Friday, July 20, 2007
Laure Manaudou, Kate Zeigler side by side
My first art teacher told me that when you go to a art museum, go there with a particular premise in mind or a particular problem you need to solve. For instance, if you are having problems with line, study how each artist delivered his line. If it is color, note the artists' color palette. Same with tone, composition, or meaning.
Olympian, Erik Hochstein, said my hips and legs sink when I get tired so I am looking at other swimmers whose legs don't sink when they get tired for inspiration. Enter, Laure Manaudou, and Kate Ziegler. There are no better distance models to look at than Laure Manaudou or Kate Ziegler. (Okay, there is Grant Hackett, Ian Thorpe, Larsen Jensen, Erik Vendt, but Ziegler and Manaudou are easier to look at.)
Note how high Kate Ziegler's hips ride in the water on the last 100m a scompared to Manaudou. She dominates the last 100m with better technique and a strong kick, a kick she only used on her flip turns to retain momentum and to add momentum during the last 100m to beat Manaudou, the only swimmer who has at that level.