Has any one caught the new Catch Phrase? Probably invented at the Olympics
this year but all the news people are repeating it.
During a swim racing event the winner apparently did not swim faster, he
"Out Touched" the other swimmers. This has happen on two different
occasions that I know of so far.
Makes some sense...I saw one heat a day or two ago where a USA woman got
silver instead of gold because she touched the wall with a flat palm
rather than stretching out her fingers and touching with fingertips.
The commentator was shocked, saying that it was a totally rookie mistake.
When the difference is a few hundredths of a second, that final lunge
for the wall is just as important as everything else.
So, what happens now? Swimmers will start hanging heavy weights on their
arms to lengthen them? I can just see it now, the advent of the new
swimmer's training tool ~ a specially designed traction bed with wrist
straps and arm tension rods.
How about special swimmer's fingernail growth formulas?
As a member of a "swim family", having watched countless races peering over
the edge of a pool with a stopwatch in my hand, I can tell you that "out
touched" is a swimming term that dates back to just after the invention of
Michael Latcha - at home in Redford, MI
That may very well be true, but like the kid next door that got a new bell
to ring for his bicycle it can be over used. I absolutely do not recall
having ever heard the term prior to this weekend and heard it 3 times, even
by those not announcing the race. This was not the first time a swimmer was
"Out Touched". The media learned a new term and have already worn it out.
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