Thursday, June 30, 2011

Some Nighttime Snack Inspiration

Tonight's Nighttime Snack comes to us by way of guest submission. If you're looking for some inspiration after my depressing start to this series, look no further. Today's story comes to us from Nick:

This is not a picture of Nick, FYI

It's 2008, the month is August. For the last two years, World of Warcraft has been  the end-all, be-all of my life. In fact, you know the face hugger from the Alien movies? That is WoW for me. But for the last month, I've been cold turkey. It hasn't been easy. I go to sites like and feebly talk about how much my post-WoW life sucks and what a black crater WoW has left. Wowdetox is a place people go to to say things like, "I'm still playing, even though my dog died last week, and I regret not playing more with him... :(" You get the picture.

Collegeswimming Doin' Work

It's kind of hard for me to imagine a time without The website is by far the go to resource for information on college swimming teams, meet results, and runs an awesome recruiting service. There are many things that Collegeswimming does that are a service to the sport in general. Earlier this year we highlighted their "Assistant Coach of the Year" award. Today, they released their nationwide recruiting class rankings for men after posting the women yesterday.

Another Swim Beginning: Viking is Now a Swim Dad

This is not my kid.  I would not let her wear one of those ridiculous caps.  I would trade the shark fin and googly eyes for horns.

My relationship with the sport of swimming has once again taken a new direction. I am officially a swim dad. My four year old daughter had her first swim practice last night. It was in-water lessons, but still it was during my practice and therefore her swim team career has officially begun.  It was hard to coach when I wanted to be on her end of the pool so badly to watch.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Swim Beginnings: The Viking

I had to slash my way through the forest to get to swim practice every morning. You can't see it, but I am standing on a grizzly bear I had just killed for almost making me late.

How did I start swimming? Well, the way everyone in Petersburg, Alaska did: through elementary school classes. This was the reason our little tiny island of 3000 people tucked away in the Tongass National Rainforest constantly developed good swimmers. Our school started their talent selection process in Pre-K. Russia modeled their sports school system after us. Seriously. We had a great thing going up there. 

Chill out, Hungary!

So I read over at my favorite swimming news site,, that Hungary just pre-selected 12 people for its 2012 Olympic team. My first thought was, "oh well, who cares about Hungary?". Then I realized that it's pretty crazy to have selected your Olympic squad more than twelve months out. I mean, who do they think they are? USA Swimming picking it's World Championship team?

View From The Stands

The following blog is not, in fact, written by Chris DeSantis, as blogger may indicate. We are still working on getting Lisa Stephens up with access to the blog. Please excuse our technical difficulties.

So Huey, Duey and Louie and asked me to blog with them and I've agreed.  Since accepting I was hoping for (at the bare minimum) a large Edibles basket delivered to my door or tickets to the 400IM final in London but since I don't think that will be happening, I assure you, I'm just happy to have a forum for swim fans to have a voice here on Swim Brief.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Nighttime Snack: Swim Beginnings

An approximation of my freestyle for the first 5 years of my swimming career

Over the next couple days, we're going to be posting some stories about beginnings in the sport of swimming. One will be long form by Lisa Stephens tomorrow, the rest of the Swim Brief crew will be checking in by these Nighttime Snacks. As executive omnipotent editor in chief, I thought I'd post mine first. Take that, everybody else!

Announcement: Open Submissions Policy!

We realized during our blog contest in June 2011 that there are a lot of swimmers, swim fans and coaches out there who have great things to contribute to a swim-based site like ours.  We have had fun reading submissions and offering critiques.  We also appreciate the increased sense of community that seems to have come from welcoming guest bloggers to the site.  We love the interaction.

Drunk on Deck

"Now that I think about it, my age group coach when I was a kid sure seemed awful tired most of the time."

This Saturday morning at my summer league meet I saw one of those gigantic 64 ounce "cups" from the gas station that looks like a mini-cooler, requires two people to team lift and has been engineered to keep your drink cold until you retire.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Nighttime Snack: We Have a Winner

When we announced our contest to have a new blogger, I have to admit we were very nervous. Wechecked the swimbrief gmail account several times in the first hours. Nothing. We were very nervous- whar if no one ended up sending anything in? In the end, what we received was far beyond our expectations. We received a number of oustanding submissions, and while at this point we are gaining just one permanent member, there may be others from the submissions joining us in the future.

Swim Geekend

Weekends like this past one are a swim geek's paradise. When there is more than one meet going on, especially with one in Europe, there is always a fresh set of results to look forward to. Take it from a Swim Geek that's reached adulthood, however: it's not easy to track every single results. For those of you with a little less time on your hands, we present the "Swim Geekend". All the results you need to be conversational in Swim Geek in bite sized form. Let's begin in Europe:

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Swim Brief Blogger Contest: Feedback

A traditional week in review wouldn't make sense this week: we were consumed with one thing. At the beginning of the week, we announced a contest to pick a new blogger, or two. We had no idea what to expect as a response. So far we've been pleasantly surprised. Let's rewind and look at what we've got so far and what is yet to come:

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Swim Brief Blogger Contest: Rebecca Boston

Earlier this week, we announced a contest to add another blogger to the Swim Brief. Applications have been pouring in. If you want to submit, write to us at We've decided to give some of these bloggers a "tryout" by writing a guest blog. Here is a blog we received from Rebecca Boston. Click the following for the first two guest blogs from Lisa Stephens and Reed Shimberg

The Martini Treatment for Swimmer’s Hair

After more than two decades of swimming, you’d think I would have learned to embrace swimmer’s hair.  That I’d love the dryness of my hair, because at least I don’t have to deal with greasy hair as do the runners. That I would “own” the green tint as a feature that made me look edgy – hey, it works for the teenagers!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Swim Brief Blogger Contest: Reed Shimberg

Earlier this week, we announced a contest to add another blogger to the Swim Brief. Applications have been pouring in. If you want to submit, write to us at We've decided to give some of these bloggers a "tryout" by writing a guest blog. Here is a blog we received from Reed Shimberg:

"Rules of Off-Season Swimming"

As much as we love swimming, what do we love doing more? Not swimming. Here is a guidebook to help off-season swimmers navigate those treacherously lazy waters between seasons:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Nighttime Snack- AnchorWOMAN?

Crazy happenings on the Swim Brief today. I don't want to give too much away, but I really feel the following video clip encapsulates how the existing members feel about our new guest blogger.

Swim Brief Blogger Contest: Lisa Stephens

Earlier this week, we announced a contest to replace Gu...I mean add another blogger to the Swim Brief mix. Applications have been pouring in. We've decided to give some of these bloggers a try at writing for the site as a "tryout". This is the first blog we received, from Lisa Stephens:

Stories From the Stands:  A Fan's Perspective

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

MIdnight Snack: Death Race 2011. You May Die.

Think you’re a bad ass?  Then, go ahead… sign up for this year’s Death Race.  It’s this Saturday in Pittsfield, VT.  What are you waiting for?  If you don’t know what I am talking about, please check it out at  My friend Andy Weinberg, a former distance record holder at Missouri State, is one of the people who organizes this race-- if you want to call it a race.  The time does not matter.  It is all about survival. This race will test you, no matter who you are. Please watch the video made by the New York Times.  It will blow your mind.

Why Does Brendan Hansen Play By Different Rules?

There is one interesting conversation still worth having from this past weekends Santa Clara Grand Prix. Lost amid all the great swims (can you believe I didn't mention Ariana Kukors? me neither) was the fact that Brendan Hansen was allowed to seed himself with three year old times to enter the meet. If you go to the meet information for the Grand Prix, it states pretty clearly that swimmers must have met the time standards during the qualification period, which starts January 1st. So what gives?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Nighttime Snack- Future Swim Briefers?

We've already started receiving some submissions for our loosely defined future Swim Brief blogger contest. So far, the submissions have been extremely strong. To be honest, Gus squealed like a small child when got one submission. If you haven't gotten around to sending us an e-mail yet, don't hesitate. We are already soliciting guest blogs. Just look at some of the quotes from e-mails we've received so far:

Monday, June 20, 2011

Care to Join Us?

The Swim Brief In the Early Days
At The Swim Brief, we hope you've enjoyed the content we've provided you over the last couple months. While all three of us can agree it's been a great time, there are moments when we wish we had a little more help. Our budget of unsalted peanuts doesn't allow us to completely set aside our day jobs to post as often as we would like.

Maybe you're a lonely swim blogger sick of posting in isolation. Maybe you're a frequent commenter working up the courage to blog. Maybe you're just a silent lurker. In any case, we are looking for another writer. Check that, if you're a silent lurker please don't apply- you creep us out.

What to Make of Santa Clara

The Grand Prix season ended yesterday. There are still a couple elite meets sitting between now and this summer's World Championships, most notably the TYR Meet of Champions coming up this next weekend.  But, as intrepid swimming reporter Craig Lord notes, we are now less than six weeks from Shanghai. I frequently point out how nerve-wracking the spring and early summer are for fans of America's Swim Team, watching the rest of the world swim fast while we muddle through. This year features even more anxiety.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Nighttime Snack- D'Arcy Wins!

In the first men's event of the Santa Clara Grand Prix's final session, Nick D'Arcy stormed home to beat Michael Phelps in the 200 fly. Nick D'Arcy has had some pretty tough luck, much of it self-created. I don't know why, but I have found myself cheering for him. It's not that I have general sympathy for anyone that causes serious bodily harm on another person in a bar fight. But, D'Arcy has been subject to not just double but probably triple jeopardy as a result.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ritchie MP Cummins: "Welcome to Twitter, Debbie Phelps!"

I am ninja-level pumped to get tweets from the real Debbie Phelps!  Hiyaaahhh!

I have a big announcement guys!  Michael Phelps and Bob Bowman both sent out a tweet welcoming super-duper gold medal swim mom of the universe Debbie Phelps to the world of twitter.  That's right!  They personally invited all of their tweeps like me to follow her. I am waaaayyy excited!  She is such an inspiration to me and so many other people. I wish Debbie was my real mom!  (Sorry mom.  You are cool too, but your son, me, hasn't even won one gold medal in anything!)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Missing Swimmer At Santa Clara

Hey everyone. Just got a flurry of texts/tweets about this breaking story. Apparently, at 10:30am this morning, a 17-year-old girl went missing before one of her races. She left her wallet and phone and bag. She hasn't been seen since. Please read more of ESPN's Bonnie D. Ford's story here. And if you're at Santa Clara right now, link this story around. Hopefully she is OK. But this is scary stuff. The more people aware about this, maybe the quicker we can find more information about it. 

Here is the photo, taken from @Bonnie_D_Ford's twitter.

If you have any information about this, call the Santa Clara Police Department: 408 615 5580. 

Tae Hwan Park is Only 21??

It kind of pisses me off when people ask questions like the title of this post. I mean, if you've been paying attention, you should know that although Tae Hwan Park has been around forever, he's still the age of your average college senior. He's seeded second in the 100 freestyle, displaying pretty good speed at 50.0 for a swimmer known far more for his middle distance and up swimming. Here are the other stories to watch for tonight at the Santa Clara Grand Prix:

Conversations you have with yourself when the water is too freekin cold

"Screw swim practice!  The pool's way too cold.  I'm outta here."

Beginning of AM practice, dipping your toes in the water:   

“Oh, man.  That’s cold.  I wonder if the heater is broken.  Ummm….   Oh yeah.  Coach hates it when you ask if the heater's broken.  He is gonna say it's 83 degrees.  He always says it's 83 degrees.”

"How can those guys just jump in like that?  Maybe if I get in really slow...  If I'm at least getting in, coach won’t notice that I'm missing half the warm-up.”

“Oh crap.  He noticed.  Here he comes.  Better get in.  Okay.  Turn around and hold the gutter.  Dip in slowly.  It's not so bad until you get to inner thighs.”

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Nighttime Snack: Kill a Shark To Set A Record?

Today, sitting in the airport, I read an article linked on Mel Stewart's website about an open water swimmer killing a shark to set a record. Apparently, the story goes like this: 1) Swimmer Wants Record. 2) Sharks Swim In Ocean, Because Duh, That's Where Sharks Live. 3) Then Swimmer's Crew Kills Sharks. You can read the story here if you want the details. 

The swimmer's husband expresses regret, but you wonder if there was a better alternative? Or maybe just , you know, stop the swim?

Here's an interesting quote from the article:  "Imagine an ultra runner wants to set a new record racing across the bear-infested northern Rockies. Four bears approach her while she’s running along the trail and her support crew uses some manky bilious road kill to lure them away, where they’re shot dead."

Let's help get Brendan Hansen motivated!

This weekend, in celebration of Brendan Hansen's big comeback, I say we re-start the argument about Kitajima's dolphin kick during his pullout at the 2004 games.  Brendan Hansen gave a clinic for my club a few years ago and it was hard to hear him talk about it.  We all know that moment has to be a big personal motivator.  Watch closely.  You can actually see Kosuke inch ahead after the oh so obvious illegal kick.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Late Night Snack: The Smell of Fear and Sprinting

In case you missed it, the other day I posted this on facebook and twitter:  "Love coaching club again!  This am warm-up:  10x "sit on the gutter, stare at the floor, feel sorry for yourself bc last pm practice was so hard" on 1:05.

The funny part is that it really went pretty close to that way.  They were moping on the gutter and stalling as much as they could (which is typical when it is so early) so I made that joke and a couple of them started watching the clock and acting like they were taking short breaks between rounds of sad-faced self-pity.  It was downright hilarious.

I am starting to find that with this group of athletes morning practice is turning into an awkward sort of comedy gold and i really am enjoying seeing their not-quite smiling faces at 5:45am.

This is another example of a true conversation from practice this morning:

Swimming World, USA Swimming Leaders to Consider Using Internet

In a stunning joint statement today from both Phoenix, Arizona and Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA Swimming and Swimming World magazine announced a bold new plan for the future of their organizations. Both organizations, whose leaders have traditionally not used the internet, or as they call it "The World Wide Web", are forming committees to consider consulting with people who use the service.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Nighttime Snack: The Return of Hansen (Brendan)

He's back. And we're really @$*$&@ing excited.

This weekend at the Santa Clara Grand Prix, Brendan Hansen returns to the pool. I imagine a scenario in which he arrives to Palo Alto, gets off the plane, and his entourage with a boombox plays "Hanson." Or something similar to Zoolander, with "Hansel." Something. Something will happen. It has to. Because this is one of the more exciting comebacks we've seen in the last ten years. (Will someone please play "Hanson" super loud during warm-ups at this Grand Prix?)

Why? Why is this so exciting? Well, a number of reasons.

Why does ASCA Get To Have All the (Certification) Fun?

That's the question Tony Austin asks in a remarkably detailed blog today. I remember eight years ago when I first became a USA Swimming coach- I didn't even question that I was supposed to jump through ASCA's hoops. Frankly, I'd love to see someone else get involved in coach certification (Glenn Mills, cough). But I'm not sure it's possible. I'd be very interested in the response. Has anyone heard from John Leonard lately?

Picking on the Officials

I love carrying my video camera around at meets.  I think that every coach should at least have one on their phone.  It is handy to be able to be able to show swimmers some of the things you want them to correct, but even more important is that it can really add some fun to your team website and it contributes to the culture and atmosphere of your club.  My team page has a lot of really funny interviews with swimmers and the parents love it.

My favorite thing to do with my camera though, is pick on the officials.  Two years ago I was on deck sitting next to one of my former swimmers and started making fun of her dad, who happens to be the head official for our summer league.  Check these out:

Monday, June 13, 2011

Midnight Snack presents Shawn Klosterman: The Many Faces

Shawn Klosterman is at one time someone resembling an extra from the 13th Warrior, a gentle family man and a teacher, But he is also a hero, and if you don't believe me, you have to head this article about in the Juneau Empire.It covers how inspiring Shawn Klsterman was a to young Derek Gibb. Now I know what you'r thinking, but this will have nothing to do with the bee gees.

Gibb is perhaps Alaska best male swimmer of all time, unless you count that one time Carlos Boozer shaved down for Juneau Douglas High. But coming up the ranks, the man he wanted to be just like, was Shawn Klosterman, We all feel blessed to be in his presence, honestly.

Swim Brief Classic: Berkoff on Sex Abuse

Over at, the authors are calling out David Berkoff. The gist of their criticism is that Berkoff was a vocal proponent for change in sex abuse policy at USA Swimming prior to his election to the board nine months ago. Since being elected, he's been far more silent. As evidence as the strong opinions Berkoff had, they cite an e-mail written by Berkoff. A year ago, we had Berkoff on the short lived Swim Brief podcast and asked him about that very topic:

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Nighttime Snack: I had a really weird dream last night...

Usually when I pee in the pool, I am a little more stealthy... but hey, if I could piss rainbows I would probably want to pee all over everything all the time.  Right? 

DREDG - Upon Returning from merkley??? on Vimeo.

It is filmed in a swimming pool so I felt compelled to post it here.  Be sure to watch all the way to the end.  These guys are very creative.  Now the next time I watch Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealers (for the 200th time with my 3 and 4 year old girls) I will smile and think of Dredg and how fun it could be to have her powers.  Enjoy.

This Week in: The Swim Brief

This week in: The Swim Brief is Thunder God approved
On "This Week in the Swim Brief" we offer you a rewind of the best our blog had to offer in the past week. It's a chance to catch up if you've been away or are just joining us. It's also a chance for us to to look back and take another look at what we wrote and whether its still relevant. Enjoy:

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Don't Call it a (Masters) Comeback! Janet Evans Makes it Official

Janet Evans and Mark Schubert are officially on the comeback trail. According to a report from the AP, Evans' comeback is not merely for taking a shot at a few 40-44 masters age group records. Evans aims to try and make the 2012 Olympic team in the 400 and 800 free. In 2008, when Dara Torres made her second comeback at 41 years old, many people wondered why it was a sprinter making a comeback and not a distance swimmer. We're about to get our answer.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Nighttime Snack: Don't forget the 15m Line!

Remember this?

At the time this race happened, people were pretty fired up about it. Auburn hate was at an all time high, only to be eclipsed when they won the NCAA title the next year. Unfortunately, it seems like both sides of the argument didn't really address what had happened.

Best Practice Excuse Ever!!

"Darnit, Mr. Baa Baa... I am sorry coach made us late for your piss test!"

In 14 years of coaching I thought I had heard it all.  I have coached age group and high school and there isn't an excuse to get out of a set that would surprise me any more.  I have had the kid whose grandma died three times in one season; the kid who went to the bathroom and didn't come back for a week; a 16 year old boy who claimed he was lactating; and a 16 year old girl who claimed she had jury duty.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Nighttime Snack: Megan Jendrick is Having a Baby!

Megan Jendrick is having a baby! It feels weird to write that because she was practically a baby herself when she entered the national swimming consciousness. That was 12 years ago, and in that time she has done many things, starting by making an Olympic team in 2000, then flaming out as young breaststrokers always seemed to do, then experiencing a career resurgence to make another team. But today she accomplished something perhaps no other American swimmer has:

Gutter Talk: NBC Wins Olympic Broadcasting Rights

NBC Universal recently beat out Fox Sports and ESPN/Disney/ABC by turning in a 4.38 billion dollar proposal to the IOC to win broadcast rights for the summer and winter Olympic Games all the way through 2020.


"This plan will only be profitable if Phelps wins 9 gold medals this time. Otherwise we waaaayyyyy overbid.  Cross your fingers, guys!"  David P- Network Executive

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Late Night Snack: Joplin Tornado Covered in Swimming World

Swimming World intern Tyler Remmel emailed me and set up a call to find out how we were doing down here in Joplin after the tornado.  He spent almost an hour on the phone between talking to me, a swimmer who lost her home, and my diving coach who was on the seventh floor of St. John's Hospital when the storm hit.  He really did a great job with the article.  Check it out here.

Also, our team hosted Josh Davis for a clinic in December.  He is a real class act.  I got an email from him to check on us pretty quickly after the tornado, and then he posted this on his website.

Joplin is still working like crazy to clean up debris, but we have had some very encouraging developments.  Some small businesses are already built back up, and St Johns and Home Depot are operating.  They are also already in talks about the vision for the new Joplin High School!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Swim Brief Classic: Finally, a Voice of Reason Brings a Real Solution!

I saw someone with their thong showing above their jeans today and it reminded me of this piece that I originally posted at swimviking on June 5, 2009, when we were still getting used to having an approved suit list.  It seems that the Rosetta Stone program that the interviewers were using might have had trouble translating, or maybe Ryosuke was really on to something.  Check it out:

I'm gonna go hit the pool after work.  You coming?
Ryosuke Irie, whose celebration over demolishing Ryan Lochte's 200 LCM Backstroke record was cut short when FINA left his Descente suit off of their list, has taken the swimsuit saga in a whole new direction...

Gutter Talk: Tainted Beef in Shanghai

SwimNews has reported that positive tests for Clenbuterol have become so common for athletes visiting Shanghai that the German Swim Federation is bringing team doctors to Worlds this summer to test meat and track chain of supply.

What do you think?

"Hey, if I am choosing between two steaks to eat, I am gonna choose the one that's the most ripped."
John L- Professional Eater

Friday, June 3, 2011

Q and A with Ricky Berens' Bare Butt

At the 2009 World Championships, the headlines were dominated by the stunning amount of world records set in technical suits and the rematch between Michael Phelps and Milorad Cavic in the 100 fly, but nothing brought swimming into mainstream news more than the entrance of Ricky Berens' bare butt to international competition.  Ricky's butt is laid back, muscular and carries himself with a quiet sort of confidence.  He is after all, a successful athlete and model in the prime of his career.  As I arrive at his apartment in Los Angeles, he is in a robe, drinking coffee and relaxing on a leather recliner.

TSB:  "We haven't seen you in a while.  At Rome in 2009 you really made a splash and since then you have been laying low.  Are you still training?"

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Late Night Snack: It's already been done? Swim Team: The Movie

Quite possibly the best and worst movie of all time.

I have dreamed for years that some day the ultimate swimming movie will be made and that I will be a part of it's production somehow.  I nearly went to film school just to pursue this.  Gus and I have joked about sharing this dream of making the movie that will finally make everyone in the world love swimming as much as we do.  It would simply be called "Swim Team: The Movie" and it would appeal to sports fans, comedy lovers and romantics alike.

But wait... there already is a Swim Team: The Movie?  How did I not know this?

Apparently, in 1979 writer/director James Polakof tried to capitalize on the success of Meatballs with a similar raunchy, coming-of-age story of a community swim team on a 7 year losing streak that turns it all around with a passionate coach.  It even featured Buster Crabbe and Stephen Furst, who played Flounder in Animal House.  How could it go wrong?

Melissa Hoffman Stockwell: Soldier, Paralympian, Role Model

Every now and then, we share our work we've done around the swimming world. Here's a story written on Monday (Memorial Day) about the impact meeting Melissa Stockwell had on my life.

For those of you who don't know, Melissa was a U.S. soldier stationed in Iraq. While there, she lost her leg. During therapy, Melissa discovered the sport of swimming. She eventually became a U.S. Paralympic swimmer.

"Slavery" = Professional Swimming? Hmm...

No athlete should ever refer to his/her professional situation as "modern slavery." Because, at least to me, being a "professional athlete" means you've had a pretty damn good life, up until now.

This morning, I read an article on in which international superstar and World Championship gold medalist Paul Biedermann said that FINA's treatment of its athletes was on par with "modern slavery."


Stereotyping Swimmers By Their Swim Suit

Board Shorts: Frat Guys.

Hawaiian Board Shorts: Insecure Frat Guys

Boxers and T-Shirt: Wal-Mart shoppers

1920s Weissmuller One-Piece: Wal-Mart workers

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Swim Brief Classic: "You know you are famous when..."

Occasionally your Swim Brief crew will re-post some of our past work from various other swim sites.  Some of you new fish out there probably haven't read this stuff before and we hope it stands up to the test of time.  This was originally posted in April 2009 at swimviking.  Enjoy.  

Phelps-o-gasm? Really?
I once heard someone famous say they were sooo excited to finally be made into an action figure like Harrison Ford. I told my girls team a few years ago that I wanted an action figure made of me someday, so they cut my face out of a picture and glued it to a naked Ken doll with a cape.

Clever, but disturbing nonetheless.

Germany Competes to Send Lane Fillers To Shanghai

German Nationals is underway, and they are selecting their team for the World Championships in Shanghai later this month. Above is pictured Helge Meeuw, who entered the 2008 Beijing Olympics as one of the top seeds. He showed up with a big beard and failed to make the semi-final. That pretty much sums up the bulk of German results over the last twenty years.