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Do Ian Thorpe’s Comments Also Apply to Women’s 200 Freestyle

Last week I analyzed the Men’s 200 Freestyle in light of Ian Thorpe’s comments (see here). This week I’m looking at the Women’s elite 200 Freestylers. Briefly, Thorpe said that if swimmers can’t go out hard and match his impressive last 50 speed, then they have to go out very hard and survive that last… Continue reading Do Ian Thorpe’s Comments Also Apply to Women’s 200 Freestyle

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200 Freestyle Analysis in Light of Ian Thorpe’s Comments

It’s a little daunting to analyze a statement from one of the best swimmers the world has ever seen. But here goes. A few months ago, Ian Thorpe assessed the world of 200 freestyle, and declared that the everyone was swimming it wrong. Basically, he says that if swimmers don’t have his incredible last 50… Continue reading 200 Freestyle Analysis in Light of Ian Thorpe’s Comments

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More Than You Want to Know About Practice and Competition Swim Suits

WARNING: This is long. If you just want to know about modern practice and competition swim suits, skip down to near the end.  I'm going to tackle this subject chronologically, since the road to the present has had its share of strange activities. There has been swimming as far ago as the Greeks and Romans. … Continue reading More Than You Want to Know About Practice and Competition Swim Suits