Lane 1 - Herald Sun posts "James Magnussen can erase bad memory of supersuits with world record. A WORLD record blast from James Magnussen in London can not only electrify a career of "Thorpesque" possibilities, but help to boldly erase the lingering stain of swimming's farcical supersuit era."
Lane 2 - USA Today posts "Rebecca Soni downplays status as world's best breaststroker. Rebecca Soni, 25, the world's best breaststroker, is favored to double her 2008 Olympic gold medal output — from one in Beijing to two in London — but she'd rather not talk about the prospects."
Lane 3 - SBS World News posts "Australians out to gatecrash Britain's party. More than a century of fierce sporting rivalry means there is nothing the Australian team would like more than to add a little more rain to the deluge already threatening Britain's parade at the London Olympics. The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) have set themselves the goal of fifth place on the medals table, an optimistic target that would probably require them to approach the 49-medal tally they achieved in Athens eight years ago."
Lane 4 - Newsday posts "Olympics swimming a hot ticket _ in many ways. Whew! The heat's on at Olympic Aquatics Centre, and the swimming competition hasn't even begun. With temperatures soaring in London, swim coaches are complaining that it's also too hot inside the venue. The temperature at the pool deck and in the stands has reached more than 85 degrees, about the same as the outdoor temperature Thursday. Organizers said at a coaches meeting that they're adjusting the air conditioning to try to get the pool deck down to 80 degrees."
Lane 5 - Courier Mail posts "Ian Thorpe sets sights on 2013 world championships in Barcelona. FIVE-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe will today re-affirm his zeal to swim on to the 2013 world championships in Barcelona where he will be a likely X-factor to plug into Australia's post-Olympic relay teams. Thorpe has been back in the water at his Swiss training base with coach Gennadi Touretski since he learnt the hard way in March at Australia's Olympic trials that there are no shortcuts to comebacks even for swimming immortals."
Lane 6 - Daily Mail posts "Winging his way to glory: Lochte wears wacky trainers in countdown to Phelps duel. Ryan Lochte is ready to blaze a trail to Olympic glory... well judging by his trainers, anyway! The American swimmer - who is set to go head-to-head with fellow countryman Michael Phelps in the pool - wore an eye-catching pair to his practice session on Wednesday. Turning up at the Aquatics Centre, Lochte wore the adidas-designed trainers with wings surging out of the back."
Lane 7 - Newsday posts "Swedish swimmer Therese Alshammar injured. Swedish team officials say swimmer Therese Alshammar could miss the London Olympics due to a pinched nerve in her neck, which would leave the country without one of its biggest medal hopes. Team doctor Rene Tour told Swedish broadcaster SVT that the nerve is causing pain in Alshammar's neck and right shoulder. Tour says: "If we can get the swelling down she should be able to swim, but if the nerve pain remains it's impossible to complete the rotation of the shoulder."
Lane 8 - NY Times posts "A Physician Heals Giants–and Olympic Swimmers. Scott Rodeo, the New York Giants’ team physician, normally would have been heading to Albany this week for Thursday’s opening of training camp. Instead he’s here ministering to U.S. Olympians as they get ready to compete in their version of the Super Bowl. It’s a labor of love for Rodeo, an orthopedic surgeon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan who has served as the team physician for the U.S. Olympic swimming team since 2004. He was a competitive swimmer who specialized in the breaststroke and raced for Stanford as an undergraduate before attending medical school at Cornell."