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Nathan
May 2nd, 2008, 07:18 PM
As the title says, what's the best race you recall ever seeing?

That Guy
May 2nd, 2008, 07:42 PM
Honestly, it's pretty hard to top this one.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=U6I6Ffd-IP8

smontanaro
May 2nd, 2008, 08:37 PM
As amazing a swimmer as Janet Evans is, I cringed every time she breathed. Talk about a lope in her stroke... :D

3strokes
May 3rd, 2008, 07:44 AM
Athens Olympics.
Men's 200m Free final

Almost any swim by Ian Thorpe. He has such a magnificently clean and efficient style, that I'd rather watch him lose a race than an ugly (style-wise) swimmer break a World record.

Sam Perry
May 3rd, 2008, 09:48 AM
Athens Olympics when Klete Keller held off Thorpe to win 800 Free Relay.

That Guy
May 3rd, 2008, 09:56 AM
Athens Olympics. Men's 200m Free final

I thought of that one too. I can't remember ever seeing another race that had four titans duking it out like that.

Chris Stevenson
May 3rd, 2008, 10:25 AM
I imagine the intent was to limit this to swimming, but I don't know that I have a clear favorite.

So I'll go with this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQDjqAkLUB0) instead. I don't care how tarnished the sport has become, I still get goosebumps. The man just refused to lose.

geochuck
May 3rd, 2008, 10:34 AM
Not swimming but running - The Miracle mile in 1954, Bannister and Landy first two men under 4 minutes for the mile run. I was there it was an amazing feat. The race is 3 minutes into this clip, near the end of the race Landy looks over his left shoulder as Bannister passes him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjDYulhbfps

3strokes
May 3rd, 2008, 10:41 AM
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Originally Posted by 3strokes http://forums.usms.org/images/buttons/viewpost.gif (http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?p=132357#post132357)
Athens Olympics. Men's 200m Free final



I thought of that one too. I can't remember ever seeing another race that had four titans duking it out like that.

Another one that comes to mind is the Barcelona Men's 400m Free final.
(Again) Thorpe v/s Hackett where they went stroke for stroke (a tactical rather than a go-for-WR race) for nearly 3/4 of the race and then Ian made his move and, voilá.

I also like to watch World-Class 1500meters when swum by one (or more) of the giants of that distance but always get disappointed when they only show the first 150m (when everybody is practically level) then cut to commercials then resume for the last 72 meters when the lapping has already been achieved, the race already decided and all we're doing is watching one guy swimming alone to the finish..........

Maui Mike
May 3rd, 2008, 10:50 AM
Billy Mills 10k Mexico City

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QaDQL0rMWw

Somebody forgot to tell the guy he didn't have a prayer of winning that race.:bouncing:

Peter Cruise
May 3rd, 2008, 12:12 PM
I've always remembered the original duel in the pool where top 50m free swimmers raced in elimination heats with Jager and Biondi duking it out in the end, world record lowered I think twice on the day and in old-style racing briefs at that!

Nathan
May 3rd, 2008, 01:46 PM
Almost any swim by Ian Thorpe. He has such a magnificently clean and efficient style, that I'd rather watch him lose a race than an ugly (style-wise) swimmer break a World record.

http://www.swimshare.com/play.php?vid=99

Like that one :)

Leonard Jansen
May 3rd, 2008, 04:27 PM
Billy Mills 10k Mexico City


Actually, Mills was 1964 in Tokyo. I met Mills about 24 years ago at the world premiere of his autobiographical movie "Running Brave." My God, what a nice, decent, humble and wonderful person. Sometimes the good guys first first.

-LBJ

3strokes
May 3rd, 2008, 09:31 PM
http://www.swimshare.com/play.php?vid=99

Like that one :)

Thanks for the link. The guy's not even a sprinter and he finishes 3rd.........

ALM
May 3rd, 2008, 09:38 PM
Misty Hyman's 200 Fly gold-medal swim in the 2000 Olympics. :cheerleader:

Bill Volckening
May 3rd, 2008, 11:33 PM
I'm going to limit my response to races I've seen in person. My "best" is:

USA Swimming-National Meets
2004 U. S. Olympic Team Trials - 7/7/2004 to 7/14/2004

Event 1 Men 400 LC Meter IM
================================================== ================
World: W 4:09.09 7/27/2003 Michael Phelps, USA
American: A 4:09.09 7/27/2003 Michael Phelps, USA
U.S. Open: O 4:10.73 4/6/2003 Michael Phelps, USA
Meet: M 4:12.72 3/7/1996 Tom Dolan, Michigan/CUBU
Oly. Tr. Cut: 4:28.89
Name Age Team Prelims Finals
================================================== ================
=== Finals ===

1 Phelps, Michael 19 North Baltimore 4:16.11 4:08.41W
26.15 55.66 (29.51)
1:27.00 (31.34) 1:57.85 (30.85)
2:34.04 (36.19) 3:10.75 (36.71)
3:40.39 (29.64) 4:08.41 (28.02)
2 Vendt, Erik 23 Trojan Swim Club 4:19.75 4:14.09
27.16 58.23 (31.07)
1:30.88 (32.65) 2:02.46 (31.58)
2:38.04 (35.58) 3:14.86 (36.82)
3:45.08 (30.22) 4:14.09 (29.01)
3 Shanteau, Eric 20 Swim Atlanta/Aub 4:20.16 4:15.08
28.08 59.70 (31.62)
1:32.77 (33.07) 2:05.68 (32.91)
2:40.57 (34.89) 3:16.05 (35.48)
3:46.20 (30.15) 4:15.08 (28.88)
4 Lochte, Ryan 19 Daytona Beach Sw 4:17.45 4:18.46
27.02 57.71 (30.69)
1:29.98 (32.27) 2:01.90 (31.92)
2:39.49 (37.59) 3:18.59 (39.10)
3:48.39 (29.80) 4:18.46 (30.07)
5 Donnelly, Eric 24 Gator Swim Club/ 4:24.57 4:21.91
27.22 58.32 (31.10)
1:31.59 (33.27) 2:05.00 (33.41)
2:42.20 (37.20) 3:21.31 (39.11)
3:52.29 (30.98) 4:21.91 (29.62)
6 Wilkens, Tom 28 Stanford Swimmin 4:22.39 4:23.50
27.42 58.57 (31.15)
1:33.19 (34.62) 2:07.08 (33.89)
2:43.23 (36.15) 3:20.62 (37.39)
3:52.67 (32.05) 4:23.50 (30.83)
7 Mellors, Patrick 18 Jewish Community 4:20.70 4:23.72
27.32 58.69 (31.37)
1:33.04 (34.35) 2:05.92 (32.88)
2:44.24 (38.32) 3:22.95 (38.71)
3:54.00 (31.05) 4:23.72 (29.72)
8 Fahey, Paul 21 Usc 4:24.82 4:29.18
27.97 59.98 (32.01)
1:35.09 (35.11) 2:09.50 (34.41)
2:46.95 (37.45) 3:25.58 (38.63)
3:58.18 (32.60) 4:29.18 (31.00)

Maui Mike
May 4th, 2008, 01:41 PM
Actually, Mills was 1964 in Tokyo. I met Mills about 24 years ago at the world premiere of his autobiographical movie "Running Brave." My God, what a nice, decent, humble and wonderful person. Sometimes the good guys first first.

-LBJ

Sorry, my mistake.

I did not see the race live but it got serious news coverage after it happened, back in a time when the 10k was not a race many Americans cared much about. Billy Mills heritage and demeanor just made it all the better, a great sports story.

Nathan
May 4th, 2008, 03:39 PM
Thanks for the link. The guy's not even a sprinter and he finishes 3rd.........

Kind of a neat Thorpe commercial....

http://swimshare.com/play.php?vid=105

Warren
May 4th, 2008, 04:12 PM
best race ever

http://youtube.com/watch?v=Sjt4SiRatB0

Nathan
May 4th, 2008, 04:55 PM
best race ever

http://www.tvharmony.com/dot.gif (tvharmony://AddDL?url=http://youtube.com/watch?v=Sjt4SiRatB0&title=http://youtube.com/watch?v=Sjt4SiRatB0)http://youtube.com/watch?v=Sjt4SiRatB0

Catch that Derby yesterday?

USMSarah
May 4th, 2008, 06:18 PM
Misty Hyman's 200 Fly gold-medal swim in the 2000 Olympics. :cheerleader:

I agree! I could watch that swim over and over again! Her surprise and celebration at the end was such a classic Olympic moment!

:applaud::applaud::applaud:

3strokes
May 4th, 2008, 08:58 PM
Kind of a neat Thorpe commercial....

http://swimshare.com/play.php?vid=105

That was not my cup o' tea. While I admire a sportsperson (while doing his/her sport), I'm not a great "fan" of the "life of..........." or "the hobbies of ............." or "How does XYZ spend his money" or "A Typical day in the life of ...........".

Commercials are even more of a turn off, since they usually go for the artistic impressions and prize-winning-photography/filming and you can't see much swimming when the camera's swivelling and gimballing 735 degrees around a swimmer.

Mighty Minnow
May 5th, 2008, 10:26 AM
Affirmed and Alydar...1978 Belmont.....my first track experience.....Affirmed broke by a nose early and they went a mile and a half with no more than that 1/2 a neck between them!

Or did you mean swim race?:wine:

Happy cinqo de mayo to all of you!

Nathan
May 5th, 2008, 01:20 PM
Affirmed and Alydar...1978 Belmont.....my first track experience.....Affirmed broke a nose early and they went a mile and a half with no more than that neck between them!

Or did you mean swim race?:wine:

Happy cinqo de mayo to all of you!

What's swimming when you've got horses?! :-D

Which reminds me of telling people, when in high school, I played water polo. You wouldn't believe how many people asked me, "How do the horses take the water?"

geochuck
May 5th, 2008, 01:29 PM
Nathan I used to train trotting and pacing horses. I used to take them to the Grand River and swim them. They take to the water well.

The best waterpolo match I have seen and not played in was Russia and Hungary at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne Australia.

lefty
May 5th, 2008, 02:16 PM
Best race in swimming: 2000 men's 4x100 freestyle relay. Hey US lost, so what, it was unreal. WR leadoff for AUS, USA has surpirse 48.8 from Ervin, US swimmers outsplit their AUS counterparts on the next 2 legs but not enough to give Hall the lead vs Thorpe. Hall passes Thorpe at the turn, Thorpe fights back for the victory. WOW!

mikeh
May 5th, 2008, 02:37 PM
I will send you a free burrito (or something) if you can find that swim somewhere on the web. I have never found it. :D

geochuck
May 5th, 2008, 02:53 PM
Is this the one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L_jE9rAZAI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQQt0eTknxY&feature=related

If this is the one send me 35 pesos I will buy my burrito In Mexico next week.

swimr4life
May 5th, 2008, 03:36 PM
My hero, Marin Morrisson, swimming in her high school meet after 3 brain surgeries that left her right arm and leg paralyzed. She has just had her 4th brain surgery last week and had just made the 2008 Special Olympics Team! We hope and pray she can recover in time to compete....it is a lifelong dream of hers.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIvEP06jC38

Nathan
May 5th, 2008, 05:05 PM
My hero, Marin Morrisson, swimming in her high school meet after 3 brain surgeries that left her right arm and leg paralyzed. She has just had her 4th brain surgery last week and had just made the 2008 Special Olympics Team! We hope and pray she can recover in time to compete....it is a lifelong dream of hers.
http://www.tvharmony.com/dot.gif (tvharmony://AddDL?url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIvEP06jC38&title=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIvEP06jC38)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIvEP06jC38

She's local to my area, so we see her on television when they do segments about her accomplishments. Talk about inspirational!

Rick
May 5th, 2008, 06:10 PM
Men's 4 X 200 Free Relay - 1984 Olympics in L.A. - Anchor leg - Bruce Hayes vs. Michael Gross (The "Albatross") - Hayes was perfect against one of the great swimmers of the time!

mikeh
May 5th, 2008, 08:47 PM
Misty Hyman's 200 Fly gold-medal swim in the 2000 Olympics. :cheerleader:

I will send you a free burrito (or something) if you can find that swim somewhere on the web. I have never found it.

mikeh
May 5th, 2008, 08:47 PM
Is this the one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6L_jE9rAZAI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQQt0eTknxY&feature=related

If this is the one send me 35 pesos I will buy my burrito In Mexico next week.

LOL - no, sorry! I was referring to Misty Hyman's 200 meter butterfly race from 2000.

mikeh
May 5th, 2008, 08:52 PM
Men's 4 X 200 Free Relay - 1984 Olympics in L.A. - Anchor leg - Bruce Hayes vs. Michael Gross (The "Albatross") - Hayes was perfect against one of the great swimmers of the time!

Ask and ye shall receive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9ppC-Xb-Eg&feature=related

geochuck
May 5th, 2008, 09:21 PM
LOL - no, sorry! I was referring to Misty Hyman's 200 meter butterfly race from 2000.
That race was almost what you wanted (same Olympics) so can I still have the burrito.

Rick
May 5th, 2008, 10:36 PM
Ask and ye shall receive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9ppC-Xb-Eg&feature=related

Bless You!!

"May the wind be always at your back!"

Stillhere
May 6th, 2008, 01:16 PM
No close second for me---The woman's 4 X 200 Free relay in Athens when the USA team smashed the 17 year old E. German cheats WR.

Allen Stark
May 7th, 2008, 12:09 PM
#1,1976 women's 400 free relay,when the US women beat the E German cheaters.Unbelievable race.Nothing else even close.
All time goose bump race-1968 Mexico Olympics when Felipe Munoz won the 200 BR.He was the only Mexican to Gold at that Olympics and the entire stadium was screaming "Mejico" every time he breathed.:cheerleader:

mikeh
May 7th, 2008, 07:34 PM
#1,1976 women's 400 free relay,when the US women beat the E German cheaters.Unbelievable race.Nothing else even close.
All time goose bump race-1968 Mexico Olympics when Felipe Munoz won the 200 BR.He was the only Mexican to Gold at that Olympics and the entire stadium was screaming "Mejico" every time he breathed.:cheerleader:

For the Felipe Munoz race, click here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9jzAhJKXqU

The breaststroke style in those days was very different.

Sandy Yaygo
May 7th, 2008, 08:04 PM
1974 NCAA men's 100 Breaststroke finals. All 6 swimmers finished within .7 seconds of each other.

mikeh
May 10th, 2008, 07:25 AM
bump to the top

Big AL
May 10th, 2008, 05:20 PM
Seems strange to come up with a 1500, as they are usually lopsided, but the 1976 Olympics with Goodell, Hackett, and Holland is still the most incredible race I have ever seen. It kept going and going, changing leads, with all three breaking the existing world record.

That Guy
August 11th, 2008, 12:08 AM
I'd like to change my answer.

http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/SW/C73B1/SWM411101.shtml

:banana::banana::banana::banana:

ensignada
August 11th, 2008, 12:11 AM
I'd like to change my answer.

http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/SW/C73B1/SWM411101.shtml

:banana::banana::banana::banana:

No kidding. Wow.

Warren
August 11th, 2008, 12:12 AM
I'd like to change my answer.

http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/INF/SW/C73B1/SWM411101.shtml

:banana::banana::banana::banana:

yeah, that relay was rediculous. I still cant believe how awesome that was.

mattson
August 11th, 2008, 12:18 AM
Ask and ye shall receive:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9ppC-Xb-Eg&feature=related

Thanks Rick and Mikeh. That race came to mind, although I had forgotten most of the details.

USMSarah
August 11th, 2008, 09:46 AM
Lezak's superman swim in the 400 FREE RELAY yesterday! People across the world were floored. He put his heart and guts into that race.

Rick
August 11th, 2008, 02:39 PM
To quote that great line from Hoosiers -

"I think we should vote again!"

For me - Hayes' 1984 swim (which was fabulous) is now #2; and (no surprise) Lezak's is #1 (and will likely be for a very long time......)

Midas
August 11th, 2008, 02:47 PM
Sigh... If only Katie Hoff had managed to hang on last night then everybody's new favorite race might have been a little more difficult to chose.

poolraat
August 11th, 2008, 04:14 PM
I always thought that Billy Mills' finish in the 10,000 meter in the '64 Games was the greatest in Olympic history. That relay finish by Lezak is now the greatest finish of all time.

funkyfish
August 11th, 2008, 04:42 PM
My vote is for last night's relay race. I have a friend who doesn't watch much, if any, TV, and he was asking me about it this morning. It was one of the few times I was out of my seat watching sports on TV (like I could get a better view if I moved around the living room). Kids were in bed, my wife and I were screaming, and I hurt my shoulder waiving my fist in the air. Most awesome!
:banana::banana::banana:

DAP
August 11th, 2008, 05:05 PM
Lezak's superman swim in the 400 FREE RELAY yesterday! People across the world were floored. He put his heart and guts into that race.
I get a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye every time I see that race, and I'm not an emotional person normally. Definitely the best race I have ever seen.

swimr4life
August 11th, 2008, 05:15 PM
Jason Lezak deserves the honor big time. The way he charged at the end of his race.....he has the heart and soul of a champion. That relay was by far one the best races I've ever seen!! :bow: