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 :-)

Tunesian Oussama Mellouli feels reinvigorated now, following the revolution in his home country. He tells The New York Times that the now former government put pressure on him to acknowledge the president after major victories, calling his father to ask why his son didn’t dedicate his medals to the president.

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RT @coach_bowman: Way to go Larsen! RT @SBSCcoachjohn: Congratulations Larsen Jensen on graduation day. A new US Navy Seal is born.less than a minute ago via ÃœberSocialMichael PhelpsPhelpsTheFish

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Funny segment on USA Swimming, where they ask some of the stars at the Indianapolis US Grand Prix 2011, what’s in their swim bag. Tyler Clary had an iPad which he uses as an iPod

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South African Ryk Neethling announces on Twitter today, that the “Val de Vie Wine and Polo Estate” will be launching his wine this evening, already listen in 26 restaurants. The vineyard’s blog announced on January 5 that Neethling had joined their team, as winemaker and share holder. Sweet.

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Guide to Online Schools has chosen Gold Medal Mel to be the swimming blog, and lists 49 others as runners up. This blog is not listed, which is quite OK considering my weak effort here the past year or so. http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/library/best-swimming-blogs

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A good read about how even the very best swimmers get nervous before important competitions, but manage to channel that energy into best efforts Being a little nervous is an advantage, not a disadvantage. This is what nervousness is for – to give you energy. Remember this in your next big race – channel the nerves into your swim, and feel your body unleash the incredible power it has been storing up for the race. Your mind will always provide what your body needs – and one of these things is nervous energy. http://swimming.about.com/od/swimmingmindtrainingtips/qt/nervous_energy.htm

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26-year-old American open water swimmer Fran Crippen lost his life today during the FINA Open Water 10K World Cup event in Dubai. He had been showing signs of slowing down during the third lap of five, possibly because the water was too hot, but it was only after all the other competitors had finished, that teammate Alex Meyer realized that Crippen was missing. Competing swimmers and divers went back to search for him, and found him two hours later unconscious just before the final buoy. Read Lane 9 News.

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Brazil’s Thiago Pereira and Sweden’s Therese Alshammar lead the World Cup competition by a mile, now after the first 4 of 7 meets, with 88 and 88 point ahead of runners-up 43 and 50 respectively, and $20.000 and $16.500 in earned prize money. See score and prize money tally here on www.scsom.se.

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American backstroker Peter Marshall videotaped his 50 and 100 meter races at the World Cup 2010 event in Beijing, using a GoPro videocamera. Here’s the 100 backstroke … Beijing Race from Peter Marshall on Vimeo.

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