Swimmer Blake Worsley takes a break while swimming a few laps in the Old Town Hot Springs pool in 2012. Worsley, who grew up in Steamboat Springs, is leaving for the World Championships in Barcelona on Monday.

Photo by John F. Russell

Swimmer Blake Worsley takes a break while swimming a few laps in the Old Town Hot Springs pool in 2012. Worsley, who grew up in Steamboat Springs, is leaving for the World Championships in Barcelona on Monday.

Steamboat's Worsley readies for World Championships

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— It’s hard to argue that Blake Worsley isn’t in a good place.

The Steamboat Springs and Canadian national swimmer didn’t drip off any stress Sunday while chatting from Toronto.

He’s back training and back swimming, and on Monday, he is leaving for the World Championships in Barcelona.

But there isn’t pressure now.

He made the last Olympics in London, took some time, re-evaluated whether he wanted to swim, and he now enters the World Championships with a new outlook.

“I’ve done it before and know what to expect,” said Worsley, who will swim the 200-meter freestyle and 800 freestyle relay. “In some respects it’s been anti-climatic after going to Olympics.”

Worsley was doing an internship with the Toronto Argonauts football team when he decided he’d do the Canadian World Championship Trials in early April.

He had no expectations going in, having taken off time after the Olympics to get back to a more regular life.

His time of 1 minute, 48.8 seconds, though, qualified him for the FINA World Championships.

His time was just barely slower than his Olympic time, suggesting he might keep swimming.

So several months ago, he got back in the pool. He now is training full time and isn’t ready to give up the sport.

He said it was tough to go from the corporate work world back to the pool and train again.

It hasn’t been easy, but the time back in the pool has been rewarding.

“I rededicated myself to the craft of it,” he said. “It’s some of the hardest training I’ve done. But it’s been really fun for once. I have good people to train with. It’s a laid back atmosphere.”

Worsley wouldn’t put goals on the World Championships, insisting swimming at this point is a day-by-day thing.

He wouldn’t commit to the 2016 Olympics in Brazil but said it’s on the radar.

As he goes day by day, swimming sometimes isn’t the priority.

But sometimes it is.

“I don’t really know yet,” he said. “If I finish on the last day of the meet and I’m happy with swimming, I’ll move on. “If I feel like there is more, I’ll keep swimming. Either way I’ll be happy.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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