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Dr. Keith Bell’s New Release

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Way back when, in the early days of my coaching career one of the first books that I read was “The Nuts and Bolts of Swimming” by Dr. Keith Bell. Keith is still out there writing great books for both swimmers and parents to read. His company Keel Publications out of Austin, Texas produces books for Performance Excellence. His latest book out is “76 Rules for Outperforming the Competition” is one of the books I recommend for young swimmers looking to improve their performance…Check it out! 

May 22, 2009 Posted by | Age Group, Books to Read, Coaches, Parents | Leave a comment

Michael Phelps: The Untold Story of a Champion

Michael Phelps is an American sports hero, perhaps the greatest Olympic athlete the world has ever known. His unprecedented eight gold medals in the 2008 Summer Olympics have made him a superstar. But his journey to Olympic immortality is every bit as compelling as his achievements in the pool. From learning to cope with ADHD to the story of how Phelps became the greatest swimmer ever, Phelps’ tale is told in full detail here for the first time.

The author, Bob Schaller, has known Phelps and his coach for more than eight years, and has extensively interviewed him, along with his mother, sisters, coach, and teammates. Filled with revelations, career statistics, photographs, and insightful analysis of how Phelps achieved the seemingly impossible, this is a must-read for anyone who wants to learn the complete story behind the legend.

List Price: US $12.95

This book should make a great Christmas gift for your young swimmer….Coach Pete

The Untold Story of a Champion

October 22, 2008 Posted by | Books to Read, Coaches, Parents | Leave a comment

Suggestive Reading for August

What Though the Odds

What Though the Odds

When Dick Rosenthal retired as athletic director in 1995 after a lifetime of service to the University of Notre Dame, he was asked about the most memorable moment during his tenure. Without hesitation, the chief of sports at America’s most storied university replied, “Haley Scott.”

When the Notre Dame women’s swim team suffered a fatal bus crash, the lives of those on the bus, their families, and the community were changed forever. Paralyzed after the accident, Haley Scott was told she would never walk again. That was unacceptable to her.

With the help of those who cared most about her – her family, her school and her teammates – she chose a different fate and promised not only to walk, but to swim again for the Fighting Irish.

Author: Haley Scott DeMaria with Bob Schaller

 

Four Champions One Gold Medal

Chuck Warner’s new book, Four Champions, One Gold Medal, Four Champions One Gold Medalis a monumental achievement! Descriptive, prescriptive and inspirational, it recounts–step-by-step–the road taken by four world-class athletes in quest of Olympic gold: Americans Tim Shaw, Brian Goodell and Bobby Hackett, and Australian Steve Holland.
All four were extraordinary athletes–incredibly hard-working, and totally focused on their common goal of winning the 1500 meters at the 1976 Olympic Games. All four were champions in every sense of the word. Yet only three made it to the blocks at the start of the 1500 in Montreal. And, of course, only one emerged as Olympic champion.
Warner tells the compelling story of each of these gifted athletes, who share a love of swimming and the goal of winning, yet come from strikingly different backgrounds–from their first stroke in a pool through the playing of the “Star-Spangled Banner” in Montreal. The 1500-meter race in ’76 was one of the greatest races in Olympic history, and Warner recounts the race in thrilling detail, stroke-by-stroke, lap-by-lap, getting inside each swimmer’s head.
For budding distance swimmers and their coaches–or for anyone who wants to learn how dedication to a goal can reap unbounded rewards–this book is an absolute must.
Author: Chuck Warner

August 5, 2008 Posted by | Age Group, Books to Read, Coaches, Parents | Leave a comment

The Natalie Coughlin Story

Golden Girl

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Good Book to Read During Your Summer Break

The story of Natalie Coughlin’s remarkable battle back from injury and burnout to be-come America’s Golden Girl – a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner in swimming and the most decorated female athlete at the 2004 Olympics.
Five years ago, Natalie Coughlin’s promising swimming career was all but extinguished when a devastating shoulder injury ended her dreams for the 2000 Olympics. After becoming, at age 15, the first person ever to qualify for all 14 women’s events at the U.S. Nationals, she seemed destined to follow the path of so many other young swimming stars–devoured by an oppressive training schedule.
In Golden Girl, Sports Illustrated’s Michael Silver–coauthor of many bestselling sports memoirs–including Dennis Rodman’s, Kurt Warner’s, and Jerry Rice’s–tells the story of Natalie’s remarkable journey back from the brink. With complete access to her family, friends, coaches, teammates, and adversaries, Silver details how she made the crucial choice to train with University of California coach Teri McKeever. Together the two, star and coach, have defied long-standing training methods, forcing the swimming community to rethink the ways in which it treats its talent. An inspirational story of a complex and courageous young athlete, Golden Girl is also a fascinating portrait of the fractious world of competitive swimming

July 8, 2008 Posted by | Books to Read, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Good Reading

Mark Spitz: The Extraordinary Life of an Olympic Champion

Available July 1. This is the first authorized biography of Olympic legend Mark Spitz, who won seven gold medals in the 1972 Games. The book follows Spitz’s rollercoaster career, from his years as an age group prodigy in California to four years as an NCAA standout at Indiana University to his Olympic career and the lucrative endorsements that followed.

Old and new fans of Spitz will appreciate the depth and detail in this incredible story, written by Richard Foster, the president of United States Aquatic Sports.

The book contains recollections from Spitz, his coaches and competitors, including three-time Olympian Gary Hall, coach Sherm Chavoor and rival Doug Russell.

Author: Richard Foster

 

$16.47

June 25, 2008 Posted by | Books to Read | Leave a comment

Dr.Keith Bell’s Books

I received an e-mail from Sandy Nelson-Bell today and she informed me that Dr.Bell has a few new books that might interest you guys. You can view his web-site by going to the Dr.Keith Bell link on my BLOGROLL at the right hand side of the screen or read the comment on the Nuts and Bolts article….have a good night Coach Pete

June 3, 2008 Posted by | Age Group, Books to Read, Coaches | 4 Comments

Nuts and Bolts of Swimming

I recently received an e-mail from one of my former swimmers, telling me that he has finally found the key to swimming competitively. He explained to me that his thoughts and concentration were always on bettering his time or making the cut for whatever meet he was in. He never experienced the fun of just racing! Then one day he said to himself, “all I am going to do today is win my heat”…And what do you know, he is having fun and bettering his time.

It brought me back to a book I read some years ago written by Dr.Keith Bell, called the “Nuts and Bolts of Swimming”… Nut’s and Bolt’s is a great book for the aspiring swimmer. This book includes tips about how to keep yourself on track in training and the psychological aspects of swimming. I would recommend it to any swimmer who is having difficulty keeping their goals in sight. This book helps swimmers to understand they are not the only ones feeling the pressure and the psychological strains involved in swimming at a higher level. This is also great for coaches who are having a hard time motivating their swimmers. It gives ideas and advice to swimmers and coaches alike and I would recommend it full heartedly to any swimmer or swim coach. I hope it is still in circulation, you may be able to find it on Amazon.com

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June 2, 2008 Posted by | Age Group, Books to Read, Coaches | 1 Comment

Good Book to Read

Boycott: Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games

Swimmers Craig Beardsley, Lisa Buese, Glenn Mills and Sue Walsh, all members of the 1980 U.S. Olympic Swim Team, are among 18 American athletes denied the opportunity to compete in the boycotted 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow featured in the new book “BOYCOTT – Stolen Dreams of the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games.”

Written by identical twins Tom Caraccioli and Jerry Caraccioli, the book chronicles the stories of Olympic team members who trained thousands of hours for their once-in-a-lifetime chance at Olympic glory in Moscow only to become pawns in a political Cold War chess match between superpowers. The book also outines the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan that led to the boycott, efforts by some athletes to overturn to the boycott by legal means and the entire 1980 team’s eventual ceremonial gold. Former Vice President Walter F. Mondale wrote the book’s foreword.

About the four swimmers featured in the book:

Beardsley, a native of New York, N.Y., resident of Chatham, N.J., and a standout swimmer at the University of Florida set the world record in the 200 butterfly at the 1980 Olympic Trials.
Says Bearsdley of the boycott, “At that time, I don’t want to say that I supported the boycott, but I wasn’t against it either. I tried to think there was some good in it. We were doing the right thing. I supported everything at that time…(however)…I began to realize that it was just another political movement. I became strongly opinionated about trying to separate sports and politics. It will never happen again. Sports, like music, is one of those great things that bind people together.”

Mills, a native of Ridgeville, Ohio, overcame the death of his brother to break national swim records as a teenager to qualify for the 1980 team. His dream to compete in the Games was also dashed by just missing qualifying for the 1984 Games. Says Mills of his Olympic status today, “There is pride that goes along with being an Olympian. We are pretty much fully accepted by our peers. They know what we did. We are respected and that’s really what means the most to us.”

Buese, who grew up in Louisville, Ky., qualified for the 1980 team in the 100 butterfly at the age of 17. Says Buese of her accomplishment of making the Olympic team, despite not having the opportunity to compete, “It is something I will always have and no one can ever take away from me. When I’m faced with difficult situations, I know I have it in me to rise up to the challenge no matter what the challenge is.”

Walsh, a native of Hamburg, N.Y. and a standout swimmer at the University of North Carolina, swam the fastest 100 backstroke ever in 1979 as a teenager. She missed qualifying for the 1984 Games by .01 a second. Said Walsh 28 years after the boycott, “I don’t know that I understand the politics today either, because it certainly didn’t encourage the Soviets to get out of Afghanistan.”

Other athletes featured in the book are:

Don Paige (Athletics) Philadelphia, Pa.

Gwen Gardner (Athletics) Los Angeles, Calif.

Gene Mills (Wrestling) Pompton Lakes, N.J.

Bill Hanzlik (Basketball) Beloit, Wisc.

Amy Koopman (Gymnastics) Arlington Heights, Ill.

Isiah Thomas (Basketball) Chicago, Ill.

Carol Blazejowski (Basketball) Fairview, N.J.

Luci Collins (Gymnastics) Englewood, Calif.

David Kimes (Shooting) Monterey Park, Calif.

Brian Gust (Wrestling) Lakeville, Minn.

Linda Cornelius Waltman (Athletics) Ft. Worth, Tx.

Thomas Schuler (Cycling) Birmingham, Mich.

Ron Galimore (Gymnastics) Ames, Iowa

Debbie Landreth (Volleyball) El Segundo, Calif.

May 27, 2008 Posted by | Age Group, Books to Read, Coaches, Parents | Leave a comment

Good Reading….

If your looking for a good book to read during the summer or while your on vacation. There is a book that just hit the market called “The Great Swim” written by Gavin Mortimer. Here is a brief synopsis of the book:Let me know if you enjoyed it.

The dramatic story of the four courageous female swimmers who captivated the world in the summer of 1926.
Despite the tensions of a world still recovering from World War I, during the summer of 1926, the story that enthralled the public revolved around four young American swimmers—Gertrude Ederle, Mille Gade, Lillian Cannon, and Clarabelle Barrett—who battled the weather, each other, and considerable odds to become the first woman to conquer the brutal waters of the English Channel.
The popular East Coast tabloids from New York to Boston engaged in rivalries nearly as competitive as the swimmers themselves; each backed a favorite and made certain their girl—in bathing attire—was plastered across their daily editions. Just as Seabiscuit, the little horse with the big heart, would bring the nation to a near standstill when he battled his rival War Admiral in 1938, this quartet of women held the attention of millions of people on both sides of the Atlantic for an entire summer.
Gavin Mortimer uses primary sources, diaries, interviews with relatives, and contemporary reports to paint an unforgettable portrait of a competition that changed the way the world looked at women, both in sport and society. More than an underdog story, The Great Swim is a tale of perseverance, strength, and sheer force of will. A portrait of an era that is as evocative as Cinderella Man, this is a memorable story of America and Americans in the 1920s.

The Washington Post – Allen Barra

In 1926, in what might be the most amazing athletic achievement of the century, Ederle swam 21 miles from Cape Gris-Nez, France, to Kingsdown, England, to break the record held by a man, Argentina’s Enrico Tiraboschi, by nearly two hours. A comparable achievement today might be Michelle Wie beating Tiger Woods by 15 strokes—if Wie’s life were at risk each time she approached the sand traps…In The Great Swim, British journalist Gavin Mortimer tells this story with a verve that pulls the reader in like a high tide.

By the way as a kicker to this story is that Gertrude Ederle presented Coach Ginny (my wife) her very first swim medal back in the 50’s

coach Ginny-1  Gertrude

          Coach Ginny                                  Gertrude Ederle

April 29, 2008 Posted by | Books to Read, Coaches, Parents | 1 Comment

101 Winning Ways – Great little book written by Olympic Coach Nick Baker

Nick Baker

I highly recommend this book for swimmers of all ages…It is a book that quotes ways of winning that stick in your head!….Coach Pete 

Attitudes for Swimming and For Life

101 Winning Ways Book

This book is dedicated to swimmers of all ages and abilities who commit countless hours in pursuit of their swimming dreams.

Introduction

Swimming is a very competitive sport. To be competitive, you need the right winning attitudes or winning ways. Winning attitudes act like an automatic pilot, guiding you to victory.

The pages in this book identify 101 winning attitudes, attitudes all great swimmers possess – including Michael Phelps. 101 Winning Ways presents these winning attitudes in an easy-to-read, easy-to understand format. The creative cartoons and simple text make learning fun and easy.

While physical fitness and technical know-how are key ingredients to swimming success – nothing, absolutely nothing, can replace the winning attitudes found in this book.

Back

Nick Baker, former Olympic Coach and founder of Peak Performance Swim Camp, shares his recipe for winning in his new book 101 Winning Ways. Coach Baker believes that given the right attitudes any swimmer can be a winner. 101 Winning Ways delivers these attitudes one inspiring page at a time.


Here’s an Idea

Keep a copy of 101 Winning Ways by your bedside and read a page a night, just before you go off to sleep. Consider the meaning behind the words and imagine yourself with that winning way. How would it change your swimming? How would it change your life?

How to order your book: Go to: http://www.swimcamp.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=81&products_id=385

April 24, 2008 Posted by | Books to Read, Parents, Uncategorized | Leave a comment