Swimming is the No. 1 (real) sport in the US, and growing

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According to a survey by the National Sporting Goods Association, swimming is the 3rd most popular sport based on participation in the US (not necessarily formal participation on a team). An estimated 51,900,000 people age 7 and up participated in swimming during 2010, an increase of 3.4% since 2008. Via Kast-A-Way Swimwear.

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The only “sports” ahead of swimming were Exercising with Equipment and Exercise Walking, and well below were sports like Bycycle Riding (39.8 mio), Bowling (39.0 mio), Running/Jogging (35.5 mio), Basketball (26.9 mio), Golf (21.9 mio), Soccer (13.5 mio), Tennis (12.3 mio), Football (tackle) (9.3 mio) and Gymnastics (4.8 mio).

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Fastest growing US sport is Yoga (20,2 mio, increase 28.1%) and Aerobic Exercising (38.5 mio, increase 16.3%), while Camping (vacation/overnite) dropped 12% to 44.7 mio, and Boating, Motor/Power 16.2% to 20 mio.

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Swimming is also the biggest participation sport in the UK, as we have read for instance several times on www.swimming.org.

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