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Friday, January 20, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Breeja Larson at the 2017 arena Pro Swim Series in Austin, Texas
A 62-year-old Olympic gold medalist was told by his gym's staff that he swims too fast. (Telegraph)

In a new interview, Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin talks about recapturing the joy of swimming. (Wall Street Journal, login required)

in-depth review of the ongoing controversy over co-ed swimming classes in Switzerland. (Atlantic)

Check out the photos of Charlie, a cat who's swimming off some extra pounds at a canine hydrotherapy clinic (Daily Mail) and these brand new photos from acclaimed underwater dog photographer Seth Casteel, all of shelter dogs seeking adoption (Huffington Post).

Divers off the coast of Lanzarote can now explore the newly completed Museo Atlántico, an underwater sculpture museum. (CNN)

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Swim Faster with the SwimSmooth & Endless Pools Video Series

Swim Smooth Founder and Head Coach Paul Newsome
Internationally acclaimed swim coach Paul Newsome just kicked off a series of stroke training videos from his backyard pool. The first five videos in a planned series of 25 are now available on the Endless Pools YouTube channel.

Newsome is the Founder and Head Coach of Swim Smooth, the methodology designed to improve your efficiency in the water and maximize your training time. The Swim Smooth instruction system has been utilized by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) and in 119 countries.

The videos benefit from the fully adjustable swim current of the Endless Pools Fastlane®. The Fastlane mounts to the deck or wall of almost any traditional pool. With Endless Pools' in-place swimming capability, you can monitor your own stroke, either in real time using our underwater mirrors or with video for review after.

Friday, January 6, 2017

The Week in Swimming

The daughter of David and Victoria Beckham swimming with a mermaid
Swim Swam’s editors selected the 20 best underwater swimming photos of the year.

Another record for Katie Ledecky: she was 2016’s most-drug-tested swimmer. (Excelle)

Six Team USA Olympians highlight the arena Pro Swim Series’ kickoff in Austin this month. (Swimming World)

See how the zero-gravity swimming pool scene in the new Jennifer Lawrence movie, Passengers, was created. (Cartoon Brew)

Get inspired by this first-person account of learning to swim after age 40. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Check out Tech Adviser’s recommendations for 2017’s best swim trackers.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Week in Swimming

A swimmer dressed as Superman diving into Lake Geneva for the 78th Coupe de Noël
You’ll love the extraordinary photos in this article on the roots and realities of ice swimming. (NY Times) These ice swimmers may even be getting added health benefits. (Spectator)

As Speedo and Swimming Australia end their sponsorship agreement, take a look back at their 60-year partnership in photos. (Guardian)

A swimmer considers the reputation of college swimming in light of Princeton’s suspension of their men’s season. (Swimming World)

Former Navy SEAL Chris Ring reflects on his historic 2,300-mile Mississippi River swim. (Tennessean)

Get inspired by 11-year-old Paralympic swimmer Luke Batty, already a National Champion with big plans for his future (Manchester Evening News) and by a woman with multiple sclerosis who just completed her 2016 resolution to swim one million yards (ABC13, with video).

Why triathletes should be careful about what they learn from single-sport pool swimmers. (Triathlete Europe)

From Nevada City to Bondi, explore 14 of the world’s best swimming spots. (Matador Network)

After completing a charity swim across Lake Malawi, a swimmer raised close to £2,000 more by accepting a dare to check in at the airport in his Speedo. (Telegraph)

To an uninitiated observer, ice swimming can seem peculiar. From afar, it might look like normal swimming in any lake. But while watching groups of half-naked people splashing into water 41 degrees or less, your mind naturally struggles to comprehend why. WHY? #Iceswimming has deep roots in Europe, where many believe it provides restorative health benefits. Only within the last decade have organizations begun formalizing these rituals. As in many extreme sports, participants embrace the opportunity to learn about themselves. But the risk to the body is real. Christof Wandratsch — photographed here by @juliengoldstein — is a lifelong competitive swimmer. The 49-year-old begins the acclimatization process in September, swimming an hour and a half in 68-degree water. These days, in water 40 degrees and below, he trains for 20 minutes at most. Whenever possible, Christof goes sockless in the winter. He takes frequent cold showers. But he didn’t heed his coach’s suggestion to sleep outside in his garden. Visit the link in our profile to read more about the swimmers with ice water in their veins. #???
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??DECEMBER 20: JANE ASHER ?? She quit counting world records after breaking 100 of them. With smooth technique she swims faster than most triathletes. At 85 she swam 200 meter freestyle on 3:12 during 2016. This Water-loving Lady was born in Rhodesia, but female duties and circumstances pushed her away from swimming. Losing her husband in her sixties she found her way back to swimming. After replacing both hips in 2000 her record breaking journey started. Here are her times after turning 80: SCM: 50 free (37.67) 100 free (1:24.44) 200 free (3:01.61) 400 free (6:34.92) 50 back (46.10) 100 back (1:44.88) 200 back (3:42.88) 50 fly (45.57) 100 IM (1:42.46) 400 IM (8:07.34) ?THIS SWIM CALENDAR recognizes women, one each day from December 1st to Christmas Eve. They all have taken swimming to the next level. ? TO SUPPORT THE WOMEN that has the hardest of times right now, make a donation on @lighthouserelief - link in my bio or REPOST this ------------------------------- #swimming #swimmingworld #swimswam #natacion #natação #windsor2016 #simning #vansbrosimningen #crossfit #swimrun #simkalender #swimbikerun #triswim #natcion #femaleathlete #femaleswimmer #simmasverige #gbswimming #swimcalendar2016 #roadbike #bikelife #like4like #likeforlike #canyonbike #trekbikes #cervelo #triathlon
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Friday, December 16, 2016

The Week in Swimming

A member of China's Beiling Winter Swimming team
For a longer life, swimming is one of the best exercises you can do, a large-scale Finnish study found. (CNN)

Cold water swimming may have distinct benefits, according to researchers and these UK women who love “wild swimming.” (Daily Mail)

In this excerpt from her new memoir, Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin opens up about the “panic attacks” that derailed her performance in Rio. (Time)

After earning their first swimming gold medal since 1988, the UK prepares for Tokyo 2020 with a significant funding increase for the sport. (British Swimming) In New Zealand, a poor showing in Rio has led to major funding cuts for swimming and triathlon. (Stuff)

VIDEO: Filmmaker Barry Jenkins dissects his already iconic swimming-lesson scene in Moonlight, which just scored six Golden Globe nominations. (Entertainment Weekly)

Architect Oana Stanescu is dedicating the next decade to building a plus-shaped pool in New York’s East River. (Forbes)

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Week (and a Half) in Swimming

Alabama Crimson Tide swimmer at the 2016 Georgia Tech Invitational
Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, this feature took last week off.

Katie Ledecky broke two more NCAA records! (Baltimore Sun)

Should a Special Olympics swimmer be disqualified for being “too fast”? (Belfast Live)

Cold-water swimming gets its due in this profile of ICows, the Iowa City Open Water Swimmers (Gazette, with slideshow)

In Victoria, mandatory swimming lessons are on the horizon for school kids, and that “will throw our financial planning into turmoil,” worries one principal. (The Age)

It’s still almost 4 years away, but Tokyo 2020 organizers vow that the swimming pool won’t be green and smelly like Rio’s. (Reuters)

3D-printed arms helped scientists determine the best finger position for the fastest freestyle swim stroke. (Live Science)

Swimming participation in the UK has been undergoing a surprisingly steep decline. (BBC, with infographic)

The Estate of tobacco heiress Doris Duke caused controversy with a plan to dismantle a dangerous swimming hole. (Civil Beat)

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