July-August issue of Digital Splash online now


July-August 2013 Digital Splash. (Medium)The July-August 2013 issue of Splash is now available online and as a mobile app for your iPad and iPhone. 

Here’s a look at some of the stories you’ll find in this issue:


5 Storylines to Watch at World Championships 
The World Championships in the year following the Olympics always seems like a fresh start. It’s a new beginning to a new Olympiad. While 2012’s legendary Olympic feats are still fresh (e.g., Phelpsian heroics, Katie Ledecky’s legendary 800m, Missy Franklin’s epic double-double), swimmers, fans, and coaches are excited for swimming’s new chapter to begin. While much can change between now until Rio, like any great novel, the first chapter is sometimes be the most important. Here are the storylines to pay attention to.


Splash Online Extra: Watch FINA’s promotional video for the 15th World Championships in Barcelona.


10 Things You Didn’t Know about Barcelona and the FINA World Championships
The self-proclaimed “capital of Planet Water,” Barcelona, Spain, is set to host the 15th FINA World Championships July 19-Aug. 4. Before you watch Team USA perform on TV, there’s a lot to learn about the second-largest city in Spain and one of the biggest events in the sport of swimming. Here is your guide to this year’s main event.


Splash Online Extra: Take a look at Barcelona’s top 10 attractions in this video.


Keeping Your Head 
You’re on the deck, pumped up, ready to burst out of your cage and take down everything in your path. Your confidence, unshakable. Your power, indisputable. You step on the blocks and...shazam! It all vanishes. You finish last, then ask yourself, “What just happened here?”

Swimming through Diabetes 
While other people were busy preparing candlelight dinners and popping “the question” on Valentine’s Day 2012, Elijah Spiro was experiencing his own life-changing event. Just 15 at the time, he had contracted viral pneumonia but continued swimming through his high school practices and meets feeling sick – and quickly became sicker and sicker with a thick cough, fatigue and weight loss. 
Lake Effect
The 2013 10K and 5K Open Water National Championships were held May 17 and 19 at Lower Castaic Lake in Santa Clarita, Calif. Here’s a look back at the action.


Splash Online Extra: Watch the 2013 Open Water National Championships on demand.


Turning on Your Offseason 
Ah, the off-season; A bittersweet time for us swimmers. We look forward to getting a break all year (Saturday mornings to sleep in!?), but when it actually comes time to stay dry for two or three weeks, we find ourselves antsy. We fear the progress we have made as athletes during the other 49 weeks of the year will be lost, or that we may fall behind if we take a break. Here are a few ideas for staying in shape from swimmers and coaches who have seen many an off-season come and go.



Mike Gustafson: Conquering the Villain 
SwimBriefs/Justin Case Files 
Twitter Feed/Point-Counterpoint
Strength and Conditioning: It Takes Two 
Mental Tips: Taking Your Training to the Next Level 
Technique: Great Starts 
Your Photo
Garrett Weber-Gale, Athletic Foodie: Cravings
Training With… Chloe Sutton 
Keys to Success with Lauren Perdue 


SwimKids Interactive 
Swim Nut Zeke/Getting to Know
Best Race Ever 
10 Songs with Missy Franklin
America’s Swim Team Athletes