Questions tagged [swimming]

Questions about swimming in the context of sport. When referencing part of a multisport event, consider tagging for "triathlon" or "ironman" instead.

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In swimming, is there a competitive advantage to being in one lane or another?

Upon observing swimming competitions in the Olympics, it is not clear to me whether one of the eight lanes is more advantageous versus another. I've seen vague claims but nothing backed up with ...
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Why do Michael Phelps and some other swimmers wear two caps?

Just now I saw Michael Phelps competing in the 400m Medley heats (London Olympics 2012). After he finished the race, I saw him take off two caps. I can imagine that a swimmer uses one, but what is the ...
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Why do swimmers peak at such a young age?

Why do swimmers reach their peak performance at a relatively young age compared with track and field athletes? Particularly female swimmers seem to produce their best results in their late teens to ...
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How can I get my body floating on the water while doing the backstroke?

I've been trying this and also have seen many swimmers. They can just easily lie down on the water surface and their body starts floating without any hand and leg movement. I try to keep my body as ...