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Examining The Differences Between Paralympic and Olympic Competition

Examining The Differences Between Paralympic and Olympic Competition Although the Olympic and Paralympic Games are parallel at their core, there are inherent differences between these pinnacle competitions. Here are some things you may notice on the Para pool deck compared to the Olympic pool deck. ...

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10 Things a Guide Dog Thinks During Swim Practice

10 Things a Guide Dog Thinks During Swim Practice Hi, my name is Blake The Guide Dog. My mom is McClain Hermes and her eyes do not work very well. That’s why I am here. I am her eyes and I guide her around trying not to run her into things. She does this thing called swimming and, apparently, she’s ...

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Remembering Dual-Sport Paralympian Curtis Lovejoy

Remembering Dual-Sport Paralympian Curtis Lovejoy The man. The myth. The legend. An inspiration to all. Curtis Lovejoy, or better known as “C-Love,” a five-time Paralympian and dual-sport athlete recently passed away at 63 years old. Only weeks after retiring from Paralympic swimming and fencing, Lo...

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From Rivals to Training Partners to an Unwavering Friendship

From Rivals to Training Partners to an Unwavering Friendship As Brian Houston once stated: “Don't be fooled into thinking that you have the capacity to achieve your best on your own. A training partner in the gym is a great asset because when you think you have reached your limit, there is someone w...

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With Tokyo Games Uncertain, Steve Lundquist Recalls His 1980 Experience

With Tokyo Games Uncertain, Steve Lundquist Recalls His 1980 Experience Early one morning in 1980, Southern Methodist University freshman swimmer Steve Lundquist walked into practice at 5 a.m., and instead of greeting swimmers, he encountered a barrage of news reporters. “I remember going to the nat...

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Try, Try Again: The Success Story of Lindsay Grogan

Have you ever heard the proverb, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again?" This proverb hails from the American educator Thomas H. Palmer, in his work, Teacher's Manual. The entire proverb reads: “'Tis a lesson you should heed, Try, try again. If at first you don't succeed, Try, try again.” I...

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The Support of a Teammate Cannot Be Overestimated

The Support of a Teammate Cannot Be Overestimated Do you find it ironic that a blind journalist uses a quote by Helen Keller to begin an article? Well, consider this, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller. No, do not worry, I am not going to use this particular quot...

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How a Simple Conversation Began a New Wave of Training

How a Simple Conversation Began a New Wave of Training Back in 2007, Philip Scholz, a high school senior at the time, walked into Loyola University of Maryland’s head coach Brian Loeffler’s office. Scholz was desperate for an opportunity to swim. As a blind athlete he was searching for a coach to gi...

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The Beautiful Sacrifices of a Swim Mom

The Beautiful Sacrifices of a Swim Mom My friends and family always seem to laugh when I say that I can count my best friends on one hand. My dog, my mom... yes, my mom is on that list. My mom, Carmen, is one of my best friends in the whole world. She means so much to me. She and the rest of my fami...

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How Self-Confidence Can Boost An Athlete's Performance

How Self-Confidence Can Boost An Athlete's Performance “Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage and confidence in the doing.” -Teddy Roosevelt Swimmers are some of the toughest competitors in the world. Even though they may look strong and muscular on the outside, often on the inside, ...

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Swimming Without the Black Line: How Blind Athletes Adapt

Swimming Without the Black Line: How Blind Athletes Adapt By McClain Hermes, Swimming World Intern When I began swimming at the age of four, I told my parents that I wanted to go to the Olympics. As I grew older, my eyesight slowly began to deteriorate. At the age of eight, I had several eye surgeri...