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Libby Lenton -- how she did it



 
 
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Old July 11th 04, 08:12 PM
Donald Graft
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It's interesting (but not surprising) that Libby Lenton broke
through to her world 100m free record (knocking off Inge
DeBruijn's mark) only after abandoning TI-style swimming.
It seems that you have to swim like Inge to beat Inge. :-)

http://www.nbcolympics.com/athletebi...55/detail.html

New coach, new heights
Her quick ascent to the top of Australian sprinting followed a coaching
change. After training in Brisbane with coach John Carew since 1995,
she left in October 2002 to link up with sprint specialist Stefan Widmer
at Brisbane's Valley Pool. Three months later she won four races at the
Queensland titles. Two months later she was the Australian record holder
in the 50m free. The first thing Widmer did was change her stroke,
switching her from a "catch-up" technique favored by Ian Thorpe
(in which one stroke starts before the previous one has finished)
to a more conventional stroke. Widmer also increased her training
sessions from seven to 10 per week.

Don


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Old July 12th 04, 12:33 AM
Donal Fagan
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On Sun, 11 Jul 2004 18:12:57 GMT, "Donald Graft"
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a "catch-up" technique favored by Ian Thorpe
(in which one stroke starts before the previous
one has finished)


Brilliant grasp of swimming. Catch-up is a drill,
folks (or maybe a garnish).


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Old July 12th 04, 05:23 AM
Donald Graft
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Brilliant grasp of swimming. Catch-up is a drill,
folks (or maybe a garnish).


You're so sucked into your dogma that you can't perceive
how stupid you sound. Carry on.

Don


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Old July 12th 04, 01:10 PM
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Donald Graft wrote in message
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It's interesting (but not surprising) that Libby Lenton broke
through to her world 100m free record (knocking off Inge
DeBruijn's mark) only after abandoning TI-style swimming.
It seems that you have to swim like Inge to beat Inge. :-)


The first thing Widmer did was change her stroke,
switching her from a "catch-up" technique favored by Ian Thorpe
(in which one stroke starts before the previous one has finished)
to a more conventional stroke. Widmer also increased her training
sessions from seven to 10 per week.


Stroke technique is in no way an absolute - each swimmer must find his or
her best route through many factors to find the optimum for any racing
situation. Extra training time is less of an variable - while more is not
_always_ better, 7 sessions per week won't do much at the world level. I
think the 30% increase would have had a big effect.

Not that people who regard their own views on swimming with religious fervor
will fail to grasp an chance to advance them on the backs of any distortion
of events....

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Old July 12th 04, 02:33 PM
Donald Graft
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"jtaylor" wrote in message ...
Not that people who regard their own views on swimming with religious fervor
will fail to grasp an chance to advance them on the backs of any distortion
of events....


You could more accurately put it this way: dogmatic zealots of the
"TI" cult will not miss a chance to ignore the data.

Don


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Old July 12th 04, 11:20 PM
Donal Fagan
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On Mon, 12 Jul 2004 03:23:05 GMT, "Donald Graft"
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You're so sucked into your dogma that you can't
perceive how stupid you sound.


As stupid as calling Ian Thorpe a catch-up
swimmer?


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Old July 13th 04, 12:21 AM
Donald Graft
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As stupid as calling Ian Thorpe a catch-up
swimmer?


The non-stupid and non-zealots can easily recognize
from the context that "catch-up" is used to denote
a front-quadrant style.

Don


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Old July 13th 04, 02:12 AM
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Donald Graft wrote in message
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"jtaylor" wrote in message

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Not that people who regard their own views on swimming with religious

fervor
will fail to grasp an chance to advance them on the backs of any

distortion
of events....


You could more accurately put it this way: dogmatic zealots of the
"TI" cult will not miss a chance to ignore the data.


I believe you're tring the shoe on the other foot now...

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Old July 13th 04, 03:03 AM
Donal Fagan
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On Mon, 12 Jul 2004 22:21:02 GMT, "Donald Graft"
wrote:

As stupid as calling Ian Thorpe a catch-up
swimmer?


The non-stupid and non-zealots can easily recognize
from the context that "catch-up" is used to denote
a front-quadrant style.


Wrong is wrong


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Old July 13th 04, 10:13 AM
Par Svensson
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Now, if only Thorpe could abandon his current style as well, he could
be looking at some decent times.
 




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