It’s been 4 months since we last posted - oops! We’ve all been busy settling into senior years and starting universities.
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Look at that! GOLD medals for our 4x200 free boys! Their 7:15.36 time would have placed 11th at World Champs in Barcelona last month.
Check out the splits:
Matthew Johnson 1:50.88
Max Litchfield 1:49.11
Caleb Hughes 1:48.98
James Guy 1:46.39
Phew! Unlike AUS and USA, all of the GBR team had swum in morning heats. Guy’s split was exactly the same as Alexander Sukhorukov’s anchor leg to win Russia’s silver in Barcelona. British Swimming’s decision to put all their limited relay resources into this basket seems to be paying off…
26th - 31st August
Dubai - UAE
Britain’s elite junior swimmers have landed and are making their final preparations for the World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai which starts on Monday 26th August.
Day One - The Team Arrives in Dubai
Day one is in the books. The flight left us all pretty tired as to be expected. Many of us could only get upwards of an hour of straight sleep, but luckily we had plenty of movies to help occupy us for the twelve-hour flight. Upon landing, it was easy to tell we were in the desert. The 103 degree temperature made today a rather mild summer day for Dubai. Adjusting to the time change will be challenging but not enough to stop team USA.
- Justin Lynch
On Thursday morning at 6:45 a.m., my flight left from Orange County. From there, we flew to Houston then to D.C. Shortly after landing in D.C., we had a team meeting to discuss how to handle the long flight. We boarded the huge plane and walked past the first class beds. Just walking to our seats felt like forever because the plane was so big! After we took off, some people slept and some stayed up to talk. We received our dinner and the flight staff took great care of us! During the flight, some people slept, some watched movies, and some did both. Once we began our descent into Dubai, it felt like we had been on there for almost three weeks! We went through a passport check then customs. After that, we got our luggage and learned just how hot Dubai was when we walked to our bus. From the airport, we went straight to the pool and did a team warm-up before splitting into groups. After practice we got some snacks then rode back to the hotel where we ate dinner. Following dinner, we had a team meeting discussing tomorrow’s plan. When we walked out of dinner, we got a bird’s-eye view of a traditional Arabic wedding with loud music and dancing! Then everyone went off to their rooms to unpack and settle in.
- Katie McLaughlin
The 2013 FINA World Junior Championships begin on Monday in Dubai, UAE, and a slew of the world’s best swimmers will be in attendance for the 6-day meet.
Sometimes I get emailed questions from swimmers around the country. While I am not a doctor or a swim coach, I have swum competitively in college, coached swimming to a multitude of ages, taught lessons, and been in the media and on the “dry side” now for many years. If you have any questions or stories about swimming, feel free to send me thoughts, questions, or story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to that weird, between-seasons period of every swimmer’s life. School starts in a few weeks (give or take), yet summer swimming for a number of age groupers is over. This is likely the first real “break” many swimmers encounter during their swim year. There’s no school swimming. There’s no club swimming. It’s a lull of activity.
Katie Ledecky has become a force that gives the U.S. two of the best swimmers in the world, along with another amazing teen, Missy Franklin. Ledecky’s haul of four golds at Worlds after gold in London has left her with a bright future. In Part I of II with Katie, she talks about what she’s doing now, and what she learned at Worlds, in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
A whole bunch of races from the 1980 Moscow Olympics ft plenty of awesome hairdos, weird-ass backstroke turns and countries that don’t exist anymore.
As you probably know, the US boycotted these games, and the majority of women’s races were won by the doped GDR team. It’s utterly heartbreaking to see those young girls standing behind the blocks, excited and proud to represent their country, the majority of them completely oblivious to the (massively harmful) state-approved steroids in their system. Thirty years later it’s easy to see those names listed on Wikipedia and think they’re monsters, but how would you feel if you had made it to the Olympics and knew you could win, only to be later told it wasn’t *your* training and effort that won it after all? And that there were hundreds of athletes who didn’t make it that far, who were used as guinea pigs to get the levels right and ensure your success (at both racing and passing drug tests). Absolutely awful.
Over the years Craig Lord has tirelessly analysed the long-term consequences of the GDR’s doping on the swimming record books. It gets very depressing after a while but worth a read.
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