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    Russia: Land of No Caps

    A lot of the Russian men don't wear caps. Do they know something we don't?

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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    I for one find caps to be extremely irritating and uncomfortable - I would not nor ever have worn them in competition save one or two relays in which the coach made us wear them (mainly for team identification purposes).

    I do have some Russian ancestry (rather minor, but some). Perhaps it's genetic, lol!

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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    Neither do the Canadian men. Maybe its a northern thing?
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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    Bald is the new cap ?

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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    I shave my head AND wear a cap, the combination of which pisses off John Smith greatly.
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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    Long ago when the Fat Man was thin and my hair was long, I wore a cap. Had to, I was flipping my hair out of my eyes and messing up the rhythm of my breaststroke pull. I only cut my hair twice a year, for the short course and long course championships.

    Now I wear it much shorter.

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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    Quote Originally Posted by meldyck View Post
    I shave my head AND wear a cap, the combination of which pisses off John Smith greatly.
    I do this also and knowing it makes Smith/Mr. Negative/Whatever His Name Is mad makes it even better.

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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    I never wore a cap until this year (except in OW when a cap was required). I finally broke down this year figuring it was a little silly to wear an expensive high-tech suit but nothing on my head.

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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    I've never worn a cap, accept as a youngster and now in OW swimming. I HATE them, they make me overheat. They only time it would be good to me is in cold OW swims.

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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    Wearing caps (as a hygiene thing) in Russian swimming pools, which are mostly indoor pools, is not compulsory. So most people don't wear them. This goes all the way up the food chain from noodlers to elite swimmers.

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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    When in doubt check google. A google search for 'плавание без шапочки' (swimming without cap) turns up a discussion (in Russian) on the subject, translated here. (Russian lesson: Шапочка is a feminine noun that means 'cap', and the preposition без (without) takes genitive case so it's без шапочки.)

    http://translate.google.com/translat...%3Den%26sa%3DN

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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    Quote Originally Posted by david.margrave View Post
    When in doubt check google. A google search for 'плавание без шапочки' (swimming without cap) turns up a discussion (in Russian) on the subject, translated here. (Russian lesson: Шапочка is a feminine noun that means 'cap', and the preposition без (without) takes genitive case so it's без шапочки.)

    http://translate.google.com/translat...%3Den%26sa%3DN

    Thank you David. What I learned from that thread is that statistical based machine translation is an area that still needs more research and development.

    If you figured out why elite Russians have not been wearing a cap when competing at international championships, could you share?

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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    Real men don't wear caps... unless it's in water polo!!


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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    Quote Originally Posted by qbrain View Post
    If you figured out why elite Russians have not been wearing a cap when competing at international championships, could you share?
    In that forum thread, they're mostly wondering why swimmers from other countries wear caps . As I said above, it's a culture thing. And the fact that most pools are indoors, which means they don't get the 'chill your brain out' effect when swimming sans a cap outdoors in cold weather.

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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    I actually saw a Russian guy with a cap in one of the Worlds finals.
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    Re: Russia: Land of No Caps

    Pankratov, the Russian submarine, always wore a cap. What a set of lungs and tolerance for pain he had!

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