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Does Shaving Your Body Actually Help You Swim Faster?

Týs, 07/10/2014 - 19:46
Many swimmers, cyclists, runners, and body builders shave their bodies in an attempt to perform better. Does it actually help? Trace is here to discuss.

Newport Beach Lifeguard Died From Accidental Drowning: Autopsy

Týs, 07/10/2014 - 19:39
An autopsy performed on Newport Beach lifeguard Ben Carlson has determined that he died from accidental drowning during a rescue on July 6. The autopsy found scrapes and bruises on Carlson’s forehead and nose. Ben Carlson, 32, attempted to rescue a swimmer in distress in the water off 16th Street on July 6. Carlson, a [...]

Drug cheats in sport could benefit ‘for decades’, scientists find

Týs, 07/10/2014 - 19:27
Convicted dope cheats such as sprinter Justin Gatlin could still be benefiting from having taken banned substances long after their bans have expired. Research by University of Oslo  scientists has established that muscles can retain the advantages given by anabolic steroids decades after the point at which they were taken. The data casts another shadow [...]

Being Frank: Having a Plan

Týs, 07/10/2014 - 10:58
Presented by Arena, the exclusive outfitter of the USA Swimming National Team, “Being Frank” is a web series featuring the insights of USA Swimming National Team Director Frank Busch. As part of Arena’s ongoing dedication to servicing coaches and teams, the series is geared toward helping coaches take their game to the next level – [...]

Olympic and National Team Swimmers make a splash in Pleasantville

Týs, 07/10/2014 - 08:21
Olympic Gold medalist Claire Donahue and National Team Members Brad Craig and Katie Meili made a big splash at Pleasantville high school Sunday. “We’re really excited just to be here and come to South Jersey,” said Claire Donahue, a 2012 London Olympic Gold Medalist in the 400-medley relay. “For them to come out here is [...]

4 Charged in Fatal Shooting of Niles North Swimmer

Týs, 07/10/2014 - 08:17
Four teens have been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of a Niles North High School student last week. Max Gadau, 17, and a 17-year-old girl were either standing next to or inside a Honda Civic in the 9200 block of Kedvale Avenue when they were both shot. Gadau died in the attack and [...]

USA Swimming Announces Discipline for Michael Phelps: 6-month suspension; Withdrawal from 2015 FINA World Championships

Mán, 06/10/2014 - 21:56
USA Swimming announced today that, due to a violation of the organization’s Code of Conduct, Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md.) will be suspended from USA Swimming-sanctioned competition for six months, withdraw from the 2015 FINA World Championships Team and forfeit his funding from the NGB for six months. Phelps’ discipline is set forth under Section 304.3.19 [...]

Bear goes for a swim in backyard pool

Mán, 06/10/2014 - 08:46
The creature managed to break a fence and make its way into Dominic Lombardi’s yard in Hanover Township, Penn., a local ABC affiliate reports. This is not the first bear to help itself to a little pool time. Last month, a black bear in southern California pulled the same shenanigans to help cool off amid [...]

USC Alumna Ariana Kukors Trains for Next Olympics

Sun, 05/10/2014 - 21:29
A former world-class swimmer announced that she would come out of retirement and try her hand at the Olympic Games once again. Ariana Kukors thought she was finished swimming after she participated in the 2012 Olympics, but her passion for the sport made her rethink her decision and led her to train for the 2016 [...]

Shark attack: Man injured at Esperance beach, Australia

Sun, 05/10/2014 - 21:11
A second great white shark has been hooked and killed off Esperance after a 23-year-old surfer was attacked and lost parts of both arms in a horrific attack. The man is 23-year-old Bunbury man Sean Pollard, who arrived at Royal Perth Hospital in a stable condition late yesterday afternoon. Mr Pollard will reportedly undergo emergency [...]

Dolphin attacks five swimmers off the Galway coast in Ireland

Sun, 05/10/2014 - 21:07
Five people have been rescued from Galway Bay in the Republic of Ireland after what has been described as a dolphin “attack”. The swimmers were taken to shore after the incident off Blackrock Tower at Salthill, Galway, on Wednesday evening. Witnesses said the dolphin circled the swimmers then swam at them in an “intimidating way”. [...]

Four ex-servicemen become first amputees to swim the English Channel

Sun, 05/10/2014 - 20:54
Four hero ex-servicemen including a Royal Marine and a submariner have become the first amputees to swim the Channel. Conrad Thorpe, Jamie Gillespie, Stephen White and Craig Howorth, who have all lost part of their legs, completed the 21-mile crossing in an impressive 12 hours 14 minutes. None of the four wore a prosthetic for [...]

Michael Phelps taking time away from swimming after DUI arrest, to ‘attend a program’

Sun, 05/10/2014 - 20:45
Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps is taking “some time away” from swimming and is entering a six-week, in-patient program less than a week after being arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore. “The past few days have been extremely difficult,” Phelps said in a statement. “I recognize that this is not my first lapse [...]

Swimming Associated With Fewer Falls In Older Men

Sun, 05/10/2014 - 10:59
Medical Research: What are the main findings of the study? Dr. Merom: In a cohort of 1667 older Australian men (mean age 76.8 years) data on incident falls were collected every four months by telephone interview. We compared the rate of falling over 48 months of follow-up of men who participated in golf, Calisthenics, lawn [...]

Man running in inflatable bubble rescued off coast of Florida

Sun, 05/10/2014 - 09:38
An ultra-marathoner trying to “run” from Florida to Bermuda in a human-powered inflatable bubble was rescued Saturday morning after he signaled for help, the Coast Guard said. Reza Baluchi, according to his website, has set a goal of running across more than 190 recognized nations to encourage world peace. CNN ran a story about him [...]

Danish Scientists Create Crystal Which Would Allow Breathing Underwater

Ley, 04/10/2014 - 17:02
Scientists at the University of Southern Denmark have synthesized a crystal which could allow people to breathe underwater. Dubbed the Aquaman Crystal – perhaps by fans of the DC superhero – but really called the less catchy “[{(bpbp)Co2II(NO3)}2(NH2bdc)](NO3)2 * 2H2O”, just a spoonful bucketful [corrected by them in a youtube comment, ed.]of the material can absorb all [...]

Chad Le Clos reveals how he upstaged an Olympic legend

Ley, 04/10/2014 - 16:44
When Michael Phelps stepped onto the starting block in Lane 6 for the 200m butterfly final at London 2012 he had in his sights a 15th Olympic title and a third consecutive gold in the event. Standing next to him in Lane 5 was a 20-year-old South African by the name of Chad Le Clos, [...]

East Tennessee professors to spend 73 days in underwater lab

Ley, 04/10/2014 - 16:34
Two professors at an East Tennessee community college plan to spend 73 days in an underwater laboratory in a unique educational endeavor that will also attempt to break a world record. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that beginning Friday, 63-year-old Bruce Cantrell and 25-year-old Jessica Fain will live in a special habitat called Jules Undersea [...]

Freediving the plane wreck at NDAC

Ley, 04/10/2014 - 16:30
Freedivers Tim Money and Daan Verhoeven at the NDAC in Chepstow, diving the plane wreck. Tim discovers that his monofin is wider than the door to the cockpit, and momentarily gets stuck. Courtesy of Daan Verhoeven on YouTube

LEN moves its HQ to Geneva

Ley, 04/10/2014 - 16:26
The LEN Congress held at Lake Garda (ITA) approved the LEN Bureau’s proposal to move the organisation’s headquarters from Luxembourg (LUX) to Geneva (SUI). LEN President Paolo Barelli presented his vision on LEN stepping into an extensive development period from the summer of 2015. At the annual Congress held at Lake Garda (ITA) delegates of [...]