Mike Mann Mondays: Taking Care of Your Body

Posted on May 21, 2018 1:20:08 PM by Dorian Capers in Swimming tips from an instructor, in swimming health tips, in Swimming Community, in competitive swimming, in Mike Mann

In this segment we ask Master's Swimmer, World Record Holder, and humble SwimLabs Co-Founder, Mike Mann his insight on the sport and swimming news happening around world

This Week's Question:

Swimmers often swim in chlorinated pools or open water if they swim open water events. I also know while swimming you may be more likely to get sunburns even in water. What are some of the things you do as dedicated swimmers to protect your skin and hair from these elements? 

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Mike Mann Mondays: What is Summer League Swim Team?

Posted on May 14, 2018 11:38:11 AM by Dorian Capers in Swim Team, in Swimming tips from an instructor, in swimming goals, in Swimming Community, in competitive swimming, in Mike Mann

In this segment we ask Master's Swimmer, World Record Holder, and humble SwimLabs Co-Founder, Mike Mann his insight on the sport and swimming news happening around world

This Week's Question:

Summer swim team season is here! Athletes of all ages are ready to show the successes of their practice in friendly and competitive swimming meets. I thought we’d kick off the season with a Mike Mann Monday on the topic! Mike helps me understand the scope of the summer swim team by answering a series of questions on the subject.

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Mike Mann Mondays: Katie Ledecky & Going Pro

Posted on May 7, 2018 5:00:00 AM by Dorian Capers in Olympics, in Swimming Community, in olympian, in competitive swimming, in college

In this segment we ask Master's Swimmer, World Record Holder, and humble SwimLabs Co-Founder, Mike Mann his insight on the sport and swimming news happening around world

This Week's Question:

Katie Ledecky is one of the greatest swimmers still competing and recently 'went pro'. People associated with swimming but unfamiliar with the rules here are wondering, what does ‘turning pro’ really mean (in this context)?

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What I Remember Most About Swimming in the 70s and 80s - Part II

Posted on Apr 25, 2018 5:39:21 PM by Susan Rapp-von der Lippe in kids swimming, in Feel good, in competitive swimming

Jello fingers, Roy Rogers, and Cap’n Crunch

Oh, the stories Starlit swimmers can tell! I swam during the glory years of Starlit Aquatic Club located outside of Washington, DC in the 1970s and 80s. Nutrition was a different beast back then. Although good nutritional advice was abundant, to a teenage swimmer starving after a 10,000 meter workout or a three-day meet, I ate nearly everything and anything. Perhaps my swimming suffered and I didn’t quite make it to my full athletic potential, but it sure was memorable.

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Before They Were Winners, They Were Beginners

Posted on Mar 23, 2018 5:24:35 PM by Dorian Capers in kids, in swimming goals, in olympian, in competitive swimming

Did you know that when he was young, Michael Phelps was afraid of having water on his face? The old saying, "You have to start somewhere", has always rung true. Sometimes it is easy to forget that every amazing athlete, no matter their current prestige, started as a beginner and understanding how preliminary steps, lessons, and small time races can build to the world record shattering results is its own challenge for wouldbe superstars.  If you are just starting out, when the going gets tough, you might just need some inspiration. Here are 3 videos from USA Swimming and The Olympic Channel that tug the heartstrings and remind us that behind every champion is a story of a kid with a dream.

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