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  • Human Interest

Rudi Bloss's Dreams Come True at Disney

Rudi Bloss knew exactly what he wanted to be when he was 8 years old. Growing up in the small northern German town of Göettingen, Bloss and his family would often vacation near the Mediterranean Sea, where they’d explore ancient ruins and ...

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  • Technique and Training

Finding Joy in Training Far

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  • Open Water

USMS Members Complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in 2021

For Masters swimmers looking to swim long distances in open water, a bevy of races, events, and challenges exist. One of the top challenges—which has gained in popularity in recent years—is the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. The ser...

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  • Technique and Training

Why Masters Swimmers Shouldn’t Try to Swim Like Olympians

You watch the beauty and perfection of your favorite swimmer’s technique at the Olympics, and then research, chat with friends, and hit up your coach for how to start doing what you just saw. But what makes elite swimmers great? And is it righ...

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  • Technique and Training

How to Maintain Your Rhythm While Swimming Butterfly

There are many things to see and learn from at swim meets. It’s often overwhelming, but if you look for just one or two things, it’s easy to pay attention to the details. Take butterfly, for example. Some people cringe at the thought of s...

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  • Health and Nutrition

Swimming Helps Rachel Pinto Find Relief From Ankylosing Spondylitis

Rachel Pinto couldn’t figure out what was wrong. When she lay down to sleep each night 20 years ago, she experienced severe pain in her back and rib cage. The only way she could find relief was to stretch and use a foam roller. Moving around th...

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  • Technique and Training
  • Health and Nutrition

How Swimmers Can Use Yoga to Alleviate a Hunched Spine

Many swimmers spend hours on smart phones gazing, head down, at the latest news and stock updates, or texting. Habitual forward flexion of the cervical spine can lead to a chronic postural problem known as “text neck.” As postural imbalan...

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  • Technique and Training

Get Ready to Swim With This Dryland Warm-up

How many times have you showed up to swim practice feeling a world of tension stemming from your day? You might note a tight shoulder or knee pain while standing on deck, though you might hop in the water and hope to work out the kinks during your wa...

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  • Technique and Training

Why Swimming Might Make You Need to Pee

Open water swimming holds certain advantages over pool swimming in a number of areas, perhaps the most convenient of these being not having to exit the water to answer the call of nature. (You really shouldn’t in pools.) Indeed, for most open w...

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  • Technique and Training

Short Course Nationals Day 4 Recap: National Champions Share Their Advice for the 50 Freestyle

The 50 freestyle is the fastest race in swimming and often decided by hundredths of a second. This makes it exciting to watch but perhaps stressful to swim. Because of the small margin for error, one mistake can be the difference between first and se...

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