Women Can Swim Long Distances Just Fine, So Why Aren't We Allowed To?

While the Olympics aren't fresh on the mind for some (not me; I actually never stop thinking about them), some recent particularly impressive distance swimming has prompted the question of why female swimmers competing in the Olympics swim 800 meters of freestyle instead of 1,500 meters, the way the men do. » 8/12/14 11:30am 8/12/14 11:30am

The Facekini Is the Must-Have Swimwear Item of the Season

If you were on the internet 9 years ago, you may have heard about the Facekini, a revolutionary product that protected one's face from tanning while swimming. Almost a decade later, the Facekini is even more popular, exploding onto the beaches of Qingdao, China and protecting from more than just the sun. » 8/08/14 4:00pm 8/08/14 4:00pm

Woman Kicked Out of Philly Pool for Wearing American Apparel Bikini

A Philadelphia barista and water sports enthusiast says she was ridiculed by staff and, eventually, prevented from swimming at a public pool for wearing a swimsuit that looked like "a bra and panties." It was, in fact, an American Apparel bikini, which she demonstrated by letting a male employee pull out the waistband… » 7/18/14 7:00pm 7/18/14 7:00pm

805 Skinny Dippers Break Guinness Record, Create Disgusting Human Soup

805 people got together in Florida to shed their clothes and take a dip in the water to break the Guinness World Record for the most people naked at once and swimming together in a non-sexual (?) manner. I'm kinda grossed out by all those bodily fluids seeping into orifices (sorry) but then again, I'm a never-nude… » 11/04/13 9:30pm 11/04/13 9:30pm

Some Jerks Think Diana Nyad Faked Her Amazing Cuba-To-Florida Swim

Before the salt water had even evaporated from superhuman Diana Nyad's magical swim cap, other people in the long distance swimming community were all lined up with their suspiciously sour grapes-y doubts that maybe the 64-year-old had somehow faked part of her inspiring swim from Cuba to Florida. And they've got some… » 9/09/13 6:20pm 9/09/13 6:20pm

Diana Nyad’s Latest Cuba-to-Florida Swim Is Going Well (So Far)

After failing last year (and the time before that, and the time before that, and the time before that…) to swim the 103 miles from Cuba to Florida, crawl exhausted onto the beaches at Key West, and enjoy a mojito Fidel Castro made and bottled in a small, shark-proof thermos, endurance swimmer Diana Nyad was, as of… » 9/01/13 12:00pm 9/01/13 12:00pm

Testicle-Munching Fish Are Ruining Summer for Scandinavians

Summer is full of the sorts of hidden dangers that come with being drunk and out in the hot sun for longer than usual. You could fall asleep in a wading pool and be urinated upon by your neighbor’s dog. A shark could attack you while you’re flipping around on your boogie board like a dying seal. You could wear a… » 8/11/13 4:00pm 8/11/13 4:00pm

Olympic Gold Medalist Missy Franklin Is Swimming for Her High School…

There are two options for an American high school age swimmer after she dominates in the Olympics. One, she can go pro and make a ton of money in endorsement deals or, two, she can stay amateur and still be able to compete at high school and college levels. 17-year-old Missy Franklin, who snatched up a handful of… » 1/15/13 6:10pm 1/15/13 6:10pm

Ryan Lochte, Boy Genius, Announces Amazing Discoveries About Water,…

Olympic gold medalist and soon-to-be 30 Rock "sex idiot" Ryan Lochte has captured America's imagination with his chiseled pecks and flaccid, chlorine addled mind. And while his time in the public eye has been characterized by such knowledge nuggets as "Getting back in shape is rough but luv it" and "The world is my… » 9/27/12 5:15pm 9/27/12 5:15pm

Diana Nyad on Failed Swim: It All Comes Down to the Jellyfish

Diana Nyad has thankfully made a quick recovery after being pulled from the water yesterday and officially ending her fourth attempt at swimming the 103-mile crossing between Cuba and Florida. Already, the veteran endurance swimmer (who turns 63 today) is up and at 'em, running the interview circuit to discuss her… » 8/22/12 12:30pm 8/22/12 12:30pm

62-Year-Old Diana Nyad Ends Dangerous Endurance Swim from Cuba to…

Diana Nyad, the 62-year-old endurance swimmer attempting to be the first person to ever swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid of a shark cage, was forced to end her quest this morning after a series of overnight circumstances created too dangerous of an environment, including the increasing presence of sharks and… » 8/21/12 10:10am 8/21/12 10:10am

Diana Nyad Is Swimming from Florida to Cuba While the Rest of the…

Diana Nyad, the 62-year-old distance swimmer with a nagging desire to be the first person ever to swim successfully from Cuba to Florida, set off Saturday on her 103-mile journey through the shark- and jellyfish-infested bathwater that separates her from the record books. Though she'd planned on beginning her swim… » 8/19/12 12:00pm 8/19/12 12:00pm