Opinion

Lessons From Legends: Coach Ray Bussard, An Independent Mind

Is your approach to competitive swimming as a coach, athlete or parent out of the mainstream? Do you think differently…outside the box? Then consider your perspective to what Coach Ray Bussard injected into the sport during his relatively short, 21-year coaching career.

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Program Development with Chris Hadden: Establishing Philosophies and Values – Part I

“As far as staffing goes, Chris looks for three main things from his assistants: 1) reliability, 2) skilled when working with the youth, and 3) capabilities for learning.”

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Lessons From Legends: USA Swimming’s Enduring Roses

“In November of 1975, the hotel convention room in Santa Ana, California was packed with young swim coaches attending USC Coach Peter Daland’s Western States Coaches Clinic. They sat eagerly, waiting to learn from experienced coaches, several of whom were among the best in the world. The 1976 Olympic year was underway…”

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Connecting Swimming To: 12 Years a Slave, Solomon Northup, The Underground Railroad And The Lack Of Diversity In Aquatics

Bruce Wigo, ISHOF CEO, connects swimming to Solomon Northup’s biography, Twelve Years A Slave. (Featured image: Chiwetel Ejiofor, star of the Summit Entertainment film, depicts the struggles of Solomon Northup.)

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Lessons From Legends: Sue Pitt Anderson and Brave Young Girls

The attempt to balance the opportunities for women to those of men didn’t get a firm push forward until Title IX was passed in 1972. Even after it became law it took another 10 years to begin to make a substantial impact on extending girls careers in swimming beyond high school and providing a wide breadth of collegiate opportunities.

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Celebrating in the Pool: Senator John McCain Hates it

Senator John McCain is one elected representative who is undistracted by the looming government shutdown in less than two weeks. Instead Senator McCain is focussing on the important issues. And what could be more important than the LA Dodgers celebrating in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ pool?

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What’s Going On In Age Group Swimming

There is a generation of teenage stars, particularly male, in American swimming right now of the likes we have never seen before. (Photo of Chris DeSantis, author, Credit: Tim Binning, TheSwimPictures)

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D & G Sell Out to the Talkies?

Speaking of bad ideas…video?

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David Teaches Gary How to be Cool

He’s not even being ironic when he does it either. You should’ve seen Gary’s face…but seriously, Gary, the Harlem Shake?

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Dave and Gary Wrestle with Stuff

Is today the day that the column makes some (some) sense? Find out for yourself, in this installment of: Point? Counter Point!

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Chris Michael Joins Point? Counter Point!

Chris Michael used to make funny swim videos for a show called Chlorination. And oddly enough, he has not hit rock bottom, now working for emerging media giant Fullscreen. Which makes it unclear why he’s talking to us. Hm.

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Lance Armstrong Confession on Oprah Winfrey a USADA Win

Lance Armstrong, seven-time Tour de France winner, will confess he used performance enhancing drugs tonight to Oprah Winfrey (9pm on…

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Dave and Gary Discuss NCAA Rule Changes

Gary and Dave take the readers through their creative process, which creatively leads to a discussion of the NCAA and slavery. David thinks it’s their best column. Gary is disappointed with sense, and how often the column makes it.

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Merry Xmas from Gary, Dave and a Special Guest

Casey Barrett is not only a guy that lives in New York, but also an emmy and peabody winning writer for NBC. And he swam in the Olympics. No, no, he’s not an annoying go-getter, actually he’s totally relatable.

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Breaking News: Tarwater Replaces David on “David and Gary”

Davis Tarwater? Here? With…us? We couldn’t believe it either! Come read how badly we muck it up, you’ll hate it!

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