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Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?

When you look at sporting achievements over the last decades, it seems like humans have gotten faster, better and stronger in nearly every way. Yet as David Epstein points out in this delightfully counter-intuitive 2014 talk, we might want to lay off the self-congratulation. Many factors are at play in shattering athletic records, and the development of our natural talents is just one of them. Note correction at 03:47: “per year” and not “per decade.”
David Marsh: Changing a Culture

David Marsh: Changing a Culture

How can you make culture adjustments that positively impact your surroundings - at work, at home, in sports and in life? This episode features an exclusive interview with Team Elite Head Coach David Marsh who talks about changing the culture of a team, what it takes to be successful and some of his future plans. Prior to founding Team Elite in San Diego, he was the men's and women's swimming coach at Auburn University. After becoming head coach of Auburn in 1990, Marsh led the men's team to seven NCAA national championships and the women's team to five national championships. He finished his coaching career at Auburn in 2007 and has been working with elite swimmers ever since. Coach Marsh is well known internationally, having coached 49 Olympians from 19 different countries. In December 2016, Marsh was named the Professional Adviser of the Israel Swimming Association, with a goal of preparing the country's swimmers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Action Items From the Hosts - Kelly: To take some quiet moments and think about what I can do to be better. Maria: Be open to bringing people in to help grow my business and infuse it with new project ideas. Quote from David Marsh "The Culture is the centerpiece. You'd rather have a good culture than a good immediate result because culture will cause the result to repeat".
Gregg Troy talks about training Caeleb Dressel

Gregg Troy talks about training Caeleb Dressel

Steve Friederang interviewed Coach Troy, March Schubert, and others for a book he is working on called "Perfecting Practice". His wisdom is obvious to coaches who help people discover reach their fullest potential. Steve: "There will be more of Gregg's experience and wisdom in the book."
Ginny King on raising Lilly King

Ginny King on raising Lilly King

Lilly King is an American swimmer who won the gold medal in 100m breaststroke at the 2016 Summer Olympics and gold in the women's 4 × 100m medley relay in which she swam the breaststroke leg. She is the current world record holder in 100m and 50m breaststroke. Lilly grew up in Evansville, Indiana and is a current student at Indiana University. In episode 9 of the podcast Kelly and Maria talk to Ginny King, mother of the Olympic and world champion and greatest NCAA breaststroker of all time. Ginny shares her insight into how her daughter became the confident, outspoken, strong athlete she is today. Ginny talks about who she is outside being “Lilly’s Mom,” including that she has been a public school teacher for 26 years and teaches engineering and robotics at an urban middle school in Evansville, Indiana. She also coaches swimming to middle to high school students. She was a swimmer in college, with two years at Eastern Kentucky then transferred to Illinois State. Ginny and husband Mark have been married for almost 30 years. Mark is a teacher and coach as well. Ginny reveals that everyone in the King family, including son Alex (swimming at the University of Michigan), are athletes. There is some real wisdom in how the Kings parented their kids to having a balanced and intentional progression of their activities both in and out of the competition pool. This episode also has great discussion on Lilly’s college selection, professional career and friendship with Cody Miller, fellow Olympic medalist breastroker. Quote: “There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.” – Sue Atkins.
Kirsty Coventry: You have to be your own cheerleader

Kirsty Coventry: You have to be your own cheerleader

When Kirsty Coventry was just 9 years old, she told her parents she was going to be an Olympic swimmer, and win a gold medal. Kirsty is now arguably the greatest athlete to ever come out of Africa. She is a 5-time Olympian and 7-time Olympic medallist, having won 2 gold medals, 4 silver medals, and a bronze medal. She tied with Krisztina Egerszegi for the female with the most individual swimming Olympic medals. Kirsty has also been World Champion, Commonwealth Games Champion, and All Africa Games Champion multiple times. She has also held 5 world records throughout her career. "You have to be your own cheerleader. Success to you is not necessarily success to other people.” – Kirsty Coventry In 2000 at 16 years old, Kirsty qualified for her first Olympics in Sydney. Despite the overwhelming experience, this made her realize that her dream of winning Olympic gold was achievable. 2004 saw Kirsty qualify for her second Olympics in Athens. Kirsty describes this as one of her best Olympic experiences. The 20-year old Kirsty won gold, silver and bronze medals at that Olympics. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, Kirsty won one gold and three silver medals. Initially, she felt disappointed with the three silver medals – her goal had been to win gold in all her events. But Kim Bracken – Kirsty’s coach since 2000, made her realize that winning silver on a world stage is a phenomenal achievement. In 2012, Kirsty dislocated her knee 4 months before the London Olympics. Then two months before the Olympic games, she contracted pneumonia. Undeterred, and to the surprise of many of her competitors, she showed up for the Olympic games. She made it to the finals for all her events and finished 6th in the 200m Backstroke and 200m Individual Medley, and 12th in the 100m Backstroke. Depleted after the 2012 games, Kirsty took a two-year break from the competitive swimming. The break gave her time to do some soul searching to decide if she wanted to go back to competitive swimming and whether at 32 years old, she still wanted to do the hard work required to compete in her fifth Olympiad. Ultimately, Kirsty didn’t want her career to end with a competition where she had not been able to compete at her best. She decided to make the Rio Olympics her fifth and final Olympic games. Despite giving one of her best performances, she finished sixth in her signature race – the 200m backstroke. But Kirsty says she was happy that her final race as a professional swimmer was competing with the best in the world at her best. On September 16th, 2016 on her 33rd birthday, Kirsty tearfully announced she was retiring from competitive swimming after an almost 20-year career as a professional swimmer. Since then, Kirsty has focused her energy into her work as an International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board member. She also started the Kirsty Coventry Academy, which teaches young children swimming and water safety. Through her Academy, Kirsty has also started the HEROES program, which is working to empower children through sport. And at the beginning of September 2018, Kirsty was appointed to be Zimbabwe’s Minister of Youth, Sports, Art, and Recreation.
Shaun Jordan at Sport Innovation Summit

Shaun Jordan at Sport Innovation Summit

Talk given by 2 time Olympic champion (1988 and 1992), USA Swimming's freestyle relay swimmer Shaun Jordan.
Aaron Peirsol at the Sport Innovation Summit, Mexico

Aaron Peirsol at the Sport Innovation Summit, Mexico

Talk given by one of the greatest backstroke swimmers of all time and 5 time Olympic champion, USA Swimming's Aaron Peirsol
Jazz Carlin- What's your Story?

Jazz Carlin- What's your Story?

Swim Wales have been working with Jazz Carlin, Learn to Swim Ambassador, on a project to increase participation in Diving, Artistic Swimming, Advanced Swimming and Water Polo throughout Wales. Commonwealth Gold Medallist in 2014, Double Olympic Medallist in 2016, has taken her medals off and stepped back into the pool. Follow Jazz’s journey to find out how she gets on with the other aquatic disciplines.
Motivational techniques for training

Motivational techniques for training

Want to get fit or fitter but can't find the motivation? This film is for you! If you haven't made your New Year's Resolutions yet but are planning to, Team Bath sports psychologist James Lambdon has some advice on setting - and achieving - your goals in 2020.
Toe Point & Knee Extension Series for Synchronised / Artistic Swimmers

Toe Point & Knee Extension Series for Synchronised / Artistic Swimmers

Dec 2019 video by coach Ali Wlliams who has extensive competitive experience at the elite level, as well many years of coaching experience. She competed with the USA National Team from 2006-2016, and was part of their 2016 Olympic Duet.
Body Alignment & Core Strength Series for Synchronised / Artistic Swimmers

Body Alignment & Core Strength Series for Synchronised / Artistic Swimmers

Dec 2019 video by coach Ali Williams who has extensive competitive experience at elite level, as well many years of coaching experience. She competed with the USA National Team from 2006-2016, and was part of their 2016 Olympic Duet.
David Marsh: Swimming Faster Freestyle

David Marsh: Swimming Faster Freestyle

David Marsh, Head Coach, SwimMAC Carolina (3 consecutive USA Swimming Club Excellence Championships) was 2016 USA Women's Olympic Team Head Coach, has won 12x NCAA Championship and is an 8x NCAA Coach of the Year (Auburn). He is a 3x USA Men's Olympic Team Assistant ('12, 00, '96) and has coached 49 Olympians from 19 different countries. Fast freestyle has truly been the cornerstone of the emergence and continued dominance of Auburn Swimming. In this 4-part instructional video, David Marsh shares the swimming drills, skills, and techniques that have guided his Auburn swimmers to unparalleled success! * Part 1: Begins with a narrative review of the full stroke technique of former Auburn All-American Rada Owen followed by an on deck demonstration / discussion of the components of the freestyle. * Part 2: 12-drill progression to build the ideal freestyle beginning with establishing core body position and rotation. Marsh adds the arm movement through single arm drills with rotation. Marsh includes a segment of drills using a front snorkel to allow swimmers to focus on arm movement and rotation without having to add the skill of breathing. Part 2 also includes unique drills that help teach a "3/4 catch-up" stroke designed to achieve the goal of achieving a "high catch position." * Part 3: Marsh uses a telestrator to give a detailed breakdown of both an elite swimmer and a "mid-level" swimmer's freestyle stroke cycle. * Part 4: Recap section. The components necessary for swimming faster freestyle are reviewed. Incredible underwater and slow motion footage enhance this exceptional swimming
The importance of sleep for elite athletes

The importance of sleep for elite athletes

Christopher Winter, Medical Director of the Martha Jefferson Hospital Sleep Medicine Center & NBA Sleep Doctor. Human Performance answers key questions.
What makes a great leader?

What makes a great leader?

Robert Kaplan (Harvard Business School) shares his answers.
Are Leaders born or made?

Are Leaders born or made?

Leaders in Sport share their opinion.
Girls' coaching, volunteering and leadership in sport

Girls' coaching, volunteering and leadership in sport

Children's charity the Youth Sport Trust shines a spotlight on its network of coaching, leadership and volunteering schools across the UK and the impact they are having on getting more girls into coaching opportunities.
An Insight into Millfield Institute of Sport and Wellbeing Part 5

An Insight into Millfield Institute of Sport and Wellbeing Part 5

An overview of Millfield Institute of Sport and Wellbeing across - Psychology Skills and Emotional Intelligence provisions
An Insight into Millfield Institute of Sport and Wellbeing Part 4

An Insight into Millfield Institute of Sport and Wellbeing Part 4

An overview of Millfield Institute of Sport and Wellbeing - Performance Analysis
An Insight into Millfield Institute of Sport and Wellbeing Part 3

An Insight into Millfield Institute of Sport and Wellbeing Part 3

An overview of Millfield Institute of Sport and Wellbeing - Athletic Development
Increasing Self-Awareness for Peak Performance

Increasing Self-Awareness for Peak Performance

Madeline Barlow, Sport Performance Coach at Drexel University, presents Increasing Self-Awareness for Peak Performance at AASP's 33rd Annual Conference in Toronto.
Michael Jamieson | Mental Health In Sport

Michael Jamieson | Mental Health In Sport

Thanks go to Michael Jamieson for opening up about his time in swimming. This is a must watch for all athletes and coaches!
Swim England National Event Camps 2019

Swim England National Event Camps 2019

Some of England's most promising young swimmers have been given the chance to develop their skills at Swim England's National Event Camps.
Welcome to the Swimming Revolution

Welcome to the Swimming Revolution

Promotional video on the advantages of Nagi Smartpool and why this is a swimming revolution. https://www.nagismartpool.com
Swim England Adult Swimming Framework film

Swim England Adult Swimming Framework film

This short film provides a taster of what it's like to learn how to swim as an adult, using the Swim England Adult Swimming Framework. For more information visit: https://bit.ly/2M5Lo0T
Swim England's 150th anniversary celebrations

Swim England's 150th anniversary celebrations

Swim England celebrated its 150th anniversary with the whole community.
Swim England Inclusion 2020 Webinar

Swim England Inclusion 2020 Webinar

Inclusion 2020 is a project funded by Department for Education and led by Youth Sport Trust. The aim of the project is to increase and improve opportunities for pupils with SEND to participate in school sport. This is done through the work of a high profile steering group who are working together to gain insight into barriers to participation, produce tools and resources that will help to address those barriers, and then support schools and pool providers in making their ideals a reality. Swim England is proud to be part of that steering group. In this webinar, the Swim England Learn to Swim team are joined by representatives from two SEN schools who are leading the project's activities in their areas. Representatives, Rob and Linda, share their experiences of school swimming and how the Inclusion 2020 project has provided them the right tools and resources to be able address some of the challenges their SEN pupils face in the school swimming environment. For more information on the Inclusion 2020 project and the resources available, visit: https://www.swimming.org/schools/inclusion-2020/
Creating a nurturing environment for long term sporting success

Creating a nurturing environment for long term sporting success

Presentation at YCC19 by Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Andrew Pichardo,
Transformational & Constraints-Based Coaching Workshop (Part 1)

Transformational & Constraints-Based Coaching Workshop (Part 1)

2018 Workshop delivered by Vincent Ong, Head of Youth Coaching, NYSI
[1992] Butterfly Interviews

[1992] Butterfly Interviews

World-ranked butterfly swimmers interviewed.
[1992] Backstroke Interviews

[1992] Backstroke Interviews

World ranked backstrokers interviewed by coach Paul Blair
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