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Passages: Water Polo Legend István Szívós Passes Away at 71

István Szívós, Jr, Water Polo Legend, Has Died April 24, 1948 - November 10, 2019 István Szívós, Jr. - whose father was a two-time Olympic champion (in 1952 and 1956) and whose son, Marton, was a world champion and 2012 Olympian - has died in Budapest. Szívós took part in four Olympic Games and won ...

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Zhaoqing Sports Center Hosts High Diving Water Show

On the evening of May 11th, a special water show was held in Yingxiong Sports Swimming and Diving Hall of Zhaoqing Sports Center. The event attracted over a thousand citizens and water sports enthusiasts. The performances lit up the Zhaoqing City night sky with enthusiasm, and cheers in anticipation...

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Passages: 1956 Olympic Coach Stan Tinkham Passes at 87

Stan Tinkham, the 1956 USA Women’s Olympic Team swim coach has passed away in suburban Maryland at the age of 87 on April 9, 2019. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years. Stan Tinkham was Born on Nov 24, 1931 in Yankton, SD. When he was seven years old his family relocated ...

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Passages: 1964 Olympic Gold Medalist Thompson Mann, 76

Thompson Mann passed away on April 4, 2019 after suffering from failing health for several years.  He was 76 years old. Dr. Harold Thompson Mann was born on Dec. 1, 1942, in Norfolk, Virginia. He moved with his family to Richmond at the age of 4, started swimming and subsequently swam for the Countr...

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The Importance of “A Film Called Blacks Can’t Swim”

Commentary by Bruce Wigo Black History Month is a time for us in the aquatic community to reflect on why more African Americans and people of color don’t swim.  Especially because for 400 years (the period from from 1451 - 1860), Africans, Native Americans and the indigenous populations of Oceana “e...

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Olympic Great Shane Gould Wins Australian Survivor

Shane Gould is arguably the greatest female Olympic swimmer in the history of our sport. Now at the age of 61, she holds a check for $500,000 as the winner of the Australian edition of Survivor. As the oldest competitor on the show, Shane attributed her win not just to her experience as an elite ath...

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Passages: Olympian Bruce Hunter Remembered for Sportsmanship

By Bruce Wigo. Richard Bruce Hunter, 1960 Olympian and All-American swimmer from Harvard died on July 6, on his 79th birthday. He is remembered not only being one of the best American sprinters of his era, but for one of the great demonstrations of sportsmanship in competitive swimming history. Six ...

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PanAm Sports / UANA Swim Camp Tours ISHOF

On Sunday, June 10th, the first PanAm Sports / UANA Swim Camp visited the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) for a tour. The visit, hosted by Azura Florida Aquatics and coach Gianluca Alberani, brought swimmers and coaches from 20 different Caribbean, South and Central American nations to s...

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Olympic Diving Champion Bob Clotworthy Passes Away at 87

Passage by Bruce Wigo, ISHOF. Olympic diving champion Robert (Bob) Lynn Clotworthy passed away peacefully at his home, in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 1st. He was 87 years old. Born in Westfield, New Jersey, Bob attended the Ohio State University where he won 11 Big Ten, NCAA, and National AAU Champ...

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Remembering Joel Lenzi O'Connell

Girl with a Boy’s Name was Ten time AAU Diving Champion Fort Lauderdale – Joel Lenzi O’Connell was a 10 x National AAU diving champion, and an honoree of the Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Hall of Fame.  She passed away in Tempe, Arizona on May 10th at the age of 75. Joel, whose given name was Joeldi...