She has just landed the highly prestigious cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition.
But Chrissy Teigen has revealed she is no natural bikini model – as she can’t even swim.
‘Well I can’t swim and I actually hate sand,’ she tells chatshow host Bethenny Frankel on Tuesday’s edition of her show.
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Spain said on Thursday border police had fired rubber bullets in an attempt to turn back around 200 migrants who tried to cross the frontier between Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave Ceuta on February 6.
Several migrants from the group drowned in the Mediterranean trying to swim around a man-made breakwater that separates Moroccan and Spanish waters. The death toll rose to 12 on Thursday as Spanish police said they had found another body near the shore. They are still searching for victims.
Every year thousands of Africans try to reach Europe via Spain’s two north African enclaves, Ceuta and Melilla, either by swimming along the coast or climbing the triple walls lined with razor wire that mark the border with Morocco.
Migrants who live rough in the mountains on the Moroccan side, waiting for an opportunity to rush the frontier, told Spanish media the police fired rubber bullets at them and sprayed them with tear gas as they tried to swim to land.
According to an article in The Economist, Russia has been using xenon as a performance-enhancer for a few years now. A 2010 document produced by the State Research Institute of the Ministry of Defence advises on how to use the gas. Before competition it can help with listlessness and sleep disruption, and afterwards it can improve recovery.
The manual recommends a 50:50 mixture of xenon and oxygen, inhaled for a few minutes, ideally before going to bed. The gas’s action continues for 48 to 72 hours, so it should be repeated every few days.
Xenon doesn’t just stimulate EPO production. Because it works by activating production of a protein called Hif-1 alpha, which in turn causes production of other hormones as well as EPO, the manual claims its benefits include increasing heart and lung capacity, preventing muscle fatigue, boosting testosterone and improving an athlete’s mood.
And the gas appears to have been used in past Olympics. The website of Atom Medical Centre, a Russian medical-xenon producer, cites national honours the company received for its efforts in preparing athletes for the 2004 summer Olympics and the 2006 winter games.
BTW, inhaling Xenon has an interesting effect on your voice
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Summer holidays are the ideal opportunity to enjoy some time on the beach, lapping up the ocean waves and sea breeze. However, an idyllic summer break can be spoilt if you are unfortunate enough to be taken ill, with one of the most common afflictions being swimmer’s ear.What is swimmer’s ear?
Swimmer’s ear is an infection in the outer ear canal, and is often brought on by water trapped in the ear after swimming. This water creates a moist environment for bacterial growth and can lead to an infection, creating a range of unpleasant symptoms.
“Swimmer’s ear is more common in water with higher bacterial counts, which generally include lakes or other un-chlorinated bodies of water,” says Dr Green, a columnist for Parenting Magazine.
“If the ear is wet for a long period of time, the skin can become prune-like in the same way one’s fingers and toes become soft and wrinkled when they are in water for a long period of time. Bacteria can easily move into the soft skin,” added Dr Green.
Your outer canal has a range of natural defences against infections, including the production of the viable orange wax which people are usually so quick to remove; this repels water and prevents bacterial growth. The downward slope of your ear canal also helps to drain water outwards.
Swimmer’s ear occurs when the ear becomes overwhelmed with excess moisture, which can often be caused by humid holiday weather and too much time spent in the sea.
“We see a lot of swimmer’s ear, especially during the summer,” says John House, an ear specialist at the House Ear Institute. “But it’s not just swimmers who get otitis external. We also see people who simply get water in their ears while taking a shower.”
Breaks in your ear skin, from cuts or scratches, will allow bacteria to grow in your ear tissue; some hair products or jewellery can also promote infection.Symptoms
Symptoms are usually mild at first, but will worsen if the infection spreads or isn’t treated. Mild symptoms include itching in your ear canal, redness inside your ear and drainage of a clear, odourless fluid.
As the symptoms get worse, pain will get more severe, with intense redness in the ear and a discharge of pus. You ear will begin to feel full and blocked from fluid and swelling, making it difficult to hear properly. Soon severe pain will spread to your face and neck, with swelling of your lymph nodes, and eventual fever:
“Unfortunately, I’ve experienced far too many bouts with swimmer’s ear,” says U.S. freestyle sprint champion swimmer, Jason Lezak. “It is painful and uncomfortable and can literally keep you out of the water for a few days.”
Swimmer’s ear can cause further complications when not treated, spreading infection to the base of your skull, brain, or cranial nerves. Diabetics and older adults are at higher risk for such dangerous complications.Treatment
Treatment for swimmer’s ear often includes prescription eardrops containing a corticosteroid, used to reduce itching and restore your ear’s normal antibacterial environment. A teaspoon of half water and half vinegar can also be gently poured into each ear right away, held in place with a cotton ball; this will help to release pressure and clear the ear prior to a doctor’s appointment.
The doctor will sometimes use a suction device or ear curette to clean the ear, removing discharge, earwax and flaky skin. If the ear doesn’t respond to eardrops, antibiotics will be prescribed in order to fight bacterial infection and reduce pain and swelling.
For particularly painful infections, you may need some over-the-counter pain relief, such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Make sure you avoid swimming, scuba diving or flying until your infection clears; doing so will only make symptoms worse:
“I usually tell kids they can swim if the pain is decreased enough for an ear plug to fit comfortably,” says Dr. Marci Chasnow, a paediatrician at Box Hill Paediatrics. “Returning to swimming is not dangerous. It just delays resolution of the infection and may hurt.”Prevention
Swimmer’s ear can be prevented by taking care when cleaning your ears. Wipe them with a clean flannel, and avoid digging into your canal with fingers or foreign objects. When cleaning the ear, avoid using cotton swabs to remove wax; this wax protects against infection and packing it down will create the ideal environment for infection.
A set of good earplugs will also stop water from entering the ear, but still allow you to hear ambient external noises. Alpine Swimsafe offer an excellent value solution, featuring an innovative two-way filtering system which can be cut to size to create a tight seal:
“Earplugs are an excellent way of protecting your ears against infection,” says Earplugshop.com’s Rob Doole.
“You need something that will provide an effective seal against water, preventing bacteria from entering the ear canal and starting an infection. An ear infection on holiday can really ruin your trip, so it’s better to be safe than sorry.”
Alpine also offer a child friendly version, Alpine Pluggies, which can be worn during your child’s swimming classes or beach time. For the professional swimmer, ProGuard Custom Swimmers Earplugs can be moulded to the exact contours of your ears and float in the event of becoming dislodged.
You should also avoid swimming in dirty water, as this is a hive for bacteria; make sure swimming pools are cleaned with chlorine regularly and that sea water isn’t polluted. Also dry your ears with a hairdryer after they get wet.
If you are particularly prone to swimmer’s ear you can keep them clean by using a drop of acetic acid solution before and after swimming; if you have itchy, flaky, scaly ears, or extensive earwax, have your ears cleaned periodically by an otolaryngologist.
For recurring conditions, adding probiotics and vitamins A, C and D to your diet will help to ward off infections; make sure you seek further advice from your doctor.
Swimmer’s ear is not usually a serious condition but does have the ability to spoil your holiday; make sure you take a few simple precautions and you can enjoy the ocean as much as you like.
This article was written by allearplugs.com, suppliers of earplug solutions for swimming and water sports.
Two years of training led Ruby Sherlund to this moment.
The 81-year-old gripped the side of the pool with manicured fingers on Sunday as she waited for the race to start. Her wheelchair sat empty on the pool deck at Mesquite Grove Aquatic Center in Chandler.
At the sound of the buzzer, she and two other competitors shoved off the wall for the 50-yard backstroke race in the Arizona Senior Olympics swimming competition.
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Being in a wheelchair has not stopped this young spirit to stay active, and she’s currently training hard to compete in the 2014 Senior Olympics in Chandler.
Collegiate and Masters Swim Coach Doug Alban, MEd, CSCS explains and Swimmer Kyle Williams demonstrates the double entry swimming drill for freestyle swimmers and triathletes.
Learn how to strengthen and improve freestyle swimming for triathlon and open water from US Olympian Alex Meyer. He integrates time-efficient power based dryland swim-specific training on Vasa Trainers and Vasa Swim Ergometers. He relies on using the popular swim benches to connect better, more powerfully with the water, to sustain proper high elbow catch freestyle and prevent fatigue in races. This video will help any triathlete or swimmer who is time-crunched, can’t get to the pool often enough, or who wants to improve Freestyle swimming technique, sustained power, and endurance to swim better, faster, with greater confidence.
Thousands of semi-naked men clad only in brief loincloths took part in the biggest ‘naked festival’ in Japan, the Hadaka Matsuri, in the city of Okayama on Saturday night.
As British swimmers leapt from the London 2012 starting blocks, they should have been doing so in full confidence.
But their performance was one of the few lowlights of 2012, with the team securing three medals instead of UK Sport’s target of at least five.
“We put a lot of pressure on ourselves,” said Rebecca Adlington, who won two of those medals. “And there is always this fear that if we don’t perform, we will get our funding cut.”
British Swimming’s funding was, indeed, cut by £4m. But it is not just at the elite level swimming has suffered.
Since 2008, grassroots participation has fallen from 3.2 million to 2.9 million a week, while the Amateur Swimming Association says 51% of children aged seven to 11 cannot swim 25m.
What has gone wrong with swimming in Britain?
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If you have a bottomless bank account and a love that goes deeper than the ocean, a British travel outfit has created a package that allows lovers to make their own tsunami waves in a romantic getaway aboard a luxury submarine.
OK, so it’s not yellow. But for adventurous couples who may have already inducted themselves into the Mile High Club at 35,000 feet, Oliver’s Travels has adapted a leisure submarine with luxury furnishings and “sound-proof living accommodations” as part of their Mile Low Club.
The underwater marine hotel called “Lovers Deep” can be moored near the coral reef off the coast of St. Lucia or near a sunken battleship in the Red Sea.
But love at the bottom of the ocean doesn’t come cheap. You’ll need to cough up $292,800 USD per night for a stay on the submarine vessel.
On Saturday mornings, the swimming pool at the France A. Cordova Recreational Center splashes with the sound of children learning to swim, but that sound also helps parents with children in the Special Needs Aquatic Program breathe a sigh of relief.
As you can read in English for instance here on seattlepi.com, a young orca has been separated from its family and faces an uncertain future in the Norwegian fjord of Ålsvåg. Norwegian media site VesterÅlen Online has the story, and the heart-wrenching video when the tiny and seemingly battered calf cries for mommy.
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Former Olympic swimmer Sara Isakovic and psychiatrist Dr. Janet Taylor walk viewers through how athletes manage to compete at such high levels without succumbing to pressure, and how you can use their techniques.
It’s the spectacular rise and fall of Olympian Scott Miller. In the 90s he was the Golden Boy of swimming, but with success came women and drugs. Now, he breaks his 13 year silence as he tries to rebuild his life.
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Watch the extended POLICE VIDEO from Scott Miller’s arrest in June 2013.
Step into the inner thoughts of collegiate swimmers reflecting on the sport that has defined their lives for years.