Swimming by:Brehanna

Swimming first became an Olympic event in 1896. Swimming started as a men only sport and in 1912 women were able to participate. Swimming for one hour can burn up to 650 calories. Swimming gives your heart and lungs more strength. Swimming works out all of the body's muscles. http://www.swimmingpool.com/
The oldest swimming stroke is breaststroke, which is also the slowest swim stroke at the Olympics. An Olympic swimming pool can hold up to 700,000-800,000 gallons of water. More than half of the top swimmers suffer from shoulder pain. The most popular swimming stroke is freestyle .https://www.simplyswim.com
Professional swimmers wear caps or shave their heads because it creates less friction and makes them swim faster. 65% of Americans cannot swim. England turned swimming into a competitive sport in the 1800"s. Swimming improves your flexibility. http://www.heaterreader.com
Swimmers lose sweat in the pool, they loose just as much sweat in the pool as any other athlete looses on land. Free divers can hold their breath for up to 10 minutes. The average high school swimmer swim 1 million strokes per season. On average 1,850 swimmers will make it to Olympic trials. Of those swimmers, nearly 50 of them will actually make it to the Olympic swim team.www.swimmingworldmagazine.com
The five different strokes at the Olympics are Freestyle, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and individual medley. Back stroke became a stroke in 1904. The freestyle distance is 800 meters for women and 1,500 meters for men. The medley relay is swam by four different swimmers each swimmers swimming one of the four different strokes.https://en.wikipedia.org


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