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sWiMMiNg oN Tv
he Olympics are the greatest reality TV show on Earth. But
in the months after the Olympics, swimming superstars are
oftentimes featured in other TV programs. Natalie Coughlin was
in “Dancing with the Stars.” Michael Phelps was in a golf program
called “The Haney Project.” Ryan Lochte stars in his own show on E!
Here are a few other reality TV show ideas that some of our sport’s
greatest superstars should probably star in. They don’t exist… yet. But
that doesn’t mean they won’t. (TV executives, call me maybe?)
SHOw TITLE: “Hit and Missy.”
PREMISE: Could Missy Franklin become a pop music superstar?
With Franklin’s immense lip singing success in last summer’s
rendition of “Call Me Maybe,” Missy teams up with music sensation
and friend Justin Bieber. Together, the touring duo is known as
“Beliebmissiles.” Missy becomes so popular, she has a choice to make
leading up to the 2016 Olympics: To swim or to sing? Ultimately,
Missy chooses to do both… at the same time.
BEST EPISODE: When Missy wins double Olympic gold, then
gives an on-deck pop performance minutes afterwards.
SHOw TITLE: “Getting Air.”
PREMISE: Can a swimmer compete in the NBA? Mega-tall 6’8”
Matt Grevers joins an NBA team for one month. Throughout his
career, Grevers has heard the question, “Are you a basketball player?”
Now, he gives basketball a try. He joins the Chicago Bulls for one
month. He attends and competes in practices. He goes to team
meetings. He hangs out with players away from the court. He even
gets to play in a game.
BEST EPISODE: When Matt, after getting picked on during
practice, invites his NBA brethren to try out a difficult two-hour
swim practice. Hilarity ensues.
SHOw TITLE: “How Fast Can You Swim In This?”
PREMISE: Nathan Adrian has already swum in syrup for an
episode of TV’s “Mythbusters.” Now, Nathan tackles a larger
question: Do different liquids affect performance? Can you swim
in a pool of melted Jell-O? Would swimming in Gatorade affect
performance, or would you be able to simultaneously hydrate while
training? Nathan tries to break records while swimming in pools of
entirely different things.
BEST EPISODE: When Nathan swims in cotton candy.
SHOw TITLE: “Synchronized.”
PREMISE: Does competitive swimming success transfer to the
world of synchronized swimming? Two male swimmers take the
journey to find out. Gary Hall Jr. and Anthony Ervin, who both tied
for Olympic gold back in 2000, join together once more to take the
world of synchronized swimming by storm. They learn synchronized
swimming moves like “back tucks,” “water wheels,” and “oysters.”
Then they give a televised performance of a lifetime.
BEST EPISODE: When Gary tries on floral headwear.
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SHOw TITLE: “Flippers.”
PREMISE: Is swimming the hardest sport in the world? Is it harder
than football? Track? Biathlon? A group of National Team swimmers
and retired legends set out to compete in every sport imaginable.
Curling. Bobsled. Gymnastics. Hockey. They rank each sport in
terms of relative degree of “toughness.” Then, athletes of the opposite
sport “switches” and tries out a swim practice. At the end of each
episode, swimmers and the other sport’s athletes debate which sport
is more difficult. An objective judge (Bob Costas?) presides.
BEST EPISODE: Rowdy Gaines ski jumps... and sticks the
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Splash - May/June 2013
Splash - May/June 2013
Table of Contents
Swim Briefs/Justin Case
Top Ten Tweets/Point-Counterpoint
Strength and Conditioning: You don’t know Squat!
Nutrition: What to Eat Before, During and After a Workout
Mental Training: Quick Tips for Addressing Your Mental Concerns
Lessons from the Masters
Best Race Ever
Swim Nut Zeke
Getting To Know
America’s Swim Team Athletes
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