Running Into 2012
ISHOF - aquatic theater concept

Sunday's Swim Report - Look, Listen, Swim, 2012

Lane 1 - posts "Author Chris Ayriss is Launching: "Look, Listen, Swim, 2012" to Celebrate 100 Years of English Swimming History.  Chris Ayriss, author of: Hung Out to Dry The-Olympic-Park-in-Londo-007Swimming and British Culture, is launching a project to celebrate 100 years of English swimming history and to promote active involvement in the sport of wild swimming."

Lane 2 - The Guardian posts "The London 2012 Olympic Games unticketed-event planner.  There are plenty of free events across five different sports where you can get close to some of the world's top athletes.  Open water swimming - Thu 9 Aug 12pm-3pm, women &Fri 10 Aug 12pm-3pm, men.  Another Hyde Park spectacular, with a paid area around the VIP plastic pavilion at the lake's north shore and a large mill-about area on the south bank on which weary Knightsbridge shoppers can take a break and instead enjoy the spectacle of a row of heads bobbing around the lake in slipstream formation and being menaced by geese for 40 minutes before exploding into a last-lap sprint finish."

Lane 3 - Wales Online has "Swimming: Ieuan Lloyd out to emulate David Davies.  RISING Penarth swimming star Ieuan Lloyd is looking to emulate the achievements of Cardiff clubmate David Davies by becoming a teenage Olympian.  Lloyd, who will not be 19 until next July, has enjoyed a stellar year in the junior ranks and is now targeting a place at London 2012."

Lane 4 - The Sydney Morning Herald posts "Quietly confident Thorpe believes he has Art-353-B33-20Thorpe-20-20ld-20thin-200x0the goods.  The majority doubt him, logic says it can't be done, yet Thorpe himself believes, and that should not be under-estimated.  With the arrival yesterday of the Olympic year, the constant chatter about Thorpe will grow louder. Ever since he announced in February he was making a comeback and targeting an Olympic berth, whether or not he can make it has become the most frequently asked question in sport. With 3½ months before we get the definitive answer, the speculation will continue, and it seems everyone has an opinion."

Lane 5 - posts "Hundreds join L Street Brownies in annual New Year’s Day polar bear plunge.  They wore bikinis and boxer shorts, Santa caps and sparking New Years hats. They were lured by a mild New Year’s morning to the shores of Dorchester Bay. But when the hundreds of swimmers in this year’s Polar Bear Plunge hit the water, they shrieked an icy truth, almost in unison."

Lane 6 - Tampa Bay Online posts "Fundraiser gets SEAL of approval.  ST. PETE BEACH --  As children squealed in delight over newfound sea treasures and couples strolled along the beach, Jim Collins emerged from the Gulf of Mexico and caught his breath.  Unlike most of the people enjoying an unseasonably warm Saturday afternoon, Collins was not here to sightsee or lollygag in the gentle surf.  A retired Navy SEAL lieutenant commander, Collins, 48, was one of about two dozen swimmers training for next week's Tampa Bay Frogman Swim, a 5-kilometer open-water competition to raise money for the Navy SEAL Foundation."

Lane 7 - NTDTV posts (w/video) "Orca Attacks Sharks on New Zealand Beach.  People in New Zealand's South Island witnessed a natural event not often seen, when an orca attacked a group of sharks on a beach at the town of Tuatapera."

Lane 8 - The Bay Area Reporter "Gay Games leader resigns from planning group.  A Gay Games leader has resigned from a planning group working on the 10th global LGBT multi-sport competition set to take place in 2018.  Stevens told the Bay Area Reporter in an interview today (Friday, December 30) that his decision to step down from the working group was largely due to the proposed agreement calling for LGBT athletes who are voting members to meet in 2013 at the Outgames hosted by Antwerp, Belgium and vote on the 2018 host city.  Doing so would break with the Gay Games' tradition of selecting the host of the quadrennial event, which would be called Gay Games - Outgames Together 2018, in the city hosting the previous Gay Games. The next event is set to take place in Cleveland, Ohio in 2014.  Picking the host city in Europe would be disastrous for the Cleveland games, argues Stevens. Not only would it diminish media attention for the next Gay Games, it would also reduce participation, said Stevens. North American athletes would be forced to attend the 2013 Outgames in order to vote on the 2018 host city, a financial cost that could make it unaffordable for them to then attend the 2014 Gay Games event, said Stevens."


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I wonder if Phelps is able to crush the competition in the Olympic 2012 Games. I expect huge drama in this discipline.

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