Last weekend, swimming’s international governing body, FINA, proposed adding a whopping 10 new events to the program for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. More swimming would be awesome, right?It suggested adding the much-needed 1,500 meters for women, the 800 meters for men and 50-meter races for butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke. But, best of all, it proposed two mixed relays — two men, two women teams in the 4×100 freestyle and 4×100 medley events. The International Olympic Committee’s decision on this is expected in July.Bob Bowman, the 2016 U.S. men’s head coach and Michael Phelps’ former coach, told Swimming World: Read more…
As an avid competitive swimmer growing up, I couldn’t wait for the Summer Olympics every four years. It is the only time that my first love, swimming, is featured night and day on a major television network. Compared to the other “premier” Olympic sports covered during prime time, such as track and field, basketball and even gymnastics, it is obvious that swimming is overwhelmingly a very white sport. It always has been, as far back as I can remember. As an African-American female swimmer, I was particularly inspired when I would see other swimmers who looked like me competing on the world stage, whether they were American or not.
An Olympic gold medalist probably didn’t get the warm afterglow she envisioned. Lilly King celebrates her win in the 100-meter breaststroke on Monday. Silver medalist Efimova, playing the role of Everything That’s Wrong With The Olympics, was trash-talked Sunday by King, defeated by King on Monday,