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Is Russia the New East Germany?

A few days ago a bombshell exploded in the sporting world. On Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014, German broadcaster ARD aired a segment called "Top-secret Doping Dossier: How Russia produces it's Winners". It included a tremendous amount of evidence and on-camera testimony from Russian officials, coaches and athletes on massive and systemic doping, coverups and corruption… Continue reading Is Russia the New East Germany?

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Swimming By the Numbers: Women’s Elite 400 Freestyle Strategies

This is a continuation of my series on how the elite swim various races. In previous posts, I've analyzed all of the 200 races. There is no question that the 400 is a distance-oriented race, and so we can expect distance-oriented strategies. The purpose of this analysis is to determine which strategies are used by… Continue reading Swimming By the Numbers: Women’s Elite 400 Freestyle Strategies

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Teens, Sleep Deprivation and Morning Swim Practices – Revisited

Very early last year I wrote a blog post about the above topic. Specifically, that research at the time showed some pretty bad effects on kids, and especially teens, of not getting enough sleep. You can read that blog post here. Basically, it referred to many studies that say teens need between 8.5 and 9+… Continue reading Teens, Sleep Deprivation and Morning Swim Practices – Revisited

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Swimming By the Numbers: How Elite Men Swim the 200 IM

It's the men's turn this time. Last week we looked at the 200 IM for women, and determined that it was slightly more oriented towards distance than sprinting, all seem to have strong butterfly splits and much wider split variations for the other 3 strokes, and the fastest tended to have the fastest freestyle splits.… Continue reading Swimming By the Numbers: How Elite Men Swim the 200 IM

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Swimming By the Numbers: How Elite Men Swim the 200 Breaststroke

This is the next installment in a series that looks at how the elite swim the 200 by looking at their race splits. This time we're analyzing the 200 breaststroke for men. The first set of analyses involved the long axis strokes for men and women (here, here and here). We found clear indications of… Continue reading Swimming By the Numbers: How Elite Men Swim the 200 Breaststroke

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Swimming By the Numbers: How Elite Women Swim the 200 Breaststroke

This is the next instalment in a series that looks at how the elite swim the 200 by looking at their race splits. This time we're analyzing the 200 breaststroke for women. The first set of analyses involved the long axis strokes for men and women (here, here and here). We found clear indications of… Continue reading Swimming By the Numbers: How Elite Women Swim the 200 Breaststroke

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Swimming By the Numbers: How Elite Men Swim the 200 Butterfly

This time up: 200 Butterfly for Men. The first set of analyses involved the long axis strokes for men and women (here, here and here). We found clear indications of specific race profiles (Sprinter, Distance and Hybrid - see below) that made sense given the efficient nature of the strokes. The women's freestyle and backstroke… Continue reading Swimming By the Numbers: How Elite Men Swim the 200 Butterfly