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Diary of a Coach on a Christmas Break

We don't do Christmas training camps, or hell weeks (see here and here), so we trained this year until Dec. 23 (morning and afternoon). Then 12 glorious days off! Below is my unofficial diary of how, as a coach, I handle the time off. Dec. 23: Evening This was a long day. Morning practice (everybody… Continue reading Diary of a Coach on a Christmas Break

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When a Good Swimmer Leaves Your Team

If you've been around swimming for any length of time, then you've witnessed the impact of good swimmers leaving a team.  It could be because the family moved, or the swimmer went to college, or even that the swimmer quit the sport (worthy of its own post - see Gary Vandermeulen's recent post here).  But… Continue reading When a Good Swimmer Leaves Your Team

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Athletes and Their Dislike of Stretching

Having been involved in quite a few different sports, I can state that athletes generally dislike stretching after practice. Others may disagree and say that athletes don't dislike stretching, they HATE stretching, but you get my point. (I should point out that many athletes appear to love stretching before practice, but I think that's just… Continue reading Athletes and Their Dislike of Stretching

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A Glimpse Into the Future: Comparisons of Junior and Senior World Championships

A few weeks ago I wrote about US dominance and international parity in swimming, and how it has changed over the years (here). For the last decade or so we've pretty much had status quo, with 30-35 countries typically making finals, and the US only slipping slightly in terms of percentage of swimmers making finals.… Continue reading A Glimpse Into the Future: Comparisons of Junior and Senior World Championships

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Deconstructing Lochte’s Underwater, and FINA’s Rush To Disallow It

Although it’s not officially called the Lochte Rule, it might as well be.  Ryan Lochte’s now famous dolphin kicking on his back on the freestyle leg of the 200 IM final at the World Championships is the only possible reason for FINA’s announcement that it will soon disallow it. You can see the race HERE… Continue reading Deconstructing Lochte’s Underwater, and FINA’s Rush To Disallow It

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My Favourite Swim Race Videos of 2014-2015 (and Some Earlier Years)

The 2014-2015 season is basically behind us now. Below are some of my favourite racing videos from the year. Since this is my first time doing this annual review, I've also added some of my favourites from the past as well. Unfortunately, some of the races I watched during the World Championships feed are not… Continue reading My Favourite Swim Race Videos of 2014-2015 (and Some Earlier Years)