German Consistency in the Open Water

German Consistency in the Open Water

Way back in the pre-Olympic marathon swimming era at the 3rd FINA World Open Water Swimming Championships held in Dubai in 2004, Thomas Lurz was making a name for himself as a 25-year-old world champion open water swimmer. In the river through the heart of Dubai, he won a dramatic come-from-way-behind victory over Alan Bircher of Great Britain who had built-up an early 400-meter lead in one of the most dramatic international races ever held. And, remarkably, 8 years later, humble, soft-spoken 33-year-old is still leading the charge with a...

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Olympics Can Only Expect The Unexpected In London

Olympics Can Only Expect The Unexpected In London

The excitement leading up to the 2012 London Olympic Games is building. There are precious few opportunities for the Olympic marathon swimming gold medal favorites to go head-to-head with one another. CancĂșn, Mexico presented one of those rare opportunities. The hard-fought 10 kilometer battle in the beautiful tropical setting did not disappoint. The finish was literally too close to call. For 45 minutes as an international group of officials poured over the photo finish … frame-by-frame. The race was a dead heat to the naked...

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Ous Mellouli Is A Game Changer In The Olympic Marathon Swim

Ous Mellouli Is A Game Changer In The Olympic Marathon Swim

Ous Mellouli upped the ante in the Olympic marathon swimming 10km when he qualified for the 2012 London Olympic Games. While Europeans won all the open water medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the epicenter of the sport may have just shifted to Tunisia. The men’s Olympic marathon swim was already going to be a fast race pre-Mellouli. With Mellouli now in the game, it just got a whole lot faster. Basketball fans want Kevin Durant taking the last shot in a basketball game. Swimming fans want Jason Lezak anchoring their relay. And...

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No Walls, No Turns, No Worries For Haley Anderson

No Walls, No Turns, No Worries For Haley Anderson

Haley Anderson is certainly peaking at the right time. After turning in an 8:26 in the 800m freestyle without a full taper at the USA Olympic Swimming Trials, she certainly is showing the world-class speed and stamina . But the northern California native says, “I hate walls. I hate turns.” It is certainly an unusual statement from the reigning NCAA champion in the 500-yard freestyle, a gut-busting 4+ minute swim that requires 19 flip turns in, and the third-place finisher in the 800m freestyle at the Trials. But the personable...

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Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi… At The London Olympics

Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi… At The London Olympics

Melissa Gorman will hear this Australian cheer over and over again before the start of the Olympic marathon swimming 10km in the Serpentine on August 9th: Leader: “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!” Fans: “Oi! Oi! Oi!” Leader: “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!” Fans: “Oi! Oi! Oi!” Leader: “Aussie!” Fans: “Oi!” Leader: “Aussie!” Fans: “Oi!” Leader (faster): “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!” Fans (equally fast): “Oi! Oi! Oi!” Expect Gorman to rise to...

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