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Time of Day ‘Strongly Affects’ Performance of Olympic Swimmers

A study by a Stanford postdoctoral fellow published last week finds that Olympic swimmers are more than a third of a second faster, on average, in the evening than in the morning. The study is titled, “Gold, silver or bronze: circadian variation strongly affects performance in Olympic athletes.” It ...

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The Swimming World Top-10 Performances of the Early Millennium

The Swimming World Top-10 Performances of the Early Millennium A tradition at Swimming World is the annual compilation of the 10-best performances of the past year. But with the COVID-19 pandemic limiting the number of competitions that were held in 2020, putting together that list for the past 12 m...

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Barrier Breakers: Women Who Have Elevated the Sport

Barrier Breakers: Women Who Have Elevated the Sport By Gigi Picard Swimming World College Intern It is easy to look back on the year 2020 in sports and feel a measure of disappointment: seasons were cut short, championships were canceled, stands stood empty, athletes were quarantined. It all felt a ...

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David McKeon, Two-Time Australian Olympian, Retires at Age 28

David McKeon, a two-time Olympic swimmer representing Australia, announced his retirement from the sport Thursday. McKeon announced the decision via Facebook. “After being involved in a sport that has gave me more than I could have possibly dreamed, it’s with both trepidation and excitement I announ...

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How Adding a Draft Would Boost International Swimming League

How Adding a Draft Would Boost International Swimming League From football to hockey, hearing your name on draft night is something that every young athlete dreams of, and for good reason. Sitting in a giant arena dressed to the nines, surrounded by your closest friends and family, waiting for the c...

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Refocused Paul Le Pushing Toward Vietnam Olympic Dream

Refocused Paul Le Pushing Toward Vietnam Olympic Dream The dream was, in Paul Le’s words, starting to feel “hopeless.” Le was 26, still training at his alma mater, Missouri State, mired in the doldrums of an Olympic cycle in 2018, the Tokyo Games he aimed for still more than 18 months away. He’d see...

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Does a Suit Make a Swimmer?

Does a Suit Make a Swimmer? By Daniel Zeng, Swimming World Intern “The suit doesn’t make the swimmer. The swimmer makes the suit.” Caeleb Dressel, among many swimmers, has made this claim, asserting certain suits do not necessarily make you swim faster. It is a claim that has held true for many, but...

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World Anti-Doping Agency Releases 2021 Banned Substances/Methods List

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Friday released the 2021 list of banned substances and methods that will take effect immediately. WADA annually releases its compendium of banned substances and methods for in- and out-of-competition use, and those that have sport-specific prohibitions. It is o...

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Olympic Gold Medalist Emily Seebohm Shares Battle with Eating Disorder

Australian Olympic gold medalist Emily Seebohm revealed a two-year battle with an eating disorder in an Instagram post Friday, beginning 2021 with a pledge, “to be braver for myself.” Seebohm’s post shared her struggles with binging, purging and meal skipping. She discussed her dissatisfaction with ...