How to Swim with John Wayne

Like most swimmers, there are mornings where I’ll stand on deck, toes curled on the edge of the pool, looking at the cool, blue water and think what I would do for just one more hour in my warm bed. In my youth there were times where coach would help quiet any trepidation I had about getting in with a hearty shove.

Many swim coaches will watch the video below and imagine the times that their athlete(s) have procrastinated for two minutes longer then they should have on getting into the pool. Film legend John Wayne, in the 1953 3D western film Hondo lives out every coach’s fantasy by teaching a young boy that all he needs is a little tough love and he can overcome anything, including not knowing how to swim.

[blockquote source=”Hondo”]”Just reach out in front of ya and grab a handful of water.”[/blockquote]

Sound advice.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-6rJ9t5WOE

Olivier Poirier-Leroy

Olivier Poirier-Leroy

Olivier Poirier-Leroy is the founder of YourSwimLog.com. He is an author, former national level swimmer, two-time Olympic Trials qualifier, and swim coach.
Olivier is the author of the books YourSwimBook and Conquer the Pool. He writes all things high-performance swimming and is passionate about helping swimmers, swim coaches, and swim parents  master the pool. His articles were read over 4 million times last year and his work has                                  appeared on USA Swimming, SwimSwam, STACK, NBC Universal, and more. He’s also                                    kinda tall and can be found hitting noon-hour lap swims. You can learn more about                                       Olivier here.

Olivier Poirier-Leroy Olivier Poirier-Leroy is the founder of YourSwimLog.com. He is an author, former national level swimmer, two-time Olympic Trials qualifier, and swim coach.

Olivier is the author of the books YourSwimBook and Conquer the Pool. He writes all things high-performance swimming and is passionate about helping swimmers, swim coaches, and swim parents master the pool.

His articles were read over 4 million times last year and his work has appeared on USA Swimming, SwimSwam, STACK, NBC Universal, and more.

He’s also kinda tall and can be found hitting noon-hour lap swims. You can learn more about Olivier here.

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