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TOP TEN TWEETS toP 10 nAtIonAL TEAM TWEETS T witter allows National Team athletes direct one-on-one communication with fans. Each day, many of our National Teamers tweet their thoughts, amusing stories, and keep us up to date on their lives. Here are some of our personal favorite Tweets from the past few weeks… 5 @riCKyBereNs: Because I hate lunch so much, I am eating breakfast twice. Lunch is just so boring... @AlexANDrov59: Racing in the Olympic final may hurt, but watching it may hurt even more. @AmANDArAyBeArD: Blaise just told me I swim as fast as an alligator. I will take that as a compliment! @lDepAul: The worst part about going to the dentist is them telling you that you can’t eat for an hour and a half. #swimmerproblems @Alexmeyerswims: bacon #jeah 8 @FrANKliNmissy: Watching Aladdin and I have officially decided if a boy showed up at my front door with a magic carpet... I would marry him instantly #love @CmAGsFlyer: I love that @MattGrevers even bets on how fast he can get 1,000 followers. But I think it might help him if HE ACTUALLY WROTE A TWEET. @CulleN_JoNes: Had a team blood draw, hydration test and body fat test today ... Oh look and USADA... So many tests I didn’t study for!!! 4 3 10 @NiCK_thomAN: Off to lift some weights a little earlier than usual this morning. Press conference in a racing suit at noon? Yeah... Awkward... 7 2 9 @CmAGsFlyer: Moving my alarm from 4:50 to 5:50. Priceless. #SwimmerProblems 6 1 POINT /COUNTERPOINT P DoNaLD MIraLLe/Getty IMaGes SWEdISH-STyLE GOGGLES erhaps no issue on the pool deck is more polarizing than the style of a swimmer’s goggles. Some prefer old school, fully-padded goggles, and they wear them throughout their career (e.g., Dara Torres). Others prefer a minimalist approach -- two pieces of skin-piercing plastic that cost less than a mocha cappuccino. There are infinite choices, but our columnist, Mike Gustafson, argues his are clearly superior. COuNTERPOINT: No, they reAlly AreN’t by Mike Gustafson Reformulating cheekbones? Sounds like a hoot. I’ll choose something that doesn’t restructure my face. Other brands might be more expensive, but you’re talking a difference of a few cents a day over the lifetime of the goggle. I prefer some padding as opposed to life-long “raccoon eye” syndrome. They may be bulkier and slightly slower (your opinion, not mine – I find them all the same speed), but I think I can afford an extra penny for a normal face. Those three weeks of “facial restructuring” sounds about as fun as a 400 IM repeat set. But good luck with that! POINT: sweDish-style GoGGles Are the Best by Mike Gustafson Okay, I’m a bit biased, since I’m of Swedish origin. But I’ve had my Swedish-style goggles for six years. That’s right – the same pair. I paid $3.50 for them back in 2006. That means the same pair of goggles costs me .002 cents a day, which rounds down to .00/day. You ask, “Aren’t they uncomfortable?” Real swimmers, as anyone knows by now, don’t need “padding” or “comfort” or “happiness.” I’ve been wearing “Swedes” since I was 9 years-old. My cheekbones have since grown around the plastic frame of the goggles, perfectly formulating a solid union of Goggle-to-Face. Sure, it took a few weeks of excruciating adjustment and/ or facial-cheekbone restructuring, but Swedish-style goggles the fastest, most minimal goggle design. Two pieces of plastic and a rubber band. Doesn’t get better than that. VERdICT They’re economical, and great if you don’t mind a few weeks of painful readjustment. Otherwise stick with padded ones. Your cheekbones will thank you. Follow usA swimming on twitter: #usA_swimming usaswimming.org 9 https://www.twitter.com/#!/USA_Swimming http://www.usaswimming.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - March/April 2012

Splash - March/april 2012
Contents
Mailbag
Mike Gustafson
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Technique
Nutrition
Strength & Conditioning
Mental Tips
Grand Prix Update
Training With
Keys to Success
Club Excellence Profile
Athletic Foodie
Your Photo
Trials Pool Finds a Home
Ah, the Memories!
NCAA Championship Preview
College Swimming Dynasties
No Cow, No Cream
Top 10 List - LCM
Interactive
Getting to Know
Swim Nut Zeke
A Swimmer You May Know
Eight Songs/best Race Ever
Plugged In
America’s Swim Team Athletes

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