I don't think the arena has a thread for discussion of pro swimming. This shall be it. So does anyone follow competitive swimming at all? I do. I started swimming last January. Swimming is one of those sports that doesn't seem to be as popular in the USA as it is in other places around the world (namely Australia, land of Thorpe, the king before Phelps). Right now, the competitive swimming at Worlds is between its second and third days, and the big question of the hour is whether or not Phelps will beat Paul Biedermann of Germany in the 200 free. Biedermann beat him by 30 milliseconds in the semis, but if you know Phelps, you know a loss provides him with incredible motivation to win. You can watch the races starting tomorrow at 11:50am ET [link=http://www.universalsports.com/mediaPlayer/media.dbml?id=353945&catid=-2&sid=11652&db_oem_id=23000]here[/link]. Another race that'll make good viewing is the 100 fly final on Saturday, when Phelps and a certain Serbian will probably once again go head-to-head. That's right, Milorad Cavic (from the infamous Beijing race where Phelps won by a hundredth of a second) is back! I think Phelps will beat Cavic soundly, especially considering he just set the new WR. Last but not least.... the world-governing body for all things aquatically athletic, FINA, has announced that the tech suits will be BANNED! come January 1, 2010. This makes me glad I didn't drain a small fortune on a suit. Swimming may end up returning to the olden days of briefs and jammers only, if the ban stands. in the meantime, a little something for the ladies: [link=http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/27/ricky-berens-splits-swims_n_245780.html]Ricky Berens splits suit, baring bum, NSFW[/link] MarcusP2 Edit: Unlock.