Though this is just a trailer to Cameron van der Burgh's training video, it gives glimpses to his technique. I wish to call your attn to the body position of swimming breaststroke, or more specifically the lower body position.
It's widely known that decrease of drag is more critical than increase of propulsion at swimming. From the trailer, you can see that Cameron keep his hips close to the surface of water; even during breathing, his hips just lowered a bit. Every elite swimmers swim breaststroke this way. Since this video is mere a trailer, if you would like to know better about body position, pls refer to this one by Jessica Hardy. https://youtu.be/GlT5MUK954M
Aft watching these 2, you may also compare with another Speedo video. https://youtu.be/3aofS2pF6A0
"Keep your back as straight as possible and your hips as close to the surface of the water as possible." You can find in the video the swimmer's hips fluctuate much more than Cameron van der Burgh and Jessica Hardy, the former 100m breaststroke world record holder, the later won the 50-meter breaststroke at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, China. Both are elite breaststroke swimmers.
Taiwan's national baseball teams did show certain sportsmanship occasionally but most of time it's gamesmanship they've been uploading and the managers and the coaches of the teams have been very proud of it.
Perhaps, it's not easy for people here or under the influence of Chinese culture to understand why there would be negative opinions upon "gamesmanship". No rules are violated, no one is physically injured, ... it's the result of mindful plan & meticulous execution that is based on countless drills and long-time training. It's the most admired style of winning, the combination of wisdom, technique and hard work.
The western chivalry-styled sportsmanship is never thought to be good unless it's winning at the end; if not, then it's a sure invitation of mockery. There are too many examples in the Chinese history, the most famous one I think it's Duke Xiang of Song (宋襄公) in the Battle of Hongshui (泓水之戰). Duke Xiang of Song lost the battle and became the laughingstock ever since.
The infamous incident The Lady's Double of Badminton Sports of London Olympic Games 2012, 8 players were disqualified for lack of sportsmanship. I think that puzzled many people here because no rules were violated.
So, this incident, LLB demanded Taiwan's team to play an extra game for entering the final; no surprise, it's the complaint filed by Chinese team. Chinese learnt a lot from London Olympics, player's passive performance toward the game at badminton sports was believed to cost her 2 medals, very likely a gold and a silver.
A very comprehensive explanation on freestyle body position.
00:46 "To gain more power in your stroke, ensure your hips rotate around your central core."
00:52 "Keep your back as flat as possible - pulling your stomach in. Visualise pulling your belly button in, towards your spine. Maintain a straight line from your fingertips through the back of the shoulders, hips, to your pointed toes on the opposite leg."
Aft had Ivan Lendl as coach in 2012-2013, Andy's performance was greatly improved and won 2 titles of Grand Slam, 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon. Aft Lendl left Andy's team, though Andy still kept high performance, but he could not win any grand slam till Wimbledon this year.
Watching the live broadcast of final of Gentlemen's Singles, surprisingly I found Ivan Lendl was caught on camera many times, and sat at the box of Andy's team. Is Lendl back to be a member of Andy's team or he simply came to root for Andy? Checked on internet, then learnt Lendl rejoined Andy's team this Jun. That's Andy's 3 Grand Slam titles all gained with Lendl as his coach.
Andy won GBP 2 million, unfortunately GBP depreciated drastically these few days but that is still equal to USD 2.59 million.
There is too much waste and consumption in the modern urban lifestyle which I believe many think unsustable and wish to change it. This is very inspiring!
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