Finishes: The Importance of a Good Finish


By Lisa Wemhoff//National Team High Performance Consultant

How important is the finish of the race? How many times does a race come down to a fraction of a second? At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Team USA had seven fourth-place finishes, six ninth-place finishes, and one 17th place finish. Some of these finishes were not within striking distance, but a mis-judged finish this summer could mean the difference between a spot on the Olympic Team or just missing out on an Olympic medal.


As we are quickly approaching the pinnacle of the quad, here are some examples of good finishes for each stroke:

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