Saturday, July 31, 2010

Water Cube Water Park Opens August 8th

water cube water park

China’s National Aquatic Center will reopen after the completion of a nine-month construction project, adding a 10,000 square meter water park to the “Water Cube.” With slides towering 23 meters over the multiple pools below, the facility that once held the dramatic aquatic events of the 2008 Olympics will now be known as the country’s most advanced aquatic amusement park (source).

water cube water park

As for attractions: “The water park has wave pools in the drift region in the eastern part and a cyclone simulation section with 11 water slides in the western part” (source).

The park also has an Aqua Loop (example) which is a water slide that actually takes riders upside down on a slightly skewed inverted loop.

As much fun as the park looks, I can’t help but think “NOOOOOOO WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO IT!!??” How can you turn the most amazing aquatic sport facility in the world into a water park?

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Speedo Shoe Technology Pre-Ryan Lochte Shoe Release

ryan lochte speedo shoe

Ryan Lochte is going to debut his own Speedo shoe collection at Nationals on August 3rd, and there has been a lot of buzz and speculation about the shoes. Were they built in a secret shoe lab? Will they employ waterproof fuzz technology? What no one seems to be talking about is the fact that Speedo has been making shoes for years, so we can probably guess what the shoes will be like!

In a post on Swim Network, Mike Gustafson wrote a list of criteria for a Ryan Lochte shoe from Speedo:
1) “Slip on. Slip off. That would be ideal.”
2) I’d like to see them employ a new technology called

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New Arena Print Campaign Features International “Dream Team” Of 11 Athletes

arena swim dream team

A few hours ago, the Arena Water Instinct page on Facebook posted photos from their global print campaign featuring a “Dream Team” of 11 top swimming stars. This is the first time an international line-up has appeared in the same Arena ad campaign, and it is quite the diverse group!

From the press release, the “dream team” includes:

“Brazilian Cesar Cielo, … German Paul Biedermann, … Frenchman Alain Bernard, … Americans Aaron Peirsol, … Rebecca Soni, … and Eric Shanteau, … the Dane Lotte Friis, … Swede Therese Alshammar, … British sprinter Francesca Halsall, … Tunisian Oussama Mellouli, … and the Serb Milorad Cavic” (source).

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Ryan Lochte Will Debut His Speedo Footwear Collection At Nationals, August 3rd

ryan lochte speedo shoe

Since Speedo doesn’t offer a line of Ryan Lochte-esque grills (grillz?), a Ryan Lochte Footwear Collection is the next best thing for this highly marketable swimming star to put his name on.

ryan lochte speedo shoe

A lot of buzz has been generated by Ryan’s immense fan base, and with the release of this teaser video, it seems everyone is anxiously waiting for the official debut during the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships in Irvine, California this August 3-7.

ryan lochte speedo shoe

The meet will be televised nationally on NBC, but that might not include the official shoe unveiling (assuming there will be some kind of a publicity event).

Friday, July 23, 2010

2009 NCAA Aquatic Sport Participation Infographic

Infographics are all the rage! Check out the blog Information Is Beautiful for some examples of other types of infographics. I felt inspired so I decided to create my own on the topic of NCAA Aquatic Sport Participation (download source statistics).

Not to play the blame game, but when you visualize the stats as a graphic, you can really see how few NCAA athletes are playing aquatic sports. I wish I could make a similar graphic with budget distribution but I don’t have the data. Remember, because it’s an infographic, everything is perfectly to scale – enjoy!

2009 NCAA Aquatic sport participation infographic swimming

Friday, July 23, 2010

Red Bull Cliff Diving Continues In Norway

red bull cliff diving norway

The third stop for the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series is Krager

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Coolest Dive Well Is In Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

dive well for teh XXI Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

I saw this dive well in a photo from about the XXI Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. It’s not the easiest thing to track down on the web, but I did notice a 3D rendering of the aquatic complex on

dive well for the XXI Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

The platforms look amazing, it’s a really creative, clutter-free, elegant design – unfortunately it’s not very convenient for the divers who have to walk behind a wall before climbing up to the boards. It will probably be a dramatic pool for the competition, as divers emerge from openings in the blank face of the wall. But as a practice facility, what a nightmare when you want to just hop onto the board quickly.

Monday, July 19, 2010

AvidaMetrics Back In The News, Coaches Weigh Pros And Cons

avidasports avidametrics swimming telemetry system sensor

AvidaMetrics, the revolutionary swimming telemetry system developed by Avidasports, was featured in a story in The New York Times. Back in February, I blogged about the announcement that the University of Michigan teams would be the first to use the system. Now, five months later, Michigan is still the only one in the pool.

The New York Times article sheds some light on to why coaches might be hesitant to dive in. In favor of the system, Bob Bowman said that having measurable parameters in a system like this, and being able to give feedback to the athlete is “really powerful.” Although, it was noted that Bowman has not used the system for himself. Mike Bottom, the Michigan men

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Danish Gymnasts On Diving Tower, Mini Tramp From 5m And 10m

mini tramp on a diving platform tower

Have you ever thought about putting a mini tramp on the diving towers? Check out this cool video of Danish gymnasts Carsten Houlborg and Jimmi Andersen. They don’t have the best form, but they certainly have the huevos rancheros to attempt some pretty incredible stunts.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

LZR Racer Pavilion: Banned Suits Find New Life In Modern Art

speedo lzr racer modern art

Found via Speedo International

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