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Reflection on Rio2016

As the eyes of the world turn to the track to admire the performances of Bolt, Elaine Thompson, the Mo-bot, or even Jason Kenny behind that ‘derny’ bike; it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the week of swimming at Rio2016; and it leaves the Olympic swimmers to continue the best few weeks of their lives to enjoy Rio De Janiero and all it has to offer…

Party. Meet famous faces. See the city. Cheer on their team mates. Party again.

An opportunity for everyone to celebrate their success. They are Olympians and the very few at the pinnacle of their sport. Many will be overjoyed and reflecting on their dream-come-true performances, but others using the second half of their time in the Olympic village as an opportunity to forget the pain they feel after the disappointment of underachieving after four years of gruelling effort.

So how do we feel it went..? (more…)

Final day, final predictions

It is the last day of racing in the pool and we have another four finals to play out. With tired and weary bodies and minds, we will see who has managed the eight days of emotionally intense scrutiny the best.

Two ends of the individual event spectrum will be showcased today; whilst the women fight out the one length dash without breathing, the men will do battle over the longest event in the programme – hopefully pacing the 30 lengths to perfection.

Here are our final medal predictions for the Rio 2016 Games… (more…)

This is my house

A lesson was learnt. Never doubt a champion.

The scene was set last night as the World held their breath to watch the biggest names in our sport prove yet again why they draw the biggest of crowds. Crowds that include sporting stars such as Kevin Durant, Klay Thomson and Bubba Watson.

Katie Ledecky is a champion.

The definition of a champion is “…a person who has surpassed all rivals in a sporting contest”. In fact Ledecky has never been surpassed in any major final she has started. So why doubt her? An unforced error. (more…)

Podium predictions for Day 3

In contrast to previous showdowns, the finals on Day 3 look to be a much closer affair. This leads to a very exciting set of races, with dreams being separated by hundredths of a second. A tough ask to call the medal winners, but here at #SwimWords we will try our best!

Who wants it more…? Who has prepared the best…? Who put in the extra training session when no one else did…? (more…)

New kids on the block

2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Full Results

Three days into the US Olympic team trials and they have not disappointed in their drama and quality. Matching the expansive light shows of the CenturyLink Center the swimming coming from the United States has also lit up the pool and turned the heads of the world of swimming.

The storyline for the meet so far is pencilled in as the ‘changing of the guard’. A script that shows how Olympic champions of yesteryear are missing out to a new wave of kids who want their own chance at Olympic glory. With a talent pool like the United States have always had, upsets and places missed are inevitable, but not many would have predicted as many reigning Olympic champions (Lochte, Grevers, Franklin, Coughlin, Vollmer) to be overshadowed by those who have treated them as idols. (more…)

U.S. Olympic Team Trials Preview

Today the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials begin in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the next eight days (26th June – 3rd July) approximately 2000 swimmers will race across 26 individual events, hoping to make the possible team of 52 (maximum places available) travelling to Rio De Janeiro later this summer to represent their country. This will be the third consecutive Olympic swimming trials that have been hosted in Omaha, an event that has become notorious for its atmosphere, excitement and fierce competition.

The purpose built temporary pool is once again been constructed in the CenturyLink Center, but for the first time this qualification competition has been sold out with an estimated 200,000 fans attending throughout the week. No doubt this is due to not only the level of the competition, where only two Olympic places are available per event, but also the excitement Omaha has added to the spectacle with the introduction of lights, music, fire and fireworks which only intensifies audience engagement and increases athlete adrenaline. It is refreshing to see the USA recognising the need to move the sport on and make the event more of a showcase to develop new intrigue and interest in what is still a less mainstream sport. (more…)

Euro2016: Walker-Hebborn Vs. Klobucnik

Tonight sees England meet Slovakia in St Etienne on the field in a very important third group game in Euro2016. The result of which will qualify the teams for the knock out stages. So here at SwimWords we are excited to continue our version of the European Championships my matching up two swimmers from the respective countries in terms of past success and present form to pick a victor.

Already in the England squad is James Guy who faced Welsh starlet Jazz Carlin in the second round and took a minor win (2 – 1). In the Slovakian line up, medley maestro Richard Nagy conceded a tough loss to the Russian Anton Chupkov.

Who will join them in the starting line up…?  (more…)

Euro2016: Local rivals go head-to-head

After very successful SwimWords prediction in today’s earlier Wales Vs. England fixture, this evening sees Germany face local rivals Poland at the Euro 2016 Football Championships, and once again SwimWords are replicating this by selecting two of the best swimmers in their respective countries to dual against each other in the pool. The swimmer with the highest credentials, not only earns themselves bragging rights amongst their peers but a predicted score for their nation’s football team to emulate.

Group C: GERMANY vs POLAND, KO: 8:00pm GMT, Thursday 16th June (more…)

‘Sid the Kid’ takes on the Olympic Champ

The final match on June 15th in the UEFA Euro2016 Football Champs sees France host Albania. For those just joining us, here at SwimWords we are mirroring this famous tournament on a daily basis, by selecting one swimmer to represent their respective countries and battling them head-to-head. It’s a fun and relevant way to talk swimming as the group stages of the Football continues. Let us know if you agree with the selections below…

Group A: FRANCE Vs. ALBANIA, KO: 8:00pm GMT, Wednesday 15th June

Standing behind the block for FRANCE:

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  • Athlete: Florent Manaudou
  • Born: 1990
  • Height: 1.99cm
  • Best Senior Result: Gold 50 Freestyle, Olympic Games, London, 2012

Standing behind the block for ALBANIA:

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  • Athlete: Sidni Hoxha
  • Born: 1992
  • Height: 1.94cm
  • Best Senior Result: 2 x Olympian, 2008 & 2012

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