BARCELONA – Last year at the Olympic Games in London, the United States dominated the swimming competition, winning 31 medals overall – 16 gold, nine silver and six bronze.
That’s a tough act to follow any year, but a post-Olympic year, especially, presents some challenges.
A number of veterans tend to take a well-deserved break immediately after the games and back off a little bit on the intense training that took them to the top. Some, like Michael Phelps, retire.
As a result, you have a lot of fresh faces who make the World Championships team, looking to make a name for themselves and gain some experience on the international stage.
With the pool competition of the 15th FINA World Championships ready to kick off Sunday at Palau Sant Jordi, several members of the U.S. team – women’s coach Dave Salo, men’s coach Bob Bowman, Olympic gold medalists Dana Vollmer, Natalie Coughlin, Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian and Matt Grevers – appeared at a press conference Friday to talk about the team’s prospects in the coming week.
Here’s what they had to say, with analysis:
BARCELONA – Led by 17 Olympic gold medalists, including Missy Franklin (Centennial, Colo.) and Ryan Lochte (Daytona Beach, Fla.), the United States is set to open the pool portion of the 2013 FINA World Championships on Sunday at Paulu Sant Jordi.
The action will run daily through Sunday, Aug. 4 with prelims at 10 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m. local time.
The U.S. team, which has won the outright medal count at each FINA World Championships since 1991, is captained by Olympic gold medalists Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif.), Dana Vollmer (Granbury, Texas), Ricky Berens (Charlotte, N.C.) and Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill.). A complete roster is available via usaswimming.org.
Universal Sports and NBC will offer daily television coverage from Barcelona. Swimming coverage begins Sunday at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC, with Universal Sports providing daily live coverage from Monday, July 29, through Friday, August 2, at 12 p.m. ET. NBC’s coverage continues Saturday, August 3 from 1-3 p.m. ET and Sunday, August 4 from 4-6 p.m. ET. Calling the action will be Dan Hicks, Rowdy Gaines and Carolyn Manno.
A complete broadcast schedule is as follows:
Sun., July 28: 2:30-4:30 p.m., NBC
Sun., July 28: 9-11 p.m., (Re-air), Universal Sports
Mon., July 29: 12-2 p.m., LIVE Finals, Universal Sports
Tue., July 30: 12-2:30 p.m., LIVE Finals, Universal Sports
Wed., July 31: 12-2 p.m., LIVE Finals, Universal Sports
Thurs., Aug. 1: 12-2:30 p.m., LIVE Finals, Universal Sports
Fri., Aug. 2: 12-2:30 p.m., LIVE Finals, Universal Sports
Sat., Aug. 3: 1-3 p.m., NBC
Sat., Aug. 3: 9-11 p.m., (Re-air), Universal Sports
Sun., Aug. 4: 4-6 p.m., NBC
Sun., Aug. 4: 9-11 p.m., (Re-air), Universal Sports
Complete 2013 FINA World Championships information is available online at www.bcn2013.com .
USA Swimming’s media guide for the 2013 FINA World Championships can be found online atwww.usaswimming.org/media.
Swim coach Todd Schmitz of the Colorado Stars understands how awesome taper time is, and he’s produced the video to prove it. The man behind Missy Franklin (the 4-time Olympic gold medalist and swim star who appears in the first five-seconds of the video above), has been a high profile personality on deck. Coach Schmitz is respected for his swimming wisdom and good humor.
YOU KNOW THAT GAY SWIMMING ANIME COMMERCIAL OR SOME SHIT?
WELL LISTEN UP FUCKERS
LET ME SNAP YOU OUT OF YOUR FANGIRLING AND BRING YOU TO ATTENTION THAT THIS AIN’T THE FUCKING CORRECT WAY OF SWIMMING
FIRST UP, WHERE THE FUCK IS YOUR GOGGLES BOY? HE’S GONNA END UP LOOKING LIKE A CRACK ASSED WEED SMOKER WITH RED EYES, BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT? CHLORINE BURNS LIKE A MOTHER FUCKER. IF YOU STAY IN THE POOL WITHOUT GOOGLES FOR A FUCKING LAP, ITS GONNA LOOK LIKE SATANS PISSED IN YOUR EYE. AND WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU STARING INTENSELY AT THE WALL. LOOK THE FUCKING BLACK LINE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POOL. THERE’S A REASON WHY IT’S THERE YOU LITTLE FUCK. AND GET THAT FUCKING HAIR OUT OF YOUR FACE OR YOUR GONNA RAM INTO THE WALL AND END UP GETTING KNOCKED UNCONSCIOUS BECAUSE YOU FUCKING INSISTED ON BEING /FABULOUS TSUNDERE BITCH/ WHILE SWIMMING.
NOW SECONDLY, WHERE THE FUCK IS YOUR CAP BRO? YOUR HAIRS GONNA END UP BEING A FRIZZY ASSED MESS IN A WEEK. IT’S IMPOSSIBLE TO HAVE THAT HAIR WHILE BEING A SWIMMER. IM-FUCKING- POSSIBLE FOR A SWIMMER.
LASTLY, JESUS FUCKING CHRIST, WHAT STROKE ARE YOU TRYING TO DO? YOU DON’T MAKE A FUCKING CLAW WITH YOUR HAND WHILE SWIMMING FREESTYLE UNLESS YOU WANT TO BE BITCHSLAPPED WITH A KICKBOARD BY YOUR COACH. YOUR GONNA DRAG LIKE HELL AND BE AS SLOW AS A FUCKING TURTLE. AND WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOUR ARMS DOING? YOUR ARMS ARE SUPPOSED BE SQUEEZED NEAR YOUR FUCKING HEAD AS CLOSE AS YOU CAN OR YOUR GONNA GET ALOTTA FUCKIN RESISTANCE. I BET YOUR ONE OF THOSE MOTHER FUCKERS WHO THINKS FREESTYLE IS CALLED THE MOTHER FUCKING FRONT CRAWL. YOU BLOW BUBBLES OUT OF YOUR FUCKING NOSE UNLESS YOU WANT A MOUTH FULL OF PISS-RIDDEN WATER. AND MOTHER FUCKER, ARE YOU BENDING YOUR KNEES? BECAUSE IM ABOUT TO BREAK THEM IF YOU ARE.
AND WHO THE FUCK MAKES AN ANIME ABOUT SWIMMING? I DON’T KNOW IF THESE BITCHES ARE REC, HIGH SCHOOL CLUB OR YEAR ROUND, BUT IT’S ALL THE SAME. THERE WOULD BE NO PLOT. SWIMMERS HAVE NO OUTSIDE LIVES. NO BOYFRIENDS. OUR LIVES CONSISTS OF TRYING NOT TO DROWN DURING MEETS, PROCRASTINATING ON OUR HOMEWORK, AND EATING. THAT’S ALL IT FUCKING IS. SORRY TO RUIN YOUR ANIME YAOI DREAMS.
A competition where the world’s best congregate to compete happens only a handful of times during an elite athlete’s career. It is a rare long course event — one that only happens twice between Olympics. So many times the media and swim fans alike use these World Championships as a point-of-reference in the context of the next (or previous) Olympic Games.
When really, Worlds must be celebrated as a great meet in and of itself.
The pool competition of FINA Worlds in Barcelona starts today!
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The U.S. Pool Team for FINA World Championships at their training camp in Spain… less than five days until the start of competition!
and your bad day just slides right off you.
A diver has a very personal moment of dejection at the bottom of the pool during the 2012 CCCA Swimming and Diving State Championships at East Los Angeles College Swim Stadium on Thursday, April 26, 2012 in Monterey Park, CA. (Photo by Suzanne Tylander © 2012) This particular photo represents an emotional moment rarely caught underwater. This particular diver was expected to win the entire event. The diver knew as soon as he hit the water his form was flawed and that he might have just lost it all. I was fortunate enough to witness this moment as it was unfolding underwater. I captured the sequence of emotion just a split second after he hit the water and began to sink to the bottom with a sense of defeat written in his body language This was the image I chose from the series. I have felt this emotion and disappointment before as many athletes do. My chance to capture it underwater was rare but beautiful. It is a moment no competitive athlete wants to relive but something important that many of us can relate to. It is raw and human and real.