Swimming World Presents “The Positive Side Of Olympics Postponement For Water Polo”

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Silver Lining Could Turn To Gold:
The Positive Side Of The Olympics Postponement

By Michael Randazzo

The Olympic postponement was hardly perceived as a positive, but it could lead to hope and opportunity for any men’s or women’s water polo team that aspires to Olympic competition—including the United States’ national teams.

Now that new dates have been set for the Tokyo Games, the question becomes: Who will show up for the delayed Olympic party? The March pronouncement that the 2020 Olympics will take place in summer 2021 will definitely have its challenges. For starters, the task of scheduling that leads up to Tokyo 2021 is monumental.

The coronavirus outbreak has disrupted all national teams’ calibrated preparation, and the final qualifiers for the men’s and women’s brackets have yet to be determined. Three spots remain unfilled for the men and two for the women.

There are myriad FINA polo events and professional play to be rescheduled when competition resumes. The LEN Champions League has suspended play until further notice, it’s unlikely teams will get back in the water before July, and there’s the question of when—and where—the Final Eight tournament, originally scheduled for June in Genoa, Italy, will occur.

And while the rescheduling assures the Olympics a coronavirus-proof date, there’s the matter of the 2021 FINA World Aquatics Championships, currently planned for July 16-Aug. 1 in Fukuoka, Japan. The most important aquatics competition besides the Games—and a substantial source of funding for international federations—cannot be held simultaneously with the Olympics, slated for July 23-Aug. 8.

The question is: when will FINA Worlds take place, and how might that impact athletes’ preparation? Already, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has postponed its championship until 2022.

As of early April, “FINA is working with organizers of 2021 World Championships in Fukuoka to find the best solution to reschedule Championships, considering the interests of all stakeholders,” explained Mark Koganov, vice chairman of FINA’s Technical Water Polo Committee. “Very soon, we will have new dates for one of the biggest sport events outside of the Olympic Games.”

Until that happens, this is a significant—and potentially disruptive—loose end.

To read more about the pros and cons water polo teams are facing due to an Olympic postponement,
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Swimming World Magazine May 2020 Issue

FEATURES

016 TOSSED INTO TURMOIL
by Dan D’Addona
The spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has had a far-reaching impact not only on everyday life, but also on the sport of swimming across the globe.

018 TIMING IS EVERYTHING
by David Rieder
Everyone knows how important timing is—races can be won or lost by hundredths of a second. For swimmers competing at the NAIA and NJCAA Championships, the most important timing was measured in days. Both associations were able to complete their championship meets just before other major sports championships were being canceled due to the threat of coronavirus.

022 SILVER LINING COULD TURN TO GOLD
by Michael Randazzo
The Olympic postponement was hardly perceived as a positive, but it could lead to hope and opportunity for any men’s or women’s water polo team that aspires to Olympic competition—including the United States’ national teams.

024 MENTAL PREP: BEFORE THE BEEP WITH ASHLEY TWICHELL
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

026 IMPACTING LIVES THROUGH COACHING
by David Rieder
Dave Durden, University of California and U.S. national team coach, simply refers to himself as a swim coach. But he’s also a leader, an expert at maximizing performance, removing doubt, instilling confidence and navigating young men through demanding situations.

030 TAKEOFF TO TOKYO:  T ‘N’ T—A FRIENDLY RIVALRY FOR A DYNAMITE DUO
by John Lohn
During the Olympic campaign of 2000, Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres—complete opposites out of the pool, but with few differences as competitors—were engaged in a friendly, but not-so-easy rivalry—one that brought out the best in both swimmers.

034 ISHOF: A DUKE, A MERMAID, A WAR AND THE FLU
by Bruce Wigo
COVID-19 isn’t the first pandemic disease to have brought the world of competitive swimming to a halt, and the 2020 Olympic Games are not the first to be postponed or canceled. This is the story of the years between 1914 and 1918, when the world was suddenly and unexpectedly turned upside down by events not so different from what our sport is experiencing today.

COACHING

014 SWIMMING TECHNIQUE CONCEPTS: THE VALUE OF HAND FORCE ANALYSIS: PART II—BACKSTROKE
by Rod Havriluk
Synchronized video and hand force data is an essential tool for optimizing technique. A coach can use the force data to pinpoint limitations, refer to the corresponding video images to explain changes and monitor a swimmer’s progress in improving technique.

038 MOTIVATING SWIMMERS TO NEW HEIGHTS
by Michael J. Stott
Memorable are the sporting events where an athlete or team is “on fire.” Swimming World checks in with two high school and two age group coaches for insight into how that happens. Spoiler alert: the common denominator is “buy-in” from athletes who connect with a coach.

042 SPECIAL SETS:  CHANGE-OF-PACE FUN
by Michael J. Stott
USA Swimming master coach consultant Bob Steele provides some favorite change-of-pace exercises that are designed to insert spice and fun into in-season training.

046 Q&A WITH COACH DOUG FONDER
by Michael J. Stott

047 HOW THEY TRAIN OLIVIA BRAY
by Michael J. Stott

TRAINING

012 DRYSIDE TRAINING: STROKE STRENGTH SERIES—FREESTYLE
by J.R. Rosania

JUNIOR SWIMMER

049 UP & COMERS: FINN CONLEY
by Shoshanna Rutemiller

COLUMNS

010 A VOICE FOR THE SPORT

011 BEYOND THE YARDS

036 DID YOU KNOW? 1920 U.S. WOMEN’S OLYMPIC TEAM

044 THE OFFICIAL WORD

050 GUTTERTALK

051 PARTING SHOT

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