Alain Bernard to Help Preview MP Michael Phelps France Line on Friday

2008 Olympic gold medalist and former world record-holder Alain Bernard, who will be inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in August, will be on hand to meet age-group swimmers and help introduce the MP brand to the members of the Vanves Swim Team on Friday. Co-sponsored by MP Michael Phelps France, Aqua Sphere France, the Vanves Swim Team, and the city of Vanves, with media partner Le 10 Sport, the event will be produced by SPL Event.

Bernard is known for his accessibility to age-group swimmers, who look up (literally, he’s 6’5”) to the Olympic champion. It will be the younger members of the Vanves Swim Team who will have the chance to work with Bernard for an hour and a half on Friday afternoon and get a sneak peek at items from the new MP line.

The president of the club Stade de Vanves Natation, Lazreg Benelhadj, said, “It’s a special visit for the club and for our young swimmers who range in age from 6 to 15. To be able to interact with an Olympic champion, it’s not everyone who gets that chance. We will enjoy this moment to the fullest.”

The general public will also be invited to the event, which will double as an opportunity for MP Michael Phelps France and Aqua Sphere France to present its latest collection, a couple of months before it will be distributed throughout France.

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Bobby Bobberson

Never forget that he took the fattest L in swimming history. That is all


#1 dude I want to see swim yards


Stravius in his prime would have been fun too.


Yeah but Alain was 46.94 freestyler at his best, Cesar was a 47.60 In college and went a 40.92 imagine how fast Alain would be I’d say he’d go a 39. Leveaux would be awesome too I mean he’s a 44 second 100 scm swimmer


Bernard was very strong over the surface, but not so much in the turns/underwaters phase, so I don’t think he would have been a yards specialist.
Anyway, in the 2007-2009 he was so fast, particularly n the 100 LCM free, that also in SCY he would have swum great, great times.

bobo gigi

Bernard has never been a short course specialist. He didn’t have great starts/turns/underwaters. And like for Leveaux it’s tough to compare their best times from 2008/2009 to times of today. He and especially Leveaux have benefited a lot from these stupid suits which helped a lot the big bodies with many muscles. Even if it’s fair to say that Bernard has existed before that suits’ period when he became in June 2007 the second fastest 100 free LCM performer of all time in 48.12 tied with Magnini. The suits have helped him to explode but it has coincided with his technical and physical peak. The addition of all of that has resulted in huge times. Manaudou woud have swum crazy… Read more »

bobo gigi

2014 SCM worlds. Manaudou 50 free world record 20.26

bobo gigi

2014 SCM worlds. Manaudou 50 back world record 22.22

tea rex

22.22 in meters is like a 20.00 in yards.
20.26 in meters is like a 18.20 in yards.
Add in a world-class fly and breaststroke, and I’d say Manaudou would have been a pretty useful NCAA swimmer.


Could fill any delay at least 4×50 and make it final worthy.


I mean relay


Hope the 50s of stroke are included in Olympics. Let us hope so.


Oh crap my apologies I was thinking of Leveaux but wrote Stravius instead.

bobo gigi

Alain Bernard best videos

2007 French nationals. 100 free. 48.12.

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