Tag: Marcel Wouda

Preparing For The Olympics

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Maarten van der Weijden, the gold medalist at the 2008 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim from the Netherlands, prepared himself in thoughtful ways for his 2008 Olympic triumph. The 10 km champion dramatically adjusted his sleep patterns in his native Netherlands in order to match Beijing time several months in

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Inspireren By Maarten Van Der Weijden

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. "You will become an Olympic champion," said 3-time Olympic gold medalist Pieter van den Hoogenband. "Do you believe it?" asked his coach Marcel Wouda. "Inspiration is part of dream. This is contrary to the sober man that I am and the sober Dutch culture," explained 2008 Olympic champion Maarten van der

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The Race Goes On

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Complaints by Alex Meyer and other swimmers about the upcoming FINA 10K Marathon Swim held in the United Arab Emirates are getting media attention (see Yahoo article here). But the complaints and planned non-participation by the American elite swimmers apparently have little influence over the rest of the

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Open Water Swimming To The Core

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. In the rough water conditions of Playa del Carmen, Mexico when stiff winds caused plenty of surface chop and more than a few whitecaps, it was a reminder on how important it is for open water swimmers to have a strong core. A strong core enables you to swim in a streamlined and balanced manner despite

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