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The Evolution of Modern Pentathlon

Sun, 12/10/2014 - 15:02
Dr. h. c Klaus Schormann of the International Union of Modern Pentathlon explains the evolution of the event on the Olympic stage. Dr. Shormann walks us through the event’s history, rules and scoring system along with outlining the developments made over the years to the sport of Modern Pentathlon at the Olympic Games.

Isklar Norseman 2014 – Crying in the Rain

Sun, 12/10/2014 - 14:31
Isklar Norseman Xtreme Triathlon is considered the ultimate triathlon on the planet, and the race that any hard core triathlete should do at least once. “The tears stream down my cheeks from my unblinking eyes. What makes me weep so? There is nothing saddening here. Perhaps it is liquefied brain.” ― Samuel Beckett

School swim program honors drowned toddler

Sun, 12/10/2014 - 14:20
Miami-Dade County Public Schools introduced a swim program Friday to honor the legacy of a toddler who drowned last year. The program, called iSwim, is turning the tragedy of baby Kyan Quintana’s death into a life lesson for other children. It was launched Friday at Greenglade Elementary in Southwest Miami-Dade. M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto said iSwim [...]

Basejumpers dive off 1099 ft Kuala Lumpur Tower, crash rooftop pool party

Ley, 11/10/2014 - 18:10
Base jumper John Van Horne, along with his buddies‎‏ ‏‎Matt Frohlich‎‏ and ‏‎Andy Lewis‎‏ ended their latest dive off the famous 1,099 feet (335 meter) Kuala Lumpur Tower with a splash, as they took aim for the pool party at the top of the adjacent hotel. See LiveLeak

Branko Petrovic sets breath holding world record in Dubai

Ley, 11/10/2014 - 15:52
The Fazza Freediving champion, Branko Petrovic, has set a new Guinness World Record in Static Apnea also known as the longest breath hold under water on a single breath of air. The previous freediving world record was set in 2009 by Stephane Mifsude in France with a time of 11 minutes and 35 seconds. Branko [...]

Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the FINA Order

Frí, 10/10/2014 - 19:41
The FINA Order has been awarded to the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on October 9, 2014 with the occasion of the international conference “Russia – A Sport Power” in Cheboksary (RUS). The highest FINA recognition was presented by the FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione. The FINA Order is granted to Head [...]

Jemma Lowe has funding cut by British Swimming

Frí, 10/10/2014 - 14:43
Double Olympic finallist Jemma Lowe has had her funding cut by British Swimming. The governing body has announced its 2015 performance squads for Podium and Podium Potential athletes who will receive direct support from UK Sport through the World Class Performance Programme. Sixty-four athletes across Podium (21) and Podium Potential (43) will receive targeted financial [...]

Famous explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes backs Ben Hooper’s bid to swim Atlantic Ocean

Hós, 09/10/2014 - 23:26
Sir Ranulph Fiennes yesterday urged British businesses to “dig deep” and support a man’s historic attempt to swim across the Atlantic Ocean. The celebrated adventurer said West Country swimmer Ben Hooper’s 2,000-mile challenge would be “tough beyond imagination” and that it deserved the backing of major organisations. Sir Ranulph, widely regarded as the world’s greatest [...]

Swimming Australia calls crisis meetings with athletes after blowing $300,000 entitlements

Hós, 09/10/2014 - 18:37
Swimming Australia have called a crisis meeting with their athletes because the sport has blown their budget and can’t afford to pay the swimmers up to $300,000 worth of performance bonus entitlements. Australia’s success in the pool in 2014, where they finished as virtual world No.1, exceeded the expectations of their own bosses so much [...]

Jazz Carlin mulling over coaching options

Hós, 09/10/2014 - 14:24
Commonwealth and European champion Jazz Carlin has yet to decide on her future coaching set-up. Carlin’s success in Glasgow and Berlin was achieved despite coach Bud McAllister moving to Australia. The 24-year-old, who said it has been ‘tough’ without a coach, had been expected to have settled things last month. “I haven’t 100% decided what [...]

5 reasons why swimming and diving aren’t popular spectator sports

Hós, 09/10/2014 - 11:49
An interesting read here on The Digital Universe Packed football stadiums and stuffed bleachers at a basketball game are a common sight, but swim meets fall into a separate category of popularity. There must be some explanation for the empty bleachers and lack of general fame, but one of the highest viewed sports in the [...]

Dawn Fraser heads back to Tokyo

Hós, 09/10/2014 - 11:23
Swimming legend Dawn Fraser returns to Tokyo for the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Olympic Games. At these Games Fraser won her third consecutive gold medal in the 100m Freestyle.

Define Men Aqua Wax ad featuring Norway’s Lavrans Solli

Mik, 08/10/2014 - 12:23
Define Men Aqua Wax ad featuring Norway’s Olympian Lavrans Solli. Via simma.nu/no

It should cost you to quit, says Team Danmark

Mik, 08/10/2014 - 11:42
It has to have consequences if Danish national team swim coaches in the future quit prematurely, says Team Danmark. Team Danmark will not accept any more premature resignations from coaches of the Danish swimmers, says CEO Michael Andersen after Shannon Rollason quit his job at the Danish Swimming Federation a year and a half before [...]

Chloe McCardel swimming across the Bahamas

Mik, 08/10/2014 - 09:46
Chloe McCardel talks about her upcoming attempt to swim 128kms between islands in the Bahamas.

Stephanie Rice Test Drives CrossFit

Mik, 08/10/2014 - 09:17
The guys from Complete Strength & Performance in Sydney take me through a tough, but awesome CrossFit session. Watch me win both challenges!

Naoya Tomita 1½-year ban from Japan Swimming for stealing camera at Asiad

Mik, 08/10/2014 - 08:31
The Japan Swimming Federation on Tuesday suspended Naoya Tomita until March 31, 2016 for stealing a camera during the recent Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. The 25-year-old swimmer admitted to stealing a camera owned by the Yonhap News Agency left at poolside in the press section by a South Korean reporter. He was kicked [...]

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 [...]