N.Y.C. Pools Open Amid a Swim Lesson Shortage, Raising Safety Fears

The city has canceled free swim lessons and private swim programs are feeling the squeeze from a lack of lifeguards. One expert said: “Some of those kids are going to drown.”

#black-people, #drownings, #garrido-henry, #hochul-kathleen-c, #lifeguards, #new-york-city, #parks-and-recreation-department-nyc, #shortages, #summer-season, #swimming, #usa-swimming, #young-mens-christian-assn-ymca

‘Wild Swimming’ in Restricted Beijing Offers Refreshing Break From Rules

China’s congested and highly regulated capital is not known for either its natural refuges or its rule-bending. But swimming in the city’s lakes and waterways is a cherished, if contested, tradition.

#beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #swimming

FINA Restricts Transgender Women From Competing at Elite Level

The international swimming federation said transgender women who had experienced male puberty could not compete in women’s events.

#fina, #swimming, #teenagers-and-adolescence, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Swimming Safety Tips for Pools, Lakes and Water Parks

Some watering holes are riskier than others.

#content-type-service, #hot-tubs, #swimming, #swimming-pools, #tests-medical, #water

Why Lifeguards Are Scarce This Beach Season

Lifeguards are in short supply around the country this year because of low unemployment and Covid’s effects on training. Pools have been left closed and beaches unguarded.

#beaches, #labor-and-jobs, #lifeguards, #milwaukee-wis, #summer-season, #swimming

30-Minute Swim Workout

With just 30 minutes and a few useful tricks, a trip to the pool can become serious exercise.

#content-type-service, #exercise, #swimming

Riding the World’s Biggest Waves, Without a Surfboard

Kalani Lattanzi has taken bodysurfing to the next level, paddling into 40-foot waves with little more than the fins on his feet.

#maui-hawaii, #nazare-portugal, #surfing, #swimming

Lia Thomas Wins an NCAA Swimming Title

With her victory in Atlanta, Thomas, who competes for the University of Pennsylvania, became the first openly transgender woman to win an N.C.A.A. swimming championship.

#college-athletics, #colleges-and-universities, #emmert-mark, #ivy-league, #records-and-achievements, #swimming, #thomas-lia-1999, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #university-of-pennsylvania, #women-and-girls

Can Cold Water Plunges Really Reduce Anxiety and Depression?

Early research suggests this age-old practice might benefit mental health, but more research is needed.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #depression-mental, #psychology-and-psychologists, #swimming

Cold Water Plunges Are Trendy. Can They Really Reduce Anxiety and Depression?

Early research suggests this age-old practice might benefit mental health, but more research is needed.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #depression-mental, #psychology-and-psychologists, #swimming

Lia Thomas, Trans Swimmer, Revives Debate About Sex Testing in Sports

For nearly a century, certain elite athletes have been subject to anatomical, chromosomal or hormonal testing to compete in women’s events.

#athletics-and-sports, #doping-sports, #estrogen, #hormones, #semenya-caster, #swimming, #testosterone, #tests-drug-use, #thomas-lia-1999, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #women-and-girls

N.C.A.A. to Review U.S.A. Swimming’s New Policy for Transgender Athletes

The new policy requires that transgender women show lowered testosterone levels for 36 months. It is not clear whether it will be used during the N.C.A.A. swimming championships in March.

#hormones, #ivy-league, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #swimming, #testosterone, #thomas-lia-1999, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #university-of-pennsylvania, #usa-swimming, #women-and-girls

As Lia Thomas Swims, Debate About Transgender Athletes Swirls

And the rules could change for Thomas and other swimmers as the N.C.A.A. championships approach in March.

#college-athletics, #content-type-personal-profile, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #swimming, #thomas-lia-1999, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #university-of-pennsylvania, #usa-swimming, #women-and-girls

N.C.A.A. Reorganizes Around New Constitution That Shifts Power to Universities

The organizing body in college sports also adopted new rules for transgender athletes to mirror other elite sports in the United States.

#athletics-and-sports, #basketball-college, #colleges-and-universities, #emmert-mark, #football-college, #national-collegiate-athletic-assn, #swimming, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Falling In and Out of Love With Exercise

When my partner, Oliver Sacks, died, I lost interest in working out. But I found my way back.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #exercise, #sacks-oliver, #swimming

The Sports World’s Most Memorable and Human Moments of 2021

Most of them happened off the courts and playing fields, when the competitions were over and the athletes were at their most human.

#augusta-national-golf-club, #biles-simone, #djokovic-novak, #dressel-caeleb-1996, #golf, #gymnastics, #horse-racing, #lee-sunisa-2003, #masters-golf-tournament, #matsuyama-hideki, #mccarthy-michael-w-1971, #mensah-stock-tamyra, #olympic-games-2020, #osaka-naomi-1997, #swimming, #tennis, #united-states-open-tennis, #wrestling

Embracing the Swimming Culture After a Move to Australia

In Sydney, something changed. I embraced the uncertainty of the sea, following my children into a culture of volunteer lifesaving.

#australia, #drownings, #oceans-and-seas, #parenting, #psychology-and-psychologists, #swimming, #sydney-australia

Klete Keller, a 3-Time Olympian, Pleads Guilty in Capitol Riot Case

Keller, 39, faces a prison sentence of up to 20 years, but the first Capitol rioter to plead guilty to the same charge was sentenced to eight months.

#keller-klete, #law-and-legislation, #plea-bargaining, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #swimming

Paralympics: Morgan Stickney’s Race Against the Clock

Stickney, who endured first one amputation and then another, has put off surgery to chase a world record. After years of pain, she is closer to it than ever.

#paralympic-games, #stickney-morgan, #swimming, #usa-swimming

A Swimmer’s Journey From Afghanistan to Refugee Camps to the Paralympics

Abbas Karimi, who was born without arms, eventually made it to the U.S. and realized his dream of competing internationally.

#afghanistan, #content-type-personal-profile, #disabilities, #paralympic-games, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #swimming, #tokyo-japan

A Champion Swimmer Found a New Life On the Rocks

He was a champion swimmer, maybe a future Olympian. Then he disappeared. Where did Vinny Marciano go?

#content-type-personal-profile, #gardiner-ny, #rock-climbing, #swimming

How About Renting My Pool for an Hour or Two?

As people look for ways to spend time with friends outdoors, some homeowners are sharing their private outdoor spaces — for a price.

#mobile-applications, #new-york-city, #parties-social, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #summer-season, #swimming

Mixed-Gender Relays Make Their Olympic Debut

In Tokyo, men and women are teaming up in a series of mixed-gender events that are making their Olympic debuts.

#international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2020, #swimming, #track-and-field

With Every Stroke, Gaining Confidence In and Out of the Water

As a Black woman with anxiety, swimming was more than technique. It opened new worlds to me and helped my stress fall to the side.

#anxiety-and-stress, #black-people, #race-and-ethnicity, #swimming, #swimming-pools, #water

A Hot Fitness Trend Among Olympians: Blood Flow Restriction

Some athletes in Tokyo are indulging in a trendy technique to enhance the effects of training and stimulate recovery. Credit a Japanese former power lifter.

#andrew-michael-1999, #blood, #exercise, #olympic-games-2020, #rupp-galen, #sato-yoshiaki, #swimming

What Banning a Swim Cap for Black Hair Means for the Olympics

“This is so much bigger than banning a type of cap,” said Lia Neal, a two-time Olympic medalist for the U.S.

#black-people, #olympic-games-2020, #swimming

U.S. Swim Team Will Take 11 Teenagers to Tokyo Games

The roster reflected a generational shift as the U.S. adjusted to life after Michael Phelps.

#adrian-nathan, #andrew-michael-1999, #dressel-caeleb-1996, #ledecky-katie, #lydia-jacoby, #manuel-simone-1996, #olympic-games-2020, #phelps-michael, #swimming, #tokyo-japan

Ryan Lochte Fails to Make U.S. Olympic Swim Team

At age 36, Lochte tried to make the team for the fifth time, five years after his turn at the 2016 Games was marred by his false claim about being robbed at gunpoint.

#lochte-ryan, #olympic-games-2020, #swimming, #tokyo-japan

Simone Manuel Falters in the Olympic Swimming Race That Made Her

After failing to qualify for the 100-meter freestyle in Tokyo, she has one last chance to make the U.S. team. It’s a stunning setback for a star of the Rio Olympics who spoke of mental and physical fatigue.

#black-people, #manuel-simone-1996, #oleksiak-penny-2000, #olympic-games-2016, #olympic-games-2020, #omaha-neb, #swimming, #tokyo-japan

How to Keep Children Safe Around Water and Prevent Drowning

It’s an important safety issue to review every summer, and this may be an especially good moment to brush up.

#american-academy-of-pediatrics, #children-and-childhood, #content-type-service, #drownings, #parenting, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #summer-season, #swimming, #swimming-pools, #water

A See-Through Pool Opens 10 Stories Above London

Even if you don’t have a fear of heights, you probably won’t be able to try it out: The swimming is limited to select residents at a luxury apartment complex in the British capital.

#london-england, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #swimming, #swimming-pools

Just in Time for Pool Season: A Chlorine Shortage

A fire at a chemical plant and a pandemic-driven boom in the construction of backyard pools are the causes of a nationwide shortage of chlorine tablets, experts say. Panic buying could make it worse.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #factories-and-manufacturing, #hurricane-laura-2020, #lake-charles-la, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #stockpiling, #summer-season, #swimming, #swimming-pools, #united-states

Discover a Water Sport

This should be the summer you become a swimmer, a paddler or a sailor — it’s easier than you think.

#boats-and-boating, #content-type-service, #kayaks, #lakes, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #sailboats-and-sailing, #swimming, #travel-and-vacations, #water

Tokyo Olympics: Schedule, Sports and Details

The opening ceremony will be held July 23, with gymnastics, swimming and other sports beginning soon after.

#baseball, #basketball, #golf, #gymnastics, #olympic-games-2020, #soccer, #softball, #swimming, #television, #track-and-field

Clara Lamore Walker, Olympian, Dies at 94

She gave up competitive swimming after the 1948 Games in London — until her doctor prescribed the pool for back pain. She staged an astonishing comeback.

#age-chronological, #deaths-obituaries, #international-swimming-hall-of-fame, #olympic-games-1948, #providence-college, #records-and-achievements, #swimming, #walker-clara-lamore-1926-2021, #women-and-girls

Frigid Waters: A Fleeting Balm for a Mother’s Unspeakable Grief

To shake up the tedium of quarantine, I started doing polar plunges with Stephanie Reece, who was driven by something else entirely.

#content-type-personal-profile, #domestic-violence, #east-hampton-ny, #mental-health-and-disorders, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #swimming, #tennis, #women-and-girls

I’m Paralyzed, but I Can Finally Feel the Joy of Swimming

At first, being in water made me feel defeated. Now it’s transformed me.

#disabilities, #paralysis, #swimming, #water

Canada’s Artistic Swimming Coach on Leave Amid Allegations

The coach of Canada’s most elite team — slated for the Olympics — will step aside as he awaits the outcome of a disciplinary hearing about allegations of emotional abuse.

#canada, #canada-artistic-swimming, #coaches-and-managers, #fina, #swimming, #synchronized-swimming

Synchronized Swimmers Say Coaches Have Abused Them

Coaches around the world in the sport, now known as artistic swimming, are facing accusations that they bullied, harassed and psychologically abused athletes.

#canada, #coaches-and-managers, #olympic-games-2020, #swimming, #synchronized-swimming

Snapshots From a Swimming Friendship

In this year of sorrow, plunging into the water has been essential for me and for my friend with cancer.

#breast-cancer, #friendship, #mastectomy, #swimming, #water

Reggie Jones, Jones Beach’s Longest-Serving Lifeguard, Dies at 93

He began keeping an eye on beachgoers in 1944 and kept doing it for 64 summers. He made more than 1,000 ocean rescues in his career.

#beaches, #deaths-obituaries, #jones-beach-ny, #jones-reggie, #lifeguards, #swimming

Cody Simpson, Pop Star, Wants to Be Cody Simpson, Olympian

Cody Simpson has been a singer, a dancer, an actor and an author. Now, with support from Michael Phelps and Ian Thorpe, he is resurrecting a childhood swimming dream.

#australia, #music, #olympic-games-2024, #phelps-michael, #simpson-cody, #swimming

‘I Let You Down’: Klete Keller’s Path From Olympics to Capitol Riot

Jan. 6 wasn’t Keller’s first election protest in Washington. But as he makes tearful apologies and faces federal charges, even his closest confidants aren’t sure why he was there at all.

#colorado-springs-colo, #keller-klete, #olympic-games-2004, #olympic-games-2008, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #swimming, #trump-donald-j

True-Crime Podcast Puts Spotlight on Irish Coach Accused of Abuse

The Irish police are investigating accusations that George Gibney, a former swim coach for Ireland now living in the United States, sexually abused two swimmers who came forward after hearing the podcast about him.

#british-broadcasting-corp, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #coaches-and-managers, #extradition, #gibney-george-1948, #immigration-and-emigration, #ireland, #orlando-fla, #podcasts, #politics-and-government, #second-captains-ltd, #sex-crimes, #swimming, #where-is-george-gibney-radio-program

Klete Keller, Olympic Gold Medalist, Was in Crowd That Invaded Capitol

Klete Keller, who won swimming medals in three Summer Games, was captured on video inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda during last week’s violent election protest.

#klete-keller, #phelps-michael, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #swimming, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-olympic-and-paralympic-committee

Cold Water Swimming Benefits? My Body, Maybe. My Mind, Definitely.

Maybe at another time in human history I would have cared about the health benefits, but at this point, I’m like, what does “good for you” even mean?

#swimming, #your-feed-selfcare

2020’s Memorable Moments in Sports

Sports were not a simple salve for the events of 2020, but they still provided some moments of joy, levity and shared humanity.

#baseball, #basketball, #canadian-olympic-committee, #disney-walt-world-lake-buena-vista-fla, #djokovic-novak, #dog-sledding, #hockey-ice, #james-lebron, #jordan-michael, #kenin-sofia-1998, #kershaw-clayton, #los-angeles-dodgers, #los-angeles-lakers, #mahomes-patrick-1995, #nba-championship, #olympic-games-2020, #osaka-naomi-1997, #philadelphia-flyers, #rodman-dennis, #smith-tommie, #soccer, #swimming, #tennis, #thiem-dominic, #triathlon, #two-thousand-twenty, #united-states-open-tennis, #waerner-thomas-1973, #wickenheiser-hayley, #world-series

Sun Yang’s Eight-Year Doping Ban Is Overturned

Lawyers for Sun Yang, a three-time Olympic champion, presented evidence that one of the arbitrators who issued his eight-year suspension had made racist comments about China on social media.

#court-of-arbitration-for-sport, #doping-sports, #sun-yang, #swimming, #world-anti-doping-agency

Swimming Against Time, Ignoring the Finish Line

Swimming the 12 miles across Lake Tahoe, the author was advised to not look ahead but break up the challenge into fathomable chunks. It worked for the swim, and life.

#hypothermia, #lake-tahoe-nev, #swimming

Swimming in a Bubble, Free From the Tyranny of Times

The pandemic disrupted the training of some of the world’s best swimmers, but a new competition has offered a rare treat: a chance to ignore the ticking clock.

#andrew-michael-1999, #dressel-caeleb-1996, #swimming, #watches-and-clocks