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Interesting Article on The Olympics

From The Sunday Times

April 6, 2008

Stand up, for today you can force China through a tunnel of shame

The London torch procession shows how craven Britain has become: ignore it or protest

Simon Jenkins

Today’s London publicity stunt for the Chinese regime should be ignored by the public and any reputable athlete or politician, unless to register a fierce protest. The four-month “journey of harmony” of the Olympic torch (or many cloned torches) through 21 nations is an exercise in political laundering. It is appalling that the prime minister is to “greet” his torch in Downing Street.

This tour has nothing to do with sport. It has been staged by the Chinese government, not the International Olympic Committee, with “celebrity runners” in each country approved by the commercial sponsors, Coca-Cola, Lenovo and Samsung. In Britain those conned into joining include Tim Henman, Sir Trevor McDonald, Vanessa-Mae, the Sugababes, Ken Livingstone and Gordon Brown. It shows how craven Britain has become to its membership of the so-called Olympic family and its Chinese parents.

The idea of carrying a lit torch from the Temple of Hera in Greece was invented by Hitler in 1936 to suggest a link between the German people and fellow Aryans in southern Europe. It was revived as a political act by Sydney in 2000 with a regional tour symbolizing Australia’s links with the Pacific rim of Asia. Athens staged a world tour in 2004 in honor of the Games returning to their original home.

Nothing has equaled the present shenanigans. China’s ruling politburo knows that these Games carry heavy political baggage. Everything is image. The regime wants value for money from its $30 billion and that would never accrue from a mere fortnight’s track and field events.

That is why today’s London run, which began in Athens last month, will return to China by touching down in Lhasa, Tibet. There it will meet a torch from the summit of Everest. The centrality of Lhasa to the tour is to emphasize that Everest is in China by virtue of being in Tibet. It is not the protesting Tibetans who are polluting sport with politics, but their Chinese overlords.

Participants in today’s display are thus endorsing an event the climax of which is to celebrate a dictator’s conquest of a neighbor. When Saddam Hussein did that to Kuwait, Britain went to war. The least Britain owes the Tibetans is not to add to their humiliation. Playing sport is one thing, political cheerleading is another.

I normally dislike boycotts, embargoes and sending’s to Coventry. They tend to hurt the wrong people and only boost the self-importance of those at whom they are directed. That particularly applies in areas such as sport, where non-political contact between young people in conflict-ridden parts of the world should be promoted rather than suppressed.

For that reason it is right, as the Dalai Lama has said, for athletes to participate in the Beijing Olympics, as in Hitler’s in 1936 and Moscow’s in 1980. But the athletes and their political and media hangers-on should recognize that the Games have never been politics-free, not since their revival in 1896. The ambition of Baron Pierre de Coubertin, their promoter, was emphatically political, hoping that big nations would “fight each other at the Games” instead of rushing into wars of national prestige.

Since then a self-perpetuating mafia, the IOC, has relentlessly hyped the Games as festivals of national prestige to push their cost way beyond that of any other world championship and beyond the hopes of any poor city or nation.

It demands permanent stadiums, villages and massive security, most of it useless for any lasting purpose. The world is littered with vacant and derelict Olympics venues. London has caved in to the same pressure and is building unnecessary sites for athletics, swimming and cycling, as well as London facilities for horse riding and shooting that could have been staged in the home counties at Hickstead and Bisley.

The IOC knows that only by investing the Games in flatulent pretension can it hope for rich governments to keep it in the style to which it has become accustomed. Nothing but dictatorship could have drained Beijing of the $30 billion that its Games are costing. After Britain’s experience of IOC lifestyle requirements – such as “Zil lanes” in Mile End Road for its personal limousines – it may have to rely on other dictatorships in future.

The pretension is embodied in the torch, a 20th century invention, called “a symbol of peace, justice and brotherhood” that is “bringing people together on its journey of harmony”. Its “mother flame” is being transported about the world in a specially adapted Air China jet, with 10 “flame attendants”, like Greek acolytes. The torch requires its own motorcade and a nightly hotel room where it must be surrounded by unsleeping guards.

No sport does itself credit by associating with antics reminiscent of the crazed millionaire in Dr No. Yet even London has capitulated to this nonsense, with the British Museum, Downing Street, Canary Wharf and the Docklands Light Railway all cashing in. Taxpayers must spend £1m on eight hours of police overtime culminating in the lighting of an “Olympic cauldron” at the Millennium Dome. If this were not the Olympics it would be total nutcase country, with the Witches of the Sabbath and the Flat Earth Society demanding equal time.

Handling the politics of the Olympics will clearly be a matter of some delicacy. The Chinese ambassador in London may yet absent herself from today’s event. Gordon Brown and his cabinet should do likewise. The British, led by Tessa Jowell, the ensnared Olympics minister, periodically intone their “concern for civil rights in China” as if it were a Buddhist mantra. It makes no difference.

From the moment the Games were awarded to Beijing, all involved knew they risked becoming quislings to the Chinese cause.

Many athletes have protested that boycotting the Games because of Tibet or civil rights would be a “terrible blow to young people who have trained for years”. But most sporting championships are purely about sport, such as those devoted to cycling in Manchester last week. By contrast, athletes always knew that Beijing would be a seismic political event.

In Tibet 140 people are reported to have died, preliminary to the athletes’ enjoyment of their sport. Eight were reported shot last week for supporting the Dalai Lama. The Chinese have closed Lhasa to clamp down on further protest, as they had to close Tiananmen Square for the first receipt of the torch. They have arrested 70 Uighurs in the “autonomous” province of Xinjiang. Dissidents in Beijing are being arrested and condemned to who knows what fate. One writer, Hu Jai, has been imprisoned and tortured for doing what the IOC boss, Jacques Rogge, advocated, namely that the Olympics be used to publicise human rights abuses in China. What is Rogge doing now?

The Olympics are a festival of chauvinism, a farrago of anthems and flags and medal tables and prestige. Those participating in the Olympics are not individual players, as in most sporting occasions. They are Coubertin’s soldiers, defending their nation’s honor in a charged political climate. The Olympics are a United Nations general assembly by another name. China and the IOC are relying on the ceremonial flummery to validate the Games financially and politically.

There is now no way those participating can cut the Games down to sporting size. The IOC has long closed that option. But in this contest of political symbolisms, they can return like for like. The more odious the host regime, the more assiduous visitors can be in publicizing the odium.

Politicians should go nowhere near these Games except in protest. Leave them to sport. Today and at every stop along the way, the torch and its bearers must suffer a tunnel of shame, parodying its protestations of peace, brotherhood and justice. This is an opportunity to publicize and protest against the world’s greatest dictatorship.

The BBC’s 400 Olympics staff are on the mother of all junkets, in contempt alike for China’s oppressed and Britain’s licence-fee payers. It will be shocking if such a media bonanza ignores its wretched political environs.

China last week welcomed the British government as a member of something called the Olympic family. If this is a family, I hope that for the next four months it is an intensely unhappy one.

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April 6, 2008 Posted by | Coaches, Masters Swimming, Parents, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Looking towards Beijing

Friday, March 07, 2008 1:31:00 PM

Phelps sizzles at Olympic tune-up in Texas

In Thursday

In Thursday’s 200 IM, Michael Phelps notched what is a pedestrian time for him when he won in 1:57.39.

 

What is your opinion on boycotting the opening day ceremony by our president?

Bill Asks President Bush to Boycott Beijing Olympics over Human Rights Violations
Pro-lifers hope for bipartisan opposition to China’s forced abortion policy

By Michael Baggot

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 4, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Communist Chinese Olympic Accountability Act, introduced on Tuesday, if passed would forbid federal government officials and employees, including President George W. Bush, from attending the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremonies, in protest against the nation’s disregard for human dignity, such as its one-child policy. 

Republican Thaddeus McCotter introduced the bill opposing US political representation at the Olympic opening ceremonies, “based upon communist China brutalizing protesters in Tibet, supporting and enabling Sudan’s genocidal regime, forcing a one child policy upon Chinese families, persecuting Chinese citizens for freely exercising religion, repressing free and independent labor unions, engaging in wanton environmental degradation, and systematically denying the Chinese people their basic freedoms.”

“We are not talking about athletes, who are going in the spirit of competition of the games, but we don’t need politicians going because politicians, unlike athletes, send political messages,” McCotter explained.

“President Franklin Roosevelt did not attend the 1936 Berlin Olympics; and President Bush should not attend the Beijing Olympics. In the grand sweep of history, President Bush’s attendance at these games will be an unwelcome and unnecessary stain upon his legacy as a champion of human liberty.”

“The Chinese government has a brutal history of forcing women to abort their babies.  Everyone from both sides of the aisle can agree that this barbaric practice must end.  It’s horrific that any country would allow abortion at all, but forcing abortions falls to another level of evil,” stated Andrew Flusche, staff attorney for American Life League.

Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping introduced the Chinese one child policy in 1979 as a “temporary measure.”  This past March, however, nearly three decades later, the Chinese government indicated that the policy would remain in effect over the next decade.

Under the policy, many Chinese women pregnant with a second child face fines, forced sterilization, or forced abortion from the government.

While President Bush currently plans to attend the opening Olympic ceremonies in August, Flusche contends that “a truly pro-life President would do nothing that would ever lend a shred of support to abortion.”

Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, has given cautious support to the idea of boycotting the opening ceremony.”I think boycotting the opening ceremony, which really gives respect to the Chinese government, is something that should be kept on the table,” she said. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has already decided not to appear at the summer opening ceremonies.
“China’s strangulation of Tibet is only an extension of the suffocation of liberty in China itself. Should the Olympics go off as planned, China will rightly conclude that the world has made its peace with Beijing’s oppression, and is indifferent to whether the Olympic rings are used as shackles. A modified boycott would expose that as a lie,” wrote Fr. Raymond J. De Souza in the National Post, encouraging Canadian officials to boycott the Olympic Games.

April 5, 2008 Posted by | Coaches, Masters Swimming, Parents, Triathlons | 1 Comment

Florida Gold Coast Masters Meets Coming up…..

Upcoming Meets

Mar. 9
LCM: Good Life Games
Clearwater FL; Senior Games Qualifier

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Mar. 14-16

LCM & SCY: 2nd Annual Hammerhead Invitational

FINA Worlds Tune-up Meet. Pompano Beach FL

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Mar. 28-30

SCY: St. Pete Masters SCY Championships

St. Petersburg FL

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Apr. 5

SCY: John O’Keefe Spring Splash

Miami FL

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March 13, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Ryan McLean….Who is she?

Last night on the evening news there was a story about a young lady who was a high school swimmer and had been in a terrible auto accident that left  her in a wheelchair. Her spinal cord had been severally damaged and is paralyzed from the waist down. Swimming has been her salvation and she is now a swim coach for her high school team she once swam on. I thought that she would be a great inspiration for you guys   out there, who sometimes take things for granted and moan and grown when things get a little tough! here is her story. I know that after reading it you will be as generous as you can be, every little bit   will help….I would love to see the swimming community get behind this young CHAMPION !

Thanks, Coach Pete….to find out more about Ryan go to my blogroll and click on Ryan McLean

My name is Ryan McLean. I was born on August 18th, 1980. I was raised in Denver, Colorado where I attended Cherry Creek High School. In 1997, I was a junior on the varsity swim team. After leaving a school-sanctioned dance, I piled into a car with my friends and headed off to the bowling ally. We never made it there.

The driver of the car lost control on the highway. The car flipped through the air across the median and collided with oncoming traffic and I was projected out of the car through the side window. I landed an estimated 150 feet from the car. As if someone picked up the snow globe of my life and violently shook it up, everything changed in a matter of seconds. I broke my spinal cord, collapsed my lungs, endured massive road-rash on my back, and broke nearly every bone in my legs.

After arriving at the hospital I endured over 20 hours of surgery before being placed in the Intensive Care Unit. That is where I stayed for the next month. After I was strong enough to breathe on my own, I was placed in another unit in the hospital for three weeks. From there, I moved to a spinal cord and brain trauma hospital for three months of additional recovery.

At Craig Rehabilitation hospital I learned how to live my life from a wheelchair, paralyzed from the bottom of my ribcage down. By the time school started up again in August I was as ready as I would have ever been to encounter a world I no longer knew. Going back to a senior year of high school, once my whole life had been turned around, was no small challenge. Quickly I learned that maintaining normalcy was going to be the only way to progress from what had happened some months before. So, the day that I left the rehab hospital I began coaching at a private swim club. That winter I joined the swim team as I had every year prior, only this time swimming with the slower, junior varsity team. I have always been quite competitive both in and out of the water, which made the swim season in my senior year frustrating. I was too weak to last more than twenty minutes in the water and could only manage to swim very short events in meets. I swam almost four times as slowly as I had before and had to get used to coming in last place every time. Then, I was embarrassed, but now I am proud.

I finished my high school career and moved on to college. I began my studies as a liberal arts major and quickly realized that was not where my passions lay. My extended stay in the hospital spurred my interest in Biology and I chose this as my new major. I struggled with my studies because science had never been something that came easily to me, but I enjoyed every second of it thoroughly.

After finishing my undergraduate degree, I relocated back to my hometown and began coaching swimming for the very high school from which I graduated. I felt elated about being able to lend my talents to the very community that supported me when I needed them most. After watching me interact with my swimmers, Kathy Smith, the school principal encouraged me to think about teaching. I truly believe that moment changed my life.

I had never considered teaching as a career before. I immediately applied for a secretarial position within the science department while I pursued my teaching license and my master’s degree.

I never would have believed how much I enjoy tutoring and mentoring children. I feel a huge sense of pride being a part of such a prestigious department at one of the top high schools in the country. It has been the greatest experience of my life and I know now that this was the job I was born to do. I love spending time with my students every day trying to inspire them to learn, not only biology, but tolerance as well. Each day I try to lead by example. I challenge them to believe in themselves the way that I believe in myself. I show them that the world is not about what happens to you, but rather how you perceive and react to those events. I take extra time with students who are struggling academically or personally and make sure that they know they have a place to study, get help or just talk. As a result, I often find my office full of students during my planning periods or after school but I believe it is really important to give kids a safe place to be when they need it. I also feel that I have made a significant contribution to the biology program here and enjoy planning and interacting with my fellow teachers. . All in all, I have a beautiful life.

Since my accident I have pushed the limits of my abilities in other areas of my life as well, ranging from sports to travel. Through motivational speaking engagements, I have shared my story with thousands. I hope that I have inspired people, if nothing else, to wear their seatbelts! I have kept up with my swimming and have been exploring other sports such as cycling, racing, and ice hockey. 2007 was a year of firsts for me. Last summer I entered my first marathon and triathlon. This fall I became a member of the first paraplegic basketball team in Denver. I also bought and decorated my first home in the foothills outside of Denver. I am proud of my accomplishments, but I want even more.

Just recently, I was approved to travel to India to undergo stem cell treatment in hopes of regenerating some of my spinal nerves. After extensive research, I believe this treatment to be ground breaking, giving me the potential to increase my longevity and possibly regain some movement or function. I have taken this opportunity to teach my students about stem cell research, which has resulted in many stimulating discussions in my classes. At the very least, this experience will affect me in mind, body, and spirit. I realize how few people have had this opportunity and I am anxious to see if this technology will make a difference for me. My mentor while I was at Craig Rehabilitation Hospital recently underwent this same treatment and she has seen miraculous results. Although the treatments are relatively new, I am excited to be at the forefront of a technology that offers so much hope to people with disabilities. I have started a blog on line so that I can keep a diary of my experiences in India and beyond that. I plan to share it with my students, friends and anyone else who may want to learn about this procedure. I’m also excited to see India and will hopefully be able to travel around a bit during my two month stay. After that, who knows?

February 28, 2008 Posted by | Age Group, Coaches, Masters Swimming, Parents, Triathlons | 2 Comments

Interview with Tomas Victoria Head Coach of Team Weston Aquatics, Florida

                                                   Coahead shotch Tomas is a graduate student from the University of Florida in Physical Education. He coached the Venezuelan National Team for 10 years for both the World Championships and Pan Am Games. Coach Tomas moved to USA in 1995. His swimmers have established 5 FGC records, two Southern Zone records and have qualified for All Stars, Zone Championships, Sectionals Junior Nationals,Senior Nationals and US Open. He has been the Head Coach of Team Weston Aquatics since 1998. Coach Tomas is a  level 4 ASCA certified Coach and is the current Venezuelan National Team advisor for swimmers training in USA. His main goal as the swim coach is to bring Team Weston to a national level competition swim team, able to qualify swimmers in the national squad. Contact Coach Tomas at coachtomas@aol.com

Q. What Motivated you to become a swim coach?

A. The love for the sport,the experience and relationship that gave me as a swimmer and the challenge for the ultimate goal..

Q. What has been your most rewarding coaching experience?

A. I  had a few and I know I will have many more to come, but witnessing my swimmer Nelson Mora win the gold medal beating the #1 swimmer in the world in the Pan American Games in Argentina in 1995 in the 200 fly. Also the two back to back HS State Championships of my daughter Daniela and her winning the Southern Zone Championships setting  a new meet record.

Q. What was the highest level of swimmer you have coached?

A. I have coached a few but, some of the better ones are Ricardo Monasterio, World Short Course Champion medalist and Nelson Mora, Pan Am Games Gold Medalist.

Q. How much influence did your father have on your coaching? ( Coach Tomas’s Dad was the Olympic Coach for Venezuela )

A. A lot, he has been my coach and teacher during my career. His expertise has taught me so much not only how to coach, but how to motivate and make swimming fun for my swimmers.

Q. How much difficulty have you had separating coaching your daughters and still being just dad?

A. From day one, since they decided to become competitive swimmers I kept the swimming in the pool, while at home we have always been a normal family not involving swimming in our relationship and it has worked out for both of them to the point that both have been offered athletic scholarships to Colorado State University and The University of Florida.

Q. What was your most memorable moment in coaching?

A. It is hard to point out a specific moment, but lately when we came in 6th place in last years Short Course Junior Olympic Championships. Winning against teams a lot bigger and more experienced than ours and you had a lot to do with it.

Q. What are your goals for the future of swimming?

A. I know I won’t be coaching forever. My plans are to establish a solid competitive swim team with a larger aquatic facility and become the technical director and assemble a staff of great coaches to be able to develop world champions and a winning team. 

Q.What was your most humorist in coaching?

A.It happened just recently at the Gary Hall Swim-a-Thon for Diabetes.We assembled a relay team of older swimmers to swim against a team of much faster swimmers. We beat them thanks to my cheating- jumping early off the start, turning before reaching the wall and swimming a little bit of fly during the breaststroke leg. I was such fun and our parents enjoyed it a great deal.

Q. What do you love most about coaching?

A. The relationship with my swimmers. It is fun to come to practice every day and spend some time listening to their comments and jokes, but most important being a mentor to them, they see you not only as their coach but also as a friend or big brother

Q. What would you have been if you were not a swim coach?

A. Sometimes I ask myself what can I possibly do if not coaching? I don’t see any career that can give me the satis-factions and happiness that swimming gives me every day

February 21, 2008 Posted by | Age Group, Coaches, Masters Swimming, Parents, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Doping is for Dopes Part ll

If you think our sport is clean…Take a look at this report from FINA.

logo16th FINA World Sports Medicine Congress
“Optimising Performance & Promoting Health”
7th and 8th April 2008   –   Manchester, UK

Provisional Suspension
Marko Strahija (CRO)

2007-12-13
Following a positive doping control result (out-of competition test) on November 8, 2007 for the substance hCG (Class S.2 Hormones), the FINA Executive decided to provisionally suspend the Croatian swimmer Mr. Marko Strahija until a hearing before the FINA Doping Panel can be made (FINA Rule DC 7.1.12).
The suspension enters in force from December 12, 2007.
According to FINA Rules, a provisional suspension means that the athlete “is barred temporarily from participating in any Competition”.

FINA Doping Panel Decision
Asmma Kataria (EGY)

2007-11-07
The FINA Doping Panel has decided that Ms. Asmaa Kataria (EGY) shall be ineligible for two (2) years after a positive doping control result for the substance Ephedrine (Class S.6 Stimulants). The doping control test was conducted with the occasion of the 9th All African Games held in Algiers (ALG) on 18th July 2007.

Provisional Suspension
Rebecca Gusmao (BRA)

2007-11-05
Following a positive doping control result (out-of competition test) on July 13, 2007 for the substance Testosterone (Class S.1.1.b Anabolic Androgenic Steroids), the FINA Executive decided to provisionally suspend the Brazilian swimmer Ms Rebecca Gusmao until a hearing before the FINA Doping Panel can be made (FINA Rule DC 7.1.12).
The suspension enters in force from November 2, 2007.
According to FINA Rules, a provisional suspension means that the athlete “is barred temporarily from participating in any Competition”.

Provisional Suspension
Laura La Piana (ITA)

2007-09-19
The Disciplinary Commission of the Italian Swimming Federation has provisionally suspended Ms. Laura La Pania following a positive result to the substance Octopamine (Class S.6 Stimulants) with the occasion of a doping control test conducted on 28 July 2007 at the 25 Km Italian Championships in Anguillara (ITA).

FINA Doping Panel Decision
Mehdi Sebou (MAR)

2007-07-27
The FINA Doping Panel has decided that Mr. Mehdi Sebou (MAR) shall be ineligible for two (2) years after a positive doping control result for the substance nandrolone (Class S.1.1 Anabolic Agents). The doping control test was conducted with the occasion of the 1st FINA Men Water Polo Development Trophy held in Kuwait City (KUW).

Doping Offence
Nuno Miguel Cardoso Rola (ANG)

2007-07-16
On 16 July 2007, the swimmer Nuno Miguel Cardoso Rola (Angola) was tested positive to the substance 19-Norandrosterone – Metabolite of Nandrolone- (Class S.1.a.) following a doping control test conducted with the occasion the 9th All-African Games in Algiers.
The Angolan Swimming Federation imposed a sanction of two (2) years’ suspension on the competitor.

FINA Doping Panel decision
Anatoliy Poliakov (RUS)

2007-06-25
The FINA Doping Panel has decided that Mr. Anatoliy Poliakov (RUS) shall be ineligible for two (2) years after a positive doping control result for the substance Boldenone (Class S.1.1 Anabolic Agents). The doping control test was conducted as part of the FINA unannounced out-of-competition testing programme on 23 January 2007.

Doping Offence
Youri Mikulchin (RUS)

2007-06-02
On 2 June 2007, the swimmer Youri Mikulchin (Russia) was tested positive to the substance Carphedon (Class s.6 Stimulants) following a doping control test conducted with the occasion the All-Russian Junior championships in Volgograd, Russia.
The All-Russian Swimming Federation imposed a sanction of two (2) years’ suspension on the competitor.

FINA Doping Panel Decision
Anastasia Ivanenko (RUS)

2007-05-10
The FINA Doping Panel has decided that Ms. Anastasiya Ivanenko (RUS) shall be ineligible for two (2) years after a positive doping control result for the substance Furosemide (Class S.5 Diuretic and Other Masking Agents). The doping control test was conducted as part of the FINA unannounced out-of-competition testing programme on 23 January 2007.
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Doping Offence
Sabri Jari (TUN)

2007-05-10
During the Tunisian Swimming Championships (25m), the swimmer Sabri Jari (TUN) refused to submit to sample collection on 11 February 2007. The Federal Commission of the Fédération Tunisienne de Natation imposed a sanction of two (2) years’suspension on the swimmer.

February 20, 2008 Posted by | Age Group, Coaches, Masters Swimming, Parents, Triathlons | 1 Comment

Doping is for Dopes

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Who is the real Sports hero?

With the latest news about one of my  favorite sports heroes taking performance enhancing drugs started me thinking about my little age groupers. These little guys work hard every day trying to achieve their goals, now we have another athlete accused of cheating. I wonder what impression does this have on them? I wonder do they think in order to succeed in athletics should they also cheat? Should they find ways to beat the system of hard work? Do they feel that drugs are the substitute for hard work. There are honest athletes who work hard every day and refuse to cheat to achieve fame and glory and we have to put these athletes on the pedestal of success.More has to be said about them and not the cheaters. The most common goal for our young swimmers is to reach the Olympics. This goal is now tarnished with the stigma of performance enhancing drugs, when records are broken we wonder, “were drugs involved”? It seems to me that the Olympics are supposed to be an event that matches the best athletes in the world against each other. It gives them an opportunity to represent their country with pride. It is not supposed to be a doping forum!

The Dallas Morning News reported that athletes on another high school football team told their coach that an athlete on the USA Today’s No. 1 ranked football team, Carroll High School, in Southlake, Texas, allegedly used anabolic steroids. Two other Texas high schools are also accused of steroid usage in the report released by the local school district.
What’s next? Will there be steroids or other methods used on the high school level? Or could it possibly be that this type of behavior could move even further down to little league, Biddy Basketball and Pop Warner or into US Age Group Swimming ?
It’s a scary thought but not impossible. I just hope the “evils” plaguing the sports world can be eradicated, returning athletics to the once proud state where achieving feats weren’t questioned.

I recently asked John Leonard the Executive Director of The American Swim Coaches Association, how do we as coaches explain to our little ones in simple terms that Doping is not the way to go and here is John’s answer

Coach Pete – I believe it is a simple and direct message. “Doping is cheating. Don’t Cheat. You don’t want others to cheat when you race them, don’t you cheat when you  race others.” Taking hits on an asthma medication when you don’t need to, is part of doping Don’t do it. Cheating is false winning. Don’t do it. When you cheat, you live with the shame for the rest of your life.

Don’t do it. Swim Hard, Swim Clean, Performance Enhancing Drugs are indeed for dopes.

February 18, 2008 Posted by | Age Group, Coaches, Masters Swimming, Parents, Triathlons | Leave a comment

Favorite Workout for Masters

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Jennifer Magnusssen, one of South Florida’s top female tri-athletics trained with Team Weston and was one of my most dedicated Masters swimmers. Jen has great technique and an outstanding ability to focus on the event she is swimming. One of her favorite workouts is only about 3200 yards, however she keeps up the intensity by challenging every interval. Below you will find the workout. Give it a try and let me know how you liked it.

Warm-up
8 x 100 (75 free / 25 drill choice)
on the 1:50 (or 10 sec. rest)

Kick Set
4 x 75 Kick – mix it up by 75
on 10 sec rest

Pre-Set
8 x 50
odd free – even stroke
on the :55 (or 15 sec rest)

Pull Set
3 x 200 Pull (breathe 3/5 or 3/7 by 50)
15 sec rest after each 200

Main Set
4 x 50 fast – choice
4 x 50 fast – free
middle 25 fast – SHOOT THE TURN!!
choice on 1 min
free on :50 or 1 min

Other
10 X 25 odd: kick – no board fast
even: swim fast
on 10 sec rest – good tech.

Warm-Down
3 x 100 (50 back / 50 free) EZ
work on good rotation
on 20 sec rest

Other
Extra set (do before cool down)

4 x 75 (25 under H2O kick / 50 swim)
-add 300 yds to total
on the 1:20 work on good streamline during the kick

Total Yards 3250

January 9, 2008 Posted by | Masters Swimming, Triathlons | Leave a comment

How the Iron Man Trained

Masters 002 Matt Juall won the lottery to compete in the Hawaiian Iron Man Triathlon, after the initial shock of winning this chance to compete in the most grueling of all triathlons Matt made a decision to train as hard as he can for the next nine months. Matt was ok on the bike, pretty good on the run, but suffered on the swim. We found out after his swim that Matt did not have a proper air exchange. Upon his return from Hawaii, he contacted Coach Pete and set up some private lessons.

What I did with Matt was to get him to have the proper air exchange by teaching him to by-lateral breathe and change his body position from swimming flat to getting on his side using the hip -tip method. I also lengthened his stroke which enabled him to get a better catch of the water. Today Matt is a dedicated Masters Swimmer, who works out three times a week swimming an average of 4,000 yards a workout. Here is Matt crossing the finish line in Kona, Hawaii

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December 21, 2007 Posted by | Triathlons | 1 Comment