Lane 1 - Daily Mail posts "Our Bali bliss! Michael and wife Lindy Klim give a glimpse inside idyllic family life. With three young children and a busy career that sees her flying regularly between Indonesia and Australia, it's a wonder Lindy Klim has time to attend to her figure. But the former model and wife of Australian Olympic swimmer Michael Klim, must be doing something right, as she put her incredibly svelte physique - and enviable tan - on show in a sexy Instagram shot on Sunday."
Lane 2 - Speedo posts "Team Speedo - Race Your Dreams. Don't just chase your dreams—race them."
Lane 3 - Herald Sun posts (w/video) "Troubled former Olympian Grant Hackett admits he wasn’t thinking straight after losing his son at Crown. FALLEN swim star Grant Hackett has revealed his shame at losing his four-year-old son, who was found at Crown casino in the early hours of Saturday morning. Hackett — who was photographed in a semi-nude state in the Crown hotel foyer — said he experienced every parent’s worst nightmare when he could not find his son."
Lane 4 - Mirror posts "Rebecca Adlington has nose job following years of cruel taunts. Olympic heroine Rebecca Adlington has had a nose job following years of taunts. The retired swimmer, 25, underwent cosmetic surgery weeks ago at a top Harley Street clinic to have her nose reduced in size and a bump removed. And she showed off the dramatic results as she enjoyed a day out with a friend."
Lane 1 - Europe Online posts "FINA: All 518 Olympic doping tests return negative. All 518 doping tests carried out on athletes in aquatic events at the London 2012 Olympics returned negative, the sport‘s governing body FINA said on Sunday. The FINA said ahead of next week‘s short course world championships in Istanbul that Olympic athletes from pool, open water and synchronised swimming, diving and water polo underwent 433 urine tests and 85 blood tests."
Lane 2 - RTV posts via youtube " Battle of Sexes hits pool as Euros feature mixed relays. Russia's fast-rising swimmer Vladimir Morozov says mixed-gender relays are 'fun', as the new event hopes to enter World Championships and Summer Olympics."
Lane 3 - ComputerWorld posts "NSW Institute of Sport casts IP camera eye on swimmers. Captured camera data will be used to help state swimmers prepare for 2016 Olympics. A swimmer takes to the pool in Sydney’s Aquatic Centre. As he or she glides through the water, four IP cameras installed in the roof capture body movements and times — vital information when
preparing for the Olympic Games where even a split second can mean the difference between winning gold or silver. NSW Institute of Sport ICT manager Greg Baxter told Computerworld Australia that the cameras help coaches analyse swimmers' strokes and also reveal if a swimmer can keep a straight line in the pool."
Lane 4 - The Mirror posts " Whoops! Olympic great Ellie Simmonds' name spelt wrong on Walk of Stars honor. Her surname appeared as Simmons on the replica gong but the four-time champ ignored the mistake at a glitzy ceremony."
Lane 6 - 7 News posts 'Ian Thorpe wins human rights award. Olympic champion Ian Thorpe has won this year's Australian Human Rights Medal for his charity work with Indigenous children. The Australian Human Rights Commission says Thorpe has been a "passionate advocate for Indigenous people" for over a decade. Thorpe's charity, Fountain For Youth, works with Indigenous children in the Northern Territory across 20 communities, with a focus on health and education. The charity looks to address what it says is "a human crisis in our own backyard". Australia HRC posts via youtube " Acceptance speech - Ian Thorpe - 2012 Human Rights Awards winner. Ian Thorpe is the winner of the 2012 Human Rights Medal, presented by the Australian Human Rights Commission."
Lane 7 - Gay Star News posts "Making a splash: San Francisco Tsunami Aquatics GSN meets one of the world’s first LGBT aquatics clubs. With major events such as the Gay Games and the World Out Games now well established fixtures on the sporting calendar, and a growing number of LGBT sports clubs in countries around the world, GSN catches up with one of the teams that started it all - San Francisco Tsunami Aquatics."
Lane 8 - Chicago Tribune posts "Berlin is dripping with pools. Winter or summer, it's a swimmer's dream. This city is a lap-swimming dream. With almost three dozen pools — some you might call pool palaces — spread throughout Berlin, a swimmer never needs to go far, winter or summer. I chose to swim my laps at pools within easy biking distance from my host's Prenzlauer Berg apartment, plus the 1936 Olympic stadium pool in a different part of the city. Berlin pools are gloriously long and crystal clear. Water temperatures don't stray far from a sublime 82 degrees."
Lane 1 - 5 News Online posts (w/video) "Rogers Swimmers Get Special Visit. The Rogers and Rogers Heritage Swim Teams had a special visitor last Friday. Three time Olympic Swimming gold medalist Rowdy Gaines came to their swim practice to talk about his swimming experiences."
Lane 2 - The Boston Globe posts via youtube "Santa Speedo Run 2012. Hundreds turn out for the 12th annual Santa Speedo Run to raise money for the Play Ball! Foundation."
Lane 3 - The Guardian posts "Hannah Miley puts foot down after Olympics ruined by Chinese whispers. Swimmer says doping allegations about 16-year-old Ye Shiwen of China at London 2012 were unfair. Everybody knows that they [the Chinese] have got past history of it [doping], it's a very difficult line to tread. For me I don't think that she is dirty, that she's doping. I just think that it's down to a lot of hard work. It's very unusual for a girl to come back so fast in that last
100m but it might just be that she's found something in training – or that's what I like to believe anyway. For me to put an opinion out there whether she's on drugs or not I can't really say. I'd like to say no, I don't think she is."
Lane 4 - The Sun posts "Jamieson blasts Olympic Blames. MICHAEL JAMIESON has told his fellow swimmers they have to share the blame for Britain’s Olympic nightmare, insisting: Don’t blame the system. The Scottish ace produced the best performance in the pool by a Brit as he stormed to 200 metres breaststroke silver at London 2012."
Lane 5- Trinidad Express posts "Russian ATM 'eats' Bovell's credit card. Top Trinidad and Tobago swimmer George Bovell had some money troubles when he landed in Instanbul, Turkey yesterday ahead of the 11th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships. But attempting to get some money from a cash machine, the machine took his card but did not return it. On Facebook and twitter, Bovell wrote: "ATM ate my credit card as soon as I arrived in Istanbul, spent my last $ on a taxi and Russian Visa today. Alone abroad, no friends, no $$."
Lane 6 - Guardian Media posts "Roberts defends Couva venue for aquatic centre...no land left in the west says Sport minister. Sport Minister Anil Roberts says the George Bovell III Aquatic Centre that was proposed for Powder Magazine, Cocorite, was never a government project—it’s his family’s private venture. He said promises were made by several entities over the years to complete it but they were never fulfilled."
Lane 1 - USA Today posts "Michael Phelps says 'Call Me Maybe' video was key for Olympic swim team. "It's funny to say it now, but that Call Me Maybe video we did really brought us together," Phelps told Costas."
Lane 2 - Courier Mail posts (w/video) "Underwater rugby league rivalries. On-field rivalries are taking a plunge ahead of the Kangaroos one-off rugby league test match against New Zealand."
Lane 3 - Financial Times posts "Back in the swim. Weeks after her controversial gold at London 2012, 16-year-old Ye Shiwen was in action at a remote Chinese meet. There was no evidence that she had ever used drugs but her speed over the final length, which she swam faster than the 6ft 2in-tall American Ryan Lochte, who won gold in the men’s medley, fuelled intense speculation that she had been cheating. John Leonard, executive director of the World Swimming Coaches Association, lent a voice of authority to the doubts. “Any time someone has looked like superwoman in the history of our sport they have later been found guilty of doping,” he told the Guardian. The International Swimming Federation came to Ye’s defence, pointing out that she had passed four drugs tests in the past year. High quality global journalism requires investment. But for many people in China the speculation touched a raw nerve. It betrayed a “lack of respect for athletes and for Chinese swimming”, according to Xu Qi, the head of China’s swimming team. “We recognise and accept the existence of extremely talented swimmers in other countries. Can’t China, with its huge population, produce such talent?"
Lane 4 - Adelaide Now posts "Meet the villains we love to hate. FOR all the joy we have as sports fans, there's always a slew of villains we seem to encounter. 10. JAMES MAGNUSSEN. BEFORE he became the poster boy for Australia's screw-up in the pool at the London Olympics, Magnussen earned the ire of South Australians by thumbing his nose at a decision to hold the Olympic trials in Adelaide. "Olympic trials 2012 in Adelaide. What an absolute joke! Can't wait to swim in front of crowd of 10 and that will only happen if the entire city turns out to watch," Magnussen wrote on his Facebook page. Magnussen later apologised after being told to pull his head in by fellow swimmer Brenton Rickard. Geoff Huegill also chimed in, saying: "It's not all about you, mate." To make matters worse, Magnussen - part of an Australian 4x100m freestyle relay team that dubbed themselves the Weapons of Mass Destruction - laid a pair of eggs in the pool in London, coming home without a gold medal."
Lane 5 - China Daily posts " Down Under gets a bit closer. One of Australia's best coaches will lead a camp for top Chinese swimmers in Thailand facility Overseas training programs always seem a little better when they are close to home. Training in Australia has been a great benefit to Chinese swimmers in recent years, but the long trip Down Under remains a headache. Now, the country's elite swimmers won't need to go quite so far for the Aussies' expertise as they have found a much closer base in Phuket, Thailand."
Lane 6 - Boston.com posts "Prepping for the Santa Speedo Run. The Santa Speedo Run is not just one Saturday in December for Matt Napoli and Steve Roge. It's a 365-day-a-year commitment ... a mission ... simply a way of life. RadioBDC was able to catch up with the pair during a pre-race training at Boston Common earlier this week. Not only do get up close and personal with a duo that is partaking in their 13th Santa Speedo Run, we learn about numb legs, pulled hammies and being comfortable in one's ... uh ... own skin. And tiny bathing suits."
Lane 1 - ChiTownView posts via youtube "Santa Speedo Run 2012, Half Naked People Running Through Chicago's Gold Coast. It's rare that it's as warm as it was in Chicago this December 1st so I was out strolling through Chicago's near north side not far from Rush St. All of a sudden I heard some shouts and general commotion. I looked up to see hordes of half naked mostly men but some women running right towards me. It turns out to be the annual Santa Speedo Shuffle an annual event to raise money to fight diabetes."
Lane 2 - Star Tribune posts "Swimmer still showing her mettle. Minnesota holds a soft spot in the heart of Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders, because she was here "a few times for meets when I was a swimmer, back in the day." Of course, her signature accomplishment was winning two golds, a silver and a bronze in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Protecting the heads of kids recently brought Sanders back to the metro. The mother of two gave away helmets at Richard Green Central School in her role as Schwinn Bikes brand ambassador for the "Helmets on Heads" campaign. Schwinn's partner in the initiative is ThinkFirst National Injury Prevention
Lane 3 - Eurosport Yahoo posts "Six-time Olympic medalist Swimmer Rebecca Soni speaks during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's Awards Ceremony at the Wynn Las Vegas on November 30, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada."
Lane 4 - Herald Sun posts "How you can get fit with Stephanie Rice. SHE may have three Olympic gold medals to her name but swimmer Stephanie Rice struggles when it comes to early morning workouts. In the first part of her 12-week diet and fitness regime designed for The Sunday Telegraph, Rice details how readers can find motivation and set goals for achieving the body they've always dreamed of." "It's great that I'm going on this journey like everyone else. For me, it's about getting generally healthier and feeling good about myself."
Lane 5 - Daily Mail posts "Who needs black tie! Olympian Rebecca Adlington won't win any medals for her playsuit outfit at formal ball. We're used to seeing Rebecca Adlington in a
swimsuit or Team GB tracksuit. However, on Saturday night, the Olympic swimmer made a style statement as she opted for a blue playsuit instead of formal wear at the Emerald and Ivy Ball. At just 23, the gold medallist was going for a more youthful look than some of the other guests in traditional, floor-length couture. And if she was a little chilly the blonde starlet didn't show it as she rubbed shoulders with some A listers, although her style wasn't going to earn her any medals."
Lane 6 - The Australian posts "Medley man Kenneth To thrives on short-course switch. WHEN Kenneth To missed selection for the Australian Olympic team this year, just seven weeks after an operation to remove his appendix, he could have been forgiven for thinking his year was over. The multi-talented To had burst on to the international scene the previous year, reaching the final of the men's 200m individual medley on his world championships debut in Shanghai, and seemed prepared to make a leap towards the medals in London before fate intervened. But despite the bitter disappointment of missing selection for his first Games (he finished fourth at the trials), Hong Kong-born To did not let that setback define his year. Instead he regrouped and redirected his energy towards the short-course season which will culminate at the world championships in Istanbul next week."
Lane 7- Goldcoast posts "Blair's Coast move to boost career. A DECISION almost two years in the making is already paying dividends for Olympian Blair Evans. The 21-year-old made the tough decision to pack up and move from Perth to join Southport's elite swimming program and is confident she'd made the best move for her future."
Lane 8 - ISHOF posts via youtube "In Search of the Broadripple Pool. The Broadripple swimming pool in Indianapolis, Indiana was, in its day, the world's largest concrete pool, one of the most popular tourist attractions in the mid-west and host to many of the nation's top swimming meets. In this pilot for Swimming World Television, ISHOF's CEO Bruce Wigo sets out to find this historic swimming pool."
Lane 1 - Eye On Annapolis posts "Santa Speedo Run 2012. Break out the speedos and head to Stan
& Joe’s at noon on December 15th for the Annual Santa Speedo Run! This is one of Annapolis’ most quirky traditions and a must-see event (but shield your eyes). Registration is only $25 and it includes a commemorative t-shirt!"
Lane 2- The Telegraph posts "British Swimming pulls out of Splash Awards support over inappropriate timing following 'poor' Olympics. Organisers of the Splash Awards claimed that British Swimming pulled their financial support of the annual end-of-year event as they didn’t want to be seen celebrating “after a poor Olympics”.
Lane 3 - Legacy Lion posts via youtube "LLTV - Michael Phelps - Interview. We got the opportunity to sit down with the most decorated Olympian of all time, Mr. Michael Phelps. Michael reflected on the last year which has seen him rise to legendary status. We also spoke about his retirement plans - he may have hung up his swimsuit, but let's just say he hasn't quite given up sport…yet!"
Lane 4 - TMZ posts "Ryan Lochte - I'm a Speed Demon On Land Too! The swimming champ was pulled over by cops in Gainesville, FL recently -- near where his parents live -- after officers say he was going 49 in a 40. According to court records, Lochte was issued a $119 ticket ... which he can
probably afford. If not, he can always sell his diamond-encrusted grill."
Lane 5 - Belper News posts "Ross resists calls for him to extend career. Olympic swimmer Ross Davenport has admitted that some people have expressed surprise at his decision to end his glittering swimming career. The former Belper School pupil announced his intention to step down from the sport last week at the age of 28."
Lane 6 - The West Australian posts "Swimming Australia boss backs head coach. Swimming Australia (SA) has thrown its support behind head coach Leigh Nugent as the fallout continues from the national team's disappointing and controversial London Olympic campaign. SA chief executive Kevin Neil suddenly resigned on Thursday amid an ongoing independent review of what went wrong before and during the Games. It is understood Neil was told on Friday he would be stood down from the role, although newly-elected SA president Barclay Nettlefold insists the chief executive had left voluntarily."
Lane 7 - Texas Longhorns posts via youtube "Ian Crocker embraces new role with Women's Swimming program. Texas-Ex and Olympic gold medalist Ian Crocker shares his wisdom and swimming experience as a volunteer assistant coach with Carol Capitani's women's swimming program."
Lane 8 - News.com posts "The 12 biggest failures of 2012 and how they cracked the internet. 3. James Magnussen's attempts at humility. "Brace yourselves," we were told, as James Magnussen promised a world record at the Olympics. Magnussen also told us how thrilling it was to wake up every morning knowing he was the world's fastest swimmer. That's awesome and all, but like all great cocky champions, you need to back it up with results. Australia could have stomached Magnussen's Olympics "almost" had he shown a shred of humility. We might love to cut down tall poppies but we also hate a brat. 4. James Magnussen Just, in general."
Lane 1 - ASAP posts via youtube " Santa Speedo Run Tampa Bay 2012. Join us for the 3rd annual Santa Speedo Run Tampa Bay. It is a 1-Mile charity fun run through Ybor starting at Centennial Park on December 9th. Runner check in starts at 1 and the run begins at 2pm. Register to run at www.SantaSpeedoRun.org The Santa Speedo Run benefits Brighter Seasons for Children, a program to assist local kids affected by HIV/AIDS have a better holiday. No parent should have to choose between their heal or providing for their children."
Lane 2 - Sol Republic posts via youtube "Michael Phelps and his Soundtrack of Life. Michael Phelps, Savior of Sound, shares his Soundtrack of Life and the music that inspires him inside (and outside) of the pool. To learn more about SOL REPUBLIC Tracks Anthem headphones inspired by Michael Phelps visit here http://www.solrepublic.com/michaelphelps"
VIBE posts "V Exclusive! Sol Republic to Release Headphones Inspired By Michael Phelps. With a sleek red, blue and white design along with interchangeable pieces to fully utilize
the Tracks Remix system, the audible head gear also champions a cause as a portion of all proceeds will benefit the Michael Phelps Foundation, dedicated to promoting healthy and active lifestyles. "I think it's only fitting that they are named Anthem because I'm always proud to represent the red, white, and blue, and music is the soundtrack of my life," he adds."
Lane 3 - International Business Times posts "Missy Franklin Decision: Will Olympic Swimmer Compete For Colorado High School? Olympic gold medal swimmer Missy Franklin is weighing whether to compete in her final high school season in Colorado, with a decision expected to come soon. Franklin, 17, is a senior at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo. She also won four swimming gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics, and some critics say it would be unfair for her to compete with high school athletes. Missy said she understands that argument, but the 17-year-old, who was known as “The Missle” during the 2012 Games, has received support from those who say she should swim for Regis Jesuit."
Lane 4 - USA Today posts "After long layoff, Ryan Lochte is back in the water. Lochte, he of the famous abs, said he didn't think about swimming or work out for two months after London. "Nothing. I did not want to do anything," he said. "It felt kinda weird because I train everyday. You know what? I'm going to just sit on my couch and watch TV. "After two months, I was talking to myself and said, 'You know what? I have to get back in the water.' Two months is a long break for me. I want to get back in and start training." After such a long lay-off, the burning question begged to be asked. Are his abs still chiseled? "They're still there," he reported. "Surprising. All those cheeseburgers and fries, they are still there."
Lane 5 - BBC asks "Can British Swimming rise again after the failure of London 2012? In the next month UK Sport will decide how it carves up the £250m guaranteed by the Government in the warm glow of London's success for the four-year build-up to Rio. While most sports emphatically met the country's high expectations, one big ticket team missed their target. “Swimming received £25m in the four years leading up to London and only rowing, athletics and cycling receive more” Team GB's swimmers flopped in the Olympic pool winning just three medals - a silver for Michael Jamieson and two bronzes for Rebecca Adlington."
Lane 6 - AUSPORT posts via youtube "Alicia Coutts 2012 AIS Athlete of the Year. Swimmer Alicia Coutts shares the Athlete of the Year Award at the 2012 Australian Institute of Sports awards with sailor Tom Slingsby."
Lane 7 - Ten posts via youtube "Toddler danger. Olympic swimmer Samantha Riley joins TEN's Ron Wilson to discuss a new campaign to prevent toddler drownings."
Lane 8 - The Gleaner posts "Proffitt sets world record for underwater swim. enderson native Jordie Proffitt set a world record Sunday doing something he's been doing most of his life — swimming. The former collegiate swimmer at Alabama and USC broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest underwater 50-meter swim in a 25-meter pool Sunday during the Kentucky Masters Swimming Louisville Invitational at the University of Louisville. He shattered the previous record of 32.68 set in 2008 by Andrew Vonasch in Bellevue, Wash. Starting in the pool, Proffitt swam the length of the 25-meter pool twice completely underwater with one breath in 27.86 seconds."
Lane 1 - Chicago Pride posts "Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run comes to Boystown. Halloween and Christmas converge on Saturday, December 1, when the second annual Most Fabulous Santa Speedo Run comes to Boystown, bringing with it hoards of swimsuit-clad runners jogging a mile
through the chilly streets of Chicago's gayborhood. They expect over 300 to attend the event, which will once again raise money for Vital Bridges, a program of Heartland Health Outreach that strives to help people throughout metropolitan Chicago who are impacted by HIV/AIDS through programs such as food distribution, nutrition counseling and housing coordination." Meanwhile Project Q Atlanta posts "Smirnoff studs strip for Speedo Run. Now Calisto Harvalias brings the Smirnoff studs together as an Atlanta Santa Speedo Run team and flaunted their assets on Sunday to benefit the charity event. The guys will be wearing even less as the Dec. 8 annual event races half naked through Midtown to benefit Cure Childhood Cancer. But before then, the team is raising donations the best, chest-exposing way they know how. And Sunday’s Smirnoff Studs Santa Speedo Party at Blake."
Lane 2 - CNN posts "Blazing a trail for young black swimmers. On the cinder-block wall in the manager's office of the Adamsville Natatorium are photos of two heroes: Martin Luther King Jr. and Sabir Muhammad. Here, at this pool in a predominantly black neighborhood of southwest Atlanta, it's easy to see why Muhammad, 36, looms large. He was the first black swimmer to set an American record. He broke U.S. short-course records in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle and finished his swimming career with seven Pac-10 championships titles, 25 All-American honors and three NCAA, U.S. Open and American records. But perhaps more importantly, Muhammad helped shatter a myth that black people couldn't swim."
Lane 3 - Herald Sun posts (w/video) "Breaststroke queen Leisel Jones set to announce retirement Friday. LEISEL Jones, Australia's most successful female swimmer of all-time, is today expected to end her glittering 13-year career. Jones, who equalled Ian Thorpe's Australian record as a nine-time Olympic medallist in London this year, will announce her retirement at a press conference at Brisbane's Valley Pool this morning. Amazingly Jones will end her career with a record almost identical to Thorpe with as many Olympic medals, an identical Commonwealth Games record and one extra world championship medal with a tally of 14."
Lane 4 - People posts (w/video) "Hey Now! Ryan Lochte (and His Canine Wingman) Bare All. With the twinkle in his eye and his apple-pie smile, not to mention that fat-free torso, Ryan Lochte
is fully-equipped to get anybody's attention. Still, a little extra never hurt. Meet Carter, a 5-year-old Doberman pinscher and the Olympic swimmer's lady magnet. "He is a good wingman because he's a beautiful dog," Lochte tells PEOPLE. "Girls come up to me and go, 'Oh my god, where's Carter? He's so good looking!'"
Lane 5 - Bethesda Magazine posts "Katie Ledecky: Bethesda’s Golden Girl. Katie Ledecky became an overnight sensation at the Olympic Games in London this past summer. And it took the 15-year-old from Bethesda just 8 minutes, 14.63 seconds to do so. Although Great Britain’s Rebecca Adlington had been favored to capture gold in the women’s 800-meter freestyle, Ledecky dominated her and the rest of the competition—maintaining the lead through 16 laps and breaking Janet Evans’ 23-year-old American record."
Lane 6 - Youtube "Gangloff Making his Mark at Mizzou. wo-time Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Mark Gangloff is now an assistant coach at Mizzou."
Lane 7 - Australian Olympic Team posts via youtube "London 2012 Olympians visit St Peter's Lutheran College. Leisel Jones, Rhys Howden and Cate Campbell discussed their Olympic journeys with the students of St Peter's Lutheran College in Indooroopilly, Queensland."
Lane 8- Express posts "OLYMPIC SPECIAL FOR TV'S SUPERSTARS. IT was staple viewing in the 1970s – and now, 40 years on, the TV hit Superstars is to be revived with a new generation of Olympians. For this year’s Olympic special, swimmer Rebecca Adlington will mentor the athletes in the pool and pundits will include athletes Iwan Thomas and Denise Lewis. The 90-minute special will be shown during the festive season on a date yet to be fixed."
Lane 1 - The Australian posts "Summer time, and the swimming is easy. COAST to coast yesterday, the nation took the day off to swim and feast -- whether with seafood, turkey or a barbecue -- and as always, charities made sure that no one had to miss out. In Perth, hundreds of families flocked to the calm, protected waters of Mettam's Pool on the city's northern beaches for a Christmas morning swim."
Lane 2 - BBC has "Weymouth's Christmas Day swim attracts hundreds. Hundreds of swimmers have taken part in Dorset's annual Christmas Day swim across Weymouth Harbour. About 5,000 spectators saw 247 people swim in the charity event, which is organised by Weymouth and Portland Lions Club. This is the 64th year the 73m (239ft) long swim, from Old Rooms Inn to the Royal Dorset Yacht Club, has been held. Two pub landlords started the event in 1947 and last year it attracted 240 swimmers."
Lane 3 - NZ Herald posts "Training camp gets hearts racing. Some New Zealand swimmers will go to any lengths for success at next year's London Olympics. In the case of top breaststroker Glenn Snyders, that's been around 3700 lengths of a 50m pool over the past three weeks - the most he has ever achieved in any single block of training."
Lane 4 - The Sydney Morning Herald posts "The deep end. Dementia has changed Julie Power's mother, but in the swimming pool she returns to the woman she used to be. My mother cuts through the water without a splash. She manages about 200 metres of evenly paced freestyle before she stops and grins at me while I pant behind her. Even in her demented state, a 75-year-old, she can outswim her daughter. It pleases her to see me straggle."
Lane 5 - Sun Sentinel posts "Manatees check in to South Florida for the winter. Along with tourists, traffic and crowds, winter has brought a swarm of manatees to South Florida. An aerial survey this week found 213 in Broward County, most clustered in water warmed by discharges from the Florida Power & Light plant west of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport."
Lane 6 - The Daily Progress posts "Hair's mission is to teach kids how to swim. Gordon Hair has made it his mission to “waterproof” Central Virginia by teaching 50,000 children to swim. Through his nonprofit organization, the Ben Hair — Just Swim for Life Foundation, Hair has begun to set up sustainable programs to teach low-income children to swim."
Lane 7 - Why Not! Mystic River company posts "2010 Boston Speedo Run" via Youtube
Lane 8 - The Australian posts "Sharks put fear into swimmers. SHARKS forced Perth swimmers out of the water twice yesterday and seven times over the weekend. A shark spotted from a privately owned helicopter about 200m off Scarborough led surf lifesavers to close the beach between 11am and noon yesterday, while further north the popular beach of Mullaloo was also closed for an hour when the chopper run by Surf Life Saving WA spotted a 2.5m shark about 400m off the coast. Hammerheads and a tiger shark were among the species spotted."
Lane 1 - TampaBay.com posts "Second-annual Santa Speedo Run draws 130 participants. The chance to raise money for charity brought a lot of people out to Clymer Park on Saturday afternoon for the second annual Santa Speedo Run. The sun and nearly 80-degree weather helped, too. The run, the biggest so far with 130 participants, raised more than $30,000 for kids affected by HIV or AIDS." The Capital posts "Santa sans pants: Speedo, bikini-clad joggers run in event. There were absolutely no thongs allowed, but few other rules in effect regarding wardrobe for Saturday's Santa Speedo Run. So, wearing only pair of red, skin-tight boxer briefs trimmed with white fur and a pair of suspenders, Jon Rovendro fit right in on Main Street in downtown Annapolis. They were there to take a 1-mile jog around downtown, including a turn around City Dock, for the charity event to raise money and collect toys for Toys for Tots."
Lane 2 - Fox Sports posts "Lochte ready for his own Olympic glory. Which is why in December, in the meat of the NFL season, I am in Atlanta. I am here to watch the most interesting man in the swimming world. At least he is to me. This disclaimer is necessary because I am not talking about Michael Phelps, the most accomplished man in swimming, the biggest name and quite possibly still the greatest swimmer going at the moment. But Phelps is not in Atlanta. There are theories as to why he has been a little reclusive on the pre-2012 London Olympic slate, but really, there's just one reason. And his name is Ryan Lochte. And he is why I am in Atlanta in the middle of football season."
Lane 3 - Fox Sports posts "Ian Thorpe struggles into 10th placing in the 200m freestyle at the Italian Winter Open. Five-time Olympic gold medallist Ian Thorpe endured a second disappointing outing on his return to long course swimming after a six-year absence when he was 10th in the 200m freestyle at the Italian Winter Open." Sydney Morning Herald posts "London still in Thorpe's sights - don't write him off, says patient Nugent. IAN THORPE'S comeback is not on life-support, nor are his London Olympic aspirations in tatters, according to the national head coach, Leigh Nugent, who said such suggestions were ''ill-informed''."
Lane 4 - Delco News Network posts "Sports Flashback: Remembering Delco Olympian Carl Robie. With the recent passing of Olympic gold medalist Carl Robie, I thought it would be appropriate if I ran an article I wrote about Robie back in 2007. The following is that column as it appeared in Town Talk on June 27, 2007. Besides winning a silver and gold medal at the Olympics, Carl was a holder of five world records and 22 national championships. Two of those world records came in separate races on the same day in August of 1962. He also captured a total of nine AAU titles, two NCAA championships and a Pan American gold medal. Carl Robie was truly one of the greatest Olympians our county has ever produced."
Lane 5 - Only in Berkeley! Berkeleyside posts "A “funeral” for a much-loved Berkeley swimming pool. Berkeley’s Warm Pool at the Old Gym on the Berkeley High campus filled with swimmers Wednesday night for probably the last time ever, as scores of pool loyalists gathered for a mock funeral. The Old Gym is being shuttered and is slated to be demolished in 2012. Above is a video shot last night, which includes some images taken of the pool in use on other days. It is by L.A. Wood. Robert Collier, Co-Chair of the Berkeley Pools Campaign, filed the report. Hanging over the Warm Pool debate is a wild card — a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, in which Warm Pool swimmer Terry Cochrell is seeking an injunction to keep the pool open and operating until a replacement pool is provided. A ruling is expected later today."
Lane 6 - The Bay Citizen has "Swimmers to Protest America's Cup by Occupying the Bay. Members of the Dolphin Club object to plans for big boats and a giant floating TV screen. As they have been doing since 1877, members of the Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club plunged into the water. About a dozen swimmers, clad only in regular swimwear — no wet suits — did laps from their beachside clubhouse to the other side of the cove and back.Now some of the club’s 1,200 members believe the city needs an attitude adjustment — and they intend to do exactly that by disrupting plans for the coming America’s Cup yacht races in 2012 and 2013. Specifically, the swimmers object to a proposal to transform this tranquil cove into party central for the races, complete with a floating giant TV screen. The plan has received preliminary approval. Evoking recent citizen uprisings on Wall Street and elsewhere, the Dolphins have named their protest Occupy the Bay."
Lane 7 - Huff Post has "Babies Swimming Underwater (PHOTOS) Forget attachment parenting. At London Baby Swim, parents are letting go in a big way. They're teaching babies, as young as six weeks old, to somersault, float and even dive underwater. Terrifying? Maybe. But, founder and instructor Phil Shaw tells nervous parents that babyhood is a perfect time to get comfortable in the water."
Lane 8 - NINE posts "Multiple shark sightings close to shore in Western Australia's southwest have forced the closure of some beaches. Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) says Bunbury and Dalyellup beaches were closed on Sunday morning after eight sharks were sighted between 30m and 50m offshore in the area."