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A nostalgic and exciting swim

July 07, 2020 by Brett LaBore

Ever since I started my column, I feel like I’ve talked about almost every sport. One sport I haven’t talked about that I have a lot of respect for is swimming.

I never really liked swimming lessons growing up. They were important, but I was never really any good at specific swims like the butterfly or a dolphin kick.

Watching swimming is a totally different story. I think about the Olympics. Watching Team USA swim for the gold, particularly Michael Phelps, gets me as hyped for a sporting event as any.

Swimming has always been a huge Olympic sport to watch and I’ve really enjoyed the coverage NBC has done. Dan Hicks and Rowdy Gaines are the best. 

There’s something nostalgic to watching swimming on a lazy, late August evening. Summer is still going on and I’m just chilling, watching Team USA swim at the highest level in the pool, as I sit in my living room with my family.

There’s been a lot of exciting races to watch. Seeing Phelps swim down another competitor really gets my juices flowing. Katie Ledecky, Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Simone Manuel and Nathan Adrian are just a few of the swimmers I have enjoyed watching over the years. 

A track and field runner myself, I understand that adrenaline rush there is to race. I patiently, patiently wait for my heat, tuning everything out and getting ready to go faster than anyone else.

The reason I think swimming becomes so popular during the Olympics is because of the competition. People love competition and cheering on the Team USA. 

When it isn’t an Olympic year, I don’t hear too much about the sport and who is trending up or down. Even the World Championships don’t attract near the attention the Olympics do. 

One of my favorite races is the sprint from one end of the pool to the other. No turns, just a straight line. To see these athletes swim as fast as they can and churn through water is pretty cool. As a sprinter myself, I know what it’s like to just go as fast as one can. 

I’m always amazed at how close the races can be. I’ve seen it come down to the last stroke where one swimmer out-touches the other. These are the best swimmers in the world and it’s really fun to see. I have a lot of respect for them and how they have perfected their craft.

Swimming is a sport that is very fun to watch and one that I have a lot of respect for. Whether at the high school level or on the Olympic stage, it’s something I’ve been interested in and will certainly be tuning in to in the future. 

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]


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