Yesterday, American Swim Coaches Association (and World Swim Coaches Association) Executive Director John Leonard was widely quoted on the topic of Ye Shiwen. Cited in articles as a "promintent US swim coach", Leonard strongly implied that Shiwen was doping, while prefacing those implications by saying he wasn't implying she was doping. This isn't the first time Leonard has felt the need to insert himself into a debate vital to swimming. In fact, Leonard seems to believe that his opinion is always needed, except on one vitally important topic: sexual abuse by coaches. Leonard's quote's are a reminder once again that swim coaches worldwide should be embarrassed that he is in a leadership position among us.
Monday, July 30, 2012
The following is a Guest Blog from Tom Duke. For full bios of all our resident guest bloggers, click here. For a slightly less rational take on the same subject, read Craig Lord
To borrow from the mythology of the blogging blockhead of this site, swimming at the 2012 London Olympics has devolved quickly into the ultimate cataclysm of Viking tales: Ragnarok, the event wherein the ultimate battle between the powerful gods and their troll enemies of Jotenheim results in the destruction of the entire world. Such a reaction is only appropriate in the wake of Ye Shiwen's violent throttling of her beautiful, gentle, anglo-saxon ancestried competitors. The conclusion that any simpleton can deduce of such a thorough defeat alongside the breaking of a shiny suit world best despite racing in textile is clear: Shiwen's performance must be fueled Odin himself, or possibly something greater.
Posted by Swim Brief Guest Blogger at 8:38 AM
Caffeine is the most commonly consumed ergogenic aide in the world. This natural alkaloid is present in various leaves, fruits and seed. Despite the rise of energy drinks, coffee is still the most frequently consumed caffeinated drink in sports. Caffeine consumption is quite frequent in sports; in fact, it is consumed prior to competition in 7% of elite and international athletes based on doping analysis (Del Coso 2011).
Posted by G. John Mullen at 7:09 AM
Saturday, July 28, 2012
I woke up this morning at 4:30 eastern. I was nervous about missing the first prelim session of the Olympics. When your sport only gets meager coverage every four years, you feel guilty for squandering even one second of it. What I saw in the wee hours of the east coast (thank goodness I don't live out west) was both exciting and totally maddening. In that way, it's just like any other swim meet.
Posted by Chris DeSantis at 7:32 AM
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Yesterday at practice, a swimmer remarked that he wasn't surprised to read the story that surfaced concerning Rick Curl and an emergency USA Swimming hearing regarding whether he sexually molested a swimmer under his charge almost thirty years ago, then got her to sign away any right to talk about it for money. "Seems like I read something similar every week". Looking at the situation pessimistically, that's a sad state of affairs for swimming. However, it's undeniably a positive that this issue is stepping out of the shadows, no matter how painful it is. The response, however, indicates we still have very far to go.
Posted by Chris DeSantis at 7:07 AM
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
If you missed it last week, we provided a special Swimbrief primer for the rapidly approaching Olympics. The first entry centered on Europe, and this entry will focus on the Asian continent. Rather than provide an exhaustive preview that you could easily find elsewhere, we aim to provide you with ready made, easy to use talking points to impress your friends while you watch the tape delayed broadcast. In the event that like most swimbrief writers and readers, you have no friends, we have no advice. Anyway, ASIA!
Posted by Chris DeSantis at 7:49 AM
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Posted by Chris DeSantis at 7:00 AM
Thursday, July 19, 2012
|Gyurta's textbook form|
Posted by Chris DeSantis at 5:45 AM
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
If you follow the most popular swimming websites, it's easy to appreciate what's out there these days. It wasn't so long ago that there was nowhere to discuss swimming, swimming related topics, or even for two former high level swimmers to post their online chats. Now we have all that. That greater opportunity however, comes with a cost. Behold, the terrors of internet fun: trolls.
Posted by Chris DeSantis at 8:50 AM
Monday, July 16, 2012
I go away for a few days, and miss so many bloggable moments. First came the comments from Tyler Clary, which this blog has already covered satirically. Then, in news more tangential but no less important, the Freeh report on Penn State and their handling of Jerry Sandusky. In an attempt to catch up, I'm going to hit on a few of last weeks topic in random, attention deficit fashion.
Posted by Chris DeSantis at 8:37 AM
Thursday, July 12, 2012
|I'm so mad I could karate kick that Tyler Clancy in the face!|
Hi swim fans! Your favorite Phelps Phan, Ritchie MP Cummins here! I just had to get on here and say that I just can't take it any more! Why is everybody dogging on my main man Michael Phelps!?
Posted by Swim Brief Guest Blogger at 10:23 AM
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
As a kid, I grew up in a middle class suburb in
Throughout my childhood, I always thought
was a great swimming state. I mean look at the high school national record
books and you'll see Ohioans scattered throughout. Ohio
However, now that I live in
California, I have learned somewhat behind the
learning curve, that
is a much faster swimming state. California
I know what you're thinking,
California is better because
they have more swimmers or because the areas I've lived ( , San Jose) have a higher
socioeconomic class, etc. Los Angeles
These reasons likely tell part of the story, but I'm critical of their full contribution and wonder if perhaps cortical and motor development contributes to the equation.
Posted by G. John Mullen at 10:40 AM
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
As you recall from my last post, I capped my weekend at Olympic Trials by meeting my nemesis Craig Lord and exchanging pleasantries. As I was wrapping up, Lord blurted out a question (as only he can).
"Where's the Viking?" he asked. When I told him that "the Viking" had been unable to make the meet, a look of severe disappointment washed over his face. Having met me, his mind had immediately moved on to my partner in crime, the "blogging blockhead". He did not inquire as to the whereabouts of Tony Austin.
Posted by Chris DeSantis at 7:59 AM