Music by the pool invalidates Beijing Olympic swimming Gold medals by Michael Phelps

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Alexei R Koudinov

Did you notice that some swimmers wear earphones and are listening music just before their every Olympic start, at Beijing's Summer Olympiad Water Cube pool deck, be it finals or semifinals? I first noticed that before Michael Phelps first gold swim on August 10: he removed earphones 2 minutes before the start, and he was the only swimmer who worn earphones at the pool deck. During other finals several other swimmers worn headphones. Intriguing scientific evidence testifies: Listening to music improves blood oxygen capacity and is a performance enhancement.

Good Turns vs. Flip Turns

source: 10k swimmer
original: 10k swimmer
by: Steven Munatones
date: Thursday, June 26, 2008

Around the pool deck, it is rumored that open water swimmers have bad turns. While that may be true, turns are defined differently by open water swimming community.

Great pool swimmers know how to quickly get in and out of the walls. World-class swimmers gain momentum as they streamline off the wall with maximum velocity. The incredible power of Michael Phelps and the beautiful grace of Natalie Coughlin off the walls are truly something to watch.

Do open water swimmers really have bad turns? Pool turns, maybe. What is considred a good open water turn? How are these turns executed?

There are 5 major distinctions.

Swimming In Open Water Safety Tips


Whether you are training for a triathlon or you are just wanting to stay in shape, swimming in open water breaks the monotony of the mind-numbing lengths of a swimming pool. Open water swimming is great fun, but don't ignore your safety. Here are a few tips for swimming safely in open water.

Ocean's Seven

source: 10kSwimmer
original: 10kSwimmer
by: Steven Munatones
date: Monday, June 23, 2008

The Seven Summits are the highest mountains in each of the seven continents. Successfully scaling these mountains is a mountaineering challenge attained by only the strongest. As of 2007, 198 climbers have achieved this expensive and physically demanding goal.

Open water swimming’s version of the Seven Summits is the Ocean’s Seven.

The Ocean’s Seven include (1) the Irish Channel between Ireland and Scotland, (2) the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand, (3) the Moloka’i Channel between O’ahu and Moloka’i Islands in Hawaii, (4) the English Channel between England and France, (5) the Catalina Channel near Los Angeles, California, (6) the Tsugaru Channel between Honshu and Hokkaido in Japan, and (7) the Strait of Gibraltar between Europe and Africa.

No Harm, No Foul - Reffing Open Water Swimming

Sunday, January 20, 2008
No Harm, No Foul - Reffing Open Water Swimming

Polar Swimmer Takes on Antarctica

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Polar swimming sensation Lewis Gordon Pugh is set to tackle his toughest challenge yet - a series of three long distance swims in Antarctica in water temperatures expected to be close to freezing. Amongst other swims, Lewis Gordon Pugh was the first person to swim around North Cape in Norway, around the Cape of Good Hope, down a Norwegian fjord and across an African Great Lake. The Norwegian press often refer to him as the "Ice Bear." The British swimmer sets sail on December 11 to chase his dream of becoming the first person in the world to complete a long-distance swim in both the Arctic and in the Antarctic.

The new expedition named the British Antarctic Swimming Expedition ("BASE") comes just months after Pugh broke the record for the most northern swim in the world when he swam 1km off the Island of Spitsbergen near the North Pole.

When Gertrude Ederle turned the tide

source: Telegraph
original: Telegraph
by: ???
date: 12:01am BST 27/04/2008

Gertrude EderleIn 1926, when 19-year-old Gertrude Ederle snatched the world record for swimming the English Channel, it was a triumph for the women's rights movement. But beneath the surface unsisterly rivalries ran deep. Gavin Mortimer reports on a forgotten heroine,

It was 8.45pm on the evening of 6 August 1926, and in the sea half a mile from the English coastline a red-capped head was just visible to the thousands of people crowded on to Kingsdown beach, six miles north-east of Dover. They all knew who it was - Gertrude Ederle, a 19-year-old American from New York - and they all knew that after 13½ hours in the water she was on the brink of becoming the first woman to swim the Channel.

Swimming with monster sharks and surviving

source: OC Register
original: OC Register
by: David Whiting
date: Wednesday, April 30, 2008

International cold water swimmer Lynne Cox talks about the fatal shark attack last week and her own encounters with great whites.

The gray oblong mass below appears suddenly.

I'm swimming about 200 yards off the beach at Salt Creek, just north of Dana Point. Stupidly, I'm alone. But I need an ocean fix, and, besides, a long open water swim is what my triathlon training calls for, I've rationalized.

My body goes electric. "Flight" neurons fire. No "fight" here. Visions of "Jaws" push to my frontal cortex, reminding me my black wetsuit makes me look like a sea lion.

Shark food.

Peering through goggles, I can't see any details of the fuzzy object. It's too deep.

Book review: THE GREAT SWIM by Gavin Mortimer

source: seattle times
original: seattle times
by Ginny Merdes
date: Friday, March 28, 2008 - at 12:00 AM

Book review: THE GREAT SWIM by Gavin Mortimer Walker & Co., 336 pp., $24.95

Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to complete an English Channel swim, greased her body to stay warm. "The Great Swim"

Twenty-one miles of cold choppy water. The channel separating England and France has historically challenged the elite distance swimmer. Until 1926, no female swimmer had successfully crossed the English Channel, though some made brave attempts, including 18-year-old Gertrude Ederle, who made her first try in 1925.

DVD review: Pushing the Limits

source: Dallas Morning News
original: Dallas Morning News
by: Leslie Garcia
date: 06:17 PM CDT on Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sometimes the wonders of the human body hit me as flying in an airplane does. You're minutes from landing, close enough to the ground to finally start feeling safe. You look down and see the houses and the cars, the ocean frozen in still life, the crops in perfect alignment.