Changes in Olympic Swimming and Their Effects

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    Swimming Through the Years

  • Olympic Swimming in Open Water

    Olympic Swimming in Open Water
    In 1896, 1900 and 1904 swimming was held in open water at the Olympics.
  • Open Water for Olympic Swimming

    Open Water for Olympic Swimming
    In 1896, 1900 and 1904 swimming was held in open water for the Olympics.
  • Open Water Swimming at Olympics

    Open Water Swimming at Olympics
    In 1896, 1900 and 1904 swimming was held in open water for the Olympics.
  • Custom Built 100 m Pool Inside Track & Field Oval

    Custom Built 100 m Pool Inside Track & Field Oval
    A custom built 100 m pool was in the middle of the track and field oval at London 1908 Olympic games.
  • First Time Women Competed in Swimmng at the Olympics

    First Time Women Competed in Swimmng at the Olympics
    1912 Olympics were the first year women were able to compete in swimming, First gold medallist was Helen de Portao and Charlotte Cowper. Only 2 events were open to women – 100 m free and 4x100 m relay.
    Fanny Durack was the first woman to win a gold medal for swimming -- at the 1912 games in Stockholm
  • The first competitive swim suit

    The first competitive swim suit
    First competitive swim suit was desgined and made of wool. Used a different material back then.
  • First Woman to Swim Across the English Channel

    First Woman to Swim Across the English Channel
    Gertrude Ederle was the first woman to swim the English Channel and first woman to beat a men’s record in a major sport
  • Diving Blocks First Appeared at Berlin Olympics

    Diving Blocks First Appeared at Berlin Olympics
    At the 1936 Berlin Olympics diving blocks first appeared which included start handles for backstroke
  • Full body Swim Suit for Men

    Full body Swim Suit for Men
    Full body swim suits were worn by men up until the 1940's.
  • Youngest Woman to Compete in Swimming at the Olympics

    Youngest Woman to Compete in Swimming at the Olympics
    Donna de Varona youngest to compete at 1960 Olympics and in 1964 won 2 gold medals and then after that she was the first female sports broadcaster on tv.
  • Olympian Death Related to Doping

    Olympian Death Related to Doping
    Partly in the reaction to Tommy Simpson death the International Olympic Committee established the medical commission to fight against doping in sports. The commission is given 3 guiding principles protection of health of athletes, respect for medical and sport ethics, and equality for all competing.
  • 1st Olympics Where Women Could Swim 800 m

    1st Olympics Where Women Could Swim 800 m
    Mexico City Olympics was when women were allowed to swim distances up to 800 m
  • International Olympic Committee Produces Banned Substance List

    International Olympic Committee Produces Banned Substance List
    1968 – was the first year that International Committee produced a banned substance list examples, anabolic agents, hormones and related substances, stimulant and narcotics.
  • Lycra swim suits

    Lycra swim suits
    Lycra swim suits changed the look of swimming in the 1970's.
  • Goggles Allowed

    Goggles Allowed
    First time in the olympics that goggles were allowed. Gave swimmers advantage to see were they were going in the water and when they were approcahing the wall.
  • Kornelia Ender

    Kornelia Ender
    Kornelia Ender was a former East German swimmer who at the 1976 Summer Olympics became the first woman swimmer to win four gold medals at a single Olympic Games, all in world record times. It was later proven that the East German team doctors had systematically administered steroids to her which was thought to be without her knowledge.
  • Moveable Bulkhead at Los Angeles Olympics

    Moveable Bulkhead at Los Angeles Olympics
    The 1984 Los Angeles Olympics had a pool with a moveable bulkhead so that the pool could be used for short and long course
  • Missing Feature at Seoul Olympics

    Missing Feature at Seoul Olympics
    The 1988 Seoul Olympic pool was missing many features, including flat walls that rise above the water surface at the start and turn ends
  • Reintroduction of the Full Body Swimsuit

    Reintroduction of the Full Body Swimsuit
    In the 1990's there was a reintroduction of the full body swim suit awith a better design cmpared to the 1940 version.
  • Death of Olympian During Trial Race

    Death of Olympian During Trial Race
    1990 – First athlete to die in Olympic competition due to doping. Danish cyclist Knut Jensen dies on august 26 1990 at the summer Olympics in Rome during a 100 km team trial race.
  • Ability to Video From Bottom of Pool First for Atlanta

    Ability to Video From Bottom of Pool First for Atlanta
    The 1996 Atlanta Olympics had a movable floor to set pool depth and placement of a track on the bottom to allow video cameras
  • Michelle Smith

    Michelle Smith
    Michelle Smith, was an Irish swimmer who won four medals at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games and became the most successful Olympian in Ireland and the country’s first woman to capture a gold medal. The contraversy arose as to how she became so fast, so quickly and thoughts were that she was taking drugs.
  • Creation of World Anti Dping Agency

    Creation of World Anti Dping Agency
    The World AntiDoping Agency (WADA) was created in November 1999 through a collective initiative of sport organizations and governments led by the IOC
  • WADA Code Accepted by Sporting Federtions and Governments

    WADA Code Accepted by Sporting Federtions and Governments
    All major sporting federations and 73 governments approved a resolution accepting the WADA code as the basis for the fight against doping.
  • Olympic Oath to Include No Drugs

    Olympic Oath to Include No Drugs
    The Athens 2004 Olympics and Paralympics games were the first games to take place after WADA code had been accepted and implemented by sports organizations. The Olympic oath sworn by athletes was changed after the Lausanne conference in 1999, this was added: committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs.
  • Ye Shiwen

    Ye Shiwen
    Ye Shiwen set the first swimming world record of the 2012 Olympics. She swam the final 50 m freestyle faster than American swimmer Ryan Lochte when he won the same race in the men’s event
  • Women Not Allowed to Swim 1500 m at Olympics

    Women Not Allowed to Swim 1500 m at Olympics
    Still till this day women cannot compete in 1500 m only men can.