Swimming World Presents “Let The Fast Twitchers Race!”

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“Let The Fast Twitchers Race!”

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Prior to the IOC announcement of the Olympic distance races and mixed gender relays, Swimming World’s Annie Grevers penned a commentary on why adding the 50s of stroke to the Olympic Games could favorably change the sport.

2012 Olympian Jessica Hardy was the first woman to break 30 seconds in the 50 meter breaststroke. Hardy trained her body to swim 100 meters fast, but her natural sweet spot was always in the 50-meter distance.

“I know from experience that training causes a lot of damage to our bodies over the years, and 50s put literally half the wear and tear on your body that 100s do,” Hardy said. For this anatomical reason, Hardy foresees a greater number of older swimmers able to stay in the sport if 50s of stroke enter the Olympic lineup.” – Jessica Hardy, 2012 Olympian 

To read the full story “Let the Fast Twitchers Race!”, check out the July 2017 issue of Swimming World, available now!

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FEATURES
018 BE LIKE MIKE
by David Rieder
Joseph Schooling wanted to be like Michael Phelps as a kid. Last summer, he beat his childhood hero in the men’s 100 butterfly on the world’s grandest stage, the Olympics. Now he wants to break Phelps’ world record. Can this swimmer from Singapore become the next greatest butterflyer of all time?

020 “LET THE FAST-TWITCHERS RACE!”
Commentary by Annie Grevers
Adding the 50s of stroke to the Olympic Games could favorably change the sport.

022 ISHOF EXHIBITS: THE SWIMMING PRESIDENTS WALL
by Chuck Warner
So…some USA presidents have been swimmers and even follow competitive swimming? Absolutely!

024 NUTRITION: AROUND THE TABLE WITH MICHAEL ANDREW
by Annie Grevers and Tasija Korosas
Michael Andrew became the youngest swimmer in history to go pro—at just 14 years of age. Now 18, he has set a total of 78 national age group records. Here’s a sample of what he eats in a day to stay fueled for top-speed training and racing.

026 DEPTH OF FIELD
by David Rieder, Annie Grevers and Andy Ross
Eighteen countries won Olympic medals in the pool last year in Rio, and the battle for the podium this summer appears just as deep, as the world’s best swimmers focus on FINA’s World Championships in Budapest.

033 CURTAIN CALL
by Michael Randazzo, Dax Lowery, Erin Keaveny and Taylor Brien
Many of the athletes from last summer’s Olympic water polo, synchronized swimming, diving and open water competitions in Rio will be returning later this month, July 14-30, for encore performances at the World Championships in Budapest.

COACHING
010 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE MISCONCEPTIONS: BACKSTROKE START ARM MOTION
by Rod Havriluk
This month’s article addresses the misconception that at the beginning of the backstroke start, the arms should move upward as they move away from the starting block. While an upward arm motion is conventional, a downward motion is more effective.

012 LESSONS WITH THE LEGENDS: DAVE SALO
by Michael J. Stott

015 TAKING A BREATH
by Michael J. Stott
This is the third of a multi-part series on “trained behaviors” in swimming— actions that can be executed under pressure and in unusual circumstances. This month’s article focuses on breathing.

038 SPECIAL SETS: SPLASH-AND-DASH PREPARATION
by Michael J. Stott
While the world places a premium on long course swimming, the truth is that much of the training takes place in short course configurations.

051 Q&A WITH COACH JOHN MORSE
by Michael J. Stott

052 HOW THEY TRAIN ALLIE RAAB
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING
037 DRYSIDE TRAINING: THE IM STROKE SERIES—BUTTERFLY
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER
054 UP & COMERS
by Taylor Brien

COLUMNS & SPECIAL SECTIONS
008 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT
039 2017 AQUATIC DIRECTORY
050 DADS ON DECK
055 GUTTER TALK
056 PARTING SHOT

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager 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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