martes, 8 de julio de 2014

Michael Phelps y Ryan Lochte se enfrentan de nuevo en Georgia

Los máximos representantes de la natación estadunidense, volverán a la actividad antes de los campeonatos nacionales que se celebrarán en agosto
Michael Phelps y Ryan Lochte volverán a la actividad esta semana durante una competencia especial en Georgia. (AP)

Michael Phelps' Greek physique

In the Body Issue, the swimmer opens up about his decision to get back in the water

Yeah, whatever, a Speedo doesn't really hide that much anyway.
It was a good little break. I'm not returning for any reason other than I enjoy being back in the water. I think the biggest thing that I'm enjoying so much is that it's on my own terms.
I grew up and matured. I never had a lot of time for myself when I was competing. So for me, just having these months doing whatever I wanted to do -- there was a lot of time for me to think. Nobody could tell me I should be doing this or that. If I wanted to go work out, I'd go work out. If I wanted to sleep until 2, I could sleep until 2. It was probably good and probably bad at times.
I was absolutely terrible at golf.
I pushed a lot of people away. If I didn't want to talk to someone, I wouldn't talk to them. I was shutting people out of my life and just sort of taking responsibility for my own actions. I think that was something that helped me not only then, but also will help me in the long run and will help me become a better person.
Oh, I was fat. I got fat and out of shape. It was hard because I had always eaten whatever I wanted whenever I wanted it. I would always be like, "All right, I'll go work out," and I would never ever go. Sure enough, 25 pounds later, I was still saying the same thing. That was just part of my learning process.
It was easy once I started working out again. I got out of the shower one day and I'm like: "Wow. What am I doing?" It was all over after that. I lost 25 pounds in probably six weeks -- just working out two hours a day, eating healthy -- it shed right off.
I was born this way for a reason. My arms are double-jointed. I have stubby legs -- I'm 6-4 and have a 30-inch inseam. It's worked in the past, and hopefully it will work again.
I don't recover nearly as fast as I used to. It's one of the reasons I have to change what I put into my body. It's not the 18-year-old body it was before. That's one of the things I was able to find out when I was sitting on my butt doing absolutely nothing for a year and a half.
If I have the slightest bit of pain, I make sure it gets taken care of right away. The biggest thing I really have to be conscious of now is not overdoing it and hurting myself. I can't push my body to that max where I'm going to regret the pain in the future.
It was brutal. I lived in an altitude tent for probably the last two years of my career before 2012. It was like a gigantic tube contraption that would go over my bed. I was sleeping at, the most would be about 9,000 feet. It was not fun.
Training at altitude, you get twice the work done in half the time. It's not the most enjoyable thing to go through, but I know it's going to help me get to where I need to be faster. So for three weeks here [in Colorado], we're getting six weeks of work done. As much as I don't like coming up here, I know it's going to help me in the long run to get back to where I want to.
I was born this way for a reason. My arms are double-jointed.
I always wanted to be 6-6. That just always seemed like a cool height to be, for some reason.
Pullups are one of my favorites. The most pullups I've ever done is probably 32. And it's harder because my arms are so long, so I'm pulling so much more up.
I don't think there's really anything that you can't do. The first time you doubt yourself, you might as well just give up there because you're already saying you're done, you're finished.
Once you do the same exercise for so long, it just gets kind of annoying and boring. The other day we started kicking [in the water] with mesh bags -- tiny mesh bags on our feet that would come from right at my ankle and it would drag three to four inches off the bottom of my foot. It's just like a different way to challenge our legs; it's a ton more resistance.
Oh god, no. There's no shot [I could run a marathon]. My knees would absolutely give out. We do run, but very, very minimal just because I have had so many problems anytime we did start running. It's just not even worth it.
I couldn't care less what anybody else is doing. I'm the kind of person that doesn't care what it is or who I'm racing. I've always done it for me. It's always what I want to do and how fast I want to swim. There have always been goals that I've wanted to achieve and times that I've wanted to hit. That's just always how it's been.
Michael Phelps

martes, 24 de junio de 2014

Yannick Agnel relegó a Michael Phelps al segundo lugar en los 200 metros libres

El regreso del superastro estadounidense de la natación Michael Phelps continuó el sábado con un segundo lugar en los 200 m libres, detrás de su compañero de entrenamiento, el francés Yannick Agnel, en el Gran Premio de Santa Clara, norte de California.
Phelps, cuyo récord de 22 medallas olímpicas incluyen un 18 de oro, dijo sentirse superado en los últimos 50 metros por Agnel, campeón olímpico y mundial de la distancia.
Agnel, que ahora entrena con Phelps bajo el entrenador Bob Bowman en North Baltimore Aquatic Club, cronometró 1 minuto 46.99 segundos, mientras Phelps quedó en un segundo distante puesto con 1:48.20.
Otro nadador de North Baltimore Club, Conor Dwyer, fue tercero con 1:48.36.
"Yannick realmente ha hecho una diferencia en los últimos 50 m. He trabajado duro en las últimas semanas, pero es muy divertido entrenar en este grupo, donde realmente hay una competencia muy sana", dijo el deportista más exitoso en la historia olímpica.
"Esperemos que todo este trabajo vaya dar frutos en Campeonato de Estados Unidos para nosotros, y el Campeonato de Europa para Yannick," añadió Phelps.
El Campeonato Nacional estadounidense tendrá lugar en agosto en Irvine, California, y también será clasificatorio para el Campeonato Pan Pacific, la competencia internacional más importante para los nadadores norteamericanos.
Phelps ha tenido en dos días seis carreras, con la serie eliminatorias y la final de los 100 y 200 estilo libre y de los 100 metros mariposa, que ganó el viernes.
Todavía le queda por participar en los 200 m combinados el domingo.

Michael Phelps sólo puede acabar tercero en los 200 estilos

En otra reunión celebrada en Texas, la estadounidnese Katie Ledecky impuso un nuevo récord del mundo en los 800 metros libres con un registro de 8:11.00

El nadador estadounidense Michael Phelps continúa con sus progresos para volver a su mejor forma competitiva y se marchó con buenas sensaciones de la reunión de Santa Clara (Estados Unidos), correspondiente al Arena Grand Prix.
Tras disputar cuatro pruebas, el de Baltimore, el deportista olímpico más laureado con 22 metales, se hizo con un triunfo, en los 100 mariposa, aunque empatado con su compatriota Nathan Adrian, dos segundos puestos en los 100 y 200 libres, y un tercero en los 200 estilos.
En su última cita de este domingo, los 200 estilos, en los que competía por primera vez desde que se colgase el oro en el Cubo Acuático de Londres, dominó el evento durante 150 metros antes de no aguantar y verse superado por Conor Dwyer (1:59.49) y Chase Kalisz (1:59.53), marcando un tiempo de 1:59.76.
Por otro lado, en otra reunión celebrada en Texas, la estadounidnese Katie Ledecky impuso un nuevo récord del mundo en los 800 metros libres con un registro de 8:11.00, mejorando en casi tres segundos los 8:13.86 que también estaban en su poder desde los pasados Mundiales de Barcelona de 2013.

martes, 20 de mayo de 2014

Back in familiar waters, Michael Phelps races to first win since comeback

Michael Phelps was back in familiar waters and on top of the winner's podium in his comeback to competitive swimming at the U.S. Grand Prix in Charlotte on Friday.
Competing for just the second time since retiring after the 2012 London Olympics, Phelps ticked off all the important boxes he needed to.
In the morning heats, he tested his stamina by entering two lung-sapping events  the 200-meter freestyle and 100 butterfly  then he tested his speed by winning the 100 butterfly final in the evening.

His time in the 200 free was 1 minute, 51.69 seconds, way below his best, but 0.2 of a second inside the U.S. qualifying time.He also qualified for the 200 freestyle final but pulled out of the race after achieving his goal in the heats: qualifying for this year's U.S. national championships, which double as the selection event for next year's world titles in Russia.
His best times from previous years don't count for future meetings because they happened outside the qualifying window, but Phelps now has qualified for the nationals in the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle.
Phelps and longtime coach Bob Bowman have been coy about their future plans, but Bowman was pleased by what he saw Friday.
"I thought Michael's 200 free was actually pretty good for the first one in a couple of years," Bowman told reporters.
"Now we have a real picture of where he is at. I think he could definitely do better."
Phelps is unlikely to swim the more grueling 200 freestyle in individual events, but he needs to enter it at the national titles if he wants a place on the 4x200 relay team.
"I thought technically he was pretty good," Bowman said. "He was much better than he's been in training so far, so he's definitely improving in that stroke, and I think as he goes along, that will get a lot better."
The 100 butterfly is one of two individual events Phelps won at three straight Olympics. And if he qualifies for the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, he will automatically make the U.S. men's medley relay, which has never been beaten at the Olympics.
Phelps finished a close second in the 100 butterfly to rival Ryan Lochte at his first comeback race, in suburban Phoenix, last month but touched the wall first Friday.
Lochte was not in the race, watching from the stands as he recovers from a knee injury, allowing Phelps to coast to victory.
His time of 52.13 seconds was slightly below his best time in Phoenix but enough to register his first win since he retired and send an ominous warning to his rivals that he is back.

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Michael Phelps vuelve a vencer

  • El estadounidense gana los 100 metros mariposa de la reunión de Charlotte
  • Es el primer triunfo de Michael Phelps tras su regreso a la competición
  • Phelps hizo un tiempo de 52.13 segundos y ganó, en ausencia de Ryan Lochte

Swimming: Arena Grand Prix

viernes, 16 de mayo de 2014

Michael Phelps sigue probándose en una competición en Charlotte

El nadador Michael Phelps
El nadador estadounidense Michael Phelps afrontará desde este viernes su segunda prueba oficial competitiva cuando tome parte en un Gran Premio en Charlotte, donde no estará su gran rival, su compatriota Ryan Lochte, ausente por una pequeña lesión.
   El de Baltimore volvió el pasado mes oficialmente a la competición en el Gran Premio Arena donde fue batido ajustadamente por Lochte en los 100 metros mariposa, prácticamente dos años después de haber anunciado en los Juegos de Londres, donde se convirtió en el deportista olímpico más laureado, que se retiraba.
   Ahora, en Charlotte competirá en dos pruebas, los 100 metros mariposa, donde espera aprovechar la ausencia de su compatriota, y los 200 metros libres, donde fue campeón olímpico en Pekín en 2008 y donde se medirá a nadadores de nivel como el oro en el 'Water Cube', el francés Yannick Agnel, compañero de entrenamiento de Phelps.

miércoles, 7 de mayo de 2014

Michael Phelps to continue comeback in Charlotte Grand Prix

Record-setting Olympian entered in two races at May 15-18 event

Michael Phelps is expected to continue his return to competitive swimming at the Arena Grand Prix at Charlotte May 15-18, USA Swimming announced Tuesday.
Phelps began his comeback last month at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., where he finished second in the 100-meter butterfly to longtime rival Ryan Lochte, who is also expected to swim in Charlotte.
Fun was Phelps' favorite word in Arizona, where he talked about how happy he was to be back in the pool after a 20-month retirement. He refused to commit to any long-term plans, including the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
But the record-setting Olympian's presence created a festive atmosphere at the Mesa meet, where tickets sold out rapidly as soon as Phelps confirmed he'd swim.
After Phelps competed in the butterfly and the 50-meter freestyle (he used a butterfly stroke and failed to qualify for the final), longtime coach Bob Bowman said he might swim a similarly short program in Charlotte. The meet could allow him to post qualifying times in more events, as he moves toward a possible appearance at U.S. Nationals in August.
Bowman told the Associated Press Phelps is entered in the 100-meter butterfly and 200-meter freestyle in Charlotte, both scheduled for May 16. In Arizona, he withdrew from the 100-meter freestyle, because he didn't want to compete in two events on the same day.
Phelps hasn't committed to U.S. Nationals, which will in turn determine the make-up of the U.S. team for World Championships next year. But he did indicate in Arizona that he'd have to be in top shape by this summer if he was serious about swimming at a world-class level in the run-up to Rio.
"This was awesome," Phelps said after the meet. "I'm really excited about how things went. And I know what I need to do if I want to continue and want to swim faster."

Michael Phelps volverá a competir la próxima semana

El estadounidense está inscrito el día 16 en las pruebas de 100 mariposa y 200 libre, aunque no es seguro que tome la salida en las dos.