Welcome to our collation of feature articles. Here you can find profiles, obituaries, analysis of topical themes, consideration of long-term issues that reverberate in the world of swimming and obituaries.
July 10, 2013 -
The pioneers: what a week this was for Australian pioneer Sarah Frances “Fanny” Durack 101 years ago. The first woman to win an Olympic swimming title, Durack not only claimed the inaugural crown of crowns, the 100m freestyle, at Stockholm 1912, she also won a battle against the men who told her she could not compete and even when they changed their minds told her to pay her own passage to Sweden
July 10, 2013 -
The Pioneers: On this day 101 years ago, Canadian pioneer George Ritchie Hodgson (October 12, 1893 – May 1, 1983) clocked 22 minutes precisely to win the 1912 Olympic 1500m freestyle crown in Stockholm. Four days later, the only Canadian swimmer at the Games that year would add the 400m title, two triumphs that would make him the Canada’s only Olympic gold medal winner in the pool until Alex Baumann’s medley double in 1984
June 30, 2013 -
Now that Missy Franklin has completed her schedule at the United States National Championships, we can start looking ahead to what the Missile will be able to do at the World Championships next month in Barcelona. If history is any indication, Franklin will be even better than she was at Nationals. After all, the teenager has always flourished on the international stage.
June 30, 2013 -
The USA Nationals are done, the world titles form guide is taking its final form before battle in Barcelona from July 28 to August 4 – the US approaches its first major meet in a decade without Michael Phelps in its armoury of quartets. Here’s the top 8 start list for the 4x100m free at World Champs based on top 4 times per nation
June 27, 2013 -
“You mention the word “committees” in your next sentence and for those at the highest level of international sport, we all know that if you want to destroy high performance or compromise growth, then form a committee. This will do it quicker than anything else” – Bill Sweetenham in his open letter to Sir Clive Woodward, whose criticism of Australian sport has caused a storm Down Under
June 21, 2013 -
In an exclusive interview with SwimVortex, Ryan Lochte and his mentor at the Gators in Florida, head coach Gregg Troy explain the post-Barcelona world titles plan for the planet’s most versatile swimmer still in the swim; Gainesville will remain Lochte’s base but he will travel to work with programs around the world, possibly as far adrift as Australia, on a learning curve designed to make him a force in his 30s at Rio 2016
June 17, 2013 -
Fun follows Missy Franklin, and Missy Franklin follows fun. That’s the way of the world for the effervescent American teenager, she of immense athletic talent and equally skilled in the personality department. The young woman probably sleeps with a smile on her face, and it is this bubbly approach which plays a big role in her success.
June 15, 2013 -
This is the weekend 13 years ago when Sprint Tsar Alexander Popov rattle the world of sprinting with a 21.64 world mark over 50m free; the standard stood until the advent of shiny suits and while those helped the world sprint crew to understand how it might get beyond the legendary Russian, it was Popov who raised the bar four years beyond building a unique plinth in the pantheon with four Olympic sprint crowns to his credit
June 13, 2013 -
Roland Matthes, the most successful backstroke swimmer in history, was allowed to buy “forbidden” music in GDR times and still has most of the Cat Stevens vinyl he bought and “almost everything by The Beatles”. But don’t imagine the 62-year-old sitting in his armchair in his slippers humming to Eleanor Rigby. His latest concerts: Gossip and Pink. The Rolls Royce of backstroke won the 1st world titles 40 years ago