Video Interview: Phelps on first race back, racing in the XPRESSO

Video produced by Coleman Hodges.

Reported by Loretta Race.

So this morning’s heats was merely a prelude to what is in store for tonight’s final, as we were treated to Olympians and National Teamers galore.  It feels good to be able to writeMichael Phelps’ name in results – Phelps led the field in a time of 52.92, chasing downTim Phillips who led heat 11 through about 75 meters.  Phillips’ time of 53.02 is the second best of the morning, with his SwimMAC Elite teammate Ryan Lochte as the 3rd seed in 53.17.  Tom Shields won heat 10 with this time of 53.28 to be seeded 4th andMatthew Josa clocked a 53.32 for 5th.  Two Phoenix Swim Club swimmers comprise the 6th and 7th seeds, with Giles Smith and Alexandru Coci registering times of 53.70 and 53.82, respectively.  Marcus Schlesinger threw down a 53.86 from heat 8 of 11 to find himself as the 8th seed going into tonight’s finals.

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SamH

I do not understand why you guys edit these videos to be so short. Why can’t you post the whole thing?

sven

My guess is it’s because one video only gets one hit from each person. And I don’t mean that as a negative, overly cynical attack on SwimSwam, but when you’re trying to maintain a website about a niche sport like swimming, every hit counts.

My other guess is that one minute videos are a lot more accessible in today’s world. People see five minute videos and can’t imagine investing that much time in a single act, so they skip it. But you show that same person one video that’s 1:15, they’ll watch that. Then you show them another video that’s 1:15, they’ll watch that sucker, too.

sven

Etc. until they’ve seen the whole five minutes. But God forbid you ask someone to commit to watching a full five minute video.

SamH

Yeah before I checked back here that thought did occur to me of getting people to watch, as well as getting more stories and page views on the website. I understand why I guess, doesn’t mean I like it though. Wish they had somewhere with all the unedited stuff though.

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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