Barcelona 2013 FINA World Championships Video Teaser

  23 Gold Medal Mel Stewart | January 06th, 2013 | Featured, News

Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte

This video teaser for the 2013 FINA World Championships has been live for several months, but it’s worth viewing if you’re looking forward to the event. I’m not the biggest fan of the video, but my heart rate does jump a bit whenever I watch it. (What should the video be? Could you come up with a better way to promote the World Championships? Let us know the kind of video you would produce.) 

Here’s a link to the Barcelona 2013 World Championship webpage.

Here’s a link to the FINA approved qualifying events. 

Here’s a link to the 2013 FINA World Championships Host, Place and Date of Competitions. 

Here’s a link to the FINA World Championships “swimming results” archive.

Ryan Lochte (from the featured photo) has won multiple World Championship medals. He intends to represent Team USA at the 2013 FINA World Championships. 

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  1. Barco says:

    Only slightly less weird than Chloe Sutton’s glam video.

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    Mel , u must have a lot of good memories of the 92′ Olympics .I still kept all the races on VHS recording from that time . I will do everything to be there this summer . With a good sunny weather , it can be so nice to watch the races if it’s still held outdoors in the Olympic 50 M Pool .
    Nice teaser but it doesn’t show many actual swimmers in it ….

    • Gold Medal Mel Stewart says:

      We’re taking a few SwimSwam reporters to 2013 Worlds, and looking forward to it!
      I do love that pool. It’s beautiful…

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    M Phelps won’t be there but there willl be a renieuwed Us team there with new great swimmers on the rise … Can’t wait , will be tremendously interesting .

  4. Maja says:

    I have to agree – the video is weird. It feels very off-beat, lacks energy and the narration is quite off putting. There are SO MANY inspiring moments FINA could use yet none appears. Why not make a video that tells a story? show the hard work, the preparations before a race, the highs and lows, the struggles and victories – swimming is a tough sport and that’s what makes the achievements in it so incredible and inspiring; that’s what grasps our imagination! A bit of drama never hurt a good story…

    Here’s a video done the right way. This video is absolutely fantastic (in my opinion) – especially with the unconventional cut (in promo videos anyway) half way through, not to mention to superb shot of diving into the water… Needless to say, it has helped draw a very big crowd into what is probably the most successful paralympics games:

    FINA, take notes.

    • Gold Medal Mel Stewart says:

      Maja……love that video! We posted when it was first released. I don’t think I’ve seen anything as effective in the Olympic/Paralympic sports marketing niche.

      I agreed, FINA needs to take notes.

  5. pbrfridays says:

    inspire. inspire. inspire. inspire. inspire. inspire. inspire. inspire. inspire

  6. rjcid says:


    wait for it….

    wait for it…


  7. bobo gigi says:

    New year and new crazy early predictions for the USA trials and the winners at the world championships in Barcelona. Tough with the possible big training breaks after the olympic games but I try.


    50 free. Cesar Cielo
    100 free. James Magnussen
    200 free. Yannick Agnel
    400 free. Sun Yang
    800 free. Sun Yang
    1500 free. Sun Yang
    100 breast. Cameron van der Burgh
    200 breast. Akihiro Yamaguchi
    100 fly. Chad le Clos
    200 fly. Chad le Clos
    100 back. Jérémy Stravius
    200 back. Ryosuke Irie
    200 IM. Ryan Lochte
    400 IM. Tyler Clary
    4X100 free relay. Australia
    4X200 free relay. France
    4X100 medley relay. USA


    50 free. Aleksandra Herasimenia
    100 free. Ranomi Kromowidjojo
    200 free. Allison Schmitt
    400 free. Katie Ledecky
    800 free. Katie Ledecky
    1500 free. Katie Ledecky
    100 breast. Ruta Meilutyte
    200 breast. Rebecca Soni
    100 fly. Dana Vollmer
    200 fly. Mireia Belmonte Garcia
    100 back. Missy Franklin
    200 back. Missy Franklin
    200 IM. Elizabeth Pelton
    400 IM. Ye Shiwen
    4X100 free relay. USA
    4X200 free relay. USA
    4X100 medley relay. USA

    I’m confident about these picks. USA will struggle to beat Japan and Russia in the men’s 4X100 medley relay but I think they still have a little margin. I don’t know if Rebecca Soni and Dana Vollmer will swim this year but if they swim I have to pick them. And about Elizabeth Pelton in the 200 IM, I wanted a surprise and I’m sure she has the potential to swim around 2.07 in this race if she works really hard her breaststroke. I know it’s very early in the year for the predictions but it’s funny.

    • bobo gigi says:

      Excuse me. Predictions just for the world championships. It’s enough for now.

      • Rafael says:

        I Would be not so sure on 4 of your picks

        Men 50 Free: Cielo is recovering from Surgery, It will all be based on how good he returns..

        Men 400IM: Tyler will have to swim his best, cause Hagino is a good, and it looks like Pereira won´t drop the event.

        4×100 Free Relay: I would still pick France, for me Roberts is still just a fluke.

        200IM Women: i think YE have the ability to go for both IM WR is she paces it right..

      • Keith says:

        You think Stravius will top Grevers? What has been Vollmer been up to since London? We know Grevers has been training. And Pelton over Ye in the 200IM! Wow.

        I think Halsall may win the 50 free (now being coached by James Gibson).

      • Keith says:

        I also can’t believe you picked Ledecky over Muffat in the 400!! Well at least you made your picks interesting. 😉

    • Gold Medal Mel Stewart says:

      Bobo…putting them out there! We’ll do another pick’em contest for Worlds. That gives you 6 months to make any edits….if you want to.

    • Swimma says:

      Races I’m most looking forward to this year:
      Mens 100 free: rematch between Adrian and Magnussen and possibly agnel if he can mature physically more
      Mens 200 breast: yamaguchi and Gyurta could push some great times
      Mens 200 back: the two Americans(whoever they might be) vs irie
      Women’s 400 free: muffat vs Schmitt vs ledecky could all go under 4
      Women’s 4 by 100 free: Australia vs the Dutch vs the US

  8. Philip Johnson says:

    that was pretty much the worst video i’ve ever seen.

  9. bobo gigi says:

    I have forgotten the other 50 races even if I’m not fan of them.


    50 back. Daniel Orzechowski
    50 breast. Cameron van der Burgh
    50 fly. Chad le Clos


    50 back. Olivia Smoliga
    50 breast. Ruta Meilutyte
    50 fly. Jeanette Ottesen Gray

    We’ll see.

  10. Keith says:

    Belmonte Garcia was very conspicuous by her absence in that video especially considering the other Spanish aquatic athletes that were featured.

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MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly.As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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