SW Biweekly – The Moscow Boycott 40 Years Later

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In this issue of SW Biweekly, read about the athlete-devastating repercussions of the United States’ decision to boycott the 1980 Moscow Olympics, this summer marking the 40th anniversary since it occurred. Also featured are updates on how the Coronavirus is impacting plans for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as organizers are reshuffling schedules, Gary Hall Jr. is urging FINA not to take dangerous risks; Kansas City Chiefs’ football hero Joe Delaney is remembered for his tragic 1983 drowning; Indiana’s Jonty Skinner announces his retirement from coaching; A parent’s guide to swim meets; Alabama Swimming and Diving celebrates the reopening of the Don Gambril Olympic Pool; Swimming World goes on the record with Siena women’s water polo new head coach Alex Williams; Nation’s Capital Swim Club is planning a new multi-million dollar complex; Train with Tufts’ swimmers Roger Gu and Grace Goetcheus; Swimming World’s 2020 Swim Camp Directory; and more! 

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FEATURES

008 GARY HALL JR. CALLS ON FINA TO ADOPT ‘PRECAUTIONARY STEPS’ AS CORONAVIRUS HITS TOKYO 2020 OLYMPIC PREPARATIONS
by Craig Lord
As the spread of the coronavirus forces the 2020 Olympic organizers to reshuffle the schedule of test events prior to the Games in Tokyo, Gary Hall Jr. has urged FINA not to fall into the same pattern of behavior that he sees as having contributed to the death of Fran Crippen and illness among other swimmers.

010 REMEMBERING A FOOTBALL HERO JOE DELANEY AT THE INTERNATIONAL SWIMMING HALL OF FAME
by Bruce Wigo
Kansas City Chiefs’ Joe Delaney—the NFL’s 1981 Rookie of the Year who drowned in 1983 in a rescue attempt from a public park pond that was not open for swimming—will forever be remembered in the International Swimming Hall of Fame as a hero…and a reminder of the importance of every child learning how to swim.

012 INDIANA ASSISTANT JONTY SKINNER ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT FROM COACHING
by Matthew De George

013 JONTY SKINNER AND THE 2020s VISION HE BROUGHT TWO YEARS BEFORE SHINY SUITS WERE SUNK
by Craig Lord
To mark Jonty Skinner’s retirement after 45 years of coaching, Swimming World recalls his connection to two watershed moments in swimming history.

016 2020s VISION—SWIMMING CULTURE: A (REALLY USEFUL) PARENTS’ GUIDE TO SWIM MEETS
by Mary Dowling
Bottom line: “Love me and support me and my teammates—and that is it.”

018 ALABAMA SWIMMING AND DIVING CELEBRATES GRAND REOPENING OF DON GAMBRIL OLYMPIC POOL
Former Alabama head coaches Don Gambril (the namesake of the Tide’s main competition course) and Dennis Pursley were on hand for the grand reopening, along with current head coach Coley Stickels and the 2020 Crimson Tide men’s and women’s teams.

019 ON THE RECORD WITH ALEX WILLIAMS, SIENA WOMEN’S WATER POLO NEW HEAD COACH
by Michael Randazzo
Swimming World caught up with Siena Coach Alex Williams on the pool deck of Brown’s Kathryn Graham Aquatics Center after his team had captured their first win of the season—and the rookie coach’s very first leading an NCAA varsity program.

022 NATION’S CAPITAL SWIM CLUB PLANS MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR NEW COMPLEX
by Matthew De George
The Bethesda, Md.-based swim club recently submitted a proposal to construct a multimillion-dollar training facility near New Baltimore in Fauquier County, Va.

024 THE MOSCOW BOYCOTT: A TOXIC MIX OF SPORTS AND POLITICS PROVED COSTLY FOR HARD-WORKING ATHLETES
by John Lohn
Years of hard work went unfulfilled. Dreams turned into nightmares. Sadness and anger abounded. The repercussions of the United States’ decision to boycott the 1980 Olympic Games were severe. This summer marks the 40th anniversary of a toxic mix of sports and politics.

027 JOSEPH SCHOOLING TO REUNITE WITH COACH SERGIO LOPEZ FOR TOKYO PREP
by Matthew De George
After a rough 2019 in which he failed to make the final in the 50 or 100 fly at the Gwangju World Championships, Joseph Schooling, the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 100 fly, will return to the United States to train with former coach Sergio Lopez Miro to prepare for the 2020 Olympics.

028 CONFIDENT RICARDO VARGAS CHASING A SECOND OLYMPIC BERTH
by Matthew De George
After making Mexico’s Olympic team in 2016, Ricardo Vargas, a junior at the University of Michigan, has a much more mature and confident approach to his swimming as he sets his sights on making a second Olympic team.

030 HOW THEY TRAIN: ROGER GU AND GRACE GOETCHEUS
by Michael J. Stott

032 SWIMMING WORLD’S 2020 SWIM CAMP DIRECTORY

040 KY-LEE PERRY, NC STATE SPRINTING TOWARD BIG FINISH
by Dan D’Addona
When North Carolina State swimmer Ky-lee Perry needs a boost, she recalls the same quote: “You are the only one who can limit your greatness.” That quote has motivated Perry through injuries and disappointments, and has driven the Wolfpack sprinter to huge success in the pool.

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