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Define Success

Posted on Aug 17, 2018 5:53:39 PM by Laura Dravenstott in U.S. Swimming National Championships, in Missy Franklin, in success, in competitive swimming, in Swimming Community

“It’s one thing to inspire all these little girls by winning a bunch of medals. That’s easy. But it’s another thing entirely to be an inspiration when things aren’t exactly going your way.”

Missy Franklin, Relentless Spirit: The Unconventional Raising of a Champion

Few people describe winning a bunch of medals, especially gold medals, as Missy did at the 2012 London Olympics, as “easy.” It’s difficult to win a race at any meet, let alone in the most competitive swim meet in the world. Despite the difficulty and the rarity of winning or setting a record, the swimming world and American culture as a whole glorify winning, setting records, making PR’s, sustaining dominance. A definition of success based on fast times and victories can be seductive but also dangerous to a swimmer’s well-being, as Isabelle Robuck explains in “Defining Success Beyond Fast Times and Medals Just Might Save Your Swimming Career (and Life)”.

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Top 5 things I learned from U.S. Swimming Nationals

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 6:27:28 PM by Karin Olmsted in Swimming Community, in olympian, in competitive swimming, in U.S. Swimming National Championships

On the return to “desk -life” from the “deck-life” after a week in Irvine, CA, watching US Swimming Nationals, I reflected on five life-long and valued lessons that swimming has imparted to me.

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Swim Across America, Swim Tips

Posted on Aug 8, 2018 6:34:06 PM by Laura Dravenstott in open water swimming, in Swim Across America, in charity, in Swimming tips from an instructor

As a follow up to our blog on the inaugural Denver event for Swim Across America (August 26 at Chatfield Reservoir), SwimLabs brings you two videos with open water swim tips.

The first video, with by Olympic Triathlete Susan Williams, discusses “swimming with fish” and other ways that an open water swim may be different than a pool swim. In the Chatfield reservoir, near Denver, we have small fish and birds that are not dangerous, but may startle a swimmer who isn’t used to swimming outdoors. Little fish and diving ducks may appear underneath the athlete, and moss or water plants may brush hands or feet, but there’s nothing to worry about. It’s helpful just to know that the possibility exists for a “wildlife encounter.”

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Swim Across America, Denver

Posted on Aug 3, 2018 3:08:59 PM by Laura Dravenstott in charity, in Swim Across America, in SwimLabs, in Mike Mann, in Missy Franklin

Swimlabs & Children's Hospital of Colorado Team Up to Raise Money for Pediatric Cancer Research

SwimLabs Highlands Ranch is proud to be a sponsor of the inaugural Swim Across America, Denver, open water swim at Chatfield Reservoir. The swim, which offers Balloon Splash, 1/2-mile, 1-mile and 5k distances, will occur the morning of August 26, 2018. The 5k swim (first wave) begins at 9am. SwimLabs founder, Mike Mann, is on the organizing committee, chaired by longtime SwimLabs friend, Nicole Vanderpoel. Proceeds from the swim will benefit Children’s Hospital of Colorado in support of pediatric cancer research.

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Missy Franklin Gives Heartfelt Interview After U.S. Nationals Swim Meet

Posted on Jul 31, 2018 1:07:57 PM by SwimLabs in U.S. Swimming National Championships, in Missy Franklin, in Swimming Community, in competitive swimming, in olympian, in freestyle

SwimSwam interviews an emotional Missy Franklin still determined and focused on Tokyo 2020!

As a 5-time Olympic gold medalist who has broken multiple world records during her swimming career, Missy Franklin has had to face the pressure and expectations that go along with being one of the sport's swimming superstars. It was also her first time swimming in a U.S. meet since 2016. She trained and swam hard but finished at a disappointing 17th and 19th place in the 100 (55.33) and 200 free (1:59.25). In an interview after her races, Missy showed she was not going to let this performance deter her from higher aspirations and displayed a warrior's spirit and an inspiring level of professionalism even through a sometimes shaky voice.

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