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Saturday's Swim Report - Olympic Swimmers Face Speedopedo Suit

Lane 1 - Herald Sun posts "Gossip surrounds Aussie swimmer Stephanie Rice and American Rice_kobebasketballer Kobe Bryant.  COULD a blossoming friendship between Aussie swimmer Stephanie Rice and American basketball megastar Kobe Bryant be developing in London?"

Lane 2 - LA Times posts "Natalie Coughlin makes her case for prime-time relay.  Natalie Coughlin might not have to rely on her relay teammates to secure her record 12th Olympic medal.  Coughlin posted the fastest time of any U.S. swimmer in the 400-meter freestyle relay qualifying on Saturday morning, putting her in position to swim in the relay final Saturday night. The Americans are expected to replace the two slowest swimmers in the morning relay for the evening finals."

Lane 3 - posts "'I want to be an Australian great' says swimming king James Swimmer-james-magnussenMagnussen.  HE hopes of the nation rest on his shoulders, and swim king James Magnussen is ready to claim the Olympic crown.  James 'The Missile' Magnussen is in lockdown in the lead up to the Olympics. But sunday magazine has gained exclusive access to a small studio in Sydney's CBD where he's doing a photoshoot for underwear brand jac5.  Tanned, 195cm tall and incredibly fit, the 21-year-old is hot property both in and out of the pool. He's been inundated with interview requests since his win at the FINA World Championships last July propelled him to swimming stardom. But Magnussen refuses to play the fame game just yet; his attention is on achieving his Olympic dream."

Lane 4 - BBC posts "Empty Olympics swimming seats investigated.  Olympic organisers are investigating why hundreds of seats were empty for a swimming session at the Aquatic Centre, in east London, on Saturday morning.  The BBC's Nick Hope said areas high in the stands at the sold-out event were full but several hundred more expensive seats lower down were not filled.  Oly_stadClusters of empty seats have also been observed at Wimbledon's centre court.  Many people have contacted the BBC to express disappointment over the sight of empty seats after failing to get tickets for events."

Lane 5 - ninemsn posts "Charles offers advice to swimmers.  Prince Charles has advised Australian Olympic open water swimmers Melissa Gorman and Ky Hurst they'll need some antiseptic after they compete in the Serpentine.  The 11 hectare lake in Hyde Park has been cleaned up for the 10km open water swim at the London Olympics, but its reputation obviously still lingers in royal circles."

Lane 6 - SF Gate posts "Olympic swimmers honor Alexander Dale Oen's memory.   Cameron van der Burgh is swimming for South Africa — and for a fallen rival he keeps close each time he dives off the block.  n Friday night, Norwegian Olympic Committee chief Jarle Aamboe carried a photo of Dale Oen on the inside of his suit jacket near his heart during the opening ceremony in what the delegation considered a respectful way to honor the decorated swimmer."

Lane 7 - Brisbane Times posts (w/video) "Speedo creates 'torpedo' suit.  After being forced to revise the technology used in its swimsuits in 2009, Speedo says it's come up with a new approach inspired by torpedo design."

Lane 8 - Scientific American posts "How Speedo Created A Record-Breaking Swimsuit.  After officials banned the swimsuit that caused records to fall at the 2008 Games, scientists are back with a new outfit that could break more.  At Aqualab, researchers took four years and spent 55,000 man-hours to produce what Speedo calls the Fastskin 3 system. The internal team of 19 supplemented by outside experts talked to hydrodynamic experts, aircraft engineers and nano textile producers.


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