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Depression not just rampant in swimming: Mark Spitz

Frí, 28/03/2014 - 10:13

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Ian Thorpe`s much-publicised battle have prompted many to believe that success and depression often go hand in glove in swimming, but nine-time Olympic champion swimmer Mark Spitz feels the psychological disorder today is not just limited to his sport but rampant in other disciplines as well.

The multiple American Olympic champion was here as one of the academy members of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Talking about Australia`s retired swimming star Thorpe, Spitz said he could understood the problems faced by the latter after having won a bagful of medals over the years.

“I can understand why he may have been depressed, he probably didn`t complete his career in the way he wanted it to. I think Ian (Thorpe) didn`t have a chance to gracefully retire and a lot of athletes don`t retire gracefully, they hang around for one too many years and then they start to not do as well,” Spitz said ahead of the 15th Laureus World Sports Awards here last night.

Photo by Doha Stadium Plus

Mark Spitz motivational talk at the National Sports Institute (ISN) in Malaysia

Frí, 28/03/2014 - 09:44

Former United States swimming legend, Mark Spitz held a motivational talk for the Malaysian athletes and coaches at the National Sports Institute (ISN) yesterday.

Denis Cotterell still motivating young talent to make breakthroughs after 40 years as a swimming coach

Frí, 28/03/2014 - 09:31


Cotterell recalls the first time he laid eyes on a very young Grant Hackett.

He was not convinced Hackett, eventually a gold medallist at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, was even the best swimmer in his family.

“He was the younger brother of a very good swimmer, his older brother Craig, and I probably didn’t notice Grant’s talents until more like nine or 10,” he said.

“The pedigree was in the family but Craig at that stage was more athletic and looked to have more potential.”

Bob Burnquist’s Floating Skate Ramp

Hós, 27/03/2014 - 17:27

Pro-skater Bob Burnquist has skated on almost every surface imaginable. Now he can add the crystal blue waters of Lake Tahoe to that list. Hope it floats.

Danish Open 2014 to decide squads for Europeans and European Juniors

Hós, 27/03/2014 - 00:29

A record number of 95 clubs including 47 foreign clubs will be competing in Copenhagen this week, at the 2014 Danish Open in Bellahøj Svømmestadion, doubling as the Danish trials for the Berlin 2014 Europeans and Dordrecht 2014 European Juniors.

Dawn Fraser says Aussie coach Verhaeren likely fired if team doesn’t improve this year

Mik, 26/03/2014 - 23:33

Read SBS and ABC

Jacco Verhaeren won’t see out the year as Australia’s head swimming coach if the team fails to perform at the Commonwealth Games and world championships, says Olympic legend Dawn Fraser.

Verhaeren took over the role from Leigh Nugent in January after a seven-year stint as technical director for the Dutch Swimming Federation.

With five Olympic Games under his belt, the 44-year-old has guided some of The Netherlands’ greatest swimmers, including Pieter van den Hoogenband, Inge De Bruin and Ranomi Kromowidjojo.

His first big test will come next week when Australia’s best head to Brisbane for the national titles.

The event will double as selection trials for the Commonwealth Games starting in July.

“He’s got a big job ahead of him,” Fraser told AAP ahead of the Laureus World Sports Awards in Kuala Lumpur.

“Whether he is as successful as some of our Australian coaches or what he brings into the country, I don’t know.

“But if he’s being paid the money that I’ve heard he’s being paid, he’s going to have to do a bloody good job. Otherwise his contract will be torn up and told `see you later’.

Aussie relay team free of stigma: Magnussen

Mik, 26/03/2014 - 21:34

Read brisbanetimes

James Magnussen says Australia’s 4x100m men’s freestyle relay team needed an overhaul after the London Olympics, but believes the new-look line-up is capable of returning to a world-class standard.

The controversial team were the face of Swimming Australia’s much-publicised review into a “toxic” culture in the squad during the 2012 Games.

Magnussen admits there was a hangover from the drama and the subsequent Stilnox investigation, and says it’s been positive for the relay team to enter a rebuilding phase.

Eamon Sullivan, James Roberts and Matt Targett are no longer part of the relay picture heading into the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year, with Magnussen the only surviving member from the team that finished a disappointing fourth in London.

Youngsters Tommaso D’Orsogna, Cameron McEvoy, Kenneth To and Matthew Abood are the new breed and 100m freestyle world champion Magnussen is confident he can lead Australia back to the top at the next Olympics in Brazil in 2016.

Missy Franklin swimming clinic in Kuala Lumpur

Mik, 26/03/2014 - 20:48

Olympic gold medal-winning Missy Franklin visits a local Kuala Lumpur pool to give a swimming clinic of a lifetime with some young people ahead of the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards in the Malaysian capital.

Missy Franklin Named Youngest Ever Laureus Sportswoman Of The Year

Mik, 26/03/2014 - 20:41

See press release on Laureus

Three of the most exciting young sports stars of their generation, who have proved world-beaters despite their age, have been honoured at the 2014 Laureus World Sports Awards in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Germany’s Sebastian Vettel, the youngest four-time Formula One world champion in history at 26, was named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year, US swimmer Missy Franklin, at 18, became the youngest ever winner of the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year Award, while Spain’s Marc Márquez received the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award, after winning the World MotoGP Championship at just 20 years and 266 days.

BACKSTAGE: @FranklinMissy having a great time speaking with journalists… #LWSA14 pic.twitter.com/4ZIQqKj7Ut

— Laureus (@LaureusSport) March 26, 2014

Sarah Lee – Water Photographer: Capturing What You Can’t Control

Mik, 26/03/2014 - 20:22

Water photographer Sarah Lee loves the unpredictability of nature and creates art that captures the interplay of people, water, and light. Unlike other forms of photography, where pixels are painstakingly crafted, Sarah embraces what she can’t control and uses her photography to find beauty in the chaos.

Swimming cat from Watford enjoys water-based physiotherapy

Týs, 25/03/2014 - 22:27

See Watford Observer

When a Watford couple told their vet they were going to treat their cat’s broken leg with swimming lessons he “almost killed himself laughing”, however the unorthodox therapy has proved just the ticket.

Ra, an Egyptian Mau, had an accident last October and fractured his left femur. The rare breed has been attending hydrotherapy sessions at Theravet, in The Common, Chipperfield, for the last two months.

Godsoe & Williamson cover Daft Punk & Drake

Týs, 25/03/2014 - 21:45

Thanks to Max for helping get this collab going! Max is a freshman swimmer at Stanford. A fun mashup we did of Get Lucky and Hold on We’re Going Home.

Michael Phelps could begin racing soon, Bowman says

Týs, 25/03/2014 - 21:18

Read USA Today

Michael Phelps could begin competing in meets over the next few months, paving the way for a fifth Olympic appearance in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, his coach said Tuesday.

“He’s definitely got himself in pretty good shape physically,” Phelps’ longtime coach Bob Bowman told USA TODAY Sports.

Bowman said Phelps has been practicing five times a week on average at the North Baltimore Athletic Club, usually one workout a day. He has not competed since the London Olympics, but he rejoined the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s drug testing pool last year. He regained his eligibility for competition earlier this month, Bowman said.

“I think he feels pretty good about where he is,” Bowman said. “We’ll just kind of look around at some upcoming meets and maybe let him swim an event or two and see how it goes.”

Photo by jdlasica

Fibromyalgia sufferer takes on her chronic pain by training to swim the English Channel

Týs, 25/03/2014 - 21:11

See The Washington Post

When the drugs and the doctors and the physical therapists failed her, Katie Pumphrey had one choice left: She could run from pain or confront it, curtail her lifestyle or push it as far as pain would allow.

Pumphrey, a 26-year-old swim coach and painter who has been in chronic pain for nearly two decades, had discovered along the way that intense, exhausting exercise brought some relief from the strange symptoms of her fibromyalgia, a controversial neuromuscular disease with no known cure. And so she decided to go for broke.

The Baltimore woman is now preparing to swim the English Channel, a physical and logistical undertaking so enormous that pain will just have to get in line with the other challenges she has decided to take on: hypothermia, tides, oil tankers, wind, waves, saltwater, jellyfish, injuries, the financial cost and many more.

2014 Australian Trials SwimFan Week – Gold Coast

Týs, 25/03/2014 - 10:46

Another week of awesome videos from Swimming Australia, as lead-up to the 2014 Australian Swimming Championships Trials in Brisbane, Tuesday 1 – Sunday 6 April 2014.

Monday Memory

Featuring Cate Campbell, Brittany McEvoy, Ryan Napoleon, Nik Pregelj, Bronte Campbell and Cameron McEvoy

Tuesday Tips

Featuring Cate Campbell, Nik Pregelj, Brittany McEvoy, Ryan Napoleon, Cameron McEvoy and Bronte Campbell

Throwback Thursday

Featuring Bronte Campbell, Ryan Napoleon, Cameron McEvoy, Nik Pregelj and Cate Campbell

Fan Day Friday

Featuring Cate Campbell, Cameron McEvoy, Ryan Napoleon, Bronte Campbell, Cameron McEvoy, Brittany McEvoy and Cameron McEvoy

Skill Session Saturday

Featuring PCB Swimming Club head coach Richard Scarce

Lazy Sunday

Featuring ‘Gold Coast Beach Boys‘ Jordan Harrison, Matthew Levings, Jarrod Killey, Tom Fraser-Holmes and Dan Smith

The Penguin Dilemma (Translated)

Mán, 24/03/2014 - 23:41

A group of Emperor penguins encounter a piece of string across their path. Funny in itself, but even funnier here with an English translation :-D

Headed to Amazon, David Beckham warned about Candiru, the urethra invading ‘vampire fish’

Mán, 24/03/2014 - 23:27

Read NY Daily News

David Beckham was warned off swimming in the Amazon during the recent shooting of a documentary — for fear of a deadly fish swimming into his genitalia, sources tell Confidenti@l.

The 38-year-old Becks, famously nicknamed “Goldenballs,” was told by the production’s medical supervisors not to go for a dip during filming in the Brazilian rainforest because of the so-called “vampire fish.”

The fish, called the candiru, is said to enter people through their urethras and eat their way through their private parts.

And the candiru — small, virtually transparent and nearly impossible to see even in clear water — reportedly targets people’s bottoms, too.

Photo by Yahoo Pressebilder

UCSB Student Dies During Swim Practice at Santa Barbara High School

Mán, 24/03/2014 - 23:19

Read Santa Barbara Independent and see KEYT

Nicholas Johnson, a 19-year-old UCSB freshman athlete, was swimming laps at the time during a joint practice with the high school’s swim team. It’s unclear what caused Johnson to lose consciousness, and police and coroner’s officials say they continue to investigate the incident.

Cate Campbell out to prove 2013 no fluke

Mán, 24/03/2014 - 23:13

Read SBS

World champion swimmer Cate Campbell does not like to set goals. Usually.

But the 21-year-old has one for 2014: proving last year was no fluke.

Despite sweeping all before her in 2013, Campbell is not struggling for motivation ahead of next week’s national titles in Brisbane, which double as the Glasgow Commonwealth Games trials.

Often the Australian team’s hard luck story, Campbell became their superstar by claiming 100m freestyle gold at last year’s world titles in Barcelona, remained undefeated over 100m in 2013 and owns the event’s fastest time in history in a textile suit.

She has come a long way since battling a string of setbacks, including career-threatening post viral fatigue syndrome in 2010 and pancreatitis after helping the 4x100m freestyle relay team win London Olympic gold.

“I was blown away by last year. I didn’t think that was possible ever, let alone so soon after the setbacks I encountered,” Campbell told AAP.

“This year I want to build on it, not better it, but to equal it.

“I want to prove that it wasn’t a fluke.”

Rebecca Adlington: I took up comfort eating after quitting swimming

Mán, 24/03/2014 - 23:07

Read The London Evening Standard

Rebecca Adlington has told how she became self-conscious about her body after retiring from swimming.

The Olympic medallist, whose insecurities came to a head during an appearance on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here last year, said she took comfort in food after quitting the sport.

She said: “Everyone thinks that because you are a swimmer and spend your time in a swimsuit, you must feel confident about your body. You don’t think of your body that way.”

The 25-year-old, who  broke down in the Australian jungle during I’m A Celebrity, told Hello magazine: “I put on a lot of weight when I retired. When I was swimming food was fuel, so when I stopped training the weight went on and I got hips. Every athlete goes through the same thing.”

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