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What the McLaren Report Means for Swimming

By now, most of you will have heard of the McLaren report.  This is the report requested by WADA and prepared by Richard McLaren, a Canadian law professor, to look into the state-run Russian doping allegations. However, none of the articles I've read have really looked into what it specifically means for swimming.   McLaren… Continue reading What the McLaren Report Means for Swimming

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Swimming By The Numbers: How Strong is the US Olympic Team?

There's no question that the US Swimming Olympic Trials is one of the most exciting swim meets on the planet.  The depth of talent, and the fierce competition between truly world class swimmers is staggering.  Add to that the heartbreak of watching previous champions miss the team, and the sheer joy of watching new Olympians… Continue reading Swimming By The Numbers: How Strong is the US Olympic Team?

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Olympic Expectations versus Goals: How Australia, Britain and Japan Play This Game

A few years ago I wrote about the incredible difference in impact on an athlete between having an expectation, and setting a goal (see here).  Setting and working toward an achievable goal can be a powerful tool for an athlete, and often involves milestones along the way.  On the flip side,  an individual's expectations for… Continue reading Olympic Expectations versus Goals: How Australia, Britain and Japan Play This Game

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Swimming Canada’s Strange New Road Map

Swimming Canada has recently completed a review of national and international competitions, and has come up with recommendations to improve national level swimming. You can find the document here. Some of these recommendations are, in my opinion, potentially detrimental to Canadian Swimming.   Gap Analysis The basic premise is that the review identified gaps in… Continue reading Swimming Canada’s Strange New Road Map

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Swimming By The Numbers: Age Analysis of Olympic Trials for 6 Countries

It's been a little while since I've done a Swimming By the Numbers blog post, and the recent Canadian Olympic Trials sparked an idea.  We had incredibly strong performances from the women, and NOT incredibly strong performances from the men.  A lot of theories were thrown around, one being that we are abandoning our older… Continue reading Swimming By The Numbers: Age Analysis of Olympic Trials for 6 Countries