Tuesday's Swim Report - So If Golf Is An Olympic Sport Will Michael Phelps Go Fore Gold?
Tuesday, December 04, 2012
Lane 1 - Sports Pro posts "France's Olympic 50 metre freestyle swimming champion Florent Manaudou has agreed an endorsement deal with Microsoft. The 22-year-old, who became the first ever French champion in Olympic swimming's sprint event at London 2012, will appear in a series of television commercials and a media campaign in his homeland to promote the software giant's new Windows Phone 8." Windows Phone France posts via youtube "Voici Florent, un garçon en or, et ceci est son Windows Phone. Unique, tout comme vous, votre Windows Phone prend vie avec ce que vous aimez."
Lane 2 - Swimming Canada posts via youtube "2012 Big Splash Highlights."
Lane 3 - News-Press posts "Athletes excited about golf's Olympic return. Return to Summer Games will bring stars, recognition. For the first time in more than 100 years, golf is returning to the Olympics. Olympic swimmers Tyler McGill, Davis Tarwater and Vanderkaay supported the addition of golf. Rugby also will be included. “It brings more stars and more recognition,” McGill said. “Golf is so world-renowned. It’s important to have more faces and keep the Olympic movement going strong.” Tarwater added, “I think the Olympic movement is so powerful and compelling that as many sports as we can bring under the umbrella, the better. It’s also more opportunities to experience the Olympic dream.”
Lane 4 - Denver Post has "Missy Franklin to appear in a movie scuba diving to help disabled. Olympic champion Missy Franklin is taking scuba lessons to be certified before diving in Bimini next March as part of Kurt Miller's new film, "The Current," which is about disabled individuals learning how to dive."
Lane 5 - Williston Herald posts "Olympic gold medalist Ledecky to be in Williston on Dec. 23. Stand by Williston, as you’re in for an early Christmas present. It’s not every day an Olympic champion comes calling to our fair city, and you’re in for a real treat. Best thing is, she’s even beating Santa Claus to the punch. Katie Gen Ledecky, the 15-year-old swimming phenom who captured a gold medal in the 800 freestyle swimming event at the summer Olympics, is including Williston in her holiday plan. This young lady deserves a big reception here and that is planned from 1-3 p.m. on Dec. 23 at the St. Joseph’s Gymnasium."
Lane 6 - Eurosport posts "GB Olympic swimming review calls for 'cuts'. A review into Great Britain's disappointing performances in the pool at London 2012 has called for swimmers' commercial activities to be cut in the build up to major competitions. This disappointment prompted a panel to review the process, and the findings point to the fact that commercial distractions for individual swimmers 'should have been anticipated better' and the review recommended that guidance should be developed on acceptable levels of commercial and media commitments."
Lane 7 - BBC posts (w/video) "Rebecca Adlington's criticism should concern British Swimming. So her damning comments on the review conducted by British Swimming into the state of the sport post-Olympics must be taken seriously. “More optimistically, the review also pointed out progress made in non-Olympic years and the talent coming through the ranks” Describing the process as an "absolute mess", the double gold medallist from the 2008 Games says the independent panel, which included Michael Phelps's coach Bob Bowman, failed to properly canvass the views of top swimmers - including Adlington herself."
Lane 8 - The Age posts "Swim coach Talbot moves to Australia. One of Swimming New Zealand's three high performance coaches, Scott Talbot, has taken up a position in Australia. Talbot, 31, will start in a new role created by the NSW Institute of Sport and Sydney University in January."