Camp de Luxembourg 2011-2012

La nouvelle année coïncide avec le début de la saison en grand bassin. Celle-ci demande aux nageurs d’être plus assidus et préparés; en effet, la transition entre petit bac’ et bassin “olympique” se fait généralement dans la douleur, car on ne peut pas se relancer du mur tous les 25m.

Les 12 jours passés à Luxembourg, en grand bassin, ont sans doute contribué à lancer la nouvelle saison. Du gros travail de fond a été fourni par la quinzaine de nageurs “Elite” présents (100x100m, 40x100m jambes seules, et bien d’autres séries), complétant ainsi le travail de vitesse et de technique privilégié depuis septembre. Mais c’est aussi un travail sur le “team spirit” qui a été rendu possible au Centre d’Coque. La saison avance, et tous ces éléments seront mis à l’épreuve plus concrètement lors des Championnats suisses d’Oerlikon, du 15 au 18 mars.

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Swim For Love

Based on ‘actual’ events, Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Ervin must choose to swim in the London Olympics or swim across the Atlantic Ocean in order to be reunited with his true love. Happy April Fools Day!

Against the Tide

If you live outside the US, you can finally watch Ed Moses’ five-part chronicle “Against the Tide” that was on Universal Sports Network on YouTube. In the premiere episode of Against the Tide Ed finds himself back in the pool prepping for the 2012 London Olympics. His struggle and personal quest to return to his times and results from seven years ago are well-documented. Moses, who walked away from the sport after the 2004 Olympic Trials, shares his successes, failures, disappointments, hopes, dreams and often wacky behavior as he chases the 2012 London Olympic Games.

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What’s the right sport for you?

Olympisize MeHave you ever wondered which sport you’re most physically suited to? The Open University has devised an interactive game to find out if you’ve got what it takes physically, psychologically and socially to make it to the podium at the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. The “Olympisize Me” page also contains a wealth of Olympic information such as the Ancient Olympics portal which has an illustrated map, timeline and random quote generator. You can also read a series of academic articles related to the Olympics.

Alex Meyer – USA Open Water Swimming

Alex Meyer - USA SwimmingI had the honor to meet Alex a couple times over the past year while the USA Open Water team spent some time training in the Florida Keys. Alex is the first USA swimmer to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics with his top 10 finish in the 10km at the recent Open Water World Championships. Visit his new website and become a fan on Facebook.