Discussion in 'University of Colorado News and Olympic Sports' started by Jens1893, Jan 10, 2012.
I Am sure Bloom sympathizes
Bohn, get a swimming program quick.
A lot different than Bloom though.
I think it's dumb that she doesn't take the money. She'd already have enough to pay for 4 years of college.
Take the money and go back to college later.
Take the money and **** going to college.
She wants to go to college, but doesn't know where. CU is certainly NOT on that list, as we don't have a f**king swim program.
I'd be shocked if she didn't go down as the best female swimmer in history, she's no Phelps in terms of being very good at every stroke but she's gonna be coming home with multiple GM's this summer.
Competing in 7 events later this month in Landahn.
She seems to not be impressed by money but I agree she should take the money and go from there. She could easily pay for college with the money coming in and have a bunch left over. I'm guessing she could go to most schools she wanted to anyways. She wouldn't get the admission preference that athletes get but most schools would love to have the good publicity of having a gold medalist as a student.
She also seems to have the kind of personality that would lead her into much bigger amounts of money if she does win the gold medals. This may get to the point where not taking the money will mean giving up multiples of what she already has given up. You also have to wonder if college swimming will be a challenge to her after competing at the highest levels.
She has size 13 feet? Holy ****! You know what they say about girls with big feet, don't ya?
She is also, I think, a 4.0 student. Hell, she can pick any school she wants to go to and get a free education. With her work ethic, she will be successful at whatever she chooses. She is also good for at least two more Oly's after this one.
Too bad CU doesn't have a real pool. WTF!?!
In an ironic twist of fate, the Cal Womens' team coach won't recruit her because she believes it would be unethical to do so now that she will be her Olympic team coach.
Despite how badly we wanted her to come to Cal, it now offers an advantage to USC, Georgia, Texas and furd -who will not have such qualms.
She has built in swim fins, that's part of why she is so fast.
This is also the case with Michael Phelps. I guess he has size 18 feet or something insane like that. Oversized hands, too.
My little girl is a big swimmer, she has been taking swim lessons since she was 4 and this is her first Olympics that she will understand. She has really gotten motivated watching the olympic trials. She loves Missy Franklins story, and we keep telling her that it is going to take a lot of hard work and training, but if she puts her mind to it, anything is possible. She has a natural swimmers body, very long and big feet.
Anyway, does anybody know how we can get her started to chase a goal if she really wants to try?
which one? And how much should us as parents be prepared for this? I know it's tough on parents too with lots of traveling and basically swim practice 365 days of the year if I'm not mistaken.
What I have read about Missy is that she didn't get into it to win, she got into it because it was fun. The winning came based on her talent and eventually she started to focus more on it but she still swims because she likes it.
My niece was a high level competitive swimmer and won a lot but again did it more for the fun than the winning. That concept is hard for a lot of coaches and parents to get. These are kids, it should be about having fun and getting better. If that makes you good enough to win great, if not you still won by trying.
Before letting her join a team talk to the other parents about the coach and talk to the coach. If the coaches priorities are out of balance then your kid won't have fun or excell in the long term.
My brother also made my niece take a full month a year away from her team, her coaches, and competition. She could go to the pool on her own if she liked but he wanted her to have a break in routine and not get burned out. I thought it did her a huge amount of good.
Team Vortex is a FoCo based team competitive team. I would start out just joining a local swim club's team. I would only do summer swim team and not year around until the kid is 9-10. Less chance of getting burnt out and quitting. I wouldn't do a YMCA like team because it isn't competitive and you won't get good coaching, but you don't want to jump right into a year around team because it is intense and it takes a lot of dedication to actually stick through until high school. I used to swim for Foothills Swim Team and that was a lot of work
During the school year I would avoid joining any teams rather find a camp or clinic and enroll your daughter in those. Those will be much more beneficial to developing strokes and techniques.
The biggest thing as parents is not to push your kid to do it, let them develop and enjoy swimming until they mature then if they are good enough go year around the key age for girls to develop as swimmers is between 10-13. I did competitive swimming for 10 years year around and by the time I was a sophomore in high school I was burnt out.
growing up, my brothers and I were all swimmers. we were on the longmont swim club. http://www.redtails.org/Home.jsp?team=cslsc
my oldest brother was a good swimmer. basically owned the entire record board for the longmont swim club and longmont high school until rob putman came around and shattered about 3/4 of my brothers records. rob and i were in the same class in high school. class of '92. he went on to swim at kansas. my brother won state in an event or two, i cant remember which ones though. competed in nationals and swam in college.
longmont is not swimmer friendly. loveland, bunch of cheaters that they are, embrace swimming. loveland and thompson valley hs both have (or had) great swimming programs. when we had a meet against one of those schools, they would send about 20 kids from the JV team and they would absolutly destroy us. we had about 15 or so kids on the longmont high school swim team. i think loveland and TVHS were pushing 100 kids each. if memory serves.
get her into a program that she likes and is easy going. as time goes by and she really gets into it, think about a club team or something. CUB12 had some good suggestions.
I've tossed around the idea of putting miss sacky into this. She seems more interested in splashing around, not actual competitive swimming. You might want to look into it.
edit: 4Dem beat me to it.
And yes, it's easy to get burned out. Staring at the bottom of a pool for 2-3 hours per day, every day, for years on end does get tiresome. It's a monotonous sport. It's wonderful for conditioning, but the scenery never changes.
You've obviously never been a 13 year old boy doing a breast stroke set behind Lucy Sparling (I made that name up, but you get the point).
Anyway, leash, it is WAY too early to be thinking about making your kid an Olympic level swimmer. Swimming has to be about the easiest sport to burn out on and requires ridiculous amounts of training to be able to compete at an elite level. I know an olympic medalist and several people who have competed in the trials and they are all complete freaks. Put her in a summer swim team and if she decides she likes it, get her on a club team that does a little traveling. Let it happen itself. Oh, and if you don't want her to burn out on swimming, never ever let her join a water polo team.
I remember, after swim practice back in high school, I was walking to my car when the principal grabbed me by the arm, looked at me, and asked, "Son, why are your eyes so red?" :lol:
good think you weren't eating doughnuts.
Swim practice. The perfect cover for a stoner... :lol:
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