Sometimes coaches have an exceptionally positive influence on an athlete's life. I would say that Coach Hay is one of those people. Read the comments at The Daily Local left by his former swimmers (and runners). The swimming community is certainly at a loss. ~Dean O.
~By Denny Dyroff
Early Sunday morning, Chester County's sports community and academic world suffered a major loss when John Hay died in his sleep. The veteran coach, who had achieved top-level success in coaching three sports -- swimming, cross country and track and field -- died of respiratory failure.
He was 66.
Ironically, his passing came on the same day as the announcement that he was to be inducted to the Chester County Sports Hall of Fame.
Read on at The Daily Local
~By Karen Crouse
Breaststrokers are fish of a different school, with styles straight out of Dr. Seuss: flat strokes, surge strokes, high strokes, low strokes.
At the moment, the quirkiest -- and quickest -- breaststroke among the women belongs to Rebecca Soni, the American-record holder for the 200-meter event and the fastest in the world this year in the 100 and the 200.
On the final night of the Pan Pacific Championships, Soni came within a half-second of her world record in the 200 breaststroke -- an event in which she owns the six fastest times this year -- with a clocking of 2 minutes 20.69 seconds. Earlier in the week, she defeated the deepest 100-meter breaststroke field of the summer at the event.
Read on at the New York Times
"The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live."
~Leo F. Buscaglia
The New England Journal of Medicine
~By Pieter A. Cohen, M.D
In one of the most dangerous cities in the United States, one portly police sergeant has more to worry about than crime. His doctor had been encouraging him for years to lose weight, and like millions of other Americans, he decided to try a weight-loss supplement to help him shed his extra pounds. But instead of losing weight, he lost his job. According to the label, his diet pills, which were imported from Brazil and sold in the United States, contained vitamin E, centella, senna, and cascara, among other "natural" ingredients. Not included on the label was the amphetamine detected in his urine drug screen. The now-unemployed sergeant is not alone. Such contaminated supplements represent an emerging risk to public health.
Read on at The New England Journal of Medicine
Read the article titled, "Do we swim because we are fit, or are we fit because we swim", By Charles Weatherbee
"Nothing happens until I make it happen."
"None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Life has changed dramatically for me since the 2004 Athens Olympics. With every meet I'm learning more. I have no real pressure on me since I have both breaststroke (100m/200m) world records."
"People with goals succeed because they know where they are going. It's as simple as that."