Thanks to SwimSwam reporter Katrina Radke for capturing video interviews used in this report.
Ryan Lochte, 11-time Olympic medalist, reacts to USRPT, ultra short race pace training, and his reaction is zip, zero, nothing. He said he’s never heard of it. The question came from an ESPN producer doing a feature on Michael Andrew.
Lochte’s reaction surprised me, but maybe he hasn’t heard of it. Lochte is old school, a grinder from the Gregg Troy college of training. Of course Lochte is now with Coach David Marsh, famous for his short, intense practices, but even Marsh believes in investing in a base early in the season.
Marsh is covered in the second half of his video. Pay attention to his messaging on PEDs, performance enhancing drugs, aka doping. Doping has been a big topic this fall, and it appears it will be one of the three big stories developing into the Olympic year. Much of this focus comes via ASCA, the American Swimming Coaches Association, and its chief, John Leonard. Leonard is very concerned about cheaters slipping through the FINA cracks, getting away with enhanced performances in Rio and beyond.
What do you think? Is FINA doing the job of policing our sport enough regarding dopers?
Is this concern worthy of a collective push by coaching’s leadership? If so, how should they go about it?
Are you aware of any ASCA messaging regarding dopers? Do they have a clear plan they have communicated to the base of our sport? If so, let me know. If not, how can they do a better job?
This is a Gold Medal Media production presented by SwimOutlet.com. Host Gold Medal Mel Stewart is a 3-time Olympic medalist and the co-founder of SwimSwam.com, a Swimming News website.