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New Book: Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes

4-Time Olympic Swimmer Shares Swim Speed Secrets of the World's Fastest Swimmers

Swim Speed Secrets BookIn Swim Speed Secrets, 4-time Olympian, gold medalist, and triathlon world champion Sheila Taormina reveals the swim technique used by the world's fastest swimmers. Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes is now available in bookstores, tri and swim shops, and online. For previews, example videos, author events, and more information, please visit www.swimspeedsecrets.com.

Too many swimmers and triathletes neglect the key to speed, distracted by stroke count or perfecting body position or streamlining. Taormina uses simple science and crystal-clear underwater photos of top Olympic swimmers, from Johnny Weissmuller to Peter Vanderkaay, to show how the high-elbow underwater pull is the most crucial technique for faster swimming.

With a well-honed, commonsense approach that comes from decades of practice and 15 years of hands-on coaching experience, Taormina's Swim Speed Secrets gives triathletes and swimmers the power to overhaul their swim stroke and find the speed that's been eluding them. Swim Speed Secrets includes:

* The best drills to cultivate a more sensitive feel for the water
* Dryland and strength building exercises to develop arm position and upper body musculature
* Crisp photos of Olympic swimmers and variations in their high-elbow underwater pull
* Clear descriptions of the key moments of the underwater pull
* Tips that helped her perform at a world-class level for two decades

Swim Speed Secrets brings the focus back where it belongs-to a powerful underwater stroke. With this book, triathletes and swimmers can stop swimming for survival and break through to new levels of speed and confidence in the water.

"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. It is what every top swimmer trains and searches for each day at practice, and it is what allowed me to win Olympic medals as a teenager and into my 40s." - Dara Torres, 12-time Olympic medalist

Swim Speed Secrets for Swimmers and Triathletes: Master the Freestyle Technique Used by the World's Fastest Swimmers
by Sheila Taormina
Paperback with full-color photographs throughout.
7" x 9", 212 pp., $18.95, 978-1-934030-88-2
Download the Table of contents and an excerpt (400kb pdf).

"In her book, 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! Great to get a no-b.s. perspective on swimming from a champion." - Chris McCormack, 2-time Ironman(r) World Champion

About Sheila Taormina:
Sheila 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 15 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. For more information, please visit www.sheilat.com.

About VeloPress:
VeloPress is an endurance sports and fitness publisher with books on cycling, triathlon, running, swimming, nutrition and diet, yoga, and the histories and personalities of our sports. VeloPress is the book-publishing division of Competitor Group, Inc., which publishes VeloNews, Triathlete, Inside Triathlon, and Competitor magazines and produces the Rock 'N' Roll marathon and half-marathon series, TriRock triathlon series, and the Muddy Buddy adventure race series. Learn more about VeloPress books at www.velopress.com.
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