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 :-)

Danish swimmers Lotte Friis and Rikke Møller Pedersen are among the first Danish athletes to test the effect of hypoxic tents, as a mean to prepare for classic altitude camps, and prolong the effect of them. The Danish elite sport organization Team Danmark has criticized the use of hypoxic tents up until 2009, but has changed opinion now according to Lars Johansen sport physiologist at Team Danmark’s test center: There is an opening that Danish athletes can use the legal technology that is available. We test it on a some named athletes, who we know have experience with altitude training.

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Frédérick Bousquet will race for France at the world titles in Shanghai, after accepting the stance of his federation over a coaching-staff policy for world championships in Shanghai that will exclude the sprinter’s Australian coach at Auburn in the US, Brett Hawke.

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USA Today has this interesting “Olympic Medal Tracker” on their site, where they use an algorithm to project the winners in each medal event for the 2012 London Olympics, based on an athlete’s results in events such as world championships and World Cup. With emphasis that it doesn’t predict how the medals will play out in 2012, but only which athletes are strong now. Anyway, the projection is that USA will top the overall medal count with 88 medals ahead of China’s 84, and that swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are projected to be among the USA’s big winners,…

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Christian Donzé, tecnical director of French Swimming tells L’Equipe today that while he has no problem with Bousquet working with Brett Hawke in Shanghai, should the Australian gain accreditation through another nation, there will be no accreditation with France, even if that means Bousquet boycotting Shanghai or even quitting the sport. “If he quit that would hurt the team but the main victim would be Fred himself. I hope that reason will prevail.” Read more here on SwimNews.com

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With British and French trials for World Championships behind us, the world rankings are taking shape. But watch them transform in the month ahead, as April brings a rush of competition, as listed here on SwimNews.com (with some addition of my own). March 30 – April 3: Canada Senior Nationals / World Trials March 31 – April 3: Spanish Open March 31 – April 3: Danish Open April 1 – April 8: Australian Swimming Championships April 3 – April 8: New Zealand Open Championships April 7 – April 10: Swim Cup Eindhoven April 8 – April 10: Erik Namesnik Michigan…

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Interesting column here on SwimmingWorld Magazine, about the danger of inadvertent doping from contaminated food in China. Prior to the Beijing Games in 2008, the risks were know to be significant, and food control therefore strict in the Olympic village. The same risks exist today, but there will be no Olympic-type village at the World Championships in Shanghai. Is FINA taking any precautions, asks the columnist.

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