Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes
Master the Freestyle Technique Used by the World's Fastest Swimmers
By Sheila Taormina
(Velo Press, Paperback, 9781934030882, 200pp.)
Publication Date: May 2012
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In Swim Speed Secrets, 4-time Olympian, gold medalist, and triathlon world champion Sheila Taormina reveals the swimming technique used by her peers, the world's fastest swimmers. Taormina describes propulsion, feel and the critical components of the freestyle swim stroke. Appropriate for beginners through national level swimmers and triathletes, this book is an indispensible tool, filled with color photos, highlighting the freestyle technique used by the best swimmers in the world.
Sheila Taormina is the only woman in the world to have competed in four consecutive Olympic games in three distinctly different sports—swimming, triathlon, and modern pentathlon. She currently travels as a motivational speaker for businesses, schools, and community organizations, and conducts swim clinics worldwide.
"The concept of 'holding' water and generating propulsion is fundamental to swimming performance, and Sheila's book clearly unlocks the secrets of this through words and vivid underwater photos. It is what every top swimmer trains and searches for each day at practice, and it is what allowed me to win Olympic medals as a teenager and into my 40s." — Dara Torres, 12-time Olympic medalist
"In her book, Sheila Taormina gives a great understanding of the art of high performance swimming. With her help, you can stop swimming for survival and start swimming like a pro." — Laura Bennett, 2010 ITU #1-ranked swimmer, four-time ITU World Triathlon Championship medalist, Olympian, and two-time U.S. triathlon champion
"[Swim Speed Secrets] is a ripper! [It was] great to get a no-b.s. perspective on swimming from a champion." — Chris McCormack, 2-time Ironman® World Champion
"[Sheila's book] clearly defines the rationale and science behind generating power during the freestyle stroke….Finally, here's a book that provides an invaluable resource for aspiring swimmers and coaches." — Dave Scott, 6-time Ironman® World Champion
"Sheila's book Swim Speed Secrets is the best swim manual—PERIOD!" — Ashley Whitney, Olympic Gold Medalist
"Sheila Taormina may be the greatest athlete in the modern Olympic era. She's the only person I know who has made four Olympic teams in three different sports." — Jim Richardson, Head Coach of the University of Michigan women’s swim team
"Sheila T. is just 5' 2" but she swims like she is 6' 2". We still use her as a model for our swimmers today on how to swim the strokes." — Jack Bauerle, Team USA Olympic Swim Coach and Head Coach of the University of Georgia swim team