Lessons with the Legends: Jim Steen

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Lessons with the Legends: Jim Steen

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Swimming World continues a series in which top coaches share the secrets of their successes. This month’s article features Jim Steen, former men’s and women’s coach at Kenyon College, inventor of the Power Rack, and founder of Total Performance Sports Camps. Steen coached at Kenyon from 1975-2012. During that time he acquired 29 men’s and 21 women’s Division III NCAA national team titles. His coaching led to the development of more than 150 college champions, as well as, over 300 All-Americans. In addition to those accomplishments, Steen also produced the highest number of post-graduate scholars than any other coach in any sport or division. Steen has won multiple awards throughout his career, most recently adding the Speedo Lifetime Achievement Award to his collection.

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JULY TABLE OF CONTENTS:
FEATURES

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012 SWIMMING’S “ORPHAN” FINDS HOME IN SERBIA
by Annie Grevers
Russian-born Arkady Vyatchanin has endured quite an interesting journey since capturing the Olympic bronze medal in the 200 backstroke at Beijing in 2008. After a disappointing London Games in 2012 and a series of disagreements with the Russian Swimming Federation, the 31-year-old will start a new chapter in his swimming career by representing Serbia internationally.

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016 TAKING IT OUT FAST
by George Block
Part III in a continuing series on saving scholarship swimming focuses on what is being done by the College Swimming Coaches Association and discusses common issues and fund raising. It also suggests ways of what we can do to help solve the problem.

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026 SETTING THE STAGE
by Jeff Commings
Swimming’s main stage is reserved for the 2016 Olympic Games, but this summer’s World Championships in Kazan, Russia could show who will be ready to command the spotlight next year in Rio de Janeiro.

031 YOUNG SWIMMERS ON THE RISE
by Annie Grevers
Seventeen-year-olds Becca Mann and Mark Jurek seem to have all the necessary skills to take their swimming to the next level.

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034 OPPORTUNITY TO FAIL IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT
by Michael J. Stott
With the ever-changing expectations and limitations put on today’s swim coach, Swimming World asked some experienced coaches in the United States their thoughts about “tough love” and coaching.

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037 HOUSE OF FINA RESTS ON SHIFTING SANDS
by Craig Lord
Swimming governance has reached a watershed. The World Championships will soon unfold in Kazan, Russia against a backdrop of schism in the pool and scandal in world sport.

COACHING
010 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: JIM STEEN
by Michael J. Stott

019 PAVING THE WAY
by Michael J. Stott
Success (or failure) of a taper depends largely upon the previous quality of work. Coaches of three USA Swimming club teams share how they taper their age group and senior swimmers.

022 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: HULL LENGTH
by Rod Havriluk
A common technique misconception is that maintaining the entry arm straight in front of the body on freestyle can increase a swimmer’s body length. Actually, the hull length of a ship (or swimmer’s body) is determined by the length of the body at the surface. While a longer hull has an advantage, a submerged arm does nothing to increase hull length.

041 Q&A WITH COACH TED KNAPP
by Michael J. Stott

042 HOW THEY TRAIN EUGENE GODSOE
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING
044 DRYSIDE TRAINING: SO YOU WANT MORE POWER?
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER
024 GOLDMINDS: G.O.T. TRAINING?
by Wayne Goldsmith
Goal-Oriented Training (G.O.T.) challenges swimmers to achieve specific performance related goals in every training activity. The volume of training is not determined by adherence to a pre-determined training plan, but by the swimmer’s commitment, effort and level of engagement.

COLUMNS
045 UP & COMERS
008 A Voice for the Sport
040 DADS ON DECK
046 Gutter Talk
048 Parting Shot

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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