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Anita Alvarez returns to Team USA after dramatic fainting

Team USA artistic swimmer Anita Alvarez was back at the pool with her teammates on Friday after passing out in the water and sinking to the bottom this week.

Alvarez, 25 – a two-time Olympic gold medalist and native of New York – was shown in photos grinning and hugging teammates at the World Swimming Championships in Budapest.

Alvarez appeared unwilling to make a splash in the wake of her health crisis as she stood on the sidelines in a US T-shirt alongside suit-wearing swimmers.

On Wednesday, the swimmer’s head coach Andrea Fuentes, 39, dove fully clothed into a pool to save her after she passed out and began to sink.

Alvarez wasn’t breathing when Fuentes pulled her to the surface, but she quickly coughed up water and began sucking in oxygen.

“I’m fine and healthy!” Alvarez wrote on Instagram after the terrifying fall.

“I appreciate all the messages of support and I hope everyone can respect that my team and I still have two more days of competition to focus on here in Budapest.”

USA's Anita Alvarez (L) watches her teammates after the women's artistic free swimming final during the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships at the Alfred Hajos Swimming Complex in Budapest, June 24, 2022.
US swimmer Anita Alvarez (left) joined her teammates on Friday.
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USA's Anita Alvarez (R) hugs her teammates after the women's artistic free swimming final during the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships at the Alfred Hajos Swimming Complex in Budapest, June 24, 2022.
Alvarez stood on the sidelines alongside her suit-clad teammates in a USA t-shirt.
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USA's Anita Alvarez (R) congratulates her teammates after the women's free artistic swimming final during the Budapest 2022 World Aquatics Championships at Alfred Hajos Swimming Complex in Budapest, June 24, 2022.
Alvarez said she is doing well and her vitals appear to be normal.
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Team United States' Anita Alvarez is treated by medical staff on June 22, 2022 at the Alfred Hajos National Aquatics Complex in Budapest, Hungary after performing in the Women's Solo Free Final during day six of the 2022 FINA World Championships in Budapest.
Alvarez wasn’t breathing when she was initially pulled to the surface after the chilling incident.
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Anita Alvarez
Andrea Fuentes stepped in to save Alvarez after fainting.
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Anita Alvarez
The trainer reacted faster than the medical staff on site.
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USA's Anita Alvarez
The swimmer was at the bottom of the pool during the women’s solo artistic swimming final.
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She added that she has “a job to do,” whether it’s on the sidelines or in the water.

Alvarez “felt a little bit of numbness in my fingers and then honestly everything just went black,” she told NBC News — though it wasn’t clear on Friday what made her faint.

In a statement, Fuentes said that Alvarez was “fine,” that doctors had “checked all vital signs,” and that “everything is normal.”

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