PHOENIX, Arizona, January 15. THIS year won’t have a world championships or Olympics, but we could still see some impressive racing at one or all of the four major international meets on tap for 2014. We wanted to know which of the four you were most excited for this summer, and I suppose we should have expected that our USA-centric viewership would pick the Pan Pacific championship by an overwhelming margin, with 65.98 percent of voters picking that meet. It was a tie between the Commonwealth Games and European championships, with both getting 15.46 percent. And the Asian Games rounded out the voting with just 3.09 percent.
Swimming has seen some major evolutions in the past 100 years, and not just in the way strokes are swum. Various inventions have made it possible for athletes to not only race faster, but train better. We’re listing four such inventions in our new poll, and we want to know which of them you believe has made the most impact on the sport.
Is it fins, which Frenchman Louis de Corlieu first introduced in 1914? Is it goggles, which entered the mainstream in the late 1970s? How about the pace clock, which counts Forbes Carlile and Doc Counsilman as pioneers? Or is it another great invention that seems to be an integral part of the sport? Go to swimmingworld.com and vote now on our home page.