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Orcas chase speeding boat

Sun, 23/03/2014 - 23:20

Warning, very excited shouts from the boat people :-)

Preparing Your Child to Swim Safe this Summer

Sun, 23/03/2014 - 23:09

See kiiitv.com

Accidents are the leading cause of death in children under the age of 14, and each year, nearly 1,000 of those deaths around the country are due to drowning.

Most of those drownings happen at the family pool.

KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Missy Franklin to attend Laureus

Sun, 23/03/2014 - 23:03

Read The Star

Young American swimmer Missy Franklin will be at the glittering Laureus World Sports Awards at the Istana Budaya on Wednesday.

The California native has been unstoppable, winning four gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics, followed by an unprecedented six gold medals at one World Championships. She won the 100m and 200m backstroke, 200m freestyle, 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle and 4x100m medley at last year’s World Championships.

And all that at the age of 18. It is no wonder that she’s earned the nickname “Missile Missy”.

Franklin is nominated for the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year for the first time this year. The other nominees are fellow American Serena Williams (tennis), German footballer Nadine Angerer, Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva (both athletics), and Slovenia’s Tina Maze (skiing).

Photo by nrcphotos

Pa. swim coach’s strip club job questioned by some

Sun, 23/03/2014 - 22:59

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A central Pennsylvania school district is debating whether to retain a popular swimming coach after someone complained anonymously about his job as a bartender at a strip club.

Twenty-nine-year-old Baron Leonard tells the Altoona Mirror he works two other jobs to make ends meet. That means he works four jobs, counting his $2,530-a-year part-time coaching position at Hollidaysburg Area High School and his bartending job at Club Coconuts in Altoona.

Missing Castaic Boy Found in Swimming Pool; Pronounced Dead

Sun, 23/03/2014 - 22:27


A 4-year-old boy died after walking away from his home and being found in a pool in Castaic on Friday afternoon, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Rick Chambers reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Friday, March 21, 2014.

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Halifax Harbour hosting swim competition

Sun, 23/03/2014 - 22:18

Read CBC

This summer the Halifax Harbour will host its first open-water swimming competition in more than 50 years, according to Swim Nova Scotia.

Swim Nova Scotia, the umbrella organization for all swim clubs in the province​, will host the event July 27.

Swimmers will start at the Cable Wharf, go around George’s Island, and return. [...]

Halifax Harbour was off-limits to swimmers for decades, until a new sewage-treatment plant cleaned the water.

Photo by eutrophication&hypoxia

CCTV: Sun Yang back with the national team

Sun, 23/03/2014 - 21:40


China’s most famous swimming star Sun Yang is once again training with the national. The athlete was reprimanded by State General Administration of Sports, after he was caught driving without a license last November.

SunYang’s fortunes appear to be improving after a troublesome past five months, as the Chinese swimming federation lifted a ban prohibiting the double Olympic champion from training and competing.

After serving seven days in jail in November for driving without a license, Sun was slapped with an indefinite ban by the Chinese swimming federation and the Zheijang College of Sports. Both organizations lifted that ban Thursday, allowing Sun to return to the pool.

Sun is a little bigger than before as he is about 10 kilos heavier due to a lack constant national team training.

“Sun Yang put in a lot of effort in today’s training, as he knew what he need to do and trained very hard. He has a positive attitude and is working well with our instructors, I think it will help Sun get back to the shape he wants to be.” said Li Chunlei, Sun’s Trainer.

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IU football player Isaac Griffith walks for first time since swimming incident

Sun, 23/03/2014 - 21:34

See The Indy Channel

Isaac Griffith has walked for the first time since being swept away by a rip current at Siesta Beach near Sarasota. Doctors also moved him out of the intensive care unit Friday.

The Indiana University football player was on spring break when currents swept him into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday.

“He’s doing great,” said his father, Shannon Griffith, while holding back tears.

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Swimming Australia bans sleeping pills

Sun, 23/03/2014 - 21:26

Read news.com.au

Swimming Australia is going to help every member of the national swim team sleep naturally after declaring that the use of sleeping pills, including Stilnox is now banned.

SA has joined with the NRL to ban the prescription drug in a move to repair its battered image and win back the respect of swimming fans. To combat athletes’ reliance on sleeping pills, Swimming Australia, ­together with the Australian Institute of Sport, has begun a widespread study on sleep hygiene of their elite swimmers.

Swimmers have been surveyed and are being monitored on a range of bedtime variables, including how many hours’ sleep they get each night, the amount of time spent on iPads and iPhones prior to sleep and the ambience of their bedrooms, at home and away during competition.

Photo by See-ming Lee 李思明 SML

Star junior swimmer Daniel Smith on comeback trail after drug addiction

Sun, 23/03/2014 - 10:47

Read news.com.au

Aged 14, Smith won eight national titles in the single greatest gold medal haul since Ian Thorpe.

He was touted as the next Thorpedo and, in Miami coach Denis Cotterell’s eyes, the best trainer he’d encountered since Grant Hackett.

But if Ian Thorpe can’t cope with being Ian Thorpe, how can a 14-year-old boy?

Smith thought fame and fortune would fall in his lap and behaved like he was a rock star when in fact he’d proven nothing at all.

It was in rehab, during those hellish withdrawals from his daily drug and alcohol binges, that he thought it wasn’t too late to fulfil his destiny.

“I look at it as I’m born to swim and I want to fulfil my destiny. That is my destiny, to be a swimmer,” he said.

“I’d trained myself to take drugs for five years. The hardest thing was that was gone. I had to get clean. Coming off it was like living in hell, but I had to do it.”

Here is a story from 2006

Let’s not put too much pressure on Daniel Smith. Let’s not create impossible expectations. He’s only 14. He won eight gold medals at the Australian age championships, the biggest haul since Ian Thorpe was a young ‘un, but we wouldn’t sleep at night if we labelled him the next Ian Thorpe.

So we’ll call him the next Grant Hackett. Same difference.

Music For Every Sport – A Few Ideas For Your iPod Playlist

Ley, 22/03/2014 - 00:27

See Audioflood

For the Swimmer:

Rather than staring at the same black line across the bottom of your lane, over, and over, and over again, many swimmers like to plug into a waterproof music player and add a little variety to their laps. Shape Magazine put together a 30 minute playlist for just those people:

Mark Gangloff and Julie Stupp review 2014 Tech Suits on SwimOutlet.com

Frí, 21/03/2014 - 15:37

SwimOutlet.com has unveiled its 2014 Tech Suit Review this Friday with eight new suits featured for the 2014 season. Last year’s tech suit review was the first annual suit review for the leading online retailer in aquatics in the United States. This year’s review again features the best swim suits on the market breaking down categories such as size/fit, performance and material.

The men’s suit reviews were independently written by long-time SwimOutlet.com partner and Olympic gold medalist Mark Gangloff, while U.S. Olympic Trials finalist Julie Stupp did the reviews for the women’s suits for the second consecutive year.

The suits featured included selections from all the big players Arena, Speedo and Nike, smaller brands like TYR, Finis and Blueseventy, as well as newcomer Engine. The review also has the first major looks at the Arena Carbon Flex, Nike NG-1 and Finis Vapor, which are just hitting the market this month.

Check out the review here on SwimOutlet.com

Swimming Advisory Issued for Miami North Shores Beach

Hós, 20/03/2014 - 23:47

See NBC Miami

Health officials are warning people not to swim at North Shores Beach after a strain of bacteria known to cause infections was detected in the water.

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County issued a swimming advisory for the waterfront area at 73rd Street and Collins Avenue in Miami Beach after a two samples showed levels of enterococci that exceeded state and federal health standards.

Officials say entering the water could put swimmers at an increased risk for illness.

Troubled stars Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett to be offered mentoring roles with Swimming Australia

Hós, 20/03/2014 - 23:34

Read Herald Sun

Grant Hackett and Ian Thorpe will be invited back into the Australian team as mentors after Swimming Australia launched a scheme to help swimmers handle the pressure of life in and out of the pool.

Hackett and Thorpe are in rehabilitation to overcome personal battles they have suffered since their careers ended, prompting Swimming Australia to take a far more active approach to the “life balance” of their athletes.

Photo by Doha Stadium Plus

Former champions Susie O’Neill and Michael Klim were yesterday announced as leadership mentors for the team, with a new “personal excellence” program focused on helping athletes transition in and out of the team.

High performance boss Michael Scott said Hackett and Thorpe would be welcomed back as mentors in the future, but stressed that would only come when the time was right for the Olympic greats.

“We will embrace a number of our past champions in a variety of activities going forward and certainly Grant and Ian fit that bill,” Scott said.

Federica Pellegrini wants to swim at 2016 Olympics, then retire

Hós, 20/03/2014 - 23:12

Read NBC Sports

Italian Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini wants to swim in a fourth Olympics before calling it a career.

“I want to swim in the Olympics of 2016, then I will leave,” she told Italian magazine Grazia, according to Italian reports. ”I want to be a wife, mother, with a quiet job.

“I am a very private person. I do not believe that, after my swimming, I’ll still want to be in the spotlight.”

Photo by The Wolf

Natalie Coughlin and Aaron Peirsol test the Omega Backstroke Start Device

Hós, 20/03/2014 - 11:30


How to use the device:

  • At the start, the toes of both feet must be in contact with the end wall or face of the touchpad.  Bending the toes over the top of the touchpad is prohibited.

  • The ledge may be adjustable to 4 cm above or 4 cm below the water level.

  • The ledge is a minimum of 65 cm in length.

  • The ledge must be 8 cm in height, 2 cm at the width with 10 degrees of slope.

See the detailed diagram of the device

Behold Megan Romano Skydiving

Mik, 19/03/2014 - 23:58

And Laura Sogar, but this video is mostly about Megan’s skydive

British Swimming statement on UK Sport funding

Mik, 19/03/2014 - 20:33

See swimming.org

British Swimming is to consider a formal appeal following UK Sport’s disappointing announcement that Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming have been unsuccessful after additional representations were made against a loss of funding for the women’s Olympic sports.

The decision follows last month’s announcement that UK Sport was to withdraw funding from the two aquatic sports. British Swimming challenged the decision by presenting strong cases for continued funding to UK Sport last week but the original decisions have now been upheld.

“This is a very dark and sad day for British sport – especially for women’s sport,” said British Swimming Chief Executive David Sparkes.

China’s swimming national team lifts Sun Yang’s ban

Mik, 19/03/2014 - 19:56

Read People Daily

The Chinese swimming national team lifted the ban on Olympic champion Sun Yang’s on Wednesday.

Sun, the first Chinese man to win an Olympic swimming gold with his victories in the 400 and 1,500-meter freestyle at the London Games, was suspended from training and competing indefinitely last November after he was given seven days of detention as punishment for driving without a license.

Sun was suspended from all the competitions and training by the Chinese swimming team last November after he was caught driving without a license in a car accident in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province. He was banned by the Zhejiang College of Sports as well as the national team.

The college lifted Sun’s ban earlier Wednesday and asked the national team to let the swimmer back to training.

“The national team welcomes Sun,” said Shang Xiutang, deputy head of the Chinese Swimming Administrative Center (CSAC). “We always hope he can realize his mistake and come back. We hope he can do better in the future.”

Lady Liberty Sharkfest Swim Promo

Mik, 19/03/2014 - 00:14

See Sharkfest Swim

What could be more sensational than swimming in the waters off the iconic Statue of Liberty, the most well known lady in the United States? The swim will start just outside the security zone of Liberty Island and will go past the historic Ellis Island and the Colgate clock on the Jersey City shoreline, then into the Morris Canal to finish at Liberty Landing Marina in Liberty State Park with a view of the new Freedom Tower in the background.