And Then They Won Gold

Lessons From Legends, Mary T. Meagher

Chuck Warner, the author, is a coach and an old friend. Thoughtful and passionate about the sport, he has studied the details behind what it takes to achieve swimming excellence.

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Winning With Wisdom & Kindness

“When a swimmer steps up on the blocks or diving board, a whole person steps up there,” Tim Welsh said. “If their schoolwork is a mess, and their head is back in their room, thinking about that work, a whole person is not up there ready to swim.”

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Jason Lezak & Seeds of Third Effort

Chuck Warner, the author and coach, is an old friend. Thoughtful and passionate about the sport, he has studied the…

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Lessons From Legends: Swimming Traditions

Most swimmers of high school and college age participate in the tradition of shaving down at the end of a season, perhaps getting a special hair cut, making posters and maybe eating a traditional pre-race meal.

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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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Esther Williams, Disguised Opportunity

“Esther Williams became one of the most famous swimmers in history without ever participating in an Olympic Games, because she found opportunities that were disguised in many obstacles that she confronted.” (MGM/photo)

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Transformation and Michael Phelps

“Michael Phelps entered the world stage in swimming quietly in 2000 when he earned a position on the US Olympic Team. In Sydney, he and his 17-year old roommate, Aaron Peirsol watched, listened, learned and quietly began planning their return four years later.” (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

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Lessons From Legends: Jim Montrella’s Modern Swimming Concepts

Chuck Warner, the author and coach, is an old friend. Thoughtful and passionate about the sport, he has studied the…

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Doc Counsilman and Self-Study

Chuck Warner, author and swim coach, is an old friend. Thoughtful and passionate about the sport, he has studied the…

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The Uniqueness of Men’s NCAA Greatest Coaches

“2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the glory of winning.” (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

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Cultures and Competitiveness, You Can’t Buy Success in Swimming

“A common argument for the value of sport in America, and similar societies, is that it helps prepare children to successfully enter the competitive system of capitalism. In fact, the reverse is also true.” (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures)

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Lessons from Legends: Under The Shade of a Freeway

“People say they love the music they grow up with, especially through their transitional years of high school and college.”

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Mind Grinder Swimming Sets and Exploring Your Limits

Chuck Warner, author and coach, is an old friend. Thoughtful and passionate about the sport, he has studied the details…

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Lessons From Legends: Tough Stuff, The Response

“I’m not a fan of sequels…but given the thoughtful feedback to the article “Tis The Season For…Tough Stuff” a response and an expanded view seems called for.” (Swim Photo Credit: CW)

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