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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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Is the Swimming World Catching Up to the US?

Those of you who watched the recent World Championships results were probably as shocked as I was with the Day 1 news that both the US and Australian Men's teams missed making finals in the 4x100 Freestyle relays.   Both did as they always do – swam 4 slower swimmers in the heats to rest up… Continue reading Is the Swimming World Catching Up to the US?

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More Than You Want to Know About Swimming Disqualifications

Disqualifications are an essential part of swimming. It's there lurking in the background of every race in every meet. But what's the real purpose of disqualifications? It might not be what you think. Disqualifications are not there to punish cheaters. The purpose of a disqualification is to prohibit certain movements or actions which have the… Continue reading More Than You Want to Know About Swimming Disqualifications

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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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More Than You Want to Know About the New Backstroke Start Wedge

More Than You Want to Know About the New Backstroke Start Wedge In keeping with my "More Than You Want to Know" series, I'm including some backstroke and backstroke start history. But take a look, there's some fascinating stuff and some really old Olympic backstroke videos. After that we'll discuss the new backstroke starting systems.… Continue reading More Than You Want to Know About the New Backstroke Start Wedge