~By Brett Zarda
Technology in swimming was once limited to a razor and a stopwatch.
The sport has joined the technological tide in recent years, and now Avidasports, a small start-up technology firm in Harper Woods, Mich., hopes to modernize swimmers' training regimens through the use of wireless sensors that enable coaches to collect performance data in real time. The new system will also allow coaches to give swimmers stroke-by-stroke feedback in their ears.
Read on at the New York Times
Provided by Kate Scully; thanks!
~By John Lohn
CRANBURY, New Jersey. August 17. The medal detector so successfully used by Brendan Hansen during his international swimming career has been in his garage for a year. And considering the state of the sport, with record-breaking that has been a sham at all levels, Hansen has no regrets about taking 2009 away from the pool.
Read on at Swimming World Magazine
A note from John Leonard, American Swimming Coaches Association
A number of people have told me that we need a simple primer on why we consider the swimsuit issue (at all levels of American and World Swimming) to be important, and that needs to be addressed to parents of swimmers, who may well not have the background in our sport to understand the issue and be confused. The attached link is direct to such an article. If it will be of help to you with your parents, I encourage each of you to reproduce this in any way you wish IN WHOLE, (please don't cut and clip and choose pieces of it.) and distribute it as you wish.
I hope you find it helpful. Be confident that our ASCA staff and Board leadership have worked diligently for the past 18 months to get the world of swimming into the solution that has now been found and voted for by 168 nations, as part of our advocacy for our beloved sport.
~By John Leonard, Executive Director, American Swimming Coaches Association
Over the past 18 months, the swimming world has been a frenzy of controversy over the emergence of technology in swimsuits. At the recent World Championships in Rome, the constant and overwhelming refrain about suits, echoed the volume and intensity of the last time we were in Rome for a World Championships, when the topic was doping....drugs distorting our sport...in 1994. Fifteen years later, the emotional topic was the new high tech suits that have swept through the sport from the World Championship level down to the local park district championships in the summer league. The parallels were impossible to miss.
This month's crackdown on slick swimsuits marks a rare retreat in the technological arms race (and legs race) that has dominated international sports - but it doesn't mean the multimillion-dollar quest for a high-tech edge is over.
"We've already started to think about what kinds of things we'll be doing for 2012," said Rick Sharp, an exercise physiologist at Iowa State University who has played a key role in the swimsuit wars. Then he added with a chuckle, "I can't tell you what those are."
Read on at MSNBC
Bowman says swimmer might not race until FINA bans high-tech bodysuits
ROME - Michael Phelps' coach has threatened to withhold the swimmer from international meets until FINA bans high-tech bodysuits.
Read on at NBC Sports
Hi-tech suits led to 108 world records being set last year, 30 so far this year
ROME - Record-setting bodysuits were banned by FINA on Friday, with swimming's governing body taking a major step to limit technology in the pool.
FINA has come under criticism for its failure to regulate the rapid advances in swimsuit technology that have led to 108 world records last year and nearly 30 so far this year.
Read on at NBC Sports
Controversial subject and article. Please chime in and share your opinion by using the below comments section.
Competitive swimming's dirty little secret
~By Mark Starr - GlobalPost Columnist
What was always sexy about the sport -- in a healthy rather than a salacious way -- was the great bodies that reflected the extraordinary dedication of these athletes. There were long and lean ones, short and stocky ones and pretty much everything in between.
Now all the bodies are hidden behind the same space-age fabrics. So when you've seen one swimmer, you've seen them all. They actually resemble boats more than human beings. However, if we want to watch boat races, there's far more beauty and pageantry in the America's Cup.
The good news is that I'm hardly the only one who has noticed that technology in the pool is a turnoff. FINA, the international swimming federation, commissioned a study of the new body suits earlier this year and is considering new regulations on swim gear at its meeting this week in Switzerland. For starters, it rejected 10 swimsuit models outright and is requiring modification of another 136 models (out of 348 swimsuits from 21 manufacturers studied by its committee).
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!"
I certainly don't think this is technological doping...
MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- FINA president Mustapha Larfaoui defended swimmers Wednesday who have broken world records in Speedo's new high-tech LZR Racer suit.
At the same time, though, Larfaoui is open to changing the rules if the swimsuit's ultra-lightweight technology, based on NASA intelligence, is deemed to give competitors an unfair advantage.
This week’s Speedo Tip of the Week comes from Lindsay Goodson, the corporate marketing manager at USA Swimming. Goodson, who most recently traveled the country fitting swimmers in Speedo suits, offers swimmers some advice on the proper fit of a competitive suit.
I tried the microfin last week in practice. Quite different from the Speedo fins I typically use. I'm also anti-zoomer, since I just don't see the benefit in using them since you reap no "flipper effect". (You could just as well strap plywood to your feet.) Anyway, I do admit that the Speedo fins are too flexible - just the opposite of zoomers. I thought the microfin had the best of both worlds. Anyway, check them out and if you've tried them let us know what you think. I'll probably buy them once my Speedo fins wear out.
What kind of racing suit do you wear for competitions?
Swimming World Magazine, Industry News: Speedo Debuts First-Ever Swimming Podcasts
Eight-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps stars in Speedo’s inaugural podcast, which launches today. “Speedo Make Waves,” an ongoing series of podcasts, will offer unique insight into the world of swimming featuring the world’s top athletes and the latest swim news from around the world.
Apparently H20 Audio has a new product that offers waterproof housing for your iPod and speaker headset. I wonder if it's cumbersome having it strapped to your body, and how do you prevent getting tangled up in the headset wire while swimming? If anyone has used this product for swimming, I'd love to hear some feedback on it.
Sounds like this site could be interesting. Tomorrow (January 10th) is suppose to be the launch of the site, so be sure to check it out. In the meantime you could view the promo.
SwimmingWorld.TV will provide regular digital programming using an "On Demand" format. The swimming content will range from profiles of the top swimmers in the world, to instructional videos to help improve stroke technique, to in-studio analysis of current events in the world of swimming.
Check out these swimming videos from the 2004 Athens Olympics. They have semifinal and finals videos of all the races.
Below are some neat swimming products that we think would make great gifts for any swimmers in your life. Feel free to leave any ideas you might have in the comments section.
- Speedo Hydralign Training Goggle
- TYR Nuzzles (TM) Thong
- TYR Mentor Hand Paddle
- Subscription to Swimming World Magazine
- Unfiltered DVD starring Ian Crocker and Michael Phelps
- Dynoswim T-Shirts
"The Speedo Hydralign goggle corrects the user's head and body alignment by manipulating the swimmer's field of vision."
The googles offer a clear angled upper lens and the lower portion is frosted forcing a users sightline upward. The goggles are also endorsed by Michael Phelps coach Bob Bowman.
Interesting stuff, has anyone tried these goggles yet? If so leave a comment below on your opinion of them.
For those of you who also enjoy running/walking/biking you might find this website handy. It allows you to calculate distances traveled by using a neat tool built on top of Google Maps.