Mike Gustafson: Using Fear as Motivation
A week ago I wrote a post entitled “Lighten up, Swim Parents!” but “Swim Parents” aren't the only adults in the swimming community who need to “lighten up.”
20 Question Tuesday: Shannon Vreeland
All Shannon Vreeland’s done besides leading Georgia to back-to-back titles is win several international medals. After gold in London, she won more in Barcelona, and at Pan Pacs. She talks about what’s up next in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
Coaching Legend Peter Daland Passes Away
Coaching legend Peter Daland passed away of natural causes this morning at approximately 8:30 Pacific Time. He was 93.
Golden Goggles at a Glance: Coach of the Year
Today we look at the nominees for Coach of the Year. This award is given to the coach whose athlete(s) performed at the highest level throughout the year, with special emphasis on the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.
Daland Reflects on Career, Retirement (From the March-April 2002 Issue of Splash)
Coach Peter Daland passed away of natural causes today at approximately 8:30 a.m., Pacific Time. As a tribute, here's an article that ran in the March-April 2002 issue of Splash Magazine, by correspondent Bob Schaller. Daland reflects back on his career and talks about how he keeps busy during his "retirement."
Mike's Mailbag: Plight of the Zombie Swimmer
Dear Mike: Just recently I’ve started swimming on a USA Swimming club. In the past, I’ve always been able to stay on top of my schoolwork and keep up with it, but lately it’s been a bit challenging. I haven’t exactly been keeping up with work, and I struggle to finish it every night.
How to Deal with the Elements Like a National Teamer
As you’re probably aware, weather conditions at the Pan Pacific Championships in Australia were not ideal for a swim meet. It was rainy; it was windy; and it was cold. In the weeks following the meet, the most frequent question I’ve been asked is, “How did everyone deal with those conditions?”
USA Swimming Foundation Fantasy Camp - Adult: An experience of a lifetime
A look at the 2014 USA Swimming Foundation Fantasy Camp - Adult.
Ivy Martin: Coming into Her Own
Meteoric. That’s what Ivy Martin’s ascension through the U.S. swimming ranks has been like as of late.
Catching Up With Sara Nicponski
Even when she was one of the best breaststrokers in the world, Sara Nicponski never really felt like she belonged. Now that she’s had some time and distance from swimming competitively – having retired two years ago after 2012 Olympic Trials – she realizes that was never the case.
USA Swimming Staff Out & About
Because USA Swimming is a member-driven organization, the staff is often on the road meeting with coaches, athletes and other stakeholders. Here’s a look at this past week:
Colle+McVoy honored for its work on SwimToday
USA Swimming’s ad agency Colle+McVoy was honored with the 2014 OMMA Charity/Non-Profit Organizations Award for its work on the SwimToday campaign.
Mike Gustafson: Lighten Up, Swim Parents!
I’m not a fan of cliché stereotypes that begin with, “There are two types of parents in the world…” but there are definitely two types of parents in the swimming world: The parent that builds, and the parent that breaks.
3 Nutrients Young Swimmers Shouldn’t Miss
Nutrition plays a key role in performance and recovery. But for the young swimmer, it also supports growth and development. While there are important nutrients for swimming, such carbohydrates and protein, there are also micronutrients that may be at risk for deficiency, like iron, calcium, and vitamin D.
20 Question Tuesday: Chloe Sutton
Chloe Sutton isn’t going to get down on herself for her swimming. She’s staying as busy as ever in the pool, as an ambassador and clinician. She has not made a decision on 2016 yet, but what she has decided for sure is to keep promoting the sport, its safety, and encouraging the next generation in their swim careers. She talks about all that in this week’s 20 Question Tuesday.
How Can Learning to Swim Positively Impact Children?
The USA Swimming Foundation, in partnership with The Redwoods Group Foundation, has launched a research study to assess and communicate the academic and developmental benefits that come from learning to swim.
Film Study of the Freestyle Pull
National Team High Performance Consultant Russell Mark recently did a film study of the freestyle pull. Check out his illustration, here.
Mike's Mailbag: Three Easy Tricks to Stay Refreshed
Last week, I skipped one practice and went back in the pool the next day feeling really refreshed and went a best time! How do I get that refreshed feeling every day without skipping a practice?