett Hawke YouTube channel, 11 Mar 2020)

FUTURE PLANS
He has a visa to stay in the United States of America until the end of 2022. In 2020 he said he was not sure yet if he would continue swimming through to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. "For now [2020] I've thought about the next two years. I just don't think that I'm done yet. I love the sport a lot. I still see a lot of improvements constantly, and as long I'm making improvements and I'm loving the sport I want to stay in. I don't know if it's going to be for another four years [through to Paris 2024]. For now I am focusing on the next two years, and depending on how everything goes we'll see. I am on a professional visa that will keep me here until the end of 2022 and I'm also working on my green card. I can definitely see myself here [for a long time]." (Inside with Brett Hawke YouTube channel, 11 Mar 2020)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
23 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Butterfly 52.05
11 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:34.08
Heats 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Butterfly 51.66
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Butterfly 23.86
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Freestyle 49.31
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:32.86
7 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:45.07
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Butterfly 52.22
7 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Butterfly 49.50
4 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Butterfly 22.40
7 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:25.54
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:31.80
5 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:22.17
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
Semifinal 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Butterfly 50.97
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Butterfly 1:55.24
20 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Butterfly 23.39 
8 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Freestyle 47.44 
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Semifinal 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 52.23
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:45.82
3 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:33.52
7 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:15.12
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
8 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Butterfly 22.65
1 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Butterfly 49.06
Semifinal 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Freestyle 46.98
7 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:25.75
7 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay  DSQ
3 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Butterfly 50.01
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Freestyle 48.09
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Butterfly  DNS
24 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Freestyle 1:46.01 
5 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.26
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
5 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:32.38
8 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Butterfly 50.83
Semifinal 2015 Netanya, ISR 100m Freestyle 47.65
4 2015 Netanya, ISR 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:33.46
World Cup Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
5 2017 Berlin, GER 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:31.48