Sunday's Swim Report - The Lure Of The Pink Speedo
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Lane 1 - Denver Post has "Olympic athletes from Colorado honored by governor, fans. Hundreds of people gathered at Centennial Center Park to welcome home — and get a glimpse of — some of the state's Olympians, including multiple gold medalist Missy Franklin."
Lane 2 - TMZ declares "Ryan Lochte Pretty in Pink" E! posts "Ryan Lochte Celebrates Birthday in Las Vegas...in a Pink Speedo. The Olympian hottie hit Las Vegas this weekend to celebrate his 28th birthday, wrapping up his trip at Azure at the Palazzo with fellow Olympic swimmers Cullen Jones and Conor Dwyer."
Lane 3 - NYDN posts "Man dies swimming in Triathlon in Vermont. USA Triathlon officials say the man was in his 50s, but they did not release his name. They say all participants must qualify to compete in the Olympic-Distance race, which includes a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike ride and 10-kilometer run."
Lane 4 - The Nation posts "World’s deepest swimming pool. SWIMMERS wanting to fetch something off the bottom of this pool will certainly need more than a lungful of air - seeing as it's a staggering 113 feet (34.5metres) deep.
Located in Brussels in Belgium, Nemo 33, the world's deepest swimming pool, contains a whopping 660,500 gallons (2.5million litres) of non-chlorinated, highly filtered spring water that is kept at a temperature of 30C (86F). It takes the phrase 'being thrown in at the deep end' to a whole new level."
Lane 5 - Inside The Games posts "Review into London 2012 British swimming flop to be completed by October. A review into why Britain's swimmers performed so badly at the London 2012 Olympics is due to be completed by the end of October, the sport's peformance director Michael Scott has promised. Britain finished 15th overall with only three medals, a silver and two bronzes - well below the minimum target of five they had been set."
Lane 6 - Comic Book Movie posts "Holy Swimming Pool Batman. Usually the Bat signal is spotted in a dark sky over Gotham City. But in one Illinois home listed for $2.55 million, the symbol is found under water on the bottom of the pool. According to listing agent Beau Carstensen, the owners’ son loved Batman growing up, and they decided to surprise him at age 3 or 4 with the graphic at the bottom of the pool. “A guy came out and freehand drew it, and they [the owners] just kept it over the years,” explained Carstensen. “One of the son’s friends posted it on YouTube later, and that’s when it went viral.”
Lane 7 - WaPo has (w/video) "Swimming to Rio. Chris Grimmett-Norris, of Chantilly, Va., is a competitive swimmer who hopes to make it to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro."
Lane 8 - All Africa posts "Zimbabwe: Parents Join Talent Development in Swimming. TWENTY parents in Harare and other surrounding areas have joined hands in an effort to identify and develop swimming talent in the country with Brazil 2016 Olympic Games in mind."