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Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.

From The New York Times:

Her Parents Thought Swimming Lessons Were a Good Idea

Krystal Lara is one of very few Latinas in her class at Stuyvesant High School, and in the pool. She’s backstroking her way toward the Olympics.…

Former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka

Good video about former Yale swimmer Siphiwe Baleka


Now For Some Good Football Swimming News

With the NBA finals now behind us, we can look forward to football season in a few months, right? Well...maybe.

Although the idea of football players striking is not palatable or exciting, I just heard a good story to come out of the labor dispute.

The Kansas City Chief's Leonard Pope saved a boy from drowning. Pope was in his home town, not at training camp, (see, 1 benefit!) and he was the sole adult swimmer at a pool party. Swimmers! Every pool party needs one!

When Pope heard his high school friend, mother of 6 year old Bryson Moore screaming bloody murder, the Kansas City tight end went into super hero mode, dove in the pool, and rescued the child.

This story was about such a close call! I don't even want to go there thinking about all the non-swimmers attending a swimming party--except to say, they shouldn't have!

But my mind keeps going to the hero here. How is it that Leonard Pope bucked the trend and learned to swim? Not only did he learn to swim, but he had enough skills to save someone's life? I don't think it's that uncommon for a professional athlete to know how to swim. Have you noticed how many pro athletes are proficient in other sports? I wonder if there's a correlation between the strength, courage and confidence to excel in a sport--to the professional level, and the courage and confidence it takes to swim well enough to save yourself (or someone else)?

I think about my brother, who was a semi-pro football player, proficient in swimming, tennis, golf, cycling--maybe it's an interest in physically bettering yourself, or maybe it's a certain physical awareness that all athletes have.

This is worth closer examination. I notice that on one of my favorite reality shows, The Biggest Loser, the staff on the show seeks to fight morbid obesity through turning fat people into elite athletes. If they start off not knowing how to swim, they don't stay that way. Just sayin'.

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