Author: rokur

Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Aquatics Federation. Likes to run :-)

Two months after a federal lawsuit was filed against him accusing him of raping a special needs teammate, attorneys for gold-medal Paralympic swimmer Robert Griswold have denied all allegations levied in the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, the now 19-year-old plaintiff was born with autism and suffered from developmental delay and intellectual disability their entire life. They didn’t begin speaking until the age of six and currently only have the mental capacity of a five-year-old. The lawsuit explains the plaintiff, a Paralympic athlete and former teammate of Griswold, defied “all odds” to get where they were only to have their life…

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Experience an inspiring challenge between two Olympic swimmers! Watch a head-to-head comparison between Australian swimmer Emma McKeon, who won gold in the 50m freestyle at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and Danish swimmer Pernille Blume, who also won gold in the 50m freestyle in Rio in 2016. Watch the stunning scenes of both athletes and find out which of them is the faster and stronger swimmer! https://youtu.be/XVV6vs2nM_0

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South Africa has thousands of kilometers of beaches, and in rich neighborhoods, hundreds if not thousands of swimming pools. But alarmingly, only one in every seven South Africans knows how to swim. According to the National Sea Rescue Institute, about 1500 people drown each year — an average of four people per day. This is why the institute has opened the third of its NSRI Survival Swimming Centres. After launching similar facilities in the Western and Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal communities can now also benefit. The newest facility was recently opened at a school on the KZN south coast and…

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The Coast Guard officer who saved the suspect in a bizarre series of crimes – stealing a boat and driving it into stormy seas after placing a dead fish at the “Goonies” house – has spoken about the dramatic rescue. The Coast Guard says two aircrews got a mayday call Friday from a boat that was floundering in the surf near Cape Disappointment. A Coast Guard boat crew was also called out, but the surf made that kind of rescue too dangerous – so they lowered a rescue swimmer into the water. This was Petty Officer First Class Branch Walton’s…

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A quadcopter that can fly like an aerial drone, but also splash down into water and operate like a submersible, could be used for search and rescue missions or engineering inspections. Ben Chen at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and his colleagues created a prototype device called Mirs-X, which weighs 1.63 kilograms and is 38 centimetres wide. It can hover for 6 minutes in the air or dive underwater for around 40 minutes. Mirs-X is waterproof at depths of up to 3 metres and moves at up to 2 metres per second in water. See New Scientist https://youtu.be/jlMDabBfJp0

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We look at the swimming World Records we’d love to see broken in 2023! Can Leon Marchand take down Michael Phelps’ historic mark in the 400m IM? Will Kristof Milak break Caeleb Dressel’s 100m Butterfly World Record? And who out of Summer McIntosh, Katie Ledecky, and Ariarne Titmus will hold the 200m and 400m Freestyle World Record by the time the year is out?! https://youtu.be/4HXxOl8XvAk

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