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2012-06-21 01:15:54 AM
Our arms are not designed to be propellers.

Why thank you for finally answering that question, it's bothered me for YEARS. I mean it doesn't LOOK like a propeller, but what if I spin my forearm around at high speed? Would I shoot along underwater like a man torpedo, or would I just appear three fries short of a happy meal and dislocate my elbow? FINALLY I KNOW!
 
2012-06-21 01:18:22 AM
still no word on webfeet making us faster
 
2012-06-21 01:31:40 AM
That's okay, I'm not particularly in a hurry.
 
2012-06-21 01:34:39 AM
US Women's Diving championship is on TV right now, so that's helping a lot.

/love women in Speedos.
 
2012-06-21 02:12:39 AM
It also helps if you have the genetics to have a "swimmer's body". The arm thing is important, but at the upper echelons it's not so much hard work as pure, raw genetic ability. Everyone at that level is working as hard as they can, but it's those with predetermined physical advantage that makes all the difference.
 
2012-06-21 02:21:00 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: It also helps if you have the genetics to have a "swimmer's body". The arm thing is important, but at the upper echelons it's not so much hard work as pure, raw genetic ability. Everyone at that level is working as hard as they can, but it's those with predetermined physical advantage that makes all the difference.


Well, from what we've been seeing, a spliff before the event and a Twinkie at the finish line also helps.
 
2012-06-21 02:26:33 AM
Only if your dick is sprouting out of your knee.
 
2012-06-21 02:28:12 AM

fusillade762: Only if your dick is sprouting out of your knee.


Patrick Ewing? Is that you?
 
2012-06-21 02:37:14 AM

zarberg: /love women in Speedos.


That's a bit like saying, "I like fresh air."
 
2012-06-21 02:40:10 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: fusillade762: Only if your dick is sprouting out of your knee.

Patrick Ewing? Is that you?


upload.wikimedia.org

Oh hai guize! What's goin' on in this thread?
 
2012-06-21 02:45:55 AM
I thought for sure this was a masturbation article.
 
2012-06-21 02:48:45 AM
This article is about swimming. First thought, masturbation joke, second thought, circulatory system failure, third though, swimming.

/old perv
 
2012-06-21 02:49:30 AM
Subby must have short arms.
 
2012-06-21 02:52:38 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: It also helps if you have the genetics to have a "swimmer's body". The arm thing is important, but at the upper echelons it's not so much hard work as pure, raw genetic ability. Everyone at that level is working as hard as they can, but it's those with predetermined physical advantage that makes all the difference.


It has been determined that Phelps arms are about 2-3" longer than a normal person of his body type, and his legs are comparatively shorter.

That makes all the difference.
 
2012-06-21 04:50:34 AM
Who am I, Liam Neeson?
 
2012-06-21 06:40:19 AM
hmmmm, thats odd. i swam for 10 years and always used the bent arm method. i guess thats why i always beat the crap out of people in the endurance races.
 
2012-06-21 07:34:14 AM

wildcardjack: AverageAmericanGuy: It also helps if you have the genetics to have a "swimmer's body". The arm thing is important, but at the upper echelons it's not so much hard work as pure, raw genetic ability. Everyone at that level is working as hard as they can, but it's those with predetermined physical advantage that makes all the difference.

Well, from what we've been seeing, a spliff before the event and a Twinkie at the finish line also helps.


Anyone that has ever been a swimmer was not surprised at all to hear that Phelps got busted smoking weed. You spend years building up your lung capacity as a swimmer. May as well use those lungs to clear 3ft bongs.
 
2012-06-21 08:34:31 AM

dickfreckle: zarberg: /love women in Speedos.

That's a bit like saying, "I like fresh air."



Also, Speedos look just as good on a woman when they're coming off ... (a bit NSFW)
 
2012-06-21 12:20:02 PM

lazyguineapig33: hmmmm, thats odd. i swam for 10 years and always used the bent arm method. i guess thats why i always beat the crap out of people in the endurance races.


So did I, and I agree. Swimming the freestyle with your arms straight makes you look like a tard
 
2012-06-21 06:07:09 PM
I have an even better idea.

Just kick your feet so fast that your whole body comes out of the water (except your feet). It's like the difference between being a slowpoke, and having two 400hp Evinrude's at your disposal.

Just think how much faster you'll go without the drag of your whole body through the water.

Using the above described stroke, swimmers are expected to SWIM the 4-minute mile, and it is not necessary to consider that the most efficient stroke is sometimes not possible in practice.
 
2012-06-22 11:44:02 PM
Assume a spherical cow....
 
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