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Old 07-27-2011, 07:03 AM   #11
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Re: Swim test in the games

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Even if there is a swim test it doesn't necessarily mean that the games will
involve actual swimming as such, being such a specialist movement the organizers will know that not everyone can swim.
Oh come on...

The vast majority of our planet is water. The ability to move oneself through water should be something with which nearly everyone should have familiarity. It should be something as basic as moving across land, picking up an object, or throwing an object. Calling it a "specialist movement" is just ridiculous.

Just because there are some people that "specialize" in swimming doesn't mean that an all-around athlete can't become extremely competent in it. It's no more of a specialist movement than a snatch, yet Crossfit tests that (sort of...).

Decathletes don't "specialize" in any one thing either yet they manage to hit very close to the world record in their respective disciplines.
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:33 AM   #12
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Re: Swim test in the games

Shane beat me to it..
Swimming is about as specialized as running, o-lifting, gymnastics or any other element that CF incorporates. Should we take all of those out of the games too..
Maybe they should just have the games qualifiers pick a random number out of a hat and the number is their final rank.

I can't believe anyone can be negative about seeing games athletes in swimwear.
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:01 AM   #13
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Re: Swim test in the games

I'm looking forward to seeing how swimming plays into the games. But I think it's going to involve very short intervals and some kind weight...for example, moving sandbags from one side of the pool to another. I doubt if they'll even have to swim a lap (unless they're wearing a weighted vest). The marketing minds at HQ are too smart to stick a bunch of their best athletes in a pool, on a national stage, only to have them ungracefully flounder.
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:15 AM   #14
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Re: Swim test in the games

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I think it's just a head fake. It does NOT mean that there is a wod with it, simply a check to see IF they can does not mean anything.
It's a lock that a water activity will be in the games this year. Zero chance they would go through the effort w/o having an event that requires swimming.
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:37 AM   #15
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Re: Swim test in the games

I think we discussed this one pretty well a little while ago... wfs

http://www.board.crossfit.com/showth...wim#post935478
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:52 AM   #16
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Re: Swim test in the games

Are we seriously discussing whether or not some of these athletes can swim? I think anyone who is even reasonably serious about competing has been discussing swimming as a serious possibility for years, if they didn't work (or worse yet if they are an adult who is interested in fitness and never learned to swim) on it that is on them. Above that, anyone at the games (with that level of knowledge of their bodies) who cannot swim can learn in a matter of days(hours). I think it is a necessary thing to test, as Shane said (and has been discussed elsewhere), the Earth is water and people have been testing themselves and racing in water for thousands of years. It will give further legitimacy to the 'Test' (to find the fittest) to expand to more real world, and more commonly tested events. There is plenty of time for couplets, triplets and chippers to cover all the toes-to-bar, double-unders and other WAY MORE specialized **** we do.

Personally, I think a "Sprint" Triathlon *with rowing subbing biking* type would be the best, Swim 800m, Row 5k, Run 1mile. It would cover many gripes, help cover the specialization of swimming, give us a truer endurance test. I would love to see it, and it would be VERY easy logistically to do.

Edit - I know the endurance athletes will say my test is too short, but w.e. I think you can figure out in 60 minutes what you would figure out in 2 hrs, without the damage to the athletes for the benefit of the other events.
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:22 AM   #17
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Re: Swim test in the games

http://games.crossfit.com/features/2...-games-scoring (wfs) The reaction.

I love swimming, pool, ocean, lake, whatever, and I am by no means a specialist or athletic by nature. It could be one of the easiest and safest "skills" that Crossfit has to offer.
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:24 AM   #18
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Re: Swim test in the games

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Personally, I think a "Sprint" Triathlon *with rowing subbing biking* type would be the best, Swim 800m, Row 5k, Run 1mile. It would cover many gripes, help cover the specialization of swimming, give us a truer endurance test. I would love to see it, and it would be VERY easy logistically to do.
I've been saying this for a long time.
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Old 07-27-2011, 12:04 PM   #19
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Re: Swim test in the games

I think it probably means there will be some swimming, and for insurance reasons, HQ needs to verify that no one is likely to drown. In the video of Dave Castro announcing the test, he says that the athletes have to demonstrate that they can swim 25 meters. That's one width of an olympic pool (not a length, a width). Anyone who can't swim that has no business in a pool, so I think it's a good indicator that the test is just designed to make sure no one hops into the pool and drowns during competition.
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Old 07-27-2011, 12:05 PM   #20
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Re: Swim test in the games

swimming/biking/running is not as appealing from a spectators perspective though.. makes for a pretty boring event since you can't see most athletes for the majority of the event.
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