Sunday's Swim Report - Diving Into The Pink

Lane 1 - Time posts "Box Office Blahs: Hansel & Gretel Grab Some Candy on Skimpy Weekend.  Parker, an adaptation of the Donald E. Westlake crime novel, earned a more respectable B-plus from CinemaScore, but didn’t do much for Statham’s rep as the premier bullet-headed tough stud in his generation of action stars. The former swimmer on Britain’s Olympic team has been busy churning out moderate-budget melodramas whose ad lines aptly describe their content. For Death Race: “Gentlemen, start your weapons.” For Killer Elite: “May the best man live.”  (note:  Jason Staham was on the 1988 British Olympic Diving team.)

Lane 2 - MSN posts "Tom Daley's Splash! on ITV: Anthony Ogogo's O-gone-gone!.  TV review: Tom Daley's Splash!, ITV's celebrity diving series, saw Olympian Anthony Ogogo quit during the semi-final."  Tom Daley posts via youtube "Splash! Semi-final Dive of the Week - Eddie The Eagle.  Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards performs the Splash! dive of the week, winning him a place in the final and a standing ovation from the Splash! judges and crowd!"

Lane 3 - The Sydney Morning Herald posts "Surf rowers tickled pink about their new safety vests.  DEATHS at surf life saving national titles have had one positive outcome: buoyancy safety vests. Pink_liveThey were worn by all crews competing in the fourth round of the Navy Australian Surf Rowers League series at Manly on Sunday. The ASRL treasurer, Don Alexander, believes the vests - adopted this season for the first time since the league was formed in 1992 - have resulted in a 25 per cent rise in the number of competitors."

Lane 4 - Denver Post has "American idol Missy Franklin still on stage.  Missy Franklin still has a laugh so loud it startles the birds sitting peacefully in the trees covering her suburban neighborhood. This week marks the six-month anniversary of her remarkable run at the London Olympics. Besides her five medals, she became the fastest 200 backstroker in history and won honors ranging from world female swimmer of the year to Glamour magazine's woman of the year."

Lane 5 - BBC posts "Dan Sliwinski relying on parent hand-outs as funding is cut.   Swimmer Dan Sliwinski is "sick" of having to rely on his parents for money after his funding was cut because he missed the London 2012 Olympics.  Preston-born Sliwinski, 22, withdrew from Team GB in June because of injury.  The support he received from UK Sport was subsequently reduced, but will be reviewed again in March.  "You wouldn't think you'd get sick of your parents paying for it [supporting his career], but I don't like it any more," he told BBC Radio Lancashire.  "I've been left nothing. My mother and father, (pay for it) unfortunately. It's becoming a mental burden for me."

Lane 6 - The Sydney Morning Herald posts "Rice dips toe in the water at Nine.  The Nine Network has signed Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice as a health and fitness reporter. Rice is also confirmed for the next season of Nine's Celebrity Apprentice and she's tipped to be a likely starter; the network has form in bundling two shows into the one deal, as it did when it poached Sonia Kruger from Channel Seven. (Kruger got Mornings and Big Brother.) Rice was previously signed to Seven with an $800,000 contract, though she was rarely used on-air."

Lane 7 - UA posts via youtube "Arizona Swim Team Has Depth, School Spirit.  This year, the Arizona swim team continues to be an elite program. From veteran swimmers who competed in the Olympic Trials to freshman swimmers adjusting to the competition, the UA's team is amongst the nation's strongest competitors. Team members say they love the UA and the opportunity to compete for their University."

Lane 8 - CBS Sunday Morning posts "Screen debut of Tarzan.  nd now a page from our Sunday Morning Almanac: January 27th, 1918 . . . 95 years ago today, the debut of a dashing new silver screen hero.  For that was opening day for the silent film "Tarzan of the Apes," with Elmo Lincoln in the title role. In 1932, came the first full TALKING Tarzan picture, "Tarzan the Ape Man," starring Johnny Weissmuller.  A gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer, Weissmuller had no acting experience, but as Tarzan he found his true calling."

Monday's Swim Report - J'eah Hardcore

Lane 1 - Daily Record posts " Olympic champion David Davies calls time on his swimming career.  HE WON bronze and silver at two Olympic games and now the 27-year-old Welshman has decided to call it a day after ten years representing Great Britain.  OLYMPIAN David Davies, who claimed two medals in Greece and in China during a decade of representing Great Britain, has called time on his swimming career.  Davies won a 1500m freestyle bronze medal in Athens in 2004 and followed up with an open water silver in Beijing four years later."

Lane 2 - posts via youtube "Ryan Lochte Hardcore Work Out DVD."

Lane 3 - The Guardian posts "Ian Thorpe: 'I was surrounded by people but had this intense loneliness'.  Following the return of a former great sportsman is always poignant but, with the Australian Ian Thorpe, there is a sense that swimming also provides a refuge from depression.  Ian-Thorpe-Australian-swi-008The 30-year-old's attempt to swim for Australia at this summer's London Olympics ended in disappointment. Yet set against his depression, which he has revealed for the first time in his stark but powerful new book, Thorpe's return assumes fresh meaning. "In terms of making the Olympics it was a complete failure," Thorpe concedes, as he reflects on his non-selection, "but I've rediscovered what I loved about my sport when I walked away from it, loathing it. I find such beauty in the repetition of training – in its rhythms and rituals. I had lost that. But, even if I prefer training to racing, part of me wants performance. It's less about winning than turning in a performance that matches my preparation.BBC posts (w/video) "Ian Thorpe: My suicidal thoughts, depression and drinking.  He tells HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur about having suicidal thoughts, drinking too much and how he hid his despair from those closest to him."

Lane 4 - Limerick Leader posts "Champion swimmer Leo hopes to make a splash at Mr World .  A LIMERICK model who has represented Ireland on the world stage in swimming is hoping to make a splash in the international world of fashion.  Leo, who is a model with the Holman Lee Agency, moved to Limerick five years ago from Dublin and resides in Castletroy. “I moved down for the high performance centre,” explained the handsome model, who is an accomplished swimmer and 2509620440has represented Ireland on the world stage since the age of 15. He also played junior cup rugby.  “Swimming brought me all over the world. I have competed in European Championships. I’m delighted to be back swimming in the UL Arena to keep up the fitness,” he added."

Lane 5 - The Gleaner posts "Four-year gov't support for Atkinson.  OLYMPIAN ALIA Atkinson is to benefit from government support over the next four years.  Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, while not naming the swimmer, said the assistance is a fulfilment of a promise made during the Olympic Games.  The money is being taken from the PetroCaribe Development Fund.  The swimmer had pleaded for help, following a fourth place and national record-shattering performance in the 100m breaststroke at the London Olympics."

Lane 6 - The Minaret posts "UT Swim Team’s Homecoming Strip Increases School Spirit.  Sun-kissed and perfectly toned bodies of the men’s swim team stole the entire show. From the swimmers first stripping away a piece of clothing every time the volleyball team scored a point to running down the bleachers onto the court after the first match in celebration of UT’s first and only win of the night, it was an exhilarating scene. Oh, and they were only wearing itty bitty Speedos."  (video from 2006)

Lane 7 - Huffington Post has "Finding The Champion Within.  Wendy Boglioli is a 1976 Olympic gold and bronze medalist in swimming who continues to pursue a life of health, fitness and performance at the age of 57. Here, Huff/Post50's newest blogger shares her insights on being a champion in your everyday life."

Lane 8 - Outsports posts "Ryan Lochte back in swim competition in a pink-accented Speedo.  What caught my eye was Lochte’s swimsuit for the meet (see photo below): A stylish black Speedo with an arty pink band that left little to the imagination (he accented it with a black Gator swimcap in honor of the University of Florida)." Ryanlochtepink

Wednesday's Swim Report - The Fittest Man or Swimmer In The World Is?

It's late on the east coast or early on the west coast but Wednesday might be a hectic day so here is Wednesday's Swim Report...

Lane 1- Men's Health posts "This Is the Fittest Man of All-Time.  It started with a simple question: Who is the fittest man of all-time?  Go ahead. Think about it. We did. And the answer wasn’t easy.  Add it all up, and one man stood out above all others: Michael Phelps. At 27, he’s the most Enhanced-buzz-24246-1350348536-3decorated Olympian of all-time, a feat he managed to accomplish relatively free of controversy—well, outside of that one college party, anyway."

Lane 2 - Buzzfeed posts "Tom Daley's Awkward Product Placement.  British Gas really should have thought about the positioning of their logo on the diver's speedo."

Lane 3 - The Hollywood Reporter posts "Pretty Little Liars' Snags Olympic Swimmer Missy Franklin.  The four-time gold medalist will appear in an upcoming episode of the ABC Family drama. In the episode, Franklin -- who will play herself -- turns up at The Brew, where competitive Rosewood High swim team member Emily (Shay Mitchell) works. Emily is shocked to see Franklin in Rosewood, and once she recovers from her initial impression, the two talk about swimming."

Lane 4 - USC Trojans posts "USC Hosts Utah To Kick Off Season.  Pac-12 meet set to start at 12 p.m. Saturday.   The USC women's swimming and diving team, coming off back-to-back third-place finishes at the NCAA Championships and featuring eight returning All-Americans and a host of Olympians and internationally experienced swimmers and divers, opens the season with a Pac-12 Conference home meet against Utah on Saturday (Oct. 13) at noon.  The team is led by senior co-captain Haley Anderson, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist who was also an NCAA champion, a three-time All-American and a two-time Pac-12 winner."

Lane 5 - NYDN posts "Forget swimming with the fishes, soon you can drive with them — amphibious vehicles coming to U.S. dealers.  The Quadski — an all-terrain vehicle that doubles as a watercraft — is skedded to go on sale by end of year."

Lane 6 - Arena posts "Swim Challenge Fulfilled Arena Goes Pink.  It was a sea of pink October 10, 2012 at the CAL pool as the men’s swim team competed against the University of the Pacific in a special “Pink Out” swim meet, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in support of the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation.  During the meet, Arena presented a check in the amount of $20,000 to the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, to further the Foundation’s cutting-edge research and ultimate goal of eradicating breast cancer."  See more photos via facebook and Cal Bears posts "Pacific-Cal Men's Swim Dual to be.  The Cal men's swimming dual meet versus Pacific on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. at Spieker Aquatics Complex has been designated as a one-of-a-kind "Pink Out" swim meet sponsored by global swimwear brand Arena and benefiting the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation.  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and Arena, the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation, the Golden Bears and the Tigers will be joining forces for a "Pink Out." event. The goal is to turn Spieker Aquatics Complex entirely pink - including pink swim caps and pink t-shirts for the meet's competitors - in support of the cause."

Lane 7 - Team USA posts via youtube "Tony's Olympic Journey Comes to a Close.  Tony, back from London, wraps up the series with some tough words from a tough Olympic games. But he's already preparing for 2016!"

Lane 8 - Capital Gazette posts "Senior swimmer fit for Hall of Fame.  he message on Nancy Brown’s answering machine speaks volumes about who she is and her philosophy on life.  Following the standard greeting is an ad lib from Brown that states: Always remember to stay fit, and swimming is a great way to exercise.  Brown has found fulfillment and contentment through swimming. The Pasadena resident has made hundreds of friends and pushed herself beyond perceived limits. The 76-year-old grandmother of 16 has also compiled an impressive list of competitive accomplishments, setting all sorts of national records in U.S. Masters Swimming."


The fine folks at Betty Designs sent me this new pink suit to add to my collection! A4j5DLXCQAAFMjf
"I like to keep people on their toes. I spend a lot of time at masters swimming and, quite frankly, find it boring to keep looking at the black line. I check out what people are wearing and wonder why swimsuits can’t be more fun. I also don’t like to wear exactly what everyone else is wearing.

The folks at Splish were happy to indulge me by letting me design my own suit. Every year I design one training bikini just to see what people will think. It’s especially fun to put a bold motif  “down there”. Don’t tell me you don’t check people out at the pool. I know better. And while we can all pretend we don’t, I create suits to make sure you do. I’ve been known to put skulls, butterflies and peacock feathers on the crotch of suits.

Because swimming gets boring after a while." - betty design

I'll be warming up in these next week down in Orlando so if you see a guy in a pink suit come up and say HEY 17th!

Breaststroke 4 Hope

603366_10151153826812071_446303716_nBreaststroke 4 Hope™ is a grass roots non-profit organization that is dedicated to raising money for breast cancer education and awareness through a series of fundraising swim-a-thons and the sales of the Breaststroke 4 Hope capsule collection, which includes a series of pink Speedo® swimsuits, caps, goggles, bags and t-shirts. The collection will be available on in September 2012.

As this deadly epidemic continues to grow, Breaststroke 4 Hope™ is designed to inspire the aquatic community to dive in and make a difference.   The logo incorporates the number “4”, which represents the fastest lane in the pool, as our mission is to raise awareness about breast cancer as quickly as possible.   There are thousands of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, and our efforts to provide funds for early detection is the best remedy to this problem. 090412_BS4H_LANDING_NoGoggle

Sunday's Swim Report - The Lure Of The Pink Speedo

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."

Ryan_lochte_pinkLane 2 - TMZ declares "Ryan Lochte Pretty in Pink"  E! posts "Ryan Lochte Celebrates Birthday in Las 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 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."