#3 – Daydreaming about tormenting that person who always taps your feet but never passes you.
Michael Phelps has been a part of our lives for 16 years since he burst onto the swimming scene by finishing fifth place in the 200 meter butterfly in the Olympics at the age of 15. Since then, well, you know the rest of his accomplishments.
Swimming’s benefits include: teaching the value of goal-setting, and of learning to deal with both success and failure; learning to love exercise for its own sake and developing a life-long love of the water; exposing the children to one of the few sports where boys and girls train and compete together; and teaching them the value of teamwork.
In a time where the Olympic movement seems to be falling apart from disease, corruption, doping, and every other imaginable flaw of sports, Charles Hartley envisions a different version of the Olympics, one where the focus is on just 3 Olympic events.
As August approaches and myself and other seniors time as club swimmers dwindles down I cannot help but look back and cherish the moments this part of my life has brought myself and so many more.
Aussie label Funky Trunks has signed Australian Paralympian Ahmed Kelly ahead of the Rio Paralympics.
Do you ever look back and think, I wish I could have done that differently?
Coach Eddie Reese dedicates sets in each practice to improving the dolphin kick. It is no wonder that Texas had 6 out of 8 finalists in the men’s 100 yard fly at the NCAA Division 1 Championships this year.
#4 – You’ve learned how to win—and lose—with grace.
Depression: the silent pain and feeling of hopelessness. It not only impacts swimmers but many other people as well. Sometimes it is even frowned upon by tough coaches who believe every athlete should suck it up and live with the pain.
#4 – Take responsibility for your skills.
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Since we last spoke with SwimSwam in 2014, we were three months into our mission of ‘Leveling the playing field for Cincinnati’s inner-city swimmers’.
Does anyone really know what this feels like to finish third except others who have finished third in these Trials? Does anyone really know how frustrating and disheartening this is?
Two of the fastest butterflyers in the world today, Joseph Schooling of Singapore and Chad Le Clos of South Africa, have a delayed front breath, though they achieve it in slightly different ways.