What do you call someone who takes 1st place in a swimming race? You call that person “the winner.” And what do you call the person that came in 2nd in that race? You call them “the loser.” Even though Mark Spitz and Michael Phelps have both lost individual races at the Olympics, they are still champions! You may have seen Phelps’ last competitive swim during the 2012 Olympics on cable tv. Between them, the two set 35 and 39 world records respectively. Are they losers? Of course not! Was there ever anybody better? Maybe!
Peter Johann Weissmeller, or “Johnny Weissmeller,” the star of 12 Tarzan films, was also a competitive swimmer before his career in the movies. His Olympic swimming career was limited to two visits ” 1924 and 1928. He won 3 individual and two relay gold medals. He did win a bronze, but only as part of the team USA water polo team. More significantly, Weissmeller never lost an individual race . . . ever! Though he only appeared in 2 Olympic games, Weissmeller did not shy away from competition. In his career he won 52 national titles, and held an amazing 67 world records . . . almost twice as many as either Spitz or Phelps. At a 1958 golf tournament in Cuba, some Cuban rebels captured Weissmeller, who responded by letting loose his infamous Tarzan yell. The rebels, recognizing him, fired their guns in a jubilant manner and cried “Tarzan, welcome to Cuba!” He was released unhurt.
Another swimmer who has not received a lot of hype is Slovenian Martin Strel. In 2000 he swam the 1,878 mile length of the Danube River in 58 days. Apparently he did not think that was impressive enough, because in 2002, he swam the 2,360 mile long Mississippi River in 68 days. Another barely famous swimmer was 15 year old Australian Olympian Shane Gould. At the Munich Olympics she won 3 individual gold medals, setting a world record in all 3 races. She also won a silver and a bronze in 2 more individual events. She then retired from swimming at the advanced age of 16.
|Posted by admin on Mar 26
If Hollywood knows anything, it knows about fashion. With the warm summer months ahead, bathing suits will make an appearance. Many of the styles this year are fun and colorful. Bathing suits this year also add a sense of sex appeal like none other have. The two-piece bathing suits for the summer are shiny and adorned with gems on the sides of the bottom piece. Metallic colors are in this summer, with gold and silver the top choices. Black is another color that Read the rest of this entry »
|Posted by admin on Aug 19
Fear of water is very common. Many people develop this fear because their caretakers or friends were afraid of water and unnecessarily instilled this fear in them. Other people fear water because of a negative experience they had as children. The best way to alleviate your fear of water is to learn how to swim.
Knowing how to swim can save you from many dangerous water situations. You will not have to be afraid to sit near a swimming pool if you know how to Read the rest of this entry »
|Posted by admin on Aug 18
Swimming is a very fun sport to invest time in. There are many fun aspects of swimming for a team. If you are good enough at it there is always room for new contestants in the Olympics!
When starting out on a swim team there are many things you will learn. First you will start with basic things like the doggy paddle. After you are a professional at being able to swim and float, you will then learn how to Read the rest of this entry »
|Posted by admin on Aug 14
When trying to teach your child to swim, it is important that you don’t scare the child while in the water. The child needs to feel comfortable and at ease. Should he be afraid of the water, he is going to less likely be relaxed which will make it easier for him to swim. You need to start off slow and not just throw your child into the water, don’t make him put his face under water if he is not comfortable doing so.
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|Posted by admin on Aug 10
Swimming utilizes a uniform which can be tailored to directly affect the performance of the athlete. Much like different football pads are worn by football players depending on position, or the aerodynamics of a competitive bikers helmet and cycle affect the athlete’s ergonomics, the kind of swimwear a swimmer chooses to race in has a direct correlation to their performance in the water.
As time records continue to be broken in the swimming world year after year, while swimwear continues to Read the rest of this entry »
How is ocean swimming different from pool swimming? In the ocean the water can be very choppy and it can be very windy because you are in an open space. The wind alone will make swimming harder for you. The salty sea water will make it easier for you to float but then again, many pools are switching over to salt water. In the ocean you wonâ€™t know where your marks are to stop swimming if you Read the rest of this entry »