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Fancy a flutter…?

The Olympic Games is the greatest sporting event on the planet. Displaying Human beings at their best, their most athletic and under the lights, their most vulnerable. It doesn’t get any better than this… or can it?

For those sports fans who like a little flutter or bet to make watching their favourite sports even more interesting; then the Olympic Games provides an infrequent opportunity for the swim fan to do just that – have a little fun and make a little pocket money along the way.

As swimming is less regularly televised than many other sports, bookmakers often only offer betting markets for the major swimming events – the main one of these being the Olympic Games week. With infrequent markets offered, it is understandable that this results in limited knowledge from the Bookies, and it us up to the swimming spectator to make the most of it. (more…)

Medal contenders on Day 1 in Rio

Over the coming days #SwimWords will endeavour to predict who will win the swimming medals at Rio 2016 offering insight as we go. Before each day we will post our predictions with a short explanation of the reasoning behind the picks. #SwimWords will look to track the success of our predictions throughout the Olympic week.

So….

Here are the picks for the medals available on Day 1 of the Games…. (more…)

How do the men shape up for the relays in Rio?

As promised here comes the second installment of relay predictions and analysis from #SwimWords but this time we evaluate the Men’s team standings….

Whereas the women will be likely knocking on the door of World Records in at least two out of three relays, the men have not been able to replicate the speed they found in the team events of 2008 and 2009. This, quite understandably, is a reflection on the change in swimsuit regulations; where men were able to wear suits that covered their full body. The change in rules, only allowing men to wear jammers (waist to knee), was a larger jump in material reduction than the women experienced (shoulder to knee) and therefore might correlate in the fact the women are closer (if not now faster) than the times recorded in that ‘super-suit’ era. The ‘super-suit’ providing increased compression and buoyancy aiding the performance of swimmers and resulting in faster racing.

Nevertheless there will be some very exciting battles between the men’s teams in Brazil. Some of the ‘big hitter’ nations, who were alarming disappointing last year (Australia and USA), will look to reassert their dominance in these relay events. (more…)

Women team up for World Records in Rio

Heading into an Olympics it is always difficult to predict, even though always a fast meet, the quantity and origin of World Record breaking swims over the eight days of competing. However, for those who look out for these sort of things the Women’s relays are looking like they could be the most reliable source. For those, like us, who are partial to a sporting statistic and swimming time, then enjoy the article that follows…

Here at SwimWords we will summarise and predict how these World records maybe broken in the women’s relays a few weeks from now at the Games in Rio De Janeiro. Let us know if you agree by commenting at the bottom of this article. We will look at the current form of the international teams, their recent relay performances at the World Championships in Kazan last year, and compare this to the standing WR’s.   (more…)

U.S. Olympic Team Trials & Tribulations

The dust has settled on the US Olympic Swimming Trials, with 45 athletes named on the team. USA Swimming continue to be the benchmark for empowering their athletes and giving them a platform to perform on the big stage. There is nothing more exhilarating than competing in front of a large crowd, in a world class field of athletes. The adrenaline courses through your veins in that environment and drives you to better performances; exactly the atmosphere you want to create for your athletes.

The newly crowned American Olympic Team are now likely to be straight back to the pool for a short 2-3 week high intensity training cycle depending on their selected events, before commencing another taper period in advance of the Games. The US team are used to this ‘double-taper’ strategy. It has been the method of choice in recent years for USA Swimming and is often required throughout the collegiate swim season. Athletes are nominated to represent their respective college and university teams in conference and NCAA competitions just a few short weeks apart and, by in large, must peak for these before going onto to compete for selection to the major Championships at the US Nationals. (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…)

‘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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Aussies shine in California

A strong Australian team have travelled over to the American West Coast to continue their preparations for the Olympic Games this summer in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. It was very apparent that preparations are going well for the team from down under, as they took another five titles in the finals session on the last day of the Arena Pro Series in Santa Clara yesterday.

Having taken the 400m freestyle convincingly earlier in the weekend it was no surprise that Jessica Ashwood kick started the Day 3 finals with a dominate 800m freestyle display. Aussie Ashwood clocked a time of 8.18.14, which is a time that only Katie Ledecky has beaten this year (8.06.68). Although Ledecky is swimming times that are changing the history of the event, Ashwood is now the next name on the list as a favourite for an Olympic medal this summer. (more…)