Swimming World January 2022 Presents – The 2021 Athletes of the Year: Diving, Artistic Swimming, Water Polo & Paralympics

Swimming World January 2022 - The 2021 Athletes of the Year - Svetlana Romashina and Svetlana Kolesnichenko

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The 2021 Athletes of the Year

By Dan D’Addona and Matthew De George

 

Diving: Shi Tingmao, China & Xie Siyi, China

Artistic Swimming: Svetlana Kolesnichenko & Svetlana Romashina, Russia

Water Polo: Maddie Musselman, USA & Filip Filipovic, Serbia

Paralympic: Jessica Long, USA & Maksym Krypac, Serbia

 

 

SHI TINGMAO, CHINA
FEMALE DIVER OF THE YEAR
China’s Shi Tingmao continued to prove she is the top diver in the world, having been named Swimming World’s Female Diver of the Year a record five times (2015-17, 2019, 2021). This past year, Shi won the women’s 3-meter springboard gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Shi also won gold in the 3-meter synchro, following the same path as she did in Rio in 2016 with gold in both 3-meter events. “I’ve waited so long for this moment,” Shi said after winning her Olympic gold medals. “There were a lot of expectations. I feel satisfied.”—Dan D’Addona

 

XIE SIYI, CHINA
MALE DIVER OF THE YEAR
Like Shi Tingmao on the women’s side, China’s Xie Siyi captured two gold medals in diving among the men, also taking both 3-meter events (springboard and synchro). Xie was selected as Swimming World’s Male Diver of the Year, an honor he also earned in 2019. This past summer’s Olympic triumph was the cap to an amazing comeback after breaking his leg twice in 2014. The injury kept him from competing for a spot in Rio. But five years later, after an extra year because of the pandemic, Xie finally stood atop the Olympic podium—twice. —Dan D’Addona

 

SVETLANA KOLESNICHENKO & SVETLANA ROMASHINA, RUSSIA
ARTISTIC SWIMMING CO-SWIMMERS OF THE YEAR
The Russian duo of Svetlana Kolesnichenko and Svetlana Romashina once again displayed their dominance in artistic swimming. Ever since 2013, at least one or both of these swimmers have been named Swimming World’s Artistic Swimmers of the Year except for 2014: Romashina five times and Kolesnichenko four times. The duet won the Olympic gold medal in Tokyo with a near-perfect 98.800. It is the third consecutive medal for the two Svetlanas. Romashina, at 31, was the oldest artistic swimmer to earn a medal—and the gold medal was her record sixth in artistic swimming. —Dan D’Addona

 

 

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FEATURES

012 THE TOP 5 STORIES OF 2021
by David Rieder
While the pandemic and its massive effects on the sport were the lone top story of 2020, the action in the pool returned to center-stage in 2021. Unsurprisingly, the focus of the year’s top stories centers on Tokyo, where the Olympics produced some amazing performances and historic results.

016 2021 ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
by Dan D’Addona and Matthew De George

  • Diving: Shi Tingmao, China & Xie Siyi, China
  • Artistic Swimming: Svetlana Kolesnichenko & Svetlana Romashina, Russia
  • Water Polo: Maddie Musselman, USA & Filip Filipovic, Serbia
  • Paralympic: Jessica Long, USA & Maksym Krypac, Serbia

018 THE GREATEST WORLD RECORDS IN HISTORY
by John Lohn
As the 2022 campaign gets underway, Swimming World decided to look at the greatest world records in history. No, this is not a perfect science, but the eight records featured are—plain and simple—spectacular in nature and deserve all-time recognition.

020 ISHOF FEATURE: REMEMBERING SAN FRANCISCO’S SUTRO BATHS
by Bruce Wigo
Located on the ocean side of the southerly entrance to San Francisco Bay’s Golden Gate, the Sutro Baths—built in the 1890s by Adolph Sutro and eventually destroyed in the 1960s—was the world’s largest indoor swimming facility and one of the most amazing recreational and entertainment complexes ever built.

024 2021 WORLD & AMERICAN RECORD PROGRESSION
by David Rieder

026 SWIMMING TOWARD GREATNESS
by David Rieder
Australia’s Ariarne Titmus first beat Katie Ledecky, history’s greatest female distance swimmer, at the 2019 World Championships. She repeated the feat this past summer at the Tokyo Olympics, and now has her sights set on achieving even more challenging goals.

029 NUTRITION: CHILLED TO THE BONE
by Dawn Weatherwax
Bone broth is a home remedy worth adding whether you live in a cold or warm climate.

034 MENTAL PREP: BEFORE THE BEEP WITH MAX McHUGH
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COACHING

032 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: MAXIMIZING SWIMMING VELOCITY (Part 7)—OPTIMAL STROKE CYCLE FOR BUTTERFLY AND FREESTYLE
by Rod Havriluk
A swimmer who takes full advantage of the propulsive phase and eliminates the wasted time on the non-propulsive phase can optimize stroke cycle time. This article presents optimal times for both the propulsive and non-propulsive phases of butterfly and freestyle with corresponding predicted performance improvements.

036 COLLEGE SWIMMING POST-COVID
by Michael J. Stott
College swim coaches from around the country offer their thoughts on how COVID has affected their sport.

042 SPECIAL SETS: LETITIA SIM—DYNAMITE TALENT FROM TNT SWIMMING
by Michael J. Stott
Coach Jan Mittemeyer shares some sets he has given to Letitia Sim and her fellow senior swimmers at TNT Swimming in Daphne, Ala. Now swimming for Michigan, Sim was 2021’s No. 1-ranked recruit from Alabama and 15th nationally.

043 Q&A WITH COACH BRENT ARCKEY, SARASOTA SHARKS (Fla.)
by Michael J. Stott

044 HOW THEY TRAIN OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST EMMA WEYANT
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

031 DRYSIDE TRAINING: READY, SET, GO!
by J.R. Rosania
With the new year, it’s time to think about what lies ahead and how to begin preparation for winter and early spring racing. This month’s dryland article focuses on exercises for each stroke and some explosive and core training exercises.

JUNIOR SWIMMER

039 GOLDMINDS: THE ART OF SWIMMING
by Wayne Goldsmith
The key to fast swimming is to follow the coach’s leadership and guidance, but it’s also important to choose and make the workout special and unique just for you.

047 UP & COMERS: MAXIMUS WILLIAMSON
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS

008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

009 DID YOU KNOW: ABOUT OSCAR NORIN, CHAMPION HIGH DIVER OF THE WORLD?

041 THE OFFICIAL WORD

046 MOMS AT MEETS: BETH CURTISS

048 GUTTERTALK

049 PARTING SHOT

 

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