~By Bonnie Tsui
WHAT I remember most about a nighttime tour I took of Alcatraz a couple of years ago was the fact that -- given the nearness of the island prison to downtown San Francisco, just a mile and a half offshore -- inmates were often haunted by the sounds of life across the water. When city residents held New Year's Eve parties and their reveling carried across the cold, current-roiled bay, the two shores seemed maddeningly close to the prisoners.
Read on at the New York Times
The 1912 Olympic Games, known as Olympiad V, was the first to allow women to compete in an Olympic swimming event.
"A true champion knows how to overcome doubts and manage those doubts and turn them into motivation."
~Misty Hyman - Olympic gold medalist in 200-meter butterfly at the 2000 Sydney Games
Forbes Carlisle, the great Australian Swimming Coach, is credited with introducing swimming goggles to America's competitive swimmers in the 1950's.
"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us."
~Albert Schweitzer (1875-1965), theologian, philosopher, physician
The following was provided by Jean Magnier, Masters swimmer and former Hoboken Crab. Jean says:
Hello fellow swimmers!
I thought you may enjoy this video on Dara Torres, the 41-year old who is going to Olympic trials. I was at this pool (Coral Springs) 2 years ago for Nationals and saw Dara there swimming with her then 3-week-old! Enjoy!
811 people have swum the English Channel since 1875. This is not a lot of people. By comparison, Mount Everest has been climbed 2049 times.
This is from last week's New Yorker magazine.
“The one thing worse than not being able to see is having no vision.”
~Helen Keller (1880-1968) author, activist & lecturer
Talk about perseverance and determination, Natalie's an inspiration on a variety of levels, not only for overcoming the obstacles in her life, but also by overcoming the prejudices and insensitivities typically shown Paralympic athletes. I absolutely love the fact that she'll be swimming in the able-bodied field.
For those of you that don't already know, some paralympians have been denied the opportunity to compete in the traditional venues (able-bodied) despite being among the best in the world.
Read about Natalie Du Toit's latest success
Article provided by Scott Bay, thanks!
Swimming in the Hudson River was commonplace less than a century ago, but for most of the 20th century, the Hudson was considered to be one of the most polluted rivers in the Unites States. Today, most of the Hudson River is once again clean enough for swimming. New York's former Governor George Pataki stated a goal of making the entire length of the Hudson River Estuary, from Troy to New York City, clean enough for swimming by 2009, the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson's voyage up the river. Upgrading sewage treatment plants, rigorous pollution enforcement, and some toxic site cleanups are helping to achieve that goal. Believe it or not, over the last 20 years, some of the Hudson River fish species are now safe for human consumption. Additionally, swimming is now commonplace in many areas. There are also a host of numerous open-water swimming events throughout the Hudson region, most notable is the annual Great Hudson River Swim which ends at Battery Park on the island of Manhattan.
Today's (May 6th) edition of ESPN's prime-time newsmagazine E:60 at 7 p.m., will feature a profile of Dara Torres as she trains for a U.S. record fifth Olympics at 41 and the mother of a two-year-old.
I don't usually like to scare the Dynoswim community with videos such as these. Afterall, we all know who lives in the ocean. But does anyone have an opinion on this one? I'm torn. On the one hand, I kind of admire this guy, on the other hand I'm wondering, what was he thinking?
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."