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USA Swimming Members can now watch The Last Gold free of charge. This documentary film was produced by USA Swimming in 2016. It is narrated by Emmy-winner Julianna Margulies, The Last Gold is a feature-length documentary film that reveals one of the greatest untold stories in Olympic swimming history. Forty years ago, at the 1976 Montreal Games, a team of doped East German athletes thrashed their rivals from the United States, until a remarkable final race. The central player was a transcendent American athlete denied her due and since lost...

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The Ten Rules of Taper By Mike Gustafson Ah, taper season. The time after a long, grueling winter training season when yardage (hopefully) decreases, intensity ramps up, and the focus is all about speed. Speed off the blocks. Speed off the turns. Speed between the walls. Finally. At last. Speed. Taper can seem like a mystifying, magical process to some. It’s not. Merely, it’s a recalibration of sorts. A refocusing. Taper is changing the body to adjust to meet settings: You want your body to feel ready to race in...

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Becoming a better swimmer can often feel like a grind. The early mornings, the perpetual sogginess, the constant eating. Going to the pool and throwing down a killer effort and growing red-faced with exhaustion can quickly get tiresome if we aren’t remembering to enjoy the journey. This seems like a super obvious thing, doesn’t it? Work hard and have fun. That was the best advice I ever heard a swim parent give a swimmer heading into the pool. But having “fun” isn’t the same thing as things being easy. "Fun,"...

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5 Things for Parents to Avoid When Cultivating Grit By TrueSport//USA Swimming Partner | Tuesday, February 4, 2020 Raising athletes to be resilient and persistent in the face of struggles or challenges is an important role for every parent, but it can be hard to know where to draw the line when helping athletes develop ‘grit.’ An athlete with grit, as explained by Angela Duckworth, the scientist who coined the term, is able to “sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals.” Here are a five common mistakes that...

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THE IMPACT OF NUTRITION Nutrition has an enormous impact on a swimmers’ performance. Without enough energy or calories coming in, you cannot expect your body to respond quickly to the high demand of our sport. Parents and athletes need to understand the relationship between what you eat and how well you perform. For example, without enough protein, muscles cannot grow stronger. Without enough calcium, magnesium, potassium and other nutrients, muscles cannot contract and relax at the proper times. Lastly, if a swimmer eats too much sugar at the wrong time,...

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Congratulations to the following Wave swimmers who have already earned times to advance to The 2020 Minnesota Winter Achievement Championship Meet A.K.A.. (MAC Meet) in Alexandria Minnesota: FEMALE SWIMMERS Olivia Abubakar, Adi Anderson, Isabel Bergman, Natalie Bertelson, Sadie Brehm, Laina Brown, Chloe Carnoy, Sophia Chapman, Sophia Clarke, Cassidy Cummings, Audrey Duerr, Avery Ellis, Lynne Frazen, Samantha Greig, Ryleigh Hawkinson, Allison Hayes, Kaya Hendrickson, Krya Hendrickson, Olivia Hendrickson, Claudia Hourscht, Lily Ingram, Isabel Izmirli, Mallory Johnson, Eloise Kohls, Avery Larson, Emily Larson, Eliana Navarro, Paiton Perkins, Jocelyn Phillips, Alison Sandsness, Alison...

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After several requests here is the recipe for the Kale Salad I bought this summer to the Wave Swim Picnic. This salad was introduced to me by my sister Melanie (former Wave swimmer) so we call it Melly's Kale Salad. Ingredients: 1 bunch kale 1 small clove garlic 2 1/2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil 1 TBSP & 1 tsp lemon juice 1 TBSP honey 1 tsp white wine vinegar kosher salt freshly ground black pepper 1 3/4 oz (1/3 cup) pine nuts 3/4 cup grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese Directions: 1....

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10 Commandments for Swimming Parents by Rose Snyder, Managing Director Coaching Division, USOC Former Director of Club Services, USA Swimming (adapted from Ed Clendaniel's 10 Commandments for Little League Parents) I. Thou shalt not impose thy ambitions on thy child. Remember that swimming is your child's activity. Improvements and progress occur at different rates for each individual. Don't judge your child's progress based on the performance of other athletes and don't push him based on what you think he should be doing. The nice thing about swimming is every person...