Michael Phelps is the most successful Olympian of all time with a career tally of 14 golds, five more than anyone else.
"My father Mark always gives me three pieces of advice," Weber-Gale said after breaking the record. "Trust in your coach, trust in your stroke and swim your own race."
Read more at Swimming World
Jennifer Figge, mother of LeMans series race-car driver Alex Figge, plans to swim 2,100 miles from the coast of Africa to Barbados.
~By Michelle Kaufman
Your 56-year-old mother tells you she plans to swim 2,100 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, from the Cape Verde Islands off the African coast to Barbados. She will swim behind a sailboat, in a giant cage to ward off sharks. She figures she'll be in the water six to eight hours a day, which means it will take her just over two months to fulfill her mission.
Read on at the Miami Herald
~By Mike Klingaman
Phil Scholz is blind, but few have set their goals higher than the Loyola College sophomore who competed last month in the Beijing Paralympics.
Read on at the Baltimore Sun
Charles Zibbleman swam for 168 consecutive hours in a pool in Honolulu in 1941. Three years earlier he swam the Hudson River from Albany to New York City, a distance of 147 miles, to set the distance record for handicapped swimmers. Zibbleman has no legs.
"Swimming is not a sport. It's a way to keep from drowning."
~George Carlin, comedian
I was asked by Mark Mayer (Michelle's brother) to pass this along. Although not necessarily directly related to swim training, it is however related to many of the things that motiviate us to pursue our dreams and aspirations both in and out of the pool. I would say Michelle's willingness to share her very personal thoughts, blessings, frustrations, and feelings, prove that the relationships we make along life's way are what make our goals and dreams worthwhile.
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At 10 years old, Michael Phelps attended the 1996 Olympic Trials to support his sister Whitney. She finished sixth in the 200m butterfly final and failed to make the U.S. Olympic team. The family cried in the stands. Whitney's career was cut short by four herniated discs.
"Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead."
~Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888), novelist
In 1933, US swimmer Henry Myers swam a breaststroke competition (not the Olympics) using a new technique known as butterfly. While illegal in many early competitions, during the 1936, 1948 and 1952 Olympics, swimmers in breaststroke events were allowed to use either the traditional or butterfly styles.
Nate McBride from the West Side Swim Club says:
"Heya...just wanted to let ya know that Dynoswim made the New England LMSC newsletter...see the last page!"
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It turns problems into gifts, failures into success, the unexpected into perfect timing, and mistakes into important events. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow."
~By Kathy Villarreal, mother of Monica
I've always known about the amazing benefits of swimming -- the excellent cardio-vascular workout with few, if any, injuries; the satisfaction of setting goals, training hard, and seeing success at swim meets; the friendships made with swimmers from all over the city and state; and the knowledge that swimming is a sport that is lifelong. Having been a competitive swimmer myself, I encouraged all my children to swim. They started with the summer swim league and eventually became year-round swimmers. For the past five years, my family has been active at Northside Aquatics (410 pool) and today four of my five children are enrolled in the various club programs. Needless to say, I am a huge fan of swimming, but I didn't realize the impact that swimming had on my children's lives, that is, not until my child contracted staph pneumonia and nearly died.
Read on at ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association)
~By Haydn Wooley
Ever been half way through a hard swim or kick set and all-of-a-sudden, whammo - your calf tightens up like someone just kicked you? Well, that type of cramping is such a common complaint that I hear it at least once in every squad session. The good news is that it is quite easy to diagnose and also easy to fix, if you can be honest about what you feel.
Read on at Swim-City
Provided by Judi Rich, thanks!
If a swimming pool is located in its own, separate building, the building is called a natatorium.