Thursday, April 23, 2009

Phelps: Back in the lab and will debut his new freestyle technique in May at the Charlotte UltraSwim!

John Quinn, my relay teammate sent me this from Yahoo news:

"... When Phelps returns to the pool in May at the Charlotte UltraSwim, he says he plans to debut a new freestyle technique, ..."

"I'm not saying anything until we unveil it. It's a significant change. You'll be able to tell exactly what I did as soon as I take my first stroke.

I'm going to try it this year. If it works, it works. If it doesn't, I'll go back to the old stroke." ..."


In you go to Charlotte to see it please upload fan videos!


Charlie said...

I am a little confused as to why a guy who can swim the 100 free in 47.51 and the 200 free in 1:42.96 would need to change his stroke!! I will be very interested to see what he does.

Steve said...

"You'll be able to tell exactly what I did as soon as I take my first stroke."

My guess would be straight-arm recovery, but I don't think that would be suitable for the 200.

John Craig said...

I think Steve is right, and Phelps shifts over to more of an Eamonn Sullivan-like stroke, but that he only uses it for the 100 (and eventually, possibly the 50), not for his 200. I think he'd actually benefit from changing his 100 fly stroke into more of a sprint stroke as well. Right now he uses the exact same stroke as he uses for the 200 fly, with his hands going a bit wide at the catch, and breathing every stroke. Bowman's rationale for having him breath every stroke is that it keeps his rhythm constant, but I think he'd be more competitive if he had a more Cavic-like stroke, pulling straight through with less of a keyhole pattern, and breathing maybe every other stroke. He certainly has the conditioning for it.