Opinion

Shouts from the Stands: The Reality of Athlete Burnout

SwimSwam welcomes reader submissions about all topics aquatic, and if it’s well-written and well-thought, we might just post it under…

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Shouts from the Stands: 6 Major Issues Limiting Professional Swimming

What are the major limiting factors to the current construct of swimming that have limited the impact of swimming’s professional athletes and competitions?

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Why Immigration Law Matters to Elite Swimmers

Numerous international swimmers competing in the United States — some of the biggest names in the sport — have worked with Joshua Bratter to secure immigration status and residency. He’s the go-to authority for elite swimmers and coaches who desire to come to the U.S.

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SwimSwam 2020 US Olympians Draft Part 2

The following is a lightly edited transcript of a Slack chat that took place over the last three weeks. This…

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Predicting Tokyo: SwimSwam 2020 US Olympians Draft

Welcome to the first ever SwimSwam mid cycle US Olympic draft. 8 SwimSwam contributors will attempt to defeat each other by drafting the best possible 2020 Olympic rosters.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 42% Pick Cordes To Lead U.S. Breaststrokers

Cordes has been the top American 100 breaststroker in three of the past five seasons: 2013, 2014 and 2017. He garnered nearly half of our votes despite uncertainty as to where exactly he’ll be training for the next two years.

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Are You a Supportive or Overly-Involved Swim Parent?

Where do we cross the line from being supportive, to being “overly involved?” Look around at a swim meet and see if you can spot “those” parents. Then, take a look in the mirror and check to see what kind of swim parent you are.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 43% Predict Baker To Hold Onto U.S. 100 Back Crown

43.5% of voters predicted that Kathleen Baker would remain the top 100 backstroker in the nation this summer.

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The 5 Mentally Toughest American Elite Swimmers in History

There are probably 50 or more good candidates for the top 5 spots, but this is my list. As far as the elite swimmers go, here is my top five list, which includes nine swimmers.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 87.7% Preferred Following Indy Over Atlanta

In retrospect, fans enjoyed the Indianapolis Pro Swim Series more than the Atlanta Classic happening the same weekend, with the balance tipping even further to Indy than it was in our pre-meet poll.

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10 Tips to Improve Parent-Coach Relationships

“Parents today are out of control,” say a number of swim coaches. Don’t get me wrong; club coaches do appreciate us. They say, “We wouldn’t be able to exist without parents. Most parents are great.” Followed by, “But…”

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“This Is Supposed To Be Uncomfortably Tight, Right?” And Other Tech Suit Misconceptions

It’s time to get a new tech suit. You’re excited, but you brace yourself for the worst. These suits are pricy, so you need to make sure you get the perfect fit. You’ll probably have to try on at least two sizes of a few different styles.

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SwimSwam Pulse: 68% More Excited For Indy Than Atlanta

More than two-thirds of respondents said they were more excited for the Indianapolis Pro Swim Series than the Atlanta Classic in last weekend’s dueling national-level meets.

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Ledecky to Sponsors: Pay Up

In many pro sports the ‘contract year’ is a well known phenomenon. Athletes in the last year of their current deal have extra motivation to perform so that their next contract will be a big one.

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Most Marketable Swim Stars To Go Pro Since Michael Phelps

Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel and Caeleb Dressel are making their pro debuts. SwimSwam asked an industry veteran what their financial futures look like. The industry said: “Simone and Caeleb will make $2 to $5 million annually. ​I believe Katie will be in the $5 million to $10 million range.”

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