The Greatest Triumph In Swimming History

The January 2015 Collectors Issue of Swimming World Magazine

The Greatest Triumph In Swimming History

PHOENIX- Top 10 Triumphs & Tragedies. Beginning in its April issue and running through February 2015, Swimming World Magazine is counting down the top 10 triumphs and tragedies in the history of swimming. This month: #2 The Greatest Triumph in Swimming History, the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. by Chuck Warner
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ON THE COVER
USA Swimming is producing a documentary film that explores the dark chapter in Olympic history of systemic doping by the East German women at the 1976 Olympics. It also tells the greatest Olympic Story never told of the against-all-odds triumph by the American women’s 4×100 relay (Kim Peyton, Wendy Boglioli, Jill Sterkel and Shirley Babashoff) that ended the meet in Montreal. East German swimmers (Kornelia Ender, Petra Thumer and Andrea Pollack) also contribute to the film. (See story page 30, and related stories, pages 18,26 and 29.)

JANUARY TABLE OF CONTENTS:

FEATURES

011 5 Top Stories Of 2014

 

012 Mind Games Forever

by Michael J. Stott

Personal and team traditions and rituals are just as much part of the sport of swimming as the competition itself. Ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime, swimmers and teams do whatever it takes to perform their best.

 


018 Doing The Right Thing

by Jason Marsteller

A year ago, Swimming World Magazine vacated its women’s World and European Swimmer of the Year awards from nine East German swimmers from the 1970s and 80s. Now the magazine proclaims the rightful winners.

 


020 2014 Athletes Of The Year: Diving, Polo, Synchro, Disabled Swimming
by Jason Marsteller

 


022 2014 World And American Record Progression
by Jason Marsteller

 


026 Top 10 Triumphs & Tragedies

by Chuck Warner

Beginning in its April issue and running through February 2015, Swimming World Magazine is counting down the top 10 triumphs and tragedies in the history of swimming. This month: #2 The greatest Triumph in Swimming History.

 


028 Reflections On History: An Interview With Jill Sterkel
by Jeff Commings

 


031 The Greatest Olympic Story Never Told

Casey Barrett

Here’s a sneak peak at the making of “The Last Gold”-a documentary film about the women’s 4×100 freestyle relay at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.

 

COACHING

008 Lessons With the Legends: Richard Shoulberg

by Michael Stott

010 Turn Technique

014 Swimming Technique Misconceptions: Freestyle Straight-Arm Pull

by Rod Havriluk

A common swimming technique misconception is that a straight-arm pull produces the fastest freestyle. A related misconception is that different pulls are more effective for different racing courses: a straight-arm pull for short course and a bent-are pull for long course.

038 Q & A With Coach Tim Conley

by Michael J. Stott

042 How They Train Zach Piedt

by Michael J. Stott

 

JUNIOR SWIMMER

016 Goldminds: Never Give Up!

by Wayne Goldsmith

043 Up & Comers

 

TRAINING

042 Dryside Training: Medicine Ball Madness

by J.R. Rosania

 

COLUMNS

006 A Voice For The Sport

044 Gutter Talk

046 Parting Shot

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Author: Maureen Rankin

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Maureen Rankin is a All-American swimmer from the Multnomah Athletic Club and swam at the University of Arizona. She was a member of USA Swimming Junior National Team and a former Coach for the Phoenix Swim Club. She is a USMS Member and serves as Age Group Chair for Arizona Swimming.

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