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Losing Like An Olympic Champion

Losing Like An Olympic Champion (Matt Grevers) As Swimming World nears the end of eight days of throwbacks to the 2016 Olympic Trials, it seemed an appropriate time to rerun the following piece by former staff writer Annie Grevers. After her husband, Olympic champion Matt Grevers, finished third in ...

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9 Strange Skills Every Swimmer Acquires Over Time

9 Strange Skills Every Swimmer Acquires Over Time The other day I saw a girl in her volleyball uniform and thought, "Huh, I wonder how different life would be if I had picked a different sport." I'd have different friends, a different husband, different skill sets, a different body, and a different ...

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Lessons to Learn When Swimming Seems So Cruel

Lessons to Learn When Swimming Seems So Cruel Reprinted from March 7, 2016 The 400 IM is a race I only had to swim once to decide it was not my calling. Now when I watch people race it, and love all 16 laps of it, I cannot relate, but I certainly can respect. One such swimmer was shooting for his se...

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The Rolflex: Your Foam Roller Reinvented

By Annie Grevers, Staff Writer.  Foam rolling. Swimmers have a love-hate relationship with the recovery method. The 18-inch pillar of firm foam, often referred to as "the poor man's massage therapist" is commonly used by athletes to break up tight fascia, or muscle fibers. It can be a highly effecti...

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Wanted: Swimming World College Interns

Swimming World Magazine is seeking another gifted group of writers interested in enhancing their journalism skills and garnering valuable experience to add to their resumes. The Swimming World interns from the summer 2017 season submitted stories bi-weekly and delved into feature writing, race analy...

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Matt Grevers' Saga to Training Camp: When Travel Plans Go Awry

By Annie Grevers, Staff Writer. Swim fans are fascinated by the lives of national teamers, but most fan thoughts revolve around races and what these world-class athletes do for fun. But what about those not-so-fun parts of making the World Championship team this summer? If you’re following any of th...

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Confessions of A Pregnant Swimmer

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer.  Transitioning out of college or professional swimming can be a shock. It takes time to stop feeling guilty about only getting a one-hour workout in when you're used to exerting yourself for two to four hours each day. After getting through that rocky t...

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Coached By A Robot? Fitness Tracking Magic by Chuck Katis

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer Chuck Katis has always been a man on a mission…or rather, a man on many missions. His number one goal: better the world. Number two: better himself. But pretty much all of Katis’s endeavors involve self refinement along with world refinement. ...

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6 Types of Team Captain No One Wants

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer Some people are considered leaders because they are fast swimmers. Some are considered leaders because of the way they treat others. Some are considered leaders because of their work ethic in practice. Some are vocal leaders. Leadership is a complex cate...

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Log Rolling: From Lumberjack Game to Aspiring Olympic Sport

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer If you were fortunate enough to attend the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Nebraska this summer, you may have come across a curious display in the lively Aqua Zone area. A small above ground pool was set up in the center of the massive zone of swi...

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Maya DiRado: The Finish That Broke A Nail and Stunned the World

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer Many have pleaded for 23-year-old Maya DiRado to stay in the sport, but today the 4-time Olympic medalist wakes up a retired swimmer. "They've already let me defer for long enough and I think to go out with a high will be the perfect way to end my swimmi...

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Missy Franklin, Still Team USA's Miss Sunshine

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer It was the summer of 2010 when I first met the wonder kid from Colorado-- Missy Franklin. I was 22, Franklin was 15. I had finished my college career, Franklin had just started high school. We had both qualified for the 2010 Pan Pacific Championship team...

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Taylor Ruck, 16, Playing A Huge Role in Team Canada's Olympic Ruckus

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer How many Olympic medals did you have at age 16? Perhaps you've heard commentators oooh and ahhh over 16-year-old Canadian swimmer Penny Oleksiak who now has three Olympic medals-- a bronze in the 4x200 free relay, a silver in the 100 fly and a bronze in ...

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Swimming World Olympic Predictions: Women's 100 Breast

By Annie Grevers Lilly King’s American record-crushing breaststroke performances at the 2016 NCAAs as well as her No. 1 world ranking by a half-second in the 100-meter breast (1:05.20) leave little room for doubt: she appears to be the future of American and, perhaps, world breaststroke. Still, she’...

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6 Struggles of the Loyal Swimming Spectator

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer I wrapped up my own swimming career four years ago in the mystical Omaha waters. I've never attended Olympic Trials at a spectator. I've grown used to getting flutters in my stomach when NBC Olympic commercials light up the TV before Trials. I know how t...

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Congdon's "The Joy of Swimming": An Artful Salute to Our Sport

By Annie Grevers, Swimming World Staff Writer With a cover as inviting as your backyard pool on a sweltering summer day, you’ll want to cannonball into Lisa Congdon’s “The Joy of Swimming.” Every swirling line, intricate letter, and stroke of water color that make up this book were done by Congdon’s...