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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction1 The Pareto Principle: Applying the 80/20 Rule in the Pool2 The Big Picture: Understanding the Swimming Equation3 The Vital Element: A Case to Prove It4 Theories of Propulsion: The Challenges and the Beauty5 The Underwater Pull: The Vital Element6 The Other 80 Percent: A Review of the Nonvital Elements7 Developing the Freestyle Stroke: Drills and Exercises8 Piecing It All Together: Stroke Data and ConclusionAppendix: Stroke Data AnalysisReferencesIndexAbout the AthletesAbout the Author

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4-time Olympian, gold medalist, and triathlon world champion Sheila Taormina refines her best-selling guide that shows swimmers and triathletes the world's fastest way to swim.

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Sheila Taormina is a 4-time Olympian, gold medalist, triathlon world champion, and swimming coach. Her Swim Speed Series is the best-selling guide to swimming technique for swimmers and triathletes. Taormina is one of a handful of athletes who have competed in four Olympic games and the only woman in the world to have competed in three distinctly different sports--swimming, triathlon, and modern pentathlon. At the unswimmerlike height of just 5' 2," Taormina refined her exceptional freestyle swim technique to win a gold medal in the 1996 Olympics and the 2004 ITU triathlon world championship. For 20 years, Taormina has coached elite and age-group swimmers and triathletes to develop the strong underwater pull that propelled her to such athletic success in her racing career. Taormina conducts dozens of swim clinics around the world each year. Sheila Taormina is author of the Swim Speed Series, which includes the sport's top-selling guides: Swim Speed Secrets, Swim Speed Workouts, and Swim Speed Strokes.

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Review quotes coming soon! "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." -- Dara Torres, 12-time Olympic medalist "Master swimmers and coaches at every level can learn something from Swim Speed Secrets...Both this book and the Swim Speed Workouts training program are outstanding." -- USMS Swimmer magazine "Sheila Taormina's ideas on swimming have influenced me and my swim coaching more than anyone else. Her knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm are unmatched. Swim Speed Secrets is the best resource out there to help all different types of athletes improve their swim." -- Siri Lindley, ITU Triathlon World Champion and coach to triathlon world champions and Olympic medalists "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 "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 "There is no one in triathlon more accomplished in swimming than Sheila Taormina." -- Slowtwitch "Taormina's Swim Speed Secrets is a compendium and reference, a tool box no triathlon swimmer can afford to ignore...Swim Speed Secrets is your most important swim tool." -- TriSports University "As a lifelong coach, the four-time Olympian shares what she's learned with clarity and authority, explaining all of the small details that go into mastering freestyle." -- LAVA magazine "While I've spent the last few years training under a fantastic coach, there were still some key elements that didn't 'click' until I read [Swim Speed Secrets]. Having been on a plateau for some time, my swim has improved immensely within a few weeks." -- TriEdge.net "Sheila's book Swim Speed Secrets is the best swim manual--PERIOD!" -- Ashley Whitney, Olympic gold medalist "In Swim Speed Secrets, 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(R) World Champion "Sheila possesses a great depth of knowledge and passion about swimming that she has often shared with me and many other athletes. Swim Speed Secrets will be a very useful tool to anyone who wants to improve their performance in the water." -- Leanda Cave, ITU Triathlon World Champion and ITU Long-Distance Triathlon World Champion

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