Archive for April, 2007

Back in tuesday.

Monday, April 30th, 2007

1st of May tomorrow, so today we party like it´s 1999…


Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Sunday PM linkage.

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Jumping and “Sagrada Familia”, by Thundershead.

Awards time.

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Bill Rose, head coach and CEO of The Mission Viejo Nadadores. Image from

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) will host an awards luncheon in Washington, D.C. on May 3, 2007 in collaboration with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. The two organizations will recognize outstanding achievement and success for their respective constituents.

The USOC will announce its winners of the 2006 Coach of the Year awards as well as present the 2006 SportsMan, SportsWoman, Paralympian, and Team of the Year awards. The five categories for Coach of the Year are National Coach, Developmental Coach, Volunteer Coach, Paralympic Coach and “Doc” Counsilman, which recognizes a coach who has created innovative ways to use sport science.

Some aquatic professionals are also among the finalists. In category The Developmental Coach of the Year Bill Rose (Mission Viejo, Calif./USA Swimming), and in category Paralympic Coach of the Year Julie O’Neill (Colorado Springs, Colo./swimming).

The Awards Luncheon is being held in conjunction with Olympic Week in America, April 30-May 4, which is being celebrated in elementary schools nationwide through a focus on the Olympic Movement.

Synchronise those clocks girls…

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

It is never too early to name team for upcoming championships:

United States Synchronized Swimming (USSS) announced the athletes nominated to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, April 28 in Indianapolis at the IU Natatorium. USSS became the first National Governing Body to announce its 2008 U.S. Olympic Team.

Following athletes were nominated to to the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team for Synchronized Swimming:

* Brooke Abel (Fallbrook, CA)
* Janet Culp (Littleton, CO)
* Kate Hooven (Pleasanton, CA)
* Christina Jones (Fremont, CA)
* Becky Kim (Walnut Creek, CA)
* Meghan Kinney, (Mission Viejo, CA)
* Andrea Nott (San Jose, CA)
* Annabelle Orme (Walnut Creek, CA)
* Jillian Penner (Seattle, WA)
* Kim Probst (Troy, NY)

Sight for sore eyes.

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

With an laser show and some heavy rock blaring from speakers opened new Dutch National Swimming Centre – Tongelreep officially. Swimming great Pieter van den Hoogenband praised the pool :

“I have seen a lot of swimming pools, but this is most beautiful, fastest and best pool in the world.”

Tongelreep []
‘Mooiste, snelste bad ter wereld’ []

Laser show at opening ceremony. Image from

Hey, I am the moral world record holder.

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Maybe Luke can offer you some “medicine” for your dissappointment . image from

Libby Lenton takes a page from motivational speakers playbook and uses dissappointing event as a motivation for the future:

“I am a little disappointed because I know in my heart what time I swam and that time is faster than the existing world record,” Lenton said.

“Having said that, the disappointment can take nothing away from the fact I now know I am capable of swimming under 53 seconds and I will continue to strive to improve every aspect of my swimming.”

Stephen Colbert knows it in his gut, Libby knows it in her heart… Thruth is definetely out there, somewhere…


Sunday, April 29th, 2007

British Swimming has come up with very clever idea: The official British Swimming Supporters Club . Club offers travel packages for international events including flights, transfers, tickets and hotel accommodation.

British Swimming has joined hands with Traveleads, professional travel management company, to ensure supporters can travel and sit together in all major championships in order create superb atmosphere for British swimmers.

British Swimming Commercial Director, Katie Brazier :

“The Official Supporters Club has been launched in response to the demands of our athletes, their families and supporters who wanted an easier and more co-ordinated approach to travelling to championships to cheer on the British Team.”

‘With help from Traveleads we can now offer event travel and spectator packages for key championships and to encourage booking through Traveleads, we’ve included some special benefits that are only available through the Supporters Club such as seats blocked together, Supporters Club T-shirts and exclusive social functions.

‘It’s a great development in the services offered through British Swimming and I hope it will enhance the championship experience for spectators, and with more supporters in the crowd boost our athletes’ success.”

British Swimming Supporters Club

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Freak, in a loving way said.

Sunday, April 29th, 2007

Kristian Ipsen at 2005 Junior Pan Ams, image from

Contra Costa Times hails Kristian Ipsen as the future of diving for USA. At eight he was already in three finals at Junior Nationals, 2005 gold in Junior Pan Ams and in 2006 top ten in US Open.

Few weeks back he was the youngest competitor in Speedo USA Diving Spring National Championships in Boyds, Maryland.

Ipsen admits he was a bit overwhelmed by the situation at first. So much so, he went “way over” on his first dive.

“There were tons and tons of people there,” he said after practice at the Clarke Memorial Swim Center at Heather Farm Park. “It was like, ‘Whoa!’”

Still, Ipsen did more than hold his own. He advanced to the finals and finished seventh in the 3-meter competition with 368.5 points, while Dumais was first with 497.55 points. The effort could yield an invitation to the FINA/USA Diving Grand Prix in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., next month.


Saturday, April 28th, 2007