Thursday, January 31, 2013

Sneak Peak: A Skip Too Far

I will have a new blog posted here tomorrow, which will include a look at an article published today on the upcoming Super Bowl in New Orleans and how that article connects back to swimming. Take a look at a preview.

Think back for a minute to the Olympics in London. Ryan Lochte entered the men’s 200 back final as a heavy favorite, although he ended up settling for bronze behind Tyler Clary and Ryosuke Irie. Imagine, now, if the night before the final, a major Japanese swimming writer wrote a piece arguing that backstrokers should only be allowed to kick ten meters underwater, which was the original rule in the early 1990s. According to this writer’s logic, dolphin kicking isn’t really part of backstroke, and the race should measure who swims backstroke the fastest on the surface. Without a doubt, Irie would be the fastest surface swimmer, and his underwaters are a weakness.

Check back tomorrow for the full post.

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