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Copacabana

By Christian Hanselmann

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, July 10. AS the FIFA World Cup comes to an end, the anticipation builds for the 2016 Olympics taking place in Brazil. While the host country is obviously one of the most football crazed nations in the world, this does not mean that Brazilians dislike other sports. Actually, quite the opposite is true; I would be preaching to the choi

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Pursley Pep Talks

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SELF-RELIANCE AND ADAPTABILITY

Most national federations and elite programs endeavor to provide their swimmers with sophisticated support, services and resources that

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Vegetarian Lunch

Guest commentary by Jim Perilman

Turning 75, an age up year for Masters, I realized with lightening-bolt amazement I am a late-blooming vegan.

After six months being vegan my body, soul and spirit feel altered. By soul I mean a broadened capacity for compassion, by spirit the embrace of a larger life purpose. Not surprising if one believes, We are what we eat.

95% of Americ

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2013worldsspeedo Kevin Cordes

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Chase Kalisz

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Elizabeth Beisel

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Missy Franklin

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Relay takeoffs

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Commentary by Jeff Commings

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George Haines Statue

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Katinka Hosszu

Commentary by Jeff Commings

PHOENIX, Arizona, June 16. A lot of things can be taken from FINA's press release today about the 2014 World Cup, from the new sponsor to the shortened schedule.

As for me, I'm not concerned that Eindhoven and longtime host Berlin were removed from the l

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Water Pollution

Column by Steven V. Selthoffer, Chief European Columnist

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 13. GREENPEACE released two reports from their research laboratory that confirms contamination in Guanabara Bay of PCBs, DDT, HCH, metallic contaminants, particularly copper, lead and zinc, present at significant concentrations, combined with evidence of riverine input of mercury and zinc.

This

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Russian Age Groupers

Feature by Elena Karpeeva

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 12. WHERE does the Olympic dream start? When does the kid say, This is my passion. When do you see that spark in his/her eyes for the first time, and what keeps it lit?

Swimming at the novice level in the United States and Russia represents two entirely different systems. The sport structures are different, kids are differen

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Guanabara Bay

Commentary by Steven V. Selthoffer, Chief European Columnist

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, June 11. IN a striking turn of events one day ago, Rio de Janiero Mayor Eduardo Paes said the clean-up for Guanabara Bay that will host the Olympic sailing competition won't be done in time. The bay clean-up was promised as a condition in the Rio 2016 Olympic bid book.

Simple. Move on. Next

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Pursley Pep Talks

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SACRIFICE

In our modern, self-indulgent Western culture, the title word of this chapter is sometimes regarded as an unpleasant and undesirable element of our lives. I

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Alin Petrache

By Steven V. Selthoffer, Chief European Columnist

BUCHAREST, Romania, June 2. IT is official. In a monumental and sweeping victory, former swimmer/rugby player and sport executive, Mr. Alin Petrache won the Romania NOC election with more than 70% of the vote, taking 143 out of 202 possible votes, becoming the new President of the Romanian National Olympic Committee last week. This h

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Team Fun

By Tiffany Elias

In a sport with millions of swimmers, every team around the world seems to be comprised of these 7 distinct personalities. Can your team relate?

The 7 Personalities That Exist on Every Swim Team

1. The Won't Go First swimmer:



2. The Save Up Sa

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Ryan Lochte

By Tiffany Elias

Whether swimming is a past or present part of your life, your identity as a human has been completely molded and forever affected. Some of these swimming traits still define your very being.

Here are 8 ways the sport of swimming has probably taken over your identity:

1. To shower or not to shower...?

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Beijing 400 free relay

Commentary by Jim Lutz

WESTFIELD, Indiana, May 27. FOR years I have had conversations with people who claim to know someone in high school or during their childhood years that could have gone to the Olympics ... but didn't want to. How ridiculous to assume they could have been part of the most elite swimmers in the world simply because they could jump into or do a flip at the n

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Pursley Pep Talks

Swimming World will publish a collection of coaching perspectives written by Alabama head swimming coach Dennis Pursley. This is the 15th installment of a series that will be rolled out throughout the coming months.

RESPONSE TO ADVERSITY

One of the few things that we can be certain of in life is that sooner or later, we will find ourselves face to face with adversity. It cannot b

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Bob Kiphuth

Editor's note: We are reposting this great feature by Chuck Warner originally written as part of a series of articles about the great Yale coach Bob Kiphuth, highlighting a moment in Kiphuth's career that intersected with the rise of World War II. It fits well with this Memorial Day Weekend to take a look back.

By Chuck Warner


As Coach Kiphuth drove across the George Wa

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USA Swimming Social Media

Guest submission by USA Swimming

As the discussion continues about the complicated nature of social media between teachers and students, USA Swimming this week is reiterating social media recommendations used for its more than 400,000 members.

While recognizing the reality and convenience of social media and instant communications, USA Swimming and its members also realize that r

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2013juniorsAndrew Seliskar on the awards podium.

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2013worldsspeedo Conor Dwyer

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Commentary by Jeff Commings

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2013juniorsBecca Mann on the awards podium.

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Commentary by Jeff Commings

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Michael Phelps

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By David Rieder

CHARLEST

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Relay start

Commentary by Jeff Commings

PHOENIX, Arizona, May 13. YESTERDAY afternoon, Connor and Cameron Hoppe were granted permission to compete in this weekend's Sac-Joaquin sectional high school swimming championships in northern California. Less than a week earlier, they had been banned from the championships for violating a rule that forbids swimmers from representing a USA Swimming

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Pursley Pep Talks

Swimming World will publish a collection of coaching perspectives written by Alabama head swimming coach Dennis Pursley. This is the 14th installment of a series that will be rolled out throughout the coming months.

PRIORITIES
Many years ago, I was watching the NFL (American football) Hall of Fame induction ceremony for one of the sport's most accomplished coaches, Tom Landry.

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Michael Phelps at Mesa Grand Prix 2014

Commentary by Steven V. Selthoffer, Chief European Columnist

Michael Phelps stepped up on the blocks with a smile on his face during the first comeback swim of his return to the sport. It was good to see. He qualified for finals and finished with a top eight time in the world in the 100 fly, second to friend and teammate Ryan Lochte.

It marked Phelps' return to the sport. H

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5 Ways To Develop Athletes

Commentary by Jim Lutz

During the 1980's I was coaching with the Des Moines Swimming Federation in Des Mones Iowa. At the start of each season, the swimmers would complete a goal sheet to have a focus for the season. What I would later discover is what we considered goals are really desires. Goals are something that we have 100 percent control. Desires are wishes, followed by a

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Katie Hoff

By David Rieder

CHARLESTON, South Carolina, April 30. WITH the Mesa Grand Prix in the rearview mirror, no single swims reshaped the landscape of the top times headed into the big meets this summer. Sure, both Katie Ledecky and Nathan Adrian posted a pair of impressive top-five times in the world in their respective events, but both have already established their status as legitimate

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5 Keys to Recruiting

Commentary by Jim Lutz

This is not about recruiting club swimmers from other clubs. I am adamantly against such behavior. This article is about recruiting to college programs, and even building corporations, just substitute employee and swimmer.

Throughout the years, I have heard, on more than one occasion, people wishing away the current years to get to the point where th

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Pursley Pep Talks

Swimming World will publish a collection of coaching perspectives written by Alabama head swimming coach Dennis Pursley. This is the 13th installment of a series that will be rolled out throughout the coming months.

PERSEVERANCE
Often during my coaching career, I have been struck by the many formidable obstacles that coaches and swimmers have had to contend with: injuries, illness,

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Michael Phelps

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Generic Grand Prix

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Megan Romano

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Commentary by Jeff Commings

MESA,

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Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte

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Michael Phelps at Mesa Grand Prix 2014

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Commentary by Jeff Commings

MESA,

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Jeff Commings at 2012 Masters nationals

Commentary by Jeff Commings

PHOENIX, Arizona, April 17. THERE are many reasons why very few swimmers have adopted the vegan diet. The top two, from my experience, are the difficulty in keeping the same amount of nutrients in your diet and resisting the strong urge after workout to consume everything in our reach regardless of its source.

To refresh your memories,

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Michael Phelps Bob Bowman

Guest commentary by Jim Lutz

In every situation, be it a team or a corporation, I believe that loyalty is the basis on which all foundations are built. Just saying you support the decision of those in charge is not enough to completely display loyalty. I have been fortunate to be part of great teams where everyone had the same purposes for the overall good of the team and no hidden

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Elizabeth Beisel High Five

Guest commentary by Jim Lutz

It's amazing what you hear if you listen. Attributed to Yogi Berra

As I was walking the pool deck during warm up, I heard a coach tell a swimmer, No the angle of your hands needs to be about 38 degrees not 43. Really? A swimmer who can truly determine the angle or pitch of their hand with all the other variables going on when he or she is trying

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