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Australia’s Cate Campbell transitioning from the on-block phase to the flight phase of a swimming start. Australia’s Cate Campbell transitioning from the on-block phase to the flight phase of a swimming start. EPA/Juanjo Martin

Take your marks … the science behind the perfect swimming dive

The swimming events of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games are among the first on the schedule. Australia and the UK tend to do quite well in the swimming events – as does Canada – so it’s an excellent opportunity…
Ian Thorpe in 2012. In 2014, do sponsors still only back certain sporting stereotypes that support social norms? Ian Thorpe in 2012. In 2014, do sponsors still only back certain sporting stereotypes that support social norms? AAP/ Ben Macmahon

Sexuality and swimmers: why Thorpe’s story made a splash

Ian Thorpe is unpopular with some critics, despite a largely positive reaction when he came out last weekend. The issue is money. Stories are circulating that he was warned prior to the 2000 Olympic Games…
What’s changed since the ACC report was handed down? What’s changed since the ACC report was handed down? Flickr/ hitthatswitch

One year on – the real doping scandals of 2013

A year after the “darkest day in Australian sport” the catastrophic bang has led to an all too predictable whimper. The days after the Australian Crime Commission’s report Organised Crime and Drugs in…
Simple, yet so effective – a fish’s swimming motion removes the trade-off between stability and manoeuvrability. Simple, yet so effective – a fish’s swimming motion removes the trade-off between stability and manoeuvrability. Mell P

Mullet over: how robotics can get a wriggle on with fishy locomotion

Teaching a robot to walk – even poorly – requires huge investment into computational resources. How is it that even the simplest animals are able to achieve far more sophisticated feats of manoeuvrability…
Members of the Olympic men’s 4x100-metre freestyle relay team James McEvoy, James Magnussen and Eamon Sullivan at a news conference in Sydney yesterday. Members of the Olympic men’s 4x100-metre freestyle relay team James McEvoy, James Magnussen and Eamon Sullivan at a news conference in Sydney yesterday. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Treatment, enhancement or recreation – why sports and Stilnox are a bad mix

It was a bonding session that involved prank phone calls, knocking on doors late at night and other acts of “harmless fun”. The men’s 4x100m Olympic freestyle relay team made it sound like they were boys…
Speedo’s LZR Racer ‘fast suit’ made a splash when it was launched in 2008, and with good reason. Speedo’s LZR Racer ‘fast suit’ made a splash when it was launched in 2008, and with good reason. AAP Image/Sportshoot, Delly Carr

‘Fast suits’ and Olympic swimming: a tale of reduced drag and broken records

To win Olympic gold is a lifelong dream for most swimmers. It is the culmination of years of training and dedication. In Australia, to win Olympic gold is to become a celebrity, a superstar, an Australian…
Olympic athletes – among others – will benefit from the new technology. Olympic athletes – among others – will benefit from the new technology. Tracey Nearmy/AAP Image

Smart sensors save swimmers seconds

For Olympic swimmers, the blink of an eye can be the difference between first and forgotten. Everyone wants an edge, which is why elite athletes train relentlessly and why coaches push them hard. Alongside…

Research Briefs (3)

Peeing in pools: disgusting and unhealthy

While peeing in a pool may be disgusting, it might also cause health problems in swimmers, new research shows. Researchers…

The most efficient swimming stroke

The ‘deep-catch’ stroke, which pulls through water like a boat paddle, is the most efficient swimming stroke. High-precision…