Craig Lord has a dog in the fight! - He files an affidavit in the TYR lawsuit without being subpoenaed!
Obtaining court records is not complicated but you have to have both the right case number and document number.* Luckily I had both. On December 29, 2009, an affidavit was filed by Craig Lord for both USA Swimming and Mark Schubert. Lord was not court ordered to do so or subpoenaed and ultimately it was submitted on his own volition. This is something unusual for journalist to do. (Read that as taking sides.)
I will upload this document tonight for all to see but I have to share this gem which disparages athletes who compete in short course meters!
In Craig Lord's words on page 8-0f-12:
"... Long course world records are, in my opinion, the more significant statistic, because based on my experience long-course events attract the very top-level athletes. ..."FINA is going to love that quote especially since Michael Phelps endorsed the FINA World Cup Series with his presence.
There you have it, in Craig Lord's universe the following swimmers who hold world records in SCM racing are essentially "B-List swimmers."
Women SCM World Record Holders:
Male SCM World Record Holders:
Cameron van der Burgh
Pictured above is A-List athlete, Rebecca Soni, doing a groovy start dive but then again I am openly biased.
[*The Case Number 8:08-cv-00529-JVS-MLG. It is titled Document 89-3.]