5 Ways to Stay Connected While Studying Abroad

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By Abby Bergman, Swimming World College Intern.

One of the most valuable aspects of collegiate athletics is the opportunity to experience the world while being part of an amazing college team. Yet this opportunity also presents tough choices for athletes who must balance their commitment to their teams with their choice to study abroad. To maximize both the study abroad and athletic experience, traveling athletes can work to stay connected to their team, even while on the other side of the world.

I spoke to several student athletes about their study abroad experience and compiled a list of five ways to stay connected to your team while studying abroad:

1. Join a team.


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Living away from friends and family can sometimes feel jarring but seeking out a familiar place and rhythm can help. Smith college swimmer Sophie Shapiro describes how finding a masters team helped her adjust to life abroad as well as find a team atmosphere: “Swimming has definitely had a positive impact on my study abroad because I joined a team at my university. It wasn’t anything like the frequency or intensity I’m used to but it was a good way to get in the water and a great way to meet people who had a common interest with me.” Joining a team not only fosters team spirit, it also maintains structure and discipline for when an athlete returns to their college team.

2. Follow results.


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While being abroad can mean missing out on team triumphs in person, technology can help bridge the distance. Especially because watching meets live can be challenging due to time difference, posted results can help you feel more a part of the team and cheer on your teammates. Former Smith College captain Hannah Francis describes, “I would follow the results of every meet. I generally knew what times my teammates were going for, and I tried to send messages whenever something cool happened during a meet.” By staying updated on the performances taking place at home, athletes who are abroad can feel connected and involved in their team’s success.

3. Stay in shape.


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Swimming is a demanding sport that requires consistency and continuity. By finding ways to stay in shape while abroad, athletes can ensure a smooth reentry upon their return. “I found a local pool in Rome and enjoyed meeting local swimmers there, while staying in shape,” former Wellesley College swimmer Rebecca Nevitt detailed her experience. “My teammates welcomed me back in January and I picked up where I left off.” Even if structured swimming is not available in a particular locale, any type of exercise can help keep an athlete on the path to achieve their goals when they return to school.

4. Communicate with the team.


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Something as simple as talking to the team can really improve an athlete’s engagement with teammates back at school. Simple things like text messages and emails can go a long way toward maintaining relationships. “Facebook is an awesome tool for keeping up with people and their important milestones while I’m away,”Smith College captain Maddy McDonnell explained. “I love hearing about my friends and what they’re up to while I’m away, but it also makes me miss them and the team immensely. I’m having a blast studying abroad, but I’m also super excited to come back to my favorite place and my favorite people.” By staying updated on the performances taking place at home, athletes who are abroad can feel connected and involved in their team’s success.

5. Show team spirit.


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There is no better way to feel connected to your team while abroad than to unofficially represent your school by wearing team gear at every opportunity. Swimming in the team cap and taking photos in team apparel at exotic locales can be a fun way to feel a part of your team even though you are hundreds of miles away. Whenever I travel, I make a game of seeing how many international pools and beaches I can swim in wearing my team cap. By using these strategies, athletes abroad can feel a little closer to home.

All commentaries are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Swimming World Magazine nor its staff.

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USA Swimming Open Water Nationals Start Friday at Castaic Lake

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Team USA 2016 Olympians Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif./Trojan Swim Club) and Jordan Wilimovsky (Malibu, Calif./Team Santa Monica) highlight the field of the 2017 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships, set for Friday through Sunday at Castaic Lake, California.

More than 200 entries are expected across three days of competition, which will determine a number of Team USA international rosters for this summer.

The action begins Friday with men’s and women’s 10-kilometer events beginning at 11 a.m. PT, followed by Saturday’s first-ever Open Water Junior National Championships 5-kilometer event beginning at 8 a.m. and Sunday’s 5K senior-level national championship at 8 a.m. A live webcast of each race will be available online at usaswimming.org.

In addition to Anderson and Wilimovsky, fellow USA Swimming National Team members slated to compete this weekend include Brendan Casey (Santa Monica, Calif./Unattached), Eva Fabian (Keene, N.H./Unattached), 2012 Olympian Andrew Gemmell (Wilmington, Del./Nation’s Capital Swim Club), David Heron (Mission Viejo, Calif./University of Tennessee), Taylor Pike (Bentonville, Ark./Razorback Aquatic Club Aquahawgs) and Ashley Twichell (Fayetteville, N.Y./North Carolina Aquatic Club)

This weekend’s races will serve as qualifiers for the 2017-18 National Team and National Junior Team, as well as a number of international events, including the 2017 FINA World Championships, 2017 World University Games and a junior FINA World Cup trip. Six men and six women will qualify for the National Team and National Junior Team. Complete selection procedures are available at usaswimming.org.

The above press release was posted by Swimming World in conjunction with USA Swimming. For press releases and advertising inquiries please contact newsmaster@swimmingworld.com.

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Swimming Australia Announces Bidding for Future Domestic Championships

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Swimming Australia is excited to announce it has opened its bidding process for the next four years of domestic events, following the best-ever Australian Open and Age Championships held last month in Brisbane.

A revitalization of the sport was evident at the Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships in April, which garnered impressive broadcast ratings and attendance figures for the five-day event.

This was followed just days later by the biggest Georgina Hope Australian Age Championships in history with over 1,850 competitors and 304 total clubs participating in the meet.

All across the country people tuned in for the start of the journey to Tokyo, witnessing the next generation of swimmers announce themselves on the domestic swimming scene LIVE in front of a home crowd at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre, or LIVE on Network Seven.

Strong broadcast ratings at the Hancock Prospecting Australian Championships were met with innovation on pool deck including the introduction of the legends relays and medal ceremony interviews, and across five nights of fast-paced competition, over 2.9 million people tuned in.

There was also innovation at the venue; fans could lap up the action poolside or venture outside into the brand-new Centre Lane Precinct, which offered a range of gourmet food trucks, an arena pop-up-shop, Optus fan zone, entertainment and even the opportunity to snap a selfie with the athletes or retired legends like Dawn Fraser and Ian Thorpe.

This new precinct, together with some incredible racing, saw attendance figures reach over 12,000 for the event.

With community engagement a key priority for Swimming Australia, the event provided over 230 children the opportunity to participate in the Optus Junior Dolphin or Junior Excellence swimming clinics with Olympians Libby Trickett, Matt Abood, Bronte Barratt and David McKeon all lending a hand.

Straight off the back of the Hancock Prospecting Australian Swimming Championships, the next generation of young swimmers took to the pool to compete in the largest ever Georgina Hope Australian Age Swimming Championships.

A highlight being that this record also comprised of the largest number ever for Multi Class age group participants, increasing by 330% in just five years. Combine the success of these events, with an increase in membership numbers, and it is clear that swimming is a sport on the rise and as of March 31, Swimming Australia has seen a growth in every membership category.

Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said the increase in attendees and membership, record race entries and strong broadcast ratings was a really positive sign for swimming’s future.

“The success of our two major domestic events in the first year of a new cycle following the tremendous success of our domestic events last year leading into Rio is extremely encouraging,” Anderson said.

“Swimming is entering an exciting era and it is encouraging to see continual growth across all areas.

“Right now we have the high performance and grass roots areas of the sport being complemented by a united organisation working collaboratively with state associations and the wider industry.

“This is a fantastic position for the sport to be in as we open for submissions to host Swimming Australia events during the next four years,” Anderson said.

The above press release was posted by Swimming World in conjunction with Swimming Australia. For press releases and advertising inquiries please contact newsmaster@swimmingworld.com.

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Tom Dumoulin powers into pink with dominant Giro d’Italia stage 10 time trial victory

The Dutchman beat Geraint Thomas to the stage win by 49 seconds and took 2-53 on race leader Nairo Quintana

Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) produced a sensational performance on the Giro d’Italia stage 10 time trial to take victory and move into the race’s overall lead.

The Dutchman set a time of 50-37 to beat Britain’s Geraint Thomas by 49 seconds but more importantly, gained 2-53 on race leader Nairo Quintana (Movistar) to move into the overall lead of the race by 2-23 over the Colombian.

Time trial specialist Dumoulin pulled out a storming performance on Blockhaus to finish only 24 seconds behind Quintana on the summit finish on Sunday, but showed his prowess on stage 10 as he led through every time check on the course to take a commanding victory.

Geraint Thomas, after crashing in an incident with a motorbike on Sunday, didn’t show any signs of wavering determination and set an impressive benchmark before Dumoulin finished. The Welshman has vastly improved his position on GC, moving to 11th place and within 14 seconds of the top-10 after sitting in 17th before the stage.

His team-mate Vasil Kiryienka (Team Sky) set the early benchmark of 52-37 early on in the day, despite crashing in the final corner. And crashes were a frequent occurrence on the 39.8km course, with Pavel Brutt (Gazprom-RusVelo) and Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) among others taking spills during their efforts.

Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) was then the next riders to set the new fastest time with 52-17, before Thomas followed and took around 50 seconds off the Spaniards time.

Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) looked to be pulling out a great performance as he went quickly through the first intermediate check point, but seemed to fade as he got further on and finished with a time of 53-15.

Other GC contenders will be pleased with their performance in the difficult time trial. Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrai-Merida) limited his losses with 2-07 dropped to Dumoulin, while Bob Jungels (Quick-Step) will be happy to improve his overall time with a ride to third place, 56 seconds down on the winner.

The likes of Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) will rue a missed opportunity to make up some time. Kruijswijk, a reasonable time trial rider, lost 2-43 on the stage having already suffered on the stage nine summit finish to Blockhaus, while French champion Pinot looked out of sorts as he lost 2-42 and slipped out of the top three overall.

It’ll now be up to Quintana to try and attack in the coming mountain stages to try and regain the lost time on Dumoulin before the second time trial of the Giro on the final day.

Stage 11 will see the riders take on three classified climbs in a tough 161km stage that could suit a breakaway.

Giro d’Italia 2017 stage 10, Foligno – Montefalco (39.8km, ITT)

1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb, in 50-37
2. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky, at 49 secs
3. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick Step Floors, at 56 secs
4. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana, at 1-40
5. Vasil Kiryenka (Blr) Team Sky, at 2-00
6. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 2-07
7. Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto-Soudal, 2-13
8. Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice, at 2-13
9. Jos Van Emden (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 2-15
10. Andrey Amador (CRC) Movistar, at 2-16

Overall classification after stage 10

1. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb, in 42-57-16
2. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar, at 2-23
3. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo, at 2-38
4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ, at 2-40
5. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida, at 2-47
6. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors, at 3-56
7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R, at 4-05
8. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha, at 4-17
9. Andrey Amador (CRC) Movistar, at 4-39
10. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, at 5-19


11. Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky, at 5-33
16. Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott, at 6-58

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FINA Int’l Swim Clinic – Swimming for All, Swimming for Life Promotes Aquatics Development and Safety

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From May 15-17, Bangkok, Thailand will play host to the first ever FINA International Swim Clinic – Swimming for All, Swimming for Life. The event includes representatives from 49 countries across 5 continents. The goal of the program is to teach and promote water safety so that people of any age, ability and residency can take swim lessons.

A clear representation of the campaign is shown in the video below, which features some familiar faces such as Katinka Hosszu and Ryan Lochte:

According to the World Health Organization, there are over 370,000 deaths from drowning every year. Through the help of their member organizations, FINA hopes to make swimming more accessible by providing the necessary tools for swimming safety. FINA President Dr. Julio C. Maglione explained these goals in the manual for the Swimming for All, Swimming for Life program.

Water is Our World may be our slogan, but water is part of the world and of all humanity, constituting 75% of our planet (with its great virtues and great dangers), which is why we must help children, young people, adults and people with different capabilities who might face the misfortune of drowning. It is our duty to help reduce the high rates of death by drowning recorded around the world.” – Dr. Julio C. Maglione

The manual includes the development of a universal plan with standard criteria for teaching people how to swim under any circumstance in any infrastructure. It highlights both technical and practical information.

For example, the manual begins with techniques to reduce fear in new swimmers to ensure that they feel safe at all times. It explains that tension, awkwardness and doubt are created in the water because our motor actions change based on our position.

“What was above is now behind, what was below is now in front, and so on, always with reference the original framework of bipedalism,” the manual reads. It then provides techniques for both shallow and deep water pools or beachfronts, to give a vast amount of detail for all options.

Aside from these adaptions for the swimmers, the manual also includes guidelines for teaching principles. It focuses on basic knowledge that all swim instructors should know, as well as multiple-day adaption plans for getting swimmers adjusted to the water and also teaching them proper swimming technique.

“Our federation is known for its memorable sporting events and its major stars in six disciplines across five continents and 207 Federations but as the organisation responsible for water sports, we are also conscious of having a crucial social responsibility to all those who are not familiar with our great natural element, water,” Maglione said. 

Additionally, FINA also had motivation from UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, who highlighted swimming as a priority in their 2015 version of the International Charter of Physical Education, Physical Activity and Sport. The document sets standards for all governments regarding these entities.

Article 2.2.2 of the Charter reads: “Physical education, physical activity and sport can play a significant role in the development of participants’ physical literacy, well-being, health and capability by improving endurance, strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and control…the ability to swim is a vital skill for every person exposed to risks of drowning.”

As the only sport specifically mentioned in the article, FINA saw this as an opportunity to do their part to help people around the world maximize their swimming abilities. They believe that everyone should have the chance to learn to swim.

Since this document changed in 2015, FINA has done campaign work with the Swimming for All, Swimming for Life program around the world. The three-day event in Bangkok marks the first ever clinic-style program with various countries participating at one time.

More information, including all participating nations can be found here.

FINA contributed to this report. 

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IOC Extends Olympic Partnership with Official Timekeeper Omega to 2032

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announced an extension of the global Olympic partnership with Omega.

Omega has been the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games since the 1932 Games in Los Angeles, with the extension highlighting a 100 years of partnership and making Omega the first Worldwide Olympic Partner to commit through 2032.
The announcement was made in in Lausanne, Switzerland where leaders of both the IOC and Omega gathered. Thomas Bach, IOC President; Nick Hayek, CEO of Swatch Group and Chairman of Omega; and Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of Omega were all present at the meeting at the Olympic Museum.

IOC President, Bach, expressed enthusiasm over the extended partnership,

Omega is the world’s leader in sports timekeeping, and the extension of our agreement through to 2032 means Olympic athletes will continue to be able to rely on Omega’s expterise. 2032 is an important milestone, as it will mark 100 years since the Olympic Movement was first able to count on Omega’s timekeeping solutions.

Hayek, the CEO of Swatch Group, added,

The Olympic Games is one of the most emotionally-stirring events in the world, with an Olympic medal was the ultimate sporting dream. Its message of unity through sport is deeply compelling for people everywhere. From whichever media platform available, people tune in and cheer for their favoured athletes. We at Omega are honoured, that since 1932 we have been part of creating this emotion by measuring the fractions of a second or the distances that will decide between gold, silver, and bronze. We are happy and proud to continue this tradition until 2032, which will mark one hundred years of partnership between Omega and the Olympics. 

Omega has a rich history of developing and introducing cutting-edge timekeeping equipment, including the starting pistol, touch pads for swimming, and most recently, the Scan ‘O’ Vision MYRIA photo-finish camera. The MYRIA photo-finish camera has the ability to capture 10,000 digital images per second, and made its Olympic Games debut in Rio.

More can be read about the extended partnership here

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Why are the Italian riders faring so badly at the Giro d’Italia?

Home riders haven’t gone this long without a stage win since 2010

The Italians are having one of their worst Giro d’Italia rides in years, failing to win a stage in the first half of the race.

Italians have not gone this long into their home tour without a stage win since 2010 when Filippo Pozzato won the 12th stage, with  foreigners, or “stranieri”, having won each of the first 10 stages.

“There are many international riders, so the competition is high to have your chance,” Team Sky‘s Salvatore Puccio told Cycling Weekly.

“We lack teams where the tactics centre around an Italian or the Italians here are working for their foreign leaders. Daniele Bennati is working for Nairo Quintana, Diego Rosa and I are working for our leaders in Sky. Or Fabio Feline and Sonny Colbrelli are not here racing, maybe thinking of the Tour de France.”

>>> Strava stats reveal just how fast Nairo Quintana attacked on the Blockhaus

Only 43 of the 195 riders on the start list were Italian, a record low in the race’s 100 editions. The numbers have been going down since the Second World War – in 1936, all 89 starters were Italian.

Part of the reason behind the record low number is that this year, for the first time in modern cycling, Italy lacks a top-level team. It has no WorldTour teams and only four at the Professional Continental level.

Sirens sounded when the organiser overlooked two of those when handing out wildcard invitations. RCS Sport selected Bardiani-CSF and Wilier Triestina, the other two invitations went to Poland’s CCC Sprandi Polkowice and Russia’s Gazprom-Rusvelo.

“Maybe we don’t have a big Italian sprinter here to win or we’ve had bad luck, like Giovanni Visconti and Valerio Conti in Peschici the other day,” explained race director Stefano Allocchio.

“The table turns, sometimes the Italians win and sometimes they don’t. Sooner or later they’ll win. And remember in the Tour de France, I think the French had a similar problem and didn’t have a win until July 14.”

Watch: Giro d’Italia – stages 10-15 preview

Last year, the French had to wait until stage 19 to score in their home tour, which generally has a more international start list than the Giro d’Italia. One French journalist laughed that his French colleagues do not even worry about this problem anymore because it is accepted their home race is an international event with only 21 stages available each year.

“We have globalisation, it’s not that we lack Italians,” Bardiani sports director Stefano Zanatta said.

“We are not without good cyclists, they are just not all here in the Giro. Many are in the WorldTour teams on different programmes. Sonny Colbrelli, Fabio Felline, Elia Viviani, Moreno Moser, Matteo Trentin… We have these very good riders, ‘stage hunters’, but this happens with the globalisation of cycling.

“Tomorrow we are going to start winning! Bardiani has men who can go in the escapes and win.”

“Maybe now we haven’t produced many high-level riders and they need their time to develop from the U23 ranks,” Mauro Vegni, cycling director with RCS Sport, added. “And maybe they are turning professional too quickly.

“This is the situation now and that’s cycling. Sometimes it doesn’t work out. But the Giro is still long and the Italians still have time to win.”

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What is your favourite line from a TV cycling commentator?

Nothing enhances a bike race quite like some top quality quips from the commentators. We ask our readers which was their favourite line. In association with Decathlon

Often the source of much entertainment in cycling TV coverage, the commentator has a tough job.

With hours of coverage to fill on races which can sometimes be far from action packed the commentator occasionally comes out with a classic line.

We recently asked Cycling Weekly readers for their favourite line from a TV cycling commentator, and got some great answers. A selection of them are below, presented in association with Decathlon.

What is your favourite line from a TV cycling commentator? Tell us in the comments below

On seeing Vladimir Karpets being dropped, the late, great David Duffield commented: “Well, it’s curtains for Karpets.”
Tony Coughlan

Paul Sherwen: “And Bo Hamburger is, dare I say it, fried!”
Kenny Morgan

Paolo Bettini commentates for TV in the 2009 Milan San Remo on the Passo Turchino (Watson)

Sean Kelly before a Tour de France time trial, on being asked what the day’s strategy entails: “Er, basically to ride as fast as possible from A to B.”
Simon Owens

David Duffield reading a poem from a funeral while it was all kicking off on the Ventoux. The timing was so terrible!
Daniel Jones

“Because who’s that coming up behind him… it looks like Roche… it is, it’s Stephen Roche!” First Tour de France I ever watched and I was hooked. Still get goosebumps thinking about him appearing out of the mist. Don’t want to get all sentimental for the good old days but it was made all the more exciting because nobody had absolutely any idea he was there — something that wouldn’t happen now with rider radios and cameras everywhere.
Richard Foad

Carlton Kirby and Matt Stephens, last year on the Tour de Yorkshire when the riders were going past a field of llamas. Kirby suggests that if they get out it will be a “Llama Drama Ding Dong”.
Andy Wardle

“They’re like cattle in a mad way, but cattle on bikes.” [An Alan Partridge classic — Ed]
Richard Williams

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“They’ll probably rename Governor Street after him, I wouldn’t be surprised” — Carlton Kirby and Matt Stephens, on Peter Sagan’s World Championship win in 2015.
Jan Stríteský

Paul Sherwen: “He’s going to have to dig deep into his suitcase of courage.”
Graham Wright

I also remember something from Sherwen like: “He’s in the suitcase of pain, looking for new underpants.” Hugh Porter: “Jess Varnish has just polished them all off.”
Mike Salkeld

Carlton Kirby often refers to the Raleigh team colours as “lipstick and custard”.
Dave Pargeter

Carlton Kirby talking about Bauke Mollema: “He sounds like he was named under water.”
Steve Burton

“It’s going to be Scotland’s day” — Tour de France, 1984. Robert Millar owning the Pyrenees.
David Crombie

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Dive Into Summer With Swim for MS

Begin your warm weather festivities this summer with the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America’s Swim for MS fundraiser! Swim for MS is a do-it-yourself fundraiser where participants create their own Swim challenge and recruit donations online to support the MS community.

Examples of Swim challenges from past participants include swimming one lap for every dollar donated, cannonball jumping contests, backyard pool parties, water polo games, and more. MSAA’s Swim for MS motto is, “Any Pool, Any Time,” so MSAA encourages anyone with an interest in swimming to get creative with their swim challenges and raise funds, which allow MSAA to provide free programs and services to the MS community.

Signing up for an individual or team Swim challenge provides direct services to people like Simone, one of MSAA’s past swim participants, who has multiple sclerosis. Simone created her own Swim for MS challenge as a way to raise awareness for MS while enjoying the benefits of aquatic exercise. Simone said, “Living with multiple sclerosis on land is rough. I walk slowly. My hands and feet are numb and tingling. My vision is blurred from optic neuritis. I am tired all of the time and my brain is sometimes in a fog. But I am free in the water… In the pool I am not disabled. When I am swimming, I am enough. In a race against MS, I win.”

MSAA’s programs, such as Swim for MS, provide hope to so many people living with MS on a daily basis. To create your own swim challenge with family, friends, teammates, and more please visit  SwimforMS.org.


About MSAA

The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA) is a national nonprofit organization and leading resource for the entire MS community, improving lives today through vital services and support. MSAA provides free programs and services, such as: a Helpline with trained specialists; award-winning publications, including MSAA’s magazine, The Motivator; MSAA’s nationally recognized website (at mymsaa.org), featuring award-winning educational videos and research updates; S.E.A.R.C.H.® program to assist the MS community with learning about different treatment choices; a mobile phone app, My MS Manager™ (named one of the best multiple sclerosis iPhone & Android apps by Healthline.com); a resource database, My MS Resource Locator; safety and mobility equipment distribution; cooling accessories for heat-sensitive individuals; educational programs held across the country; My MSAA Community, a peer-to-peer online support forum; a clinical trial search tool; and more. For additional information, please visit www.mymsaa.org or call (800) 532-7667.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system (CNS), which consists of the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. MS damages or destroys the protective covering (known as myelin) surrounding the nerves of the CNS, and can potentially injure the nerves as well. This damage causes reduced communication between the brain and nerve pathways. Common MS symptoms include visual problems, overwhelming fatigue, difficulty with balance and coordination, depression and cognitive issues, and various levels of impaired mobility. Many experts estimate that 2.5 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with this disease, and most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 15 and 50. MS is not contagious and researchers continue to look for both a cause and a cure.

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Belgian rider uses Giro d’Italia stage 10 time trial to try and get a date

We hope you’re watching, Carlien?

Some might have expected Belgian time trial champion Victor Campanaerts to want to put in a good ride on stage 10’s time trial at the Giro d’Italia, but the LottoNL-Jumbo rider appeared to have his mind on other things.

Written across his chest (presumably by an embarrassed soigneur) were the words “Carlien daten?”, which, if your Dutch isn’t up to much, translates as “Carlien, will you go out with me?”.

Obviously also keen to show off his pecs to lucky Carlien, Campanaerts made sure that he opened his skinsuit for the TV cameras on the start ramp and as he crossed the finish line.

The only bad news is that Carlien won’t be too impressed with Campanaerts’ time, with the Belgian posting a sluggish time to put him in the bottom 10 for the stage.

We’ll try to keep you updated with how Campanaerts gets on, with Carlien and with his support for Steven Kruijswijk at the Giro.

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