Coach Pete

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Report on Clinic

Hey Coach,
On Sunday there was Swimming Clinic with Lenny Krayzelburg (the American backstroker and the four time Olympic gold medalist) at my school pool.
He gave a very intriguing and inspiring speech about his life and swimming. After the speech, he took us to the pool and showed us some vital drills and I learned a couple of new things from there!

Best regards,
Yoel Lapscher

  Lenny and Yoel                                            Olympic Champ Lenny Krazelburg     

 

Yoel Lapscher Latin American Maccaber Games Champion, Holding Lenny’s Olympic Medal, Youel is a member of Team Weston Aquatics, Weston Florida

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April 19, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized

3 Comments »

  1. I think it’s great for young swimmers to experience meeting Olympic Champions. I respect Olympic Champions giving back to the sport and helping youngsters learn more about US Swimming

    Comment by pspag | April 19, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hey Coach,
    Thank you for posting it on your page, it means a lot to me.
    In the clinic I learned a lot of new things as well as touch ups on the basic techniques.
    Can you believe Lenny beat Lauren Driscoll when he while he was only doing butterfly kick underwater?
    It was a fun experience and I was fortunate enough to meet him.

    Best regards,
    Yoel.

    Comment by Yoel | April 19, 2008 | Reply

  3. Greetings Coach Pete-
    I also wanted to thank you for posting the info about Lenny’s clinic on your blog. I took Danielle and Ryan and while they were a little disappointed initially about the disruption of their Sunday afternoon plans, they came around quickly. His speech was inspirational and the clinic was fun as well.

    One part of the presentation that made an impression for Ryan related to Lenny’s shoulder injury. Lenny wanted to swim in his third Olympics but was struggling with a shoulder injury. He and his coach decided to focus on what Lenny could do which was kick. For the three months leading up to the Olympics, he only practiced kick drills. His goal was to keep up with the other swimmers in the pool that were able to use both their arms and legs. Lenny ended up competing in his third Olympics and came in fourth place in his individual event, missing a medal my one one hundredth of a second. (He succeeded in earning his fourth gold medal in the team relay.) We were pretty impressed with his determination and the way he chose to deal with his injury.

    Ryan struggles with all the kicking drills during practice as he seems to have to work a lot harder to keep up. Hopefully, he can keep in mind how Lenny challenged himself as well as realize the benefit of all those kick drills. 🙂

    Thanks for taking the time to write. We are heading out to Colorado to hike in the Rocky Mountain National Park in August.

    Congratulations on your retirement and new house!
    Michelle May

    Comment by Michelle May | April 20, 2008 | Reply


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