January-February 2014 Issue

January-February 2014 Cover COVER STORY:

Desert Butterfly

Misty Hyman broke out of a rule-imposed chrysalis and flew her way to gold.

by Elaine Howley

Few could have predicted that Arizona native Misty Hyman, who grew up battling asthma, would one day stun the world with the breathtaking Olympic win in the 200 butterfly. Find out what other heights this swimming ambassador has achieved since that day in Sydney, Australia.


DIY Flexibility
Flexibility for all
by Allan Phillips >>> Photos by Alexander Aleman

As we age, our bodies become less supple.  That's a fact of life, but in this dryland technique feature, strength and conditioning specialist Allan Phillips offers several simple do-it-yourself stretches and exercises that can improve your overall flexibility.

Variations on a Team
Club Soda
by Jim Harper

The effervescent array of forms USMS clubs can take offers a unique view on the variety of individuals who constitute our organization.  Jim W. Harper investigates what motivates these myriad groups of like-minded water enthusiasts.

Dietary Supplements
Supplemental Truth
by Sally Guthrie

Despite being unregulated by the FDA, dietary supplements are used for everything from pain management to performance improvement is on the rise. Pharmacist and Masters Swimming Sally Guthrie delves into the efficacy and safety of some common supplements, separating hype from truth.

Editor's Note
Becoming a Better Swimmer by Laura Hamel read>>
The Shallow End
The Hot Tub: New Year's Resolutions for the "Retired Swimmer" by Mike Gustafson
Coach by Ed Colley >>> Illustrated by Ed Colley
Lens >>> Photos by Peter H. Bick
Current: Drafter's Unite by Katherine O'Dair, Elaine Debitetto, Jocelyn Whidden, Mike Sherrill, Tom Landis
Current: Chicked and Seeded by Paul Philley, Leslie Livingston, Mollie Grover, Jeffrey Strahota, Henry Mecredy
Both Sides of the Lane Line
America Runs on...
Mermaids and Music
Training & Technique
Quizzical Gear: Open water swimmers use a lot of unexpected gear to cover great distances by Elaine Howley
Ask the Coach: Mary Gibson
From The Center Lanes: David Guthrie by Elaine Howley
The Dryland Difference: Rock Solid by Elaine Howley >>> Photos by Yoav Altman
Evidence-Based Swimming: Patient Pacing by Jim Thornton
Healthy Swimmer
Six Ways To Maximize Your Mitochondria by Bill Edwards
Mastering Nutrition: Race Nutrition Guidelines by Sunny Blende
Nationals Preview
Spring Nationals Preview: It's All Here! by Susan Dawson-Cook
Swim Bag
Racing Goggles by Laura Hamel PDF file - get adobe acrobat reader read>>
Inside USMS
Volunteer Profile: Sally Dillon by Elaine Howley
Swimming Life
Not Just for Men by Elaine Howley
Recently Read: Swim Speed Secrets by Cokie Lepinski
Deep Eddy Pool: A historic freshwater pool offers generations of Austinites a serene place to splash and swim by Elaine Howley