Endless Pools News: Olympic Profiles

The Olympic and Wartime Heroism of Alfred Nakache

Inspiration, heartbreak, seemingly insurmountable odds – these are all common in the stories of the post-WWII Olympic Games. The story of swimmer Alfred Nakache, however, may be the most extraordinary...

Krige Schabort Aims for Paralympic Gold

“My life has changed in a second,” says Krige Schabort, and that’s been true more than once. Surviving a bomb in Angola and a hit-and-run near his Georgia home, the Paralympian and 2015 ESPY Award winner continues to compete and inspire.

The Brownlees Defend their Olympic Titles

Alistair Brownlee became the first person to win back-to-back gold in Olympic triathlon. He and his brother, Jonathan, who took the bronze in London 2012, both acknowledge that their Endless Pool® has played a crucial role in their preparation.

How the Brownlee Brothers Made History in Rio

If there’s any sibling rivalry between the Brownlees, it wasn’t visible in Rio. Moments before Alistair crossed the finish line to win his second consecutive Olympic gold medal, a historic first in Triathlon, he paused to look over his shoulder for his younger brother, Jonathan, just a few seconds behind. ...

On the Road to Rio: Olivia Smoliga

For the last three Olympics, the U.S. has owned the women’s 100-meter backstroke. Natalie Coughlin took the gold in Athens and Beijing; Missy Franklin stood atop the London podium. At this year’s Olympic Trials, both amazing women took a backseat to a Georgia Bulldog by the name of Olivia Smoliga. ...

On the Road to Rio: Kevin Cordes

At the just-completed Olympic Trials in Omaha, the new blood in American swimming had the crowds abuzz. Gold medalists from London 2012 either fell short for their winning events (Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin) or failed to make Team USA at all (Matt Grevers, Tyler Clary). Among the newcomers, Kevin Cordes, ...

This Day in Swimming: Women Swim at the Olympics

The ancient Olympics were for male athletes only. A woman could score a victory only as a horse owner, not as the jockey. The modern Olympics recognized swimming at the 1896 Games, but the first women swimmers did not compete until 1912.

On the Road to Rio: Maya DiRado

“Maya has a great natural feel for the water,” according to Greg Meehan, Head Coach for Stanford University’s swimming team. “Most elite swimmers do, but they don’t always have this skill in multiple strokes.”

This Day in Swimming: Lynne Cox Swims Across the Iron Curtain

August 7, 1987, was a foggy morning on the Alaskan coast. Lynne Cox faced out over the frigid waters of the Bering Strait. The 30-year-old open water swimmer was about to cross the U.S.-Soviet border, which the Cold War had been keeping closed since 1948. 11 Years in the Making ...

On the Road to Rio: Kelsi Worrell

It’s an Olympic success story that’s still being written: an All-American girl who displays physical and mental discipline to overcome health obstacles and beat the record of her idol. For swimmer Kelsi Worrell, the fairy-tale ending would be a podium finish in Rio this August. And that chapter seems like ...

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