Sprint News 7/15/12: Albiero Named to Portuguese Staff, Paralympic Live Stream

…Louisville head coach Arthur Albiero has been named as an assistant for Portugal’s 2012 Olympic Team. As the primary coach of two of the country’s best swimmers, Carlos Almeida (entered in the 100 breast) and Pedro Oliveira (200 back and 200 fly) this was a natural move for Albiero, who has been the hottest name on the coaching circuit the last 6 months after his men’s team came from nowhere to grab their highest placement ever at the NCAA Championships (9th). Albiero’s name has come up in the discussion for a number of the huge college gigs that have come up this summer, but so-far has held strong with his Cardinals…

…The IPC has announced that they will stream 580 live hours of Paralympic action during the London Paralympic Games that will run from August 29th to September 9th, with swimming as one of the primary events (alongside wheelchair basketball and athletics) that will get full coverage, along with English commentary. They’ll also have 1,000’s of hours of replays available, and two, daily 5-minute recap shows. All of the action can be found on www.paralympic.org

…Canadian paper The Chronicle Herald is reporting that Canadian two-time Olympic silver medal diver Alexander Despatie is progressing well in his return to the boards. A month ago, Despatie was training in Madrid for a diving Grand Prix meet and hit his head in an inward 3.5 off of the 3-meter. He suffered a 10 centimeter (4 inch) gash in his head that required surgery to close, and he later reported to have suffered a concussion as well. The Herald Sports is reporting that Despatie has successfully completed that same dive, a huge psychological hurdle to get over just two weeks away from the Olympics. He will defend his silver medals from the last two Games on the 3-meter in London, as well as compete in the 3-meter synchro event with Reuben Ross

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