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

Friday, November 17, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Breaking the ice at Turkey's Kaçkar Swimming Festival
At Turkey's Kaçkar Swimming Festival, power saws had to cut through 8 inches of ice before the swim could start! (Daily Sabah)

Check out results and photos from the Barbados Open Water Festival. (Daily News of Open Water Swimming)

The USA Swimming Foundation marked its 10th anniversary by announcing that they've given swim lessons to more than 5 million children.

The team at 220 Triathlon pool-tested their recommendations for their 10 best pool goggles.

Get inspired the 66-year-old swimmer who just swam around Key West for the 96th time (Swimming World) and by the grandparents who took home three swimming medals after motorcycling 6,000 km to an open water competition! (Hindustan Times)

A moving first-person testimonial asks if swimming is the right sport for people with epilepsy. (Swim Swam)

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Friday, November 10, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Open water swimmer Lewis Pugh emerging from his Antarctic Ocean swim
Discover how open water swimmer Lewis Pugh prepared for this week's Antarctic Ocean swim clad only in a Speedo. (Telegraph)

What inspires this 76-year-old Masters swimmer to get in the pool every day? (OCR, with video)

How has Texas Longhorns Swimming Coach Eddie Reese stayed competitive for 40 years on the job? (Swim Swam, with video)

Record-setting open water swimmer Diana Nyad opens up about the continuing impact of her decades-old sexual assault in this frank first-person account. (NY Times)

Get inspired by this all-new profile of refugee-turned-Olympic swimmer Yusra Mardini. (Elle UK)

What to get for the swimmers in your life? Check out Swimming World's holiday gift guide.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Australian gold-medal swimmer Emma McKeon
A week after his passing, Total Immersion swimming founder Terry Laughlin received in-depth tributes in the New York Times and Outside magazine.

Who will be the male and female FINA Swimmers of the Year? Their formula indicates one clear – and one not-so-clear – winner. (Swim Swam)

Has Katie Ledecky brought feminism to swimming? (Swimming World)

Discover why Australian swimmer Cate Campbell is falling in love with swimming all over again. (Reuters)

Read the fine print: The waterproof feature of the new Kindle Oasis comes with some caveats. (AP)

After a five-year renovation, Atlanta's historic Martin Luther King Jr. Natatorium has reopened. (WABE)

Tokyo marked 1,000 days to their 2020 Summer Olympics.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Week in Swimming

USC Trojan swimmer Robert Glinta after winning the 100y backstroke over Matt Grevers and Ryan Murphy
After Katie Ledecky successfully led the charge at last weekend's USA College Challenge (Team USA), Michael Phelps made a bold prediction for her prospects at Tokyo 2020 (Business Insider).

How did Olympic swimmer Lia Neal feel making her professional debut against her former Stanford teammates? (Swimming World, with video)

The upstart pro swimmers union called GAPS just grew its membership by seven Olympic swimmers. (Swim Swam)

Never Give Up: A New Jersey man celebrated his 70th birthday by returning to a local swimming pool for the first time since he nearly drowned there two years ago! (My Central Jersey, with video)

Get inspired by these two efforts to combat the low rate of swimming skills in communities of color – one in the DC Public Schools (WAMU) and one spearheaded by Baltimore's Sigma Gamma Rho sorority (The Sun).

In open water swimming, a swimmer with type 1 diabetes has her sights set on the Open Water Swimming Triple Crown (College Swimming) while a British man will swim 45km around Hong Kong to raise money to provide free swimming lessons (SCMP).

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Australian open water swimmer and Instagram sensation, Nathan the Beach Cat
You can live-stream this weekend's USA College Challenge on the Pac-12 website and app.

Olympic gold-medal swimmer Anthony Ervin took a knee during the National Anthem, prompting the question, 'What should we expect at this winter's Olympics?' (Washington Post)

Two-time Olympic swimmer Lindsay Mintenko became the first woman to lead the National Swimming Team; the promotion came as part of a USA Swimming staff restructuring.

Open water swimmers, you have a new feline compatriot in Internet sensation Nathan the Beach Cat. (People)

A Palo Alto swim team hosted a swimming fundraiser for a Puerto Rican swim team impacted by Hurricane Maria. (Swimming World)

One hundred years ago this week, a newspaper announced that the sport of swimming, once thought "dangerous and violent," was starting to catch on! (Spokesman-Review)

Speaking of dangerous, a 72-year-old Irish swimmer wouldn't let the approaching eye of Storm Ophelia interrupt his daily Atlantic swim! (Independent, with video)

Triathletes, check out these 4 swim gear must-haves. (Men's Health)

Make your layovers fun with this list of the 8 best airport swimming pools. (CNN)

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Week in Swimming

An aerial shot of triathlon swimmers in Kailua Bay, Hawaii, at the IRONMAN World Championships
Can basic engineering concepts improve your swimming? (U.S. Masters Swimming) How about yoga tailored for swimmers? (Swim Swam, with video)

Don't miss these profiles of Olympic gold-medal swimmer Tom Shields (Digital Journal) and transgender Harvard swimmer Schuyler Bailar (NBC News).

Get inspired by the friendship between two young swimmers, one a 14-year-old blind Paralympic breaststroker. (ABC News, with video)

Traumatized by treacherous ocean voyages in search of safe haven, some refugees are now healing those wounds with open water swimming lessons. (PBS NewsHour, with video)

Swimmers, discover why a trip to the 'Devil's Pool' overlooking Victoria Falls should be on your bucket list. (Travel + Leisure, with video)

Get a little real-estate envy at these 17 jaw-dropping swimming pools from around the globe. (CNN)

Enter the pastel-coloured, symmetrical world of communist-era swimming pools, as photographed by Slovakian photographer, Mária Svarbová. (Calvert Journal)

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Friday, October 6, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Olympic gold medalist and Stanford Cardinal swimmer, Simone Manuel
World champion swimmers Simone Manuel and Caeleb Dressel scored six nominations each for USA Swimming's Golden Goggle Awards. Fan voting is now open.

A three-time Olympic swimming medalist ranks the top 5 mistakes triathletes make during the swim. (Team USA)

More answers to the persistent question, 'What's the appeal of cold-water swimming?'

Meet the 66-year-old grandmother of three who became the oldest woman to ever swim the English Channel this summer. (Purpose 2 Play)

3D modeling technology is paving the way for custom-fitted swimming goggles. (Kickstarter)

Take a closer look at that technology that allows the Apple Watch to track swimming. (Popular Science)

What were our oceans like a century ago? Check out these astounding images from a photographer swimming inside a 'fish tornado.' (National Geographic)
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Friday, September 29, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Olympic gold medalist and Florida Gator swimmer, Caeleb Dressel, at the Florida Invitational
The high school swimming season in Idaho is different this year – the state finally recognizes it a sanctioned sport! (Statesman)

This college swimming preview considers how USA Swimming's Athlete of the Year, Caeleb Dressel, will boost the Florida Gators in his senior year. (Swim Swam)

A public pool has banned a young woman from swimming with a mermaid tail. (BBC)

A recent column recalling the now-retired requirement that boys swim nude in gym class inspired a slew of alternately painful and amusing memories. (Democrat & Chronicle)

After last week's earthquake forced the postponement of the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City, Swimming Canada stepped up with next month's "condensed" version in Toronto. (Swimming World)

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Week in Swimming

dress rehearsal for Two Legs Bad, an aquatic ballet adapting George Orwell's Animal Farm and staged in a New Orleans swimming pool
USA Swimming has clarified its position on the so-called "Lochte Rule" on body position after a flip turn.

Keep an eye out for these storylines for women swimmers and men swimmers for the upcoming NCAA swimming season. (Swim Swam)

Britain's most successful swimmer ever, 22-year-old Adam Peaty is already considering his legacy. (The Set Pieces)

With this hot new swimming-pool workout, you can hear the hip-hop soundtrack and the coach's directions thanks to amphibious headphones. (LA Times, with video)

Check out these practical tips for tapering your swim (and bike and run) the week before your triathlon. (220 Triathlon)

Pro footballer ('soccer player' in the U.S.) İlkay Gündoğan is spending a lot of time in the swimming pool as he recovers from a torn ACL. (New York Times)

A new class uses mermaid tails to help teach girls swimming skills and water safety. (Star-Tribune)

Inspired by the Iron Man movie franchise, two young engineers used 3D printers to create these amazing underwater jetpacks:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Marathon swimmer Ben Lecomte
Marathon swimmer Ben Lecomte has a strong new ally in his plan to swim across the Pacific Ocean. (Daily Breeze)

Is one hand weaker than the other? A new swim tracker – worn as rings on your middle fingers – may help you correct that. (Reuters video)

Five years ago, he was a refugee; this weekend, he'll swim 12km to raise money for classrooms in South Africa. (News24)

Find out why former world swimming champion James Magnussen believes that he wouldn't be talent-scouted if he were a 16-year-old today. (

A 15-year-old kidnapping victim escaped after 29 days in captivity … by swimming across a lake! (NY Daily News)

What's it like to take a baby swim class with Michael and Boomer Phelps? (TODAY)

Berlin travel tip: lake swimming is easily accessible in the heart of town. (New York Times)

Olympic swimmers Cammile Adams and Allison Schmitt are pitching in to help Houston-area swimmers hurt by Hurricane Harvey. (Swimming World)

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Week in Swimming

U.S. swimmer Reece Whitley at the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships
Hear from the young U.S. swimmers who won the Team Trophy at this week's 2017 FINA World Junior Championships. (Swim Swam). For the first time, the event had a minority organization as presenting sponsors. (Fox59)

Free and low-cost learn-to-swim programs are beginning to close swimming's racial divide. (New York Times)

A German chemistry professor finished his awareness-raising swim of the entire Tennessee River. (Times Free Press)

Check out these recommendations for the best swimming trackers. (TechAdvisor)

UK swimming sensation Adam Peaty returned to Africa to open the play park that he helped fund. (BBC, with video)

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Friday, August 25, 2017

The Week in Swimming

A swimmer using the ISO Strapless isolation paddles by FINIS
Olympic gold-medal swimmer Simone Manuel penned a candid article on being a role model for young African-Americans and why she wants to be more than "the Black swimmer." (Essence)

Already this year, the USA Swimming Foundation surpassed $500,000 in grants to help lower-income kids learn to swim.

Check out these 5 storylines to watch at the 2017 World Junior Swimming Championships. (Swim Swam)

Singer-songwriter Loudon Wainwright III, known for "The Swimming Song," ranks his 10 best places to swim. But one swimming hole in Upstate New York is falling victim to its own Internet fame. (New York Times)

A Spanish Masters swimmer took a minute of silence – on the block, at the beginning of a race – to honor the victims of the terror attacks in Catalonia (The Sun, with video)

Swim coach and open water swimmer Joe Zaemaitis completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming! (Swimming World) Also, watch three swimmers as they relay across the 70 km of Lake Geneva (Reuters, with video) and a 49-year-old open water swimmer reflects on her successful crossing of Lake George. (Post-Star)

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Friday, August 18, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Daniela Barnea, the 73-year-old Masters swimmer who won 3 gold medals
Is Louisville Cardinal swimmer Mallory Comerford Team USA's next great freestyle swimmer? (Excelle Sports) In the U.K., breaststroke swimmer Adam Peaty cemented his preeminent position with another prestigious award. (Telegraph)

Get inspired by this 73-year-old woman who won three gold medals at this month's US Masters Swimming Summer Nationals! (New York Times)

Check out the complete list of all swimming records broken at the 2017 Fina World Swimming Championships in Budapest. (Swim Swam)

An open water swimmer salutes those who attempt to swim the English Channel … even if they don't complete the swim. (Guardian)

She followed her bliss to found the first minority-owned swimming company in the Greater NYC area; now CEO Agnes Davis is on a mission to reduce the disproportionate drowning rates among people of color. (NBC News)

Samsung's upcoming Gear Fit 2 Pro will include a swim tracker. (Engadget)

This former NCAA All-American swimmer-turned-swim mom wrote an "Open Letter to a Young Swimmer" that she wishes someone had written her. (Reach for the Wall)

To bring company and the sound of laughter back to his home, a 94-year-old widower installed a swimming pool for the neighborhood children. (TODAY, with video)

Online classes are launching for Swimming-Specific Yoga.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Open water swimmer Antonio Argüelles completing the Oceans Seven
Antonio Argüelles completed the Oceans Seven! He's the 7th person of all time, the first Latin American and the oldest person ever to complete the seven challenging open-water swims. (New York Times)

Ryan Lochte returned to competitive swimming at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships with a gold-medal swim. (USA Today, with video)

Fed up with commuter traffic, one Munich man now swims to work every day. (BBC, with video)

An app that's being called "AirBnB for pools" has been raising questions about insurance liability coverage. (

An open water swimmer is attempting to break her own "longest known unassisted solo swim" record by swimming a 104-mile loop in Lake Champlain. (9News, with video)

Why has open water swimming been rapidly growing in popularity in the Twin Cities? (Star Tribune)

Check out photos of these 5 jaw-dropping swimming pools, all in the Houston area. (Patch)

The inaugural Energy for Swim event in Rome combined elite swimming – including Team USA – with entertainment to support four charities. But what did the swimmers think about it? (FloSwimming, with videos)

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Week in Swimming

Olympic swimmer Caeleb Dressel winning one of 7 record-tying medals at the 2017 Fina World Swimming Championships
With 7 gold medals, Caeleb Dressel tied Phelps' record at the World Championships in Budapest. (NPR, with audio) His performance is raising comparisons to Usain Bolt! (CNN)

Dressel's ascent is only one of these 5 takeaways from the World Swimming Championships. (NBC Sports, with video)

U.S. Paralympics announced its 22-athlete team for the 2017 World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico. (Team USA)

Take closer looks at 2017 High School Swimmers of the Year Morgan Tankersley and Reece Whitley. (Swimming World)

Without a wetsuit, endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh swam his first in a series of Arctic swims in below-freezing waters to raise awareness of climate change. (New York Times)

Get inspired by the 92-year-old swimmer who's breaking local swimming records and by the German professor who kicked off a 31-day, 652-mile swim along the Tennessee River. (USA Today, with video)

With 50 children drowning every day, Bangladesh needs swimming lessons; two charities joined forces to offer them free. (ABC News)

A woman with a rare form of arthritis learned to love exercise by leaving the gym and dipping into a pool. (Greatist)

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