Ledecky wins 800 free in romp

Aug 13, 2016

Ledecky wins 800 free in romp

Katie Ledecky came into the Rio Olympics facing enormous expectations. Some athletes might have buckled under the pressure. She seemed to thrive on it. The 19-year-old from suburban Washington capped off one of the greatest performances in Olympic history with her fourth gold medal ...

U.S. swimmers using therapy dogs to relax before races

Jun 30, 2016

U.S. swimmers using therapy dogs to relax before races

Kacey Oberlander is missing her dogs back home, and she’s more than a little stressed competing in the high-pressure environment at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials. That’s where Holly comes in. The adorable, 4-year-old Havanese is available for petting and furry hugs. “It just ...

Thorpe reveals mental health issues since a teen

Feb 18, 2016

Thorpe reveals mental health issues since a teen

Swimming great Ian Thorpe Thursday revealed he has battled mental health issues since his teenage years as he opened up about his struggle with depression. Australia’s most decorated Olympian, with five gold medals at the 2000 Sydney and 2004 Athens Games, was admitted to ...

Dutch ambassador swims Nile in Khartoum for Facebook bet

Nov 22, 2015

Dutch ambassador swims Nile in Khartoum for Facebook bet

The Dutch ambassador to Sudan swam across the Nile in Khartoum on Saturday in a stunt that began as a bet to win more “likes” for her embassy’s Facebook page. Clad in an bright orange swimsuit bearing the embassy logo, Ambassador Susan Blankhart swam ...

Shark sightings keep tourists away after authorities impose swimming bans

Aug 18, 2015

Shark sightings keep tourists away after authorities impose swimming bans

An increasing number of shark sightings at beaches across Japan this month is affecting tourism, with visitors shunning popular summer destinations where authorities have imposed swimming bans. Sharks have recently been spotted at several beaches in Ibaraki, Kanagawa, Shizuoka and Kagoshima prefectures. In Ibaraki, ...

Aug 9, 2015

First woman completes swim across San Francisco Bay

A New Zealand native became the first woman to swim the 30-mile (50-kilometer) stretch from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge on Saturday and conquer one of the world’s most dangerous crossings. Kim Chambers, 38, dove in the cold water late Friday ...

Yamaguchi centenarian breaks another 1,500-meter swim record

Apr 5, 2015

Yamaguchi centenarian breaks another 1,500-meter swim record

A woman from Yamaguchi Prefecture has become the first centenarian in the world to complete a 1,500-meter swim in a 25-meter pool. Competing in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Mieko Nagaoka, 100, finished the race in a world-record time of 1 hour, 15 minutes and 54 ...

Hagino breaks national record in 200-meter individual medley

Oct 29, 2014

Hagino breaks national record in 200-meter individual medley

Asian Games MVP Kosuke Hagino rewrote his own national record en route to winning the men’s 200-meter individual medley at a short-course World Cup on Wednesday. Hagino, who also triumphed in the 200 freestyle, improved his own mark in the 200 IM by 0.23 ...