Swimming Records Fall: But How?


Excellent piece in the New York Times that looks at the sport technology innovations from Speedo’s LZR Racer to training techniques to the actual design of the Olympic Pool as swimming records continue to fall in the Beijing Games.

As swimming becomes more popular, it attracts better athletes, who often stay in the sport for more than one Olympics and have access to increasingly sophisticated sports science. Swimmers who once concentrated mostly on endurance now spend up to 50 percent of their training on refining the technical aspects of kicking, pulling, breathing and body position, said Genadijus Sokolovas, director of sports science for USA Swimming.

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