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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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6 Rules For Becoming a Better Swim Parent

The start of a season is a good time to review some of the basics. And the first one is the role of a swim parent. Before I start, I should point out that most swim parents are actually pretty good when it comes to interacting with their kid’s competitors, officials and coaches, at least… Continue reading 6 Rules For Becoming a Better Swim Parent

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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)

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Chasing the Dream: The Pros and Cons of Professional Swimming

Professional team sports are known for their incredibly high-paid stars. Just look at the money thrown at the top names in the big team sports, such as soccer, baseball, football, basketball, hockey and cycling. And not just for the top tier leagues. Many good players in lower leagues can make decent money. There are only… Continue reading Chasing the Dream: The Pros and Cons of Professional Swimming

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Team Culture: How Do You Handle Mistakes?

In the last few weeks I've read two excellent pieces about how organizations handle mistakes, and they came from two complete different worlds. The first is a fascinating book, Creativity, Inc., by Ed Catmull, President of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation. He talks a lot about company culture, and how it's critically important to the… Continue reading Team Culture: How Do You Handle Mistakes?