Archive for December, 2006

New years hiatus.

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Back in 2.1.

Paluu todellisuuteen 2.1.

Saturday PM linkage.

Saturday, December 30th, 2006


Difference between champion and newbie Photo by Lanieraquatics

On track for 2010 targets? []
Hansen’s team flies south on training trip [delcotimes]
Nippy dippers to take to the seas [imonline]
Polar Bear swimmers set to ring in their 55th chilly dip [dailybreeze]
Dyrare att bada i Stockholm [dn]
Year in review []
Bay waters help swimmers train, chill [chitrib]
Beijing Olympic broadcast skyscraper completed [xinhuanet]


Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Hasse Chrunak on melkein kuin Kari…

Interesting reading material.

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Draft of England Talent Program for swimming, .pdf outlining what is coming in the future in development of new English olympic swimmers.

You learn new stuff everyday…

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

…while roaming the internets… Japan is one interesting place:

    Just wanted some insight as to whether I would be welcome at the water park with said tattoo or would the local populace tend to get offended? I am still a little fuzzy on the entire tattoo issue…..


Broader casting…

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Another swimming podcaster hits information superhighway:

    the pullbuoy podcast 2 – steve parry

    December’s Podcast sees Steve Parry guest to talk about Britain’s performance at the European Short Course Championships in Helsinki, while Swimming World’s Steve Thomas joins us from Sydney to talk about Ian Thorpe’s retirement. We also take a look at the poll for the pullbuoy British swimmers of 2006.

the pullbuoy podcast 2 – steve parry

Off you go…

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

ISA, Israel Swimming Association, announced few days ago that, head coach of national swimming team, Dr. Dimitri Mansevich, has been fired over the use of unapproved food supplements and lack of communication with the swimmers’ individual coaches.

It wasn´t entirely ISA´s own choice because Olympic Committee of Israel had recommended termination of contract. He had stepped on many feet in his year on the job, and he will head home.

Mansevich was a lone wolf who was always fighting with ISA over everything. He was also resented by local coaches because he wanted sole responsibility of coaching the national team swimmers and wasn´t very co-operative with them.

Leonard Kaufman will take over the mantle of head coach.

Greneer pastures…

Saturday, December 30th, 2006


Inside the Water Cube by China Daily

When you think of Chinese cities what first comes to mind is chaotic traffic and pollution. So China tries really hard to change it´s image to eco-friendly and what better platform than coming Beijing olympics?.

The National Aquatics Center, or the “Water Cube,” is hailed as a very enviromental friendly building.

    - it absorbs solar radiation and reduces thermal loss, guarantees the incoming of most of the sunlight which serves as the thermal source of swimming pool water

    - maximum use of natural ventilation and lighting to ensure temperature and humidity control in different sections of the swimming pool and provision of comfortable indoor environment for athletes and spectators

    - maximum and efficient utilization and recycle of water and protection of its quality and environment.

    - constructors choose innovative energy-saving materials and products to reduce inside and outside pollution.

    - pool is 13 meters deep, which can reduce the interference of water temperature variation

More photos:





South Africa is beautiful this time of year…

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

Swedish National Team goes camping to Pretoria. Dutch are there already

LC WR List

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

All that were broken this year:

Women´s 100 fr – Libby Lenton (AUS) 53.42
Women´s 100 br – Leisel Jones (AUS) 1:05.71
Women´s 50 br – Jade Edminstone (AUS) 30.31
Women´s 200 br – Leisel Jones (AUS) 2:20.54
Women´s 100 br – Leisel Jones (AUS) 1:05.09
Women´s 400 medley relay – Australia 3:56.30
Women´s 400 fr – Laure Manaudou (FRA) 4:03.03
Women´s 100 fr – Britta Steffen (GER) 53.30
Women´s 400 fr relay – Germany 3:35.32
Women´s 800 fr relay – Germany 7:50.82
Women´s 400 fr – Laure Manaudou (FRA) 4:02.13
Men´s 100 br – Brendan Hansen (US) 59.13
Men´s 200 br – Brendan Hansen (US) 2:08.74
Women´s 200 fly – Jessica Schipper (AUS) 2:05.40
Men´s 200 fly Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:53.82
Men´s 200 bk – Aaron Peirsol (USA) – 1:54.44
Men´s 200 br – Brendan Hansen (US) 2:08.50
Men´s 200 IM – Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:55.84
Men´s 400 fr relay – United States – 3:12.46
Women´s 50 bk Aleksandr Herasimenia 28.19, shared WR