Samantha Riley is back in full force. Haynes is still no slouch. Those
are two ***strokers who could stop us cold. The world record for
short course meters was just set by Susan O'Neil and she is so far ahead
of any American (or any other clean) woman, it isn't funny.
No more excuses. No more, it's just the men. No more it's just the
distance events. American Swimming is now at 256,000 members strong or
should we say weak? The odds are against us failing, but we are managing
What's coming out of USS? Club licensing. Some day you'll have to have a
license to have a club. That out to help a lot!
There is an answer. It has to do with teaching character instead of
reinforcing personality. It doesn't have a thing to do with paying
people to swim fast. The Aussies would like you to swallow that. It's a
shell game; snake oil. People don't swim fast for money. They do it for
recognition of their inner drive and spirit.
Another myth is that the fastest swimmers all put character first. God,
in His wisdom none of us understands, gave talent to those who choose
the character route and to those with little apparent morality at all.
De Braun is still fighting her legal battle. Come on. Who is she
But we Americans aren't kidding anyone either. Our NGB backed down from
suspending two obvious drug users, one who did it for competitive
advantage, one who has the genetics but flaunts the talent and is proud
of how little work he does. We pay them to swim. The price is much
greater than money and the fruit will wither as time and greater numbers
of swimmers from other countries erode our numeric and monetary
PLEASE, PLEASE watch and follow the example set by Dr. Ron Karnaugh. He
has been ignored most of his swimming life by a press who doesn't find
him exciting. What's so exciting about a 32 year-old doctor going 16,000
I.M.'s for time in five hour Saturday practices? It's not the physical
training, bucko! It's the pure joy of knowing that winning isn't the
game, nor is money, nor even recognition.
It's the success of putting character over personality, the road over
the destination, of using all the talent you have and then some.
And this is the race at which we are getting beat. The numbers are
finally telling the story. Our leaders should take note. Our coaches
should be re-trained in the joy of leading principle centered lives.
Head Coach, Tropical Penguin Software Corporation