(BUDAPEST, Hungary) -- American swimmer Anita Alvarez is breathing a sigh of relief on Thursday after her coach dramatically rescued her when the athlete fainted and sank to the bottom of the swimming pool in the middle of her routine on Wednesday night.
The dramatic scenes unfolded at the World Aquatic Championships in Budapest, Hungary, while Alvarez, 25, was competing in the final of the women’s solo free event and suddenly lost consciousness, causing her to sink to the bottom of the competition pool.
Andrea Fuentes, Alvarez’s coach, immediately dove into the water and was able to pull Alvarez to the surface before the swimmer was taken off for medical treatment on a stretcher as the rest of Team USA, who were watching the competition inside the arena, looked on clearly shaken by the event.
Fuentes, speaking exclusively to Good Morning America on Thursday, explained what was going through her mind during the ordeal.
"When you finish, you really want to breathe because you hold your breath for a long time and the first thing you want to do is breathe," Fuentes said. "And I thought she was going down, so I was like, immediately, [I] knew that something was happening so I went as fast as I could. And I reach her and grab her to the surface and tried to calm her down and make her breathe."
Fuentes began administering CPR until medics and the team doctor were able to take over.
“Anita is okay,” Fuentes said in a statement after the terrifying incident. “The doctors checked all vitals and everything is normal: heart rate, oxygen, sugar levels, blood pressure, etc… all is okay.”
Fuentes continued: “We sometimes forget that this happens in other high-endurance sports. Marathon, cycling, cross country… we all have seen images where some athletes don’t make it to the finish line and others help them to get there. Our sport is no different than others, just in a pool, we push through limits and sometimes we find them.”
Even after having to be rescued, Alvarez still managed to finish the competition in seventh place with a final score of 87.6333.
Alvarez suffered through a similar event at the FINA Olympic Games Artistic Swimming Qualification Tournament in Barcelona in June 2021 when she fainted while competing and Fuentes came to her immediate aid in the pool again on that occasion.
For now, however, a decision on whether or not Alvarez will continue on in this year’s competition has yet to be made.
“Anita feels good now and the doctors also say she is okay,” concluded Fuentes. “Tomorrow she will rest all day and will decide with the doctor if she can swim free team finals or not. Thank you for all of your well wishes for Anita.”
(EUGENE, Ore.) -- Athletes competing at the 2022 USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, will not have to worry about child care, thanks to fellow competitor Allyson Felix.
Felix, an 11-time Olympic medalist and mom to 3-year-old daughter Camryn, is providing free child care for athletes, coaches and staff for select track and field events this year, starting with the championships in Eugene, which kick off Thursday.
Felix, 36, is offering the child care in partnership with her sponsor, Athleta, and &Mother, the nonprofit organization she co-founded with her Team USA teammate Alysia Montaño.
“My final season is not about winning medals but giving back to the sport and future mom-athletes and leaving it better for the next generation of women raising children,” Felix said in a statement. “Athleta and I set out to prove the power in supporting women holistically."
She continued, "As I reflect on the barriers that I faced when competing at the highest level alongside being a mother, I feel more committed than ever to leaving behind this legacy to ensure more women can both raise children and excel in their athletic careers.”
Felix announced in April that this track season will be her last, making this week's competition in Eugene her final USA outdoor national championships.
In her announcement, Felix -- who won her 11th Olympic medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, her fifth Olympics and her first as a mom -- said she would be running this season "for women" and "for a better future for my daughter."
Felix gave birth to her daughter in November 2018 and has spoken publicly about the life-threatening complications she faced during pregnancy.
Then one year after giving birth, in 2019 Felix left her former sponsor Nike after speaking out alleging that female track stars were penalized contractually by the brand for being pregnant.
In May 2019, Nike said it would change its pregnancy policy and do more to protect female athletes' pay during and after pregnancy.
Felix went on to launch her own shoe and lifestyle brand, Saysh, which she has made mother-friendly.
Earlier this year, the company announced a unique return policy that allows pregnant customers to receive a new pair of shoes if they experience pregnancy-related changes to their shoe size.
Felix has also partnered with Athleta in the past specifically on the issue of child care. Last year, she and the women-focused apparel company announced a $200,000 grant program to cover child care costs for professional mom-athletes traveling to competitions.
Kyle Andrew, Athleta’s chief brand officer, said the company is partnering again with Felix on the new track and field child care initiative to continue Felix's mission to "bring meaningful change for women and girls.”
“Athleta’s purpose is to break down barriers to help women take care of themselves and each other," Andrew said in a statement. "Our latest effort to support mom athletes with child care allows them to flourish in their professional careers while prioritizing their wellbeing and removing a barrier so prevalent in sports. No woman should have to choose between her career and her family."
(WASHINGTON) -- The House Committee on Oversight and Reform held a hearing Wednesday to investigate the National Football League's handling of what lawmakers are calling the Washington Commanders' "toxic" workplace culture, including sexual harassment.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell appeared virtually to face a grilling from committee Democrats.
During the roughly two-and-a-half hour hearing, Goodell was questioned about both the team culture in general and allegations about owner Daniel Snyder's personal conduct.
Snyder did not testify as the committee had requested, although a name card and microphone were placed in front of an empty chair at the witness table. A spokesperson for Snyder cited a "business conflict" in a letter to the committee, according to ESPN.
"His refusal to testify sends a clear message that he is more concerned about protecting himself than coming clean with the American people. If the NFL is unwilling or unable to hold Mr. Snyder accountable than I am prepared to do so," said committee chair Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., who said she intends to subpoena Snyder to to testify at a deposition next week.
"I have not seen a workplace in the NFL that is anywhere near what we saw in the context of that period of time for the Washington Commanders," said Goodell of the organization until recently known as the Washington Football Team.
Several Republicans on the committee claim Democrats shouldn't be investigating a private business, instead questioning the commissioner on issues unrelated to the investigation, ranging from the NFL's social justice program to Deflategate.
"Our hearing today is about protecting women and all workers from sexual harassment intimidation and bullying in the workplace," Maloney said in her opening statement.
Multiple team employees were fired in 2020 when a Washington Post investigation found allegations of sexual harassment spanning from 2006 to 2019.
Goodell confirmed many of the claims about team culture found in an investigation by attorney Beth Wilkinson. "It is clear to me that the workplace in Washington was unprofessional and unacceptable in numerous respects: bullying, widespread disrespect toward colleagues, use of demeaning language, public embarrassment, and harassment," he said.
Goodell defended the NFL's response to the investigation. In 2021, the league fined the team $10 million. Snyder had denied any misconduct but has stepped away from day-to-day operations of the team.
The hearing grew especially tense when Democrats demanded why Goodell didn't release Wilkinson's full report, just a summary.
"Commissioner Goodell, yes or no: Will you commit today to providing this committee the full findings of the NFL internal investigation while protecting the identities of the confidential witnesses?" she asked.
Goodell responded that the NFL had committed to protecting the identities of the victims who came forward.
Rep. Jaime Raskin, D-Md, asked Goodell why redacting names and other identifying information -- a practice the NFL had used in the release of a sexual harassment report about the Miami Dolphins -- was not "sufficient" to protect the anonymity of the women involved.
"Congressman, with all due respect, redaction doesn't always work in my world," said Goodell.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, prodded Goodell on whether he would force a change in leadership in Washington. "Will you remove him?" she asked about Snyder.
"I don't have the authority to remove him," Goodell said, although his fellow owners could vote to do so.
(MIAMI) -- The Miami Heat partnered with the City of Miami Police Department and nonprofit organization Dedication to Community (D2C) in April to try and mend the relationship between the Miami community, and their officers.
The program’s training includes workshops with instruction and discussions between community members and police officers led by founder and CEO of D2C M. Quentin Williams and Co-facilitator Kim Varner Sr. With individual, one-on-one, and large group exercises, and solutions-based conversations the program aims to create a safe space for both parties to openly communicate and relate to one another.
ABC News contributor Darrell Blocker, retired CIA operative and current board member of Peace 4 Kids, a foster youth advocacy group, says that the work of bridging the gap between the community and police officers through programs like this is a grassroots effort.
“Trust was not lost overnight,” Blocker told ABC News. “It all boils down to opening up channels of communication.”
Williams, a federal prosecutor and former FBI agent, is the common thread between communities and law enforcement. He grew up in what he called a challenging time in Yonkers, New York, during the late 80s when the crack epidemic was already ripping through New York City.
“I didn’t want to be a cop,” Williams said to ABC News. “I saw my friends being taken to jail by cops.”
Ultimately, it was that “disparity and treatment” that drove Williams to later become an FBI agent. Even as an officer, he says his badge did not shield him from the discriminatory experience of being profiled by a fellow officer. In the summer of 1994, he says he found himself “in the back of a cruiser being arrested for fitting the description of somebody else earlier in the day.”
Williams says that experience coupled with his background have informed the way in which he approaches the training of law enforcement.
“I’m not just talking about cops and community, I’m talking about human beings,” Williams said. “Dignity costs nothing to give.”
Officers like Tim Shaw, chief of police in Stamford, Connecticut, say they connected with Williams’ training. Shaw met Williams at the Fairfield County police chiefs quarterly meeting back in 2020. Following a mandate issued by the state of Connecticut requiring all officers to undergo implicit bias training, Shaw called on Williams to come down to train all 275 of his officers. For him, Williams and his storytelling represented “the right person in the room that can relate to the officers and to his staff.”
Previously, officers and community members would participate in training separately, but the program has since evolved to encourage engagement between both groups. According to Williams, the more comprehensive training stresses compliance of the community and professionalism of officers.
“Not every officer is as open to this topic as others,” Shaw said to ABC News.
Studies have long revealed the disproportionately unfair treatment of Black and Brown people by law enforcement in the United States that has been going on for centuries.
“We are utilizing our very unique position in our own city to act as a bridge between the community and the police,” Lorrie-Ann Diaz, Vice President of Business Communications and Social Responsibility for Miami Heat, told ABC News.
(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday's sports events:
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
Final Boston 6 St. Louis 5
Final Arizona 7 Minnesota 2
Final Cleveland 2 L.A. Dodgers 1
Final Baltimore 1 Tampa Bay 0
Final Texas 7 Detroit 0
Final N.Y. Yankees 12 Toronto 3
Final Houston 13 Chicago White Sox 3
Final Seattle 8 L.A. Angels 1
Final Kansas City 5 Oakland 1
Final Philadelphia 5 Washington 3
Final Chicago Cubs 1 Atlanta 0
Final Milwaukee 5 Cincinnati 4
Final San Francisco 2 Pittsburgh 0
Final N.Y. Mets 10 Miami 4
Final Philadelphia 8 Washington 7
Final Colorado 10 San Diego 4
WOMEN'S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Connecticut 82 Seattle 71
Final Dallas 93 Phoenix 88
Final OT Chicago 106 Atlanta 100
(NEW YORK) -- For over a decade, Deborah Marion has been fighting for answers in the murder of her son, former NBA player Lorenzen Wright, who was found shot in 2010.
“With Lorenzen, I’d be talking to his picture and sometimes his picture could look at me a certain way like it’s really him… He was a momma’s boy. Simple as that," she said. "He would still be a momma’s boy if he was here now."
At the time of his death, Wright had retired from the league in 2009 where he had earned an estimated $55 million over the course of 13 seasons in the NBA.
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Wright was missing for nine days before his remains were found in a wooded area off a desolate road in southeast Memphis, Tennessee that he used to take as a shortcut to his mother’s house. His body had gunshot wounds.
Marion said she knew something was wrong when Wright didn’t show up to his sister’s baby shower.
“He was supposed to have been coming to the baby shower. I kept calling him all day and he didn't answer the phone,” said Marion.
At the time, Sherra Wright Robinson claimed to investigators that Wright was connected to drugs. She claimed that she had last seen Wright drive off with an unknown man carrying a box of drugs.
Investigators looked into Wright Robinson’s claims, but Wright was never implicated in any criminal activity. The criminal case turned cold for the next seven years.
Marion remained a driving force behind the investigation and said she would call the police station everyday to ask if they had found any new information.
“I knew God was on my side,” Marion said. “I wasn't gonna never get tired until I die 'cause somebody had to pay for killing my child.”
Five years after the murder, Wright Robinson published a novel in 2015 titled Mr. Tell Me Anything. The supposedly fictitious story centered around the life of a woman who marries an abusive and unfaithful basketball player. She later claimed in an interview that the book was based on her real life.
Wright’s supporters allege the book is fiction.
“I just don’t believe it. I think that is purely fiction,” said Bill Adkins, a close friend of Wright.
In 2017, a huge break came in the investigation. One of the guns used to kill Wright was found in a lake about 45 minutes away from Wright’s former home.
In court, prosecutors said Wright Robinson's cousin, Jimmie Martin, started talking to investigators about Wright’s murder while awaiting sentencing in an unrelated murder case that had occurred three years prior to Wright’s death.
Martin had told prosecutors that he had participated in a failed plan to kill Wright with Wright Robinson and another man named Billy Ray Turner, who was a landscaper and attended the same church as Wright Robinson.
According to prosecutors, Martin claimed that after Wright was murdered, Wright Robinson and Turner confessed to him that they did it and needed his help in disposing the evidence, which is how he knew the location of the murder weapon.
Martin has not been charged in connection with Wright’s death.
Investigators began monitoring Wright Robinson’s and Turner’s cell phones and alleged that they had learned incriminating information. Both Wright Robinson and Turner were arrested and charged in December 2017.
Turner pleaded not guilty on first-degree murder charges.
Wright Robinson initially pleaded not guilty but later agreed to a plea deal on July 25, 2019, and pleaded guilty to the facilitation of first-degree murder. In exchange, prosecutors lessened her sentence to 30 years in prison. She will be eligible for parole as early as May 2027.
“She knows she was fittin' to go down, down, down. Way down. She wasn't gonna get no few years. She was gonna get some lifetime [if the case went to trial],” said Marion.
Wright Robinson’s plea deal was announced in court and the judge gave Marion the chance to address her son’s ex-wife. Instead of expressing outrage, Marion focused on moving forward with her six grandchildren who are said to be standing by their mother.
“Ms. Sherra, I want to thank you for giving me my grandchildren, that’s what I want to thank you for,” she said in court. “But I want you to call them, [and say], 'No it’s OK to talk to grandma, grandma still loves you.' That’s all I want is my grandkids.”
Turner, whose trial was delayed two years, in part because of the global pandemic, finally faced his day in court in March of 2022.
Turner chose not to testify.
After one week of testimony, the jury deliberated for a little over two hours, finding Turner guilty on all three counts: first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.
Under Tennessee Law, the judge immediately sentenced Turner to life in prison. Marion, who was in the courtroom that day, said that after 12 years, she felt like “she can sleep now. All night now.”
“Lorenzen’s spirit been with me the whole time,” she said. “He can lay down like everybody else and just rest. I say ‘Get you some rest baby. We got this. They gone.’”