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Showing posts with label swimming. Show all posts
Showing posts with label swimming. Show all posts

Friday, July 21, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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2x Olympic medalist and Golden Bears swimmer Kathleen Baker
At the FINA World Championships in Budapest, Katie Ledecky and Adam Peaty may have locks on their signature events, but several races remain wide open. (Swim Swam)

Just before Ryan Lochte's return to competitive swimming (Swimming World), a Brazilian court threw out all charges against him (NPR).

A deaf swimmer is spearheading a movement to start all swimming races with lights instead of sound. (USA Today, with video)

Two recent swimming memoirs have inspired one reviewer to ask if swimming has special appeal for women. (Economist)

Runners, check out these 4 ways that cross-training by swimming can help your runs. (Runner's World)

In Italy, free swimming lessons aim to heal and inspire refugees traumatized by crossing the Mediterranean. (Washington Post)

A Twin Cities bartender is readying a first-of-its-kind swimming tour of all 22 Apostle Islands in Lake Superior (Pioneer Press) while an 87-year-old judge aims to be the oldest person to swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco (Action News, with video).

Check out these images of Philadelphia's long-abandoned indoor swimming pool (Curbed), the 15 most spectacular pools in the world (CNN) and the most architecturally grand pools in Paris (The Spaces).

Could safe swimming in the Seine – past the Eiffle Tower and Notre Dame Cathedral – give Paris the edge over Los Angeles to host the 2024 Olympics? (Reuters)


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Friday, July 14, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Cliff diver Orlando Duque competing in the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series
Olympic gold-medalist Anthony Ervin headlined the Maccabiah Games, an international Jewish/Israeli multi-sport event. (Jerusalem Post)

Hungarian gold-medal swimmer Katinka Hosszú discusses her pre-race mental preparation. (CNN, with video)

Inspired by Highlights magazine, USA Swimming released their first-ever Safe Sport Activity Book for kids.

Don't miss this fascinating podcast on swimming pool design, its impact on skateboarding culture, and the curious history of the kidney-shaped pool. (99% Invisible)

Poor swimming skills are one of the five most common weaknesses among Ironman triathletes. (220 Triathlon)

Ultra-marathon swimmer Jaimie Monahan completed her swim from Vermont to Quebec. (Swimming World)

Try these tips to keep your dog swimming safely. (SA Express-News)

"You’ll never regret a swim," says Ruth Fitzmaurice, author of a bestselling memoir about family, health, and swimming in the Irish Sea. (Guardian)

Get inspired by Susan Marens, a 75-year-old open water swimmer who travels internationally to compete. (Virginian-Pilot)

New Yorkers, your kids can take free Learn-to-Swim classes at your state parks.

A Wisconsin heat wave inspired this flashback to when swimming was illegal for fear of "indecent exposure." (WPR)

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Friday, July 7, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Olympic gold medalist, swimmer Caeleb Dressel
The ascent of Caeleb Dressel is among these three takeaways from USA Swimming Nationals. (NBC Sports)

While Nathan Adrian is being called 'the new face of U.S. men's swimming' (AP) Katie Ledecky has been tagged 'the new face of swimming in the world' (Washington Post).

At least one of the other swimmers in Rio's 'Lochtegate' incident is moving on and heading to the Swimming World Championships in Budapest this month. (USA Today)

Also in Budapest, this 15-year-old swimmer will break the recent drought of very young Team USA swimmers. (Swim Swam)

The oldest swimmer to compete in the Olympics, Dara Torres offers her five tips for aging gracefully (yes, she's still swimming regularly). (TODAY)

A swimmer – and award-winning novelist – lists her top 10 books about swimming. (Guardian)

Following through on her recent calls for a pro swimmers union, Olympic swimmer Katinka Hosszú formed the Global Association of Professional Swimmers. (Reuters) GAPS' inaugural 34 members include four U.S. swimmers.


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Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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17-year-old competitive swimmer Reece Whitley
Olympic gold-medalist Katie Ledecky won the prestigious Honda Cup; it's the first time it went to a freshman in 35 years! (NBC Sports) The teen swimming sensation has also struck up a surprising friendship with a former teen swimming star, 73-year-old Chris Olmstead. (NY Times)

What does it mean for the sport to have African-American Reece Whitley declared "the future of swimming"? (Washington Post)

With its two marquee names absent, how does the current state of USA Swimming's Men's Team look? (Swimming World)

Former VP Joe Biden reflected on race relations as a public swimming pool was renamed in his honor (Delaware Online) while Pope Francis spoke in swimming metaphors when he addressed Italy's international Sette Colli swim meet (Crux).

In open water swimming, an 18-year-old from India became the youngest man to complete the Triple Crown (Daily News of OWS) while English Channel swimmer Anne Cleveland is being remembered for her grace and tenacity (Union-Tribune).

Swim England released an in-depth study on "The Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Swimming."



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Friday, June 23, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Border collie Luna swimming at Houston's Rummy's Beach Club for dogs
These bold predictions for next week's 2017 USA Swimming Nationals forecast good news for Lilly King and Matt Grevers. (Swimming World)

Cheers to Pat Gallant-Charette, who became the oldest woman to swim the English Channel! (WCSH, with video)

Houston-area dog owners can now take their furry friends to a private swimming pool club for dogs. (Houston Chronicle)

Check out the science behind the question, 'Is swimming pool chlorine safe?' (NY Times)

Try these 5 swimming workouts for runners. (Runner's World)

To bring swimming back to the Charles River, Boston is looking to Paris. (Boston Globe)

Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu went to Facebook to protest the FINA World Cup's rules changes. (NY Daily News)

Final Fantasy XIV's hot new Stormblood expansion lets you swim and dive … but first, you have to talk with the turtles. (Kotaku)

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Friday, June 16, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones helps a young swimmer during a USA Swimming Foundation Make a Splash event
Three new swimming events approved by the IOC are earning praise for bringing long-overdue equality to Olympic swimming. (USA Today)

A new rule for the FINA World Cup seems specifically targeted at Hungary's "Iron Lady," Katinka Hosszu. (Swim Swam)

He's 33 and fell short at last year's Olympic trials, but Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones is now training with his sights on Tokyo 2020. (Swimming World)

When teaching swimming to kids who came to Vermont as refugees, language is only one of the obstacles. (VPR, with audio)

A six-year-old disabled Bosnian boy just won a regional swimming gold medal. (AP)

The Huawei Fit smart watch just expanded its capabilities for swim tracking, including recognizing which stroke you're doing. (Wearable)

Check out the striking pics of artist Gregg Emery's "pop-up pool" makeover on NYC's Roosevelt Island. (TimeOut)

Get a preview of this month's U.S. Nationals/World Championships Swimming Trials. (Swim Swam)



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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

360 Video from the Endless Pools

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Pre-processed fisheye view of a swimmer in the Original Endless Pool shot with the 360fly 360 camera
What's it like to swim against the Endless Pools® current or run on its Underwater Treadmill? While there's nothing like experiencing it for yourself, you can try the next best thing with our new 360 videos.

For the uninitiated, a 360-degree video lets you explore outside of the traditional video frame. By using your mouse, arrow keys or, on mobile devices, your finger, you can move your perspective up, down, or sideways. A 360 camera, equipped with a special domed lens, has captured it all – just navigate manually to the view you want!

With this first video, you can explore the Elite Endless Pool – below and above the water line – while a runner uses the Underwater Treadmill. With the swim current on, he gets an more challenging core workout.


Underwater running delivers many advantages. Water's natural buoyancy makes underwater running (or walking or jogging) accessible to people with mobility impairments – even if those activities are painful or difficult on land! For athletes, underwater running provides low-impact cross-training.

In the video below, you get a complete underwater view while a swimmer overhead takes on our smoothest current in the Elite. The blue benches along the sides and back serve as return channels for the water, keeping the current strong while minimizing turbulence.


To get the full 360-video experience of moving the frame's perspective, you need to watch 360 videos on YouTube in the Chrome, Opera, Firefox, or Internet Explorer browses (sorry, Safari users) or by using the YouTube app for iOS or Android.

The videos were recorded in 4K with the 360fly camera in its Dive Housing for underwater recording.

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Olympic swimmer Kelsi Worrell at the arena Pro Swim Series at Santa Clara
Check in with Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin as she starts her swimming workouts after two shoulder surgeries. (Reuters)

Discover the best swimming holes in Texas. (TPR, with audio)

A new survey reveals the surprisingly high number of parents who let their kids swim unsupervised. (National Poll on Children's Health)

The World's Strongest Man, Eddie Hall reveals his past as a promising swimmer on track for the Olympics! (Express)

The first African-American to win an Olympic swimming medal, Maritza Correia now works to change the statistics that say black kids are more likely to drown. (Patch)

Get inspired by the novice triathlete who couldn't swim five years ago and is now headed to the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona. (CPR, with audio)

Open water swimmer Stephen Junk is on track to become the first Australian to complete the prestigious Oceans Seven later this year. (ABC)

Get inspired by the 64-year-old swimmer who went from a hip replacement to an international gold medal in just eight months. (Fresno Bee, with video)




Friday, June 2, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Olympic swimmer Nathan Adrian in a 100m butterfly competition
The leaderboard for the arena Pro Swim Series currently has a first-place tie for the men. (FloSwimming) At this weekend's Series at Santa Clara, the big stories range from Katie Ledecky to the powerhouse men's 100 freesytle lineup. (USA Swimming)

Or could the men's 100m butterfly be the most hotly contested event of the summer? (Swimming World)

Take a look into swimming's future with the top 20 girls and the top 20 boys NCAA swimming recruits. (Swim Swam) Then take a look back with these vintage swimming pool photos. (Time)

What does it do to your skin when you wear makeup while swimming? (Cosmpolitan)

Olympic swimmer Samantha Riley opens up about her false doping charge before the 1996 Olympics. (Daily Mail)

Check out the 10 best swimming holes accessible by NYC public transit. (Curbed)

Whattaya know – deer can swim, even in Chicago's Lake Michigan. (DNAInfo, with video)

More of America's kids can swim now than in 2010, according to a new study from the USA Swimming Foundation.



Wednesday, May 31, 2017

CrossFitter: My Swim Workouts Are Like Wrestling!

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U.S. Navy veteran and CrossFit fanatic, Jeffnkanasas on Instagram
"I'm high-mileage for my age, that's for sure," says Jeff. A 46-year-old Navy veteran, former wrestler, and dedicated CrossFitter, he now tailors his workouts differently than when he was younger.

"Twenty-six and under, you're still made out of rubber and plastic," he half-jokes. "As I get older, my knees and back don't want to lift." To keep himself fit and active, he incorporates more swimming.

As you can see from his recent Instagram posts (below), Jeff has recently trained with a waist tether. The tether "kind of holds you up out of the water, so it's cheating a bit." He's also trained with the Endless Pools Fastlane®. "There's no comparison, that's for sure," he declares.

The Fastlane current is "smoother." When training in a group, "it's seamless. We're not constantly changing the tether." Jeff also finds that it's better suited to the open-water training required by triathletes.

A fan of sprint- and Olympic-distance triathlon, Jeff calls the Fastlane current "very similar" to open water currents. "You still have to maintain a straight line. My last triathlon swim was 1,000 meters; I probably swam 1,500!"

Like the open water, the Fastlane current can "pull you left or right," so it's creates the discipline to swim more efficiently for the real-world conditions of open water swimming – and leave yourself with maximum energy for the bike and the run!

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Jeff still does CrossFit two days a week, and he now sees even some of his younger workout buddies cross-training in the pool. "A lot of CrossFitters will swim or do yoga for recovery. You have to take those days off" because the workouts are so demanding.

That doesn't mean that his swim workouts are easy; his swim coach often leaves him sweating and breathless. "I didn't know you could get that workout swimming!" he enthuses.

As he's sees it, swimming "is like wrestling: if you stop, nothing good happens. It's the same sink-or-swim mentality."

"It's a great product," Jeff concludes. "I'll probably buy a smaller one myself someday."

Friday, May 26, 2017

The Week (and More) in Swimming

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3x Olympic swimmer Elizabeth Beisel supporting National Learn to Swim Day
Props to Missy Franklin, Cullen Jones, Rowdy Gaines and the other Olympic swimmers who teach lower-income kids to swim through the USA Swimming Foundation. (US News & World Report)

Last year, he completed an Olympic-distance triathlon while carrying a 100-pound tree. This year, Ross Edgely aims to set four world records with something he's calling Strongman Swimming. (GQ)

Part of the "Meditation for Real Life" series, these tips can help you be mindful while swimming. (New York Times)

Here's how to perform your usual gym moves in the pool this summer. (Sports Illustrated) Or try this 30-minute workout for beginning swimmers. (Health)

Don't miss these stunning photos from a Scottish filmmaker documenting his wild swimming. (BBC)

Get inspired: This six-year-old born without arms now swims competitively! (AOL, with slideshow) And this 74-year-old Olympic swimmer now teaches veterans how to swim. (Fox, with video)



Friday, May 12, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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U.S. Olympic swimmer Katie Melli at the arena Pro Swim Series
Don't miss this appreciation of Adolph Kiefer, a gold-medal backstroker at the 1936 Olympics, who passed at 98. (NY Times)

The arena Pro Swim Series wrapped in Atlanta with 2017 world-best times by Katie Ledecky and Chase Kalisz. (Swimming World)

USA Swimming wrapped up their National Diversity Select Camp 2017 and adopted new wetsuit rules for the upcoming Open Water National Championships.

What are your summer vacation plans? Olympic swimmer Lilly King plans to set new world records! (Excelle Sports)

Before last Saturday's Kentucky Derby, a Thoroughbred with a cracked hoof turned to swimming to keep training. (NBC 11, with video)

Olympic gold-medal swimmer Allison Schmitt has been speaking out about her battles with depression. (U.S. News and World Report)

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Friday, May 5, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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U.S. Olympic swimmer Tom Shields
Olympic rematches will be among the highlights at the in-progress arena Pro Swim Series in Atlanta. (Swimming World)

The team at 220 Triathlon tested and rated 14 of the best tri-suits available.

So how was Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte received at the U.S. Masters Swimming Spring Nationals this weekend? (LA Daily News)

In preparation for Tokyo 2020, Ireland is looking for a few eligible imports to strengthen their swimming and diving team. (Swim Swam)

Paralympic champion swimmer Brad Snyder explains how visually impaired swimmers stay on course. (Paralympic.org)

Swimming journalist Jenny Landreth considers some groundbreaking women swimmers who deserve their own statues. (Guardian)

The mainstream media continue to ask, "Why go ice swimming?" (CNN, with video)

On Screen: Stars of Downton Abbey, Sherlock, and Absolutely Fabulous have joined the cast of Swimming with Men, an in-production comedy about "an all-male, middle-aged, amateur synchronized swimming team" (Variety) while the documentary Swim Team, about autistic teens, just won another festival award (Swimming World)


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Friday, April 28, 2017

The Week in Swimming

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Olympic medalist and British swimming record-holder Duncan Scott
April has been Adult Learn-to-Swim Month, and legendary pitchman Anthony Sullivan has been lending his famously persuasive voice to the cause. (U.S. Masters Swimming)

Oceans Seven swimmer Kim Chambers continues to gather steam toward her politically motivated 10K cross-border swim from San Diego to Tijuana on Cinco de Mayo. (Outside)

Olympic gold medalist Ryan Murphy credits his swimming success partly to his 5,000-calorie-a-day diet! (GQ)

Get inspired by the 11-year-old boy who became a national swimming champion with just one arm and one leg. (Daily Sabah)

On either side of the pond, don't plan your swimming vacation without checking these lists of the UK's best waterfalls for wild swimming (Telegraph) and the top swimming holes in Texas (Chronicle).

From social media to fundraising, what can swim clubs learn from these 7 Marketing Award winners at USA Swimming's #SwimBiz conference? 

Don't miss the astonishing photos of the new partially roofed swimming pool at Hong Kong's Kennedy Town Station. (Dazeen)

Take a fascinating look at how a 10,000-pound hippo can move through water – without technically swimming! (The Atlantic)



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