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.
September 11, 2017 -
The WSA Sets Up Shop Just As FINA Courts Conquer By Destroying Itself From Within. As SwimVortex takes a short break from the daily news beat and delivers a home-page package of features that consider the highlights of 2017, we leave you our autumn essay and consideration of the state of play in swimming governance. “A great civilisation is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within” – Will Durant. Come down from Olympus, from ancient Greeks and Romans and “The Story of Civilization”, come down from the Amazonian tribes depicted in Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto … and we find a form of civilisation in the throes of self-destruction in international sports governance
September 10, 2017 -
It is only September and the year may yet throw some more high scores into the pot but as SwimVortex takes a break from the visible coalface, we invite readers to send in their choices for the best of 2017 in our Readers’ Choices categories. The award results will be published in December as part of our end-year package of reflections, the deadline for entries December 15.
September 6, 2017 -
Editorial. The International swimming federation has finally reached the tipping point on doping. Just when you thought FINA could sink no lower, it will have Park Tae-hwan* and the asterisk he tows for falling foul of the WADA Code as ambassadors for its showcase 2019 World Championships. Forgiveness is essential. To forget and wipe the slate c lean and expect that to send the right message on clean sport is folly.
August 31, 2017 -
In one of the most pertinent Dear John letters in the struggle to raise swimming to a professional sport in which athlete interests are the priority, from Russian international Arkady Vyatchanin has marked the moment he became eligible to race for the United States with an appeal for the future direction of swimming to drop any obligation of an athlete to compete for a country or find themselves locked out of their job.
August 21, 2017 -
Sometimes the long way home is the best way. Ryan Lochte is finally a Gator going back to the pond where he honed the skills and fitness that made him one of the biggest medal haulers in world swimming history. His motivation is second got none: his new family, Kayla Rae Reid and their son Caiden. Jeff Ostrow, Lochte’s agent at Proplayer Sports, confirmed to SwimVortex that Lochte is heading back to base and mentor Gregg Troy at the University of Florida in September for the start of a second career aimed at delivering the goods once more at Tokyo 2020. The move was confirmed by Troy. So, what can we expect of the winner of six Olympic golds in nine podiums at the Games and 27 World long-course c championship medals, 38 global s/c honours and 90 medals for the United States in all? “Commitment,” Troy, right, tells SwimVortex.
August 16, 2017 -
“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all”. So said author, poet and playwright Oscar Wilde. The inference is that to exist is to survive, treading a path with tight boundaries imposed by our own and society’s expectations. It is an approach that runs counter to the world of elite sport, where such a mindset does not exist, where boundaries are there to be broken, where uncharted waters are there for the charting. And then there’s the transition from fast lane to the rest of life. Here’s Rebecca Adlington on all of that
July 31, 2017 -
Britain celebrated a second-place finish on the medals for the first time in World-Championship history in Budapest on Sunday night, celebrated – and then headed home to study a box of treasures collected for an Olympic war chest called “Target Tokyo”, the key to which is called “race craft”. A chat with head. coach Bill Furniss
July 24, 2017 -
Cate Campbell barely hesitates when asked what singular issue concerns her in the campaign for athletes to have a far greater say in the leadership and directipon of their sport: “I think the fact that they haven’t ever requested an athlete’s opinion on anything [laughter rumbles through the journalists listening]. We are essentially FINA’s assets. Without us there is no FINA and I think sometimes that can be forgotten. Campbell lambasted the global leadership of aquatics as “strange and a bit arrogant” when it came to dealing with the prime assets of the pool: athletes. “… athletes do just get lost because it does become about making money as opposed to swimming. I feel like that’s a fundamental part of their constitution that they’ve forgotten”
June 21, 2017 -
Roll-up, roll-up. The Pro-Swim Classic is born. Some have dubbed it Swimbledon: swimming’s attempt to create a race-for-wages series that doesn’t clash with the sport’s premium showcases at the Olympic Games and World Championships and hands swimmers control of their own destinies at the start of a new professional era in the pool. The following is an editorial and fictional account of where swimmers might dream about swimming to
June 6, 2017 -
Today marks the 70th birthday of a butterfly legend from a country that has produced a fine shoal of women swimmers – but just the one Ada Kok. There’ll never be another quite like her. Described as “the gentle giant” of swimming, Kok, the 1968 Olympic 200m butterfly champion, broke more butterfly world records – 9 in all plus a quarter of a 4x100m medley mark – than any other woman ever has to date. She also attracted the following appraisal from Buck Dawson, the first Executive Director of the International Swimming Hall of Fame“… she looks like a football fullback and swims like a fastback”.