Sprint News 5/31/12: Gardell to Olympics; Adrian Lives with an Internet Icon

…USC’s Stina Gardell has finally been named to the Swedish Olympic Team for the 2012 games in London. The latest list released by the Swedish Olympic Committee today includes 5 new swimmers: Stefan Nystrand, Stina Gardell, Ida Marko-Varga, Gabriella Fagundez, and Michelle Coleman. That brings the lineup to 9, adding to Therese Alshammar, Sarah Sjostrom, Jennie Johansson, and Martina Granstrom, who were previously added to the squad. For Gardell, this was a stressful journey, and it took no-fewer-than 4 National Record breaking swims in the past few months to officially earn her ticket. After a great European Championships by the group as a whole though, the SOK relented and sent out more invites…

…Australian paper The Australian is reporting that British National Performance Director Michael Scott has indicated that the Brits would be looking internationally for a world-class sprint coach to lead a training group that would be based out of a modified London Olympic aquatic centre after the Olympics. Australia is the obvious place to look, given their recent rise in sprinting ability and Scott’s connections to the country. The British sprint group on the men’s side has struggled for years, so this is an important shift in their culture…

Allison Stokke

Allison Stokke is a pole vaulter at Cal Berkeley 

…This isn’t precisely “news,” but check out the story in the San Francisco Chronicle about the veritable mansion home of Cal swimmers Nathan Adrian, Will Copeland, Graeme Moore, and Sean Mahoney. Oh yeah, and they also live with internet pole-vaulting legend Allison Stokke. That’s one heck of a deal…

…The 2012 Mare Nostrum series kicks off in Barcelona, Spain on Saturday with a huge international field. After two days in Barcelona, the circuit will hed to Canet France (June 6th and 7th) and Monaco (June 9th and 10th). The meets have huge cash prizes that attract a big international field, including a slew of Olympic gold medalists. If you’re not in Austin or Santa Clara this weekend, Barcelona is the place to be. The start list for Barcelona is available here

…Swimming Canada’s Communications Director Martin Richard has been promoted to the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications for the Canadian Paralympic organization. He held his previous role for 10 years…

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9 years ago

wow, stokke is gorgeous.

9 years ago


Dear Allison,
As an Athletic fan, i offer to make a special effort to help carry your luggage with purpose to avoid any injuries and unnecessary physical effort.

Best Regards,


Mare Nostrum notes:
Hanser Garcia will be there;
A part of Brazil swimming team too;
And a nice fight between Adlington X Belmonte in 800 and Miley x Belmonte in 400IM

9 years ago

Oh man, Stokke. That was real fun back in ’06. Poor girl.

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9 years ago

Related: Few of those guys tweeted out pictures of the place, always seemed super-nice. (Also found Ms. Stokke’s fledgling account that way. After all the annoyances I helped cause back in her HS days, I decided to not do anything with that discovery.)

9 years ago

I cannot believe Nathan is ignoring Allison!!


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