Olivier Leroy

Mark Tewksbury: How Visualization Will Help You Achieve Your Goals

When Mark Tewksbury got into the water for the final of 100m backstroke at the 1992 Olympics he felt like he’d already been there a thousand times. Here’s how he used visualization to achieve his goal of Olympic gold.

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Rowdy Gaines and the Importance of Swimming Regret-Free

Before the 1980 Olympics Rowdy Gaines was forecast to win four gold medals. When the US boycotted, Gaines struggled with whether or not to continue swimming and chase that elusive gold medal.

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7 Fun Facts About Age Group Swimming Plateaus

Here’s what swimmers and swim parents need to know about the dreaded age group swimming plateau.

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Olympic Champion Duncan Armstrong: Dream Big, Train Bigger

Duncan Armstrong pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history by asking a simple question: “Why not me?”

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Alex Popov and the Power of Training the Way You Wanna Compete

Alexander Popov is one of the greatest swimmers of all time. Here’s what you can learn from his relentless pursuit of perfection in practice.

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6 Reasons Swim Moms Are The Absolute Best

Swim moms rule. But you probably already knew that. Here are 6 reasons why they are the best.

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How to Stop Overthinking so You Can Swim Your Best

At some point most swimmers have suffered the ill effects of overthinking. It’s been shown to ruin our best intentions and performances with ease. Here’s how to stop overthinking in the pool.

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10 Swim Coach Stereotypes – What Type Is Your Coach?

Swim coaches coach because they love the sport and their athletes. And we love ’em right back. Here are 10 swim coach stereotypes that we see on our local pool decks.

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Mike Burton & the “Fast 66”: How Hard Work Shows You What is Possible

Swimmers are prisoners of what they think is possible. Here’s a lesson in how hard work in the pool helps you to redefine what you are capable of in the water.

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Why Change is So Hard in the Pool (and How to Make it Easier)

If it’s big-time success in the pool you want, start by thinking small. Here’s how.

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What to Do When You Are Having a Bad Swim Practice

Frustrated with the way training is going? Here is a 3-step plan for battling back from your next bad swim practice.

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5 Life Lessons You Will Get From Swimming

There is so much more to the sport of swimming than best times and endless morning workouts with your best friends. Here are 5 life lessons you’ll pick up during your swimming career.

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Swimmers: A Letter from Your Strength Coach

With a totally new environment, new training partners, and the addition of weight training (for many swimmers for the first time), it can be a confusing and frustrating experience.

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A Letter to the Practice Swimmer

Tired of being the swimmer who works hard in practice but can’t rise to the occasion in competition? I got you.

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If You Wanna Train Better, Swim with Faster Swimmers

The people you train with have a strong effect on what kind of effort you are going to give at practice today. Here’s some interesting research on why you should choose to swim with the faster swimmers on your team.

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