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(Fox 59)   Katie Ledecky shatters own world record in 1500 meter freestyle. Fark: By 5 seconds. Ultra Fark: She came in whopping 49 seconds ahead of second place finisher   ( fox59.com) divider line
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2018-05-17 08:37:12 AM  
Is impressed. 
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2018-05-17 09:27:26 AM  
Call me cynical, but...

What the hell is she doping with?
 
2018-05-17 09:32:36 AM  

Archidude: Call me cynical, but...

What the hell is she doping with?


my thoughts exactly
 
2018-05-17 09:34:10 AM  

Archidude: What the hell is she doping with?


Some really good shiat.
 
2018-05-17 09:34:27 AM  

sithon: Archidude: Call me cynical, but...

What the hell is she doping with?

my thoughts exactly


Yup. I hope not, but...
 
2018-05-17 09:41:09 AM  
She's not human.
 
2018-05-17 09:45:48 AM  
I feel like it's unfair for mermaids to compete against humans in swimming competitions.
 
2018-05-17 09:52:51 AM  
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/still waiting for the others to finish
 
2018-05-17 09:53:15 AM  
Why would she be cheating, that would be stupid beyond belief. Like if those guys who hide motors on their racing bicycles just simply showed up on a Ducati.
 
2018-05-17 10:16:50 AM  

Archidude: Call me cynical, but...

What the hell is she doping with?


Based on the last person to dominate swimming like this and get caught. I would go with weed.
 
2018-05-17 10:22:56 AM  
I still love that picture from the last (or maybe the 2012) Olympics which showed Ledecky finishing her swim... and literally NO ONE ELSE was even partially in the picture, despite it showing almost half the pool. (The video was more pronounced, because the next competitor to even enter the frame did so several seconds after she had already touched.)
 
2018-05-17 10:41:10 AM  
As I said during the Olympics 2 years ago:

LOLLEDECKYWINS
 
2018-05-17 10:43:07 AM  

Archidude: Call me cynical, but...

What the hell is she doping with?


Katie Ledecky has been utterly dominant since the 2012 Olympics as a 15-year-old. Here's what she looked like back then, when she won the 800 freestyle in London:

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I'm not saying she isn't using drugs. Nobody can guarantee that. I am saying that if she's using drugs, she's using a designer drug that is undetectable today like EPO was during Lance Armstrong's reign of terror. Given she has only made money off her likeness as a swimmer for a handful of months while she's been dominant for 6+ years and been tested far more than 99% of all international-level swimmers, I find it unlikely that she's been doping all this time.
 
2018-05-17 11:15:22 AM  

Archidude: Call me cynical, but...
What the hell is she doping with?


The follow up question is "where does 2nd place get some?".  Is it too expensive?  Only works on Ledecky?  You know even lethal side effects won't stop the rest of the field from chasing her.
 
2018-05-17 11:20:24 AM  

Archidude: Call me cynical, but...

What the hell is she doping with?


Flawless technique.  Seriously, her stroke mechanics are perfect.  Her dominance is a showcase of the distinction between true mastery and mere excellence.
 
2018-05-17 11:25:13 AM  
A swimming article? On my Fark?

She is freaking amazing.  I hope to hell that she's not doping.

/i want to believe
 
2018-05-17 11:30:49 AM  

yet_another_wumpus: Archidude: Call me cynical, but...
What the hell is she doping with?

The follow up question is "where does 2nd place get some?".  Is it too expensive?  Only works on Ledecky?  You know even lethal side effects won't stop the rest of the field from chasing her.


The Olympics were worried about Oscar Pistorius being competitive. If he started winning against runners with two working legs, would those 'normal' runners start cutting their legs off? Yes.
 
2018-05-17 11:42:28 AM  

desertgeek: As I said during the Olympics 2 years ago:

LOLLEDECKYWINS


Deadspin compiled a helpful list of sporting events (and one sports-entertainment event) that were shorter than her margin of victory in that race:

-August 11, 2016: Jorge Fonseca wins his judo match against Mohammad Tawfiq Bakhshi by ippon.
-August 5, 2012: Usain Bolt wins gold in the 100 meters in Olympic record time.
-November 2, 2001: B.J. Penn knocks out Caol Uno at UFC 34.
-June 25, 1982: Mike Tyson knocks out Dan Cozad with a single punch at the Junior Olympics.
-November 15, 1998: The Rock pins Big Boss Man at Survivor Series.

The August 2016 Johnson/Teixeira fight comes close.
 
2018-05-17 11:57:38 AM  

Serious Black: Archidude: Call me cynical, but...

What the hell is she doping with?

Katie Ledecky has been utterly dominant since the 2012 Olympics as a 15-year-old. Here's what she looked like back then, when she won the 800 freestyle in London:

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But you forget her feet are touching the bottom in that pic.
 
2018-05-17 12:47:24 PM  

EyeballKid: Serious Black: Archidude: Call me cynical, but...

What the hell is she doping with?

Katie Ledecky has been utterly dominant since the 2012 Olympics as a 15-year-old. Here's what she looked like back then, when she won the 800 freestyle in London:

[www3.pictures.zimbio.com image 850x560]

But you forget her feet are touching the bottom in that pic.


In reality, she's 6'0", is standing on a small ledge the architects built into the pool at a depth of approximately 4'6", and swam in a pool with an otherwise continuous depth of approximately 8'0".
 
2018-05-17 12:48:48 PM  

Mercutio879: If he started winning against runners with two working legs, would those 'normal' runners start cutting their legs off? Yes.

No.
 
2018-05-17 12:59:53 PM  

Mercutio879: yet_another_wumpus: Archidude: Call me cynical, but...
What the hell is she doping with?

The follow up question is "where does 2nd place get some?".  Is it too expensive?  Only works on Ledecky?  You know even lethal side effects won't stop the rest of the field from chasing her.

The Olympics were worried about Oscar Pistorius being competitive. If he started winning against runners with two working legs, would those 'normal' runners start cutting their legs off? Yes.


Luckily he shot his own girlfriend foot before that could become an issue.
 
2018-05-17 01:00:48 PM  
Good for Ms. Ledecky.  Hope she stays injury free.
 
2018-05-17 01:01:29 PM  

Polish Hussar: desertgeek: As I said during the Olympics 2 years ago:

LOLLEDECKYWINS

Deadspin compiled a helpful list of sporting events (and one sports-entertainment event) that were shorter than her margin of victory in that race:

-August 11, 2016: Jorge Fonseca wins his judo match against Mohammad Tawfiq Bakhshi by ippon.
-August 5, 2012: Usain Bolt wins gold in the 100 meters in Olympic record time.
-November 2, 2001: B.J. Penn knocks out Caol Uno at UFC 34.
-June 25, 1982: Mike Tyson knocks out Dan Cozad with a single punch at the Junior Olympics.
-November 15, 1998: The Rock pins Big Boss Man at Survivor Series.

The August 2016 Johnson/Teixeira fight comes close.


Also: Average Farker disappointing Female Celebrity DuJour.
 
2018-05-17 01:21:01 PM  
She spent the last six weeks focused on training, working on going faster on the harder things before diving into one of the world's fastest pools.

How is one pool faster than another? Does a wave push you along?
 
2018-05-17 01:23:27 PM  

Archidude: Call me cynical, but...

What the hell is she doping with?



She swims like a man according to what I've read. Apparently other women aren't able to use the same stroke technique, which requires a stronger core.

Does that explain her dominance? Not sure, but it's a start.
 
2018-05-17 01:23:53 PM  

Christian Bale: She spent the last six weeks focused on training, working on going faster on the harder things before diving into one of the world's fastest pools.

How is one pool faster than another? Does a wave push you along?


It goes downhill
 
2018-05-17 01:24:45 PM  

Christian Bale: She spent the last six weeks focused on training, working on going faster on the harder things before diving into one of the world's fastest pools.

How is one pool faster than another? Does a wave push you along?


Speed holes in the pool.
 
2018-05-17 01:25:46 PM  

Christian Bale: She spent the last six weeks focused on training, working on going faster on the harder things before diving into one of the world's fastest pools.

How is one pool faster than another? Does a wave push you along?


Each side has a spoiler.
 
2018-05-17 01:30:19 PM  

Christian Bale: She spent the last six weeks focused on training, working on going faster on the harder things before diving into one of the world's fastest pools.

How is one pool faster than another? Does a wave push you along?


Red wunz go fasta
 
2018-05-17 01:30:19 PM  
She cleans up pretty well.

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So she's not a model. Big whoop. Not everyone can be. She's not ugly, either. Average is fine.

She's far and away the best in the world at what she does, which is something a lot of people do and isn't very easy. If we can't appreciate her being able to do that, we're pretty one-track minded and need to get over ourselves.
 
2018-05-17 01:36:08 PM  

Pfighting Polish: She cleans up pretty well.

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So she's not a model. Big whoop. Not everyone can be. She's not ugly, either. Average is fine.

She's far and away the best in the world at what she does, which is something a lot of people do and isn't very easy. If we can't appreciate her being able to do that, we're pretty one-track minded and need to get over ourselves.


This
 
2018-05-17 01:39:32 PM  

Pfighting Polish: She's far and away the best in the world at what she does, which is something a lot of people do and isn't very easy. If we can't appreciate her being able to do that, we're pretty one-track minded and need to get over ourselves.


THIS.
 
2018-05-17 01:43:19 PM  
she's incredible. I wonder, now that women who naturally make "too much" testosterone can be disqualified, if/when her competitors will start complaining that her technique is unfair and insist she should be competing with men.
 
2018-05-17 01:50:53 PM  

Pfighting Polish: She cleans up pretty well.

[img.fark.net image 534x401]

[img.fark.net image 350x445]

So she's not a model. Big whoop. Not everyone can be. She's not ugly, either. Average is fine.

She's far and away the best in the world at what she does, which is something a lot of people do and isn't very easy. If we can't appreciate her being able to do that, we're pretty one-track minded and need to get over ourselves.


as a chick I am just about that one-track minded, but that's not why I watch sports. is it a nice bonus if they happen to be hot? sure. do I change the channel when Aaron Judge bats because he looks like the bastard love child of Jaws from James Bond and Sid from Toy Story? absolutely not.
 
2018-05-17 02:11:54 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Mercutio879: If he started winning against runners with two working legs, would those 'normal' runners start cutting their legs off? Yes. No.


Chronic steroid abuse was basically a death sentence, and people happily did that.
 
2018-05-17 02:14:56 PM  

Christian Bale: She spent the last six weeks focused on training, working on going faster on the harder things before diving into one of the world's fastest pools.

How is one pool faster than another? Does a wave push you along?


1. Waves: Calm pools are fast pools; turbulent pools are slow pools. The more that waves created by swimmers can be prevented from bouncing off walls and the bottom of the pool, the "faster" the pool is. This touches on pool depth (deep is good for preventing waves, but not too deep -- see below), wall and gutter design (if the gutter can swallow all the overflowing water without reflecting a wave back into the pool, that's good), lane width, the existence of empty "buffer" lanes on the sides, the size and composition of the lane lines that keep waves from propagating across lanes, the shape of the bottom (if the pool is not a uniform depth), etc.

2. Psychology: If swimmers *think* a pool is fast, they swim better than if the *think* the pool is slow. Lots of things go into a pools "feel" -- lighting, water color, clarity of markings on the side and bottom (which help swimmers gauge how fast they are going -- but if the pool is so deep that you can't really assess how fast you're moving, that's bad), how close things like spectator stands are to the pool deck, and even the pool's "reputation" ("X set a world record here last year!") are factored in.

3. Temperature: Cold is faster, but too cold isn't. How cold is too cold depends a lot on different swimmers, so a pool might be fast for one kind of swimmer but slower for another

4. Lots of other things: where water jets are located and how strongly they push, whether the walls are slippery or not, what kind of starting blocks are used, air quality (is there an overwhelming stench of chlorine at pool level that makes it harder to breathe?), water clarity (can you see three lanes over to see where your competitor is?), and many more. A lot of these factors can be ephemeral, but in a sport where hundredths of a second can decide a race, even a minor advantage or disadvantage can have an effect.
 
2018-05-17 02:29:06 PM  

This text is now purple: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Mercutio879: If he started winning against runners with two working legs, would those 'normal' runners start cutting their legs off? Yes. No.

Chronic steroid abuse was basically a death sentence, and people happily did that.


There's a world of psychological difference between injecting a substance in your system and electively having both of your fully functional legs removed.
 
2018-05-17 03:35:15 PM  
Get back to me when she can chew gum and swim fast, at the same time.
 
2018-05-17 03:36:54 PM  

Uzzah: fatalvenom: eagles95: there are millions of pics of olympic female swimmers..they are not "Woof"

Maybe not all, but...

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Yeah, no thanks.

20 years of competitive swimming taught me to never judge the attractiveness of a woman based on her appearance post-race/post-workout. Chlorine is rough on hair and skin, caps and goggles leave unflattering marks on the face, and nobody looks good after destroying themselves for a win. Wait until the awards dinner later to see what you're really working with.

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/totally would
//loves girl swimmer bodies
///spending your entire puberty at swim practice will do that to you


Right there with you... summers and winters until I was out of high school.

/Prefer the look of a girl in a one-piece racing suit over a bikini
//I still find the smell of chlorinated water to be the teeniest bit... stimulating.
///Maybe I shouldn't have said that last bit.
 
2018-05-17 04:31:46 PM  

HMS_Blinkin: Archidude: Call me cynical, but...

What the hell is she doping with?

Flawless technique.  Seriously, her stroke mechanics are perfect.  Her dominance is a showcase of the distinction between true mastery and mere excellence.


Not to mention she is a perfectionist.  There are stories about her getting upset in some of her races for messing up her strokes...in races she won by 15-20 seconds.
 
2018-05-17 04:57:44 PM  

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: This text is now purple: Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadu: Mercutio879: If he started winning against runners with two working legs, would those 'normal' runners start cutting their legs off? Yes. No.

Chronic steroid abuse was basically a death sentence, and people happily did that.

There's a world of psychological difference between injecting a substance in your system and electively having both of your fully functional legs removed.


These people train for their entire lives to do one thing. If they look at the guy next to them, who has two bionic legs strapped to him, and he beats them? I guarantee it's not a flat no.
 
2018-05-17 06:21:19 PM  
Good to see the farkers are still all in on shaming people for their appearance.

Keeping it classy, fark!
 
2018-05-17 06:34:12 PM  

mrsleep: Good to see the farkers are still all in on shaming people for their appearance.

Keeping it classy, fark!


Ken, Lonny, mrsleep, welcome to fark. l'd like you to meet Mohammet, Jugdish, Sidney and Clayton. Grab a seat and make yourselves at home. Don't be shy about helping yourselves to punch and cookies.
 
2018-05-17 08:48:58 PM  
I took swimming for a gym class. I always finished second to a mere wisp of a girl who happened to be shaped like a sexy fish. I'm not saying drugs aren't important, but in swimming, being hydrodynamic is more important.
 
2018-05-17 09:49:36 PM  

Christian Bale: She spent the last six weeks focused on training, working on going faster on the harder things before diving into one of the world's fastest pools.

How is one pool faster than another? Does a wave push you along?

img.fark.netView Full Size
 
2018-05-17 11:22:58 PM  
CSB:

I saw her once at a restaurant. Stood there filling up my Mountain Dew at the soda fountain, staring at her like, "I know you from somewhere...?" Then she caught my eye like, "Why is that creepy middle-aged guy staring at me?"

I broke eye contact and thought, "Double turds! That's Katie Ledecky!"

/ end CSB
 
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