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I meant to post more videos from my NYC Birthday Party. Unfortunately I got too busy. I did manage to cut together this quick highlights vid. The overall vibe is as "faded" as it appears. Shooting at the end of the night isn't always the best idea. I do care about my friends looking and sounding their best. Instead, to be true to the moment, I'm only giving a glimpse. It should be noted that everyone had a good time, packing a life-time of catching up into only one night. Then we all took cabs home--as responsible adults.
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Here you go, my gmm holiday gift to all the social-networkers who have supported swimming this year:
SWIMMING NEWS TODAY, DEC 24TH:
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US Masters Swimming is 50,000 members strong, and with their new Executive Director, Rob Butcher, at the helm, they're moving, shaking, and signing new deals!
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Three-time Olympic Medalist, Megan Jendrick, has amicably parted ways with long-time agent, Peter Carlisle of Octagon. (Carlisle, thrust into the limelight as Michael Phelps' representation, has also recently lost Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte.)
Megan, famous for gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated Magazine, won two gold medals at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. In 2004, she narrowly missed making the US Olympic Team by 11 one-hundredths of a second in the 100 meters breaststroke. Many in the swimming community counted her out, until the 2008 Olympic Trials, when she made the US Olympic Team and went on the win silver in Beijing.
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At the European Championships, Italy's Federica Pellegrini eclipsed the 104th world record of the year, blasting the 200 short course meters freestyle world mark with a 1:51:85...
And American Peter Marshall's world record in the short course meters 100 back was clipped by Russian, Stanislav Donets. His 49:32 cut Marshall's mark by three tenths, a huge margin for a 100 meter sprint.
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Cullen Jones is only one athlete, with one Olympic gold medal.
Is Cullen swimming's greatest asset?
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What a first day we FRENCH had!!! The pool closed with Fred "Tattoo" Bousquet winner in 50 free over Amaury Levaux and Alain Bernard. So for this second day, we all wait for 50 fly duel between Fred Bousquet and Amaury Leveaux. And we were not disappointed. The pool of Angers was fire on Saturday!
****Thank you, Guillaume! I am awed by your bravado. I can barely speak English. I can't imagine reporting the US National Championships in another language*****
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Short Course Nationals ended Saturday with a NEWS BANG!
Ryan Lochte was Reezy on deck, but he was also all business. Lochte easily won the 200 backstroke the third night of National Championships. He followed up immediately with an effort in the 100 freestyle. The two races were so close together, Lochte didn't have time to assemble and parade out with the 100 free finalists. Lochte rushed through his warm-down, then hid away in the "pool-side change-room cubby" with me. I was back there with my Panasonic HVX200 grabbing high-quality footage. (The video above is quick and dirty, shot on my NOKIA N-Series. I shot the HVX200 b-roll to appease all fans of Reezy, going for pure eye-candy.)
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***Special guest blogger Guillaume Deutsch reports from the French National Championships
First day in Angers, France for the French Nationals 25m. The day before, swimmers arrived in town, discovering the pool. No big gain in this meet, 5 days before the Euro in Croatia. The question was: would Laure Manaudou come? ... After her discouraging Olympics in Beijing, and a new coach in the city of Marseille, was she able to swim at international level again? She showed up in Angers for the press conference, where she declared "I love swimming in Marseille. I am not the star anymore, Fred Bousquet, Fabien Gilot and Greg Mallet (3 of the 4 swimmers of the 4x100 free relay) are now the leaders". " I feel good to swim, but my goals remain the 50m season".
Alain Bernard, and Amaury Leveaux are also here. The meet should be fast, and things starts tommorow with the 50 free.
50 free women:
Alena Pochenka ( world gold medalist) is still a vaillant competitor, although she retired. Best time with 24.98. Also qualified is Laure Manaudou, 8th, in 25.91. According to Fred Vergnoux,
Alena's coach and husband," she became better and better the less she swam... we plan
together to swim in Masters meet in January for fun, but if she is still fast, maybe we will change our mind."
50 free men:
21.00 for Fred Bousquet, new championship record. "It's time to swim fast, morning or evening, I don't care."
Amaury Leveaux, 21.16, Fabien Gilot 21.23 and Alain Bernard 21.52 easy.
*** Look for more from Guillaume in the next couple days!
Thanks for posting your questions! I'll be downloading and transcribing them today. I leave for Short Course National Championships in Atlanta tomorrow. If you have additional questions, don't hesitate to post them throughout the weekend...
Bringing Olympians and Olympic fans together is my goal. If you're not a fan of Mary T or Nadie Comaneci, do a little web-trot and research their stories.
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At a time when it seems everyone is so fearful (over the economy and the war and the environment), I feel overcome with absolute joy and THANKS! I'm thankful for my wife, Tif, who I love more than ever after 10 years, and my big healthy daughter, Bay, who makes me smile proudly every single day. They're my favorite girls on earth, and I couldn't imagine it any other way....
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