There has been a lot of great stuff out there lately. Honestly, if the blog fight were still on, we would all be getting our butts kicked by Tony Austin over at SCAQ. He has been all over it lately.
For example, I have referenced more than once, the Sports Illustrated Vault article from 1974 about the Belgrade swimsuit and all of the turmoil it caused our sport that is so similar to today… but Tony finally gave it the treatment it deserves by comparing the similarities and then giving quotes on the speed suit controversy from some big names who have jumped ship regarding tech. You also have to go to his article on Libby Tricket’s decision to stay with Speedo and read the comments thread. There is some great discussion going on. Please check out his links.
Then, after I officially announced that we are in the age of asterisks, Mark Schubert decided it was time to go ahead and let everyone know is on board with the idea. He thinks everything since February 2008, including everything set in the LZR, should be marked as “artificially aided.” This would mean that when we look back upon the greatest feat in Olympic history, Micheal’s magic 8 golds, there would be an asterisk, just like a ball player on steroids. Do we really want to head in that direction? There are a lot of athletes out there who have been playing by the rules who deserve to be treated with respect when we decide the direction we are going to take regarding records if we go back to lycra. Let’s just hope Schubert’s influence doesn’t open another door to problems bigger than our decision makers could anticipate.
Sorry I don’t have any big announcements to make right now. Please be patient. The G is cooking up something, and you can expect the crew to bring you what you need from Rome. Keep tuning in. The ship is still sailin’… just waiting for the wind to pick up a little. In the meantime, click on every link in this post. There's lots of good stuff out there!