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SBD/August 7, 2012/Olympics
Sport Of Swimming Looks For Bigger Exposure Outside Of Summer Games
Published August 7, 2012
PHELPS STANDING FIRM: Phelps appeared on NBC’s “Today” show for a live interview with co-host Matt Lauer, and Lauer led off by asking, “So you’re standing on the medal platform and they’re playing the National Anthem after the last race. Are you going to tell me that not for a second you didn’t think, ‘I want to have this same feeling in Rio four years from now?’” Phelps: “I’m done. I’m finished. I’m retired.” Lauer said, “You say it so definitely. I trust Rowdy Gaines and Mark Spitz, and they both say you’re going to get bored of not swimming and in a couple of years you’re going to need a real outlet for your competitive juices.” Phelps replied, “The biggest thing is I can look back at my career and say I’ve done everything exactly the way I wanted to and if you can say that, I’m satisfied.” Lauer told Phelps, “Take a break, you deserve it. It’s some career, Michael” (“Today,” NBC, 8/7).
AUSTRALIA TO EXAMINE PERFORMANCE: The AFP reported Australia "will review the disappointing performance of its much-heralded swimming team" at the London Games, as they acknowledged the world has "lifted the bar." Australia won just 10 medals - one Gold, six Silver and three Bronze -- their lowest tally since the '92 Barcelona Games. The country also was "without an individual gold medalist for the first time since the 1976 Montreal Games." Swimming Australia President David Urquhart said, "We must do everything possible to get Australian swimming back on top. This is not a time for blame and scape-goating, this is an opportunity to make the changes required to rise to the international challenge." Urquhart said that "the review will be independent and conducted" by coach Bill Sweetenham and former Olympian Susie O'Neill. O'Neill has "blamed the poor showing on a lack of discipline compared the countries such as China." Urquhart said, "We are a proud swimming nation, we have a proud history and have the swimming talent and coaches to be the best in world" (AFP, 8/6).