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Swimming the Bay: Escape From Alcatraz

Zach Dean | Posted 11.27.2012 | San Francisco
Zach Dean

Gasp after gasp was met with mouthfuls of the Pacific and soon panic was crashing over me. I was choosing the psychopath less traveled by. As I plowed forward, I prayed that there was no beastly guardian, unseen but for a fin, following in my wake.

Toronto's Lights Are Brightest Downtown

Dwight Brown | Posted 11.20.2012 | Travel
Dwight Brown

As the chopper returns, you'll get gorgeous views of the Toronto Islands, the largest urban car-free community in North America and perhaps Toronto's best geographical treasure.

Seaside Adventures In Stunning Wales

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 09.20.2012 | Travel
Margie Goldsmith

After being fitted for wetsuits, personal flotation devices and helmets, we walk down a dirt path to the ocean. "Everyone ready?" the guide asks. "Just remember to stay on the barnacles. The rocks are slippery but the barnacles are your friends." I tighten the shoelaces on my sneakers and follow the others down the slippery rocks.

Spain's Most Decorated Paralympic Swimmer

Alexander Ragir | Posted 11.13.2012 | Sports
Alexander Ragir

Xavi Torres was born without hands or feet, but that's never kept him from swimming in the open ocean off the coast of Mallorca, Spain.

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Older Athletes: Beating the Clock | Kurt Heine | Posted 09.17.2012 | Sports

Some bicyclists talk about the pain cave—where the mind pushes the body beyond the normal limits of exhaustion. Lynn Bradshaw was there. Her...

The Phelps Family's Best of London

Elizabeth Thorp | Posted 11.10.2012 | Travel
Elizabeth Thorp

Now that the 2012 Summer Olympics are over, Michael Phelps' family shares their travel tips, highlights of their London trip and some personal photos.

Root for Team USA: Paralympic Highlights

Bonnie St. John | Posted 09.08.2012 | Sports
Bonnie St. John

There's still time to enjoy some of the most amazing feats of athletic achievement: The London Paralympics 2012! As a winner of 3 Paralympic medals, I know firsthand the dedication to training and perseverance required to compete at this level of sport.

Clean Water or Green Water: How We Produce Our Food Is Sliming Our Water

Francesca Koe | Posted 10.30.2012 | Green
Francesca Koe

By supporting farmers who protect water quality, you'll be making a difference in whether we have clean water or slimy green water, from our rivers to our seashores.

Fear Of Pain: Do You Know Your Limit?

Jaimal Yogis | Posted 10.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Jaimal Yogis

Unlike our ancestors (who had to endure all sorts of grueling survival challenges), most of us don't know or understand our limits -- because we don't reach them. We're afraid of the pain. We're afraid of what we might find out about our character.

PHOTOS: The Best Natural Swimming Holes

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 10.30.2012 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

It's August, it's humid and we'll bet you want to go swimming. Lucky you, we found 26 natural spots -- gentle waterfalls, deep swimming holes, lazy rivers -- where you can relax with a dip.

Cool off Streamside: Ten Uniquely California Rivers

The Nature Conservancy in California | Posted 10.24.2012 | Green
The Nature Conservancy in California

What makes the best summer vacations or a Labor Day escape? Rivers. Swimming, fishing, napping on a shady riverbank -- there's no better getaway. Fortunately, dozens of jaw-droppingly beautiful rivers run through the Golden State.

WATCH: Lochte Races Prince Harry At Las Vegas Pool Party

Posted 08.22.2012 | Sports

The Olympics might be over, but that doesn't mean Ryan Lochte is done racing. The U.S. Olympic swimmer ran into Prince Harry at a pool party in Las Ve...

10 Things We Can Learn From Diana Nyad

Steve Siebold | Posted 10.21.2012 | Women
Steve Siebold

There are some very important lessons in mental toughness that we can all learn from Nyad.

Pray for Purple, Diana Nyad 55 Miles From Key West

Candace Lyle Hogan | Posted 10.21.2012 | Sports
Candace Lyle Hogan

I am writing from aboard the Quest, one of 7 ships in the flotilla escorting Diana Nyad on her record setting attempt to swim unaided from Cuba to Florida.

The Cuba Swim: A Life Story

Diana Nyad | Posted 08.18.2012 | Impact
Diana Nyad

This Xtreme Dream of mine, the Cuba Swim, has rendered me awake and alive and alert. And now my time has come. This is it. I will jump from those rocks at Marina Hemingway in Havana and begin this extraordinary journey.

How Close Do Great White Sharks Come to the Shore?

Quora | Posted 10.15.2012 | Science

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Justine Kimball, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow working on a PhD at Stanford S...

Exotic Destinations For A Swim This Summer

JustLuxe | Posted 10.14.2012 | Travel

While some of the best hotel pools offer stunning views in relaxing locales, nothing beats swimming in one of Mother Nature's beautiful bodies of water.

London's Grand Olympics, On and Off the Track

William Bradley | Posted 10.13.2012 | Sports
William Bradley

What a fantastic Olympics we've just had. I miss the Games already. The spectacle was grand, but what I hope really last are the spirits of internationalism and participation in sport.

Dreams of Gold

Katia Maldonado | Posted 10.13.2012 | Impact
Katia Maldonado

Javier, for one, only thinks about swimming. He goes to school. He is a good student in his seventh grade class. But, he can't wait to head to the pool as soon as the bell rings. His dream is to become a swimming instructor -- after winning an Olympic medal, of course.

WATCH: Ryan Lochte Pees In Pools

Posted 08.09.2012 | Comedy

American Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte has been getting a lot of press for his love life during these games, but that's not all he's about. He teamed up...

PHOTO: Michael Phelps Exclusive

Posted 10.09.2012 | Home

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Amazing Synchronized Swimming Formations

Posted 08.07.2012 | Women

Team USA competed in the Synchronized Swimming duet finals today, coming in 11th place with an overall score of 175.670. The duo, Mary Killman and Mar...

The Problem With Swimming

David Macaray | Posted 10.07.2012 | Sports
David Macaray

While no one can deny that Phelps is the greatest swimmer in history, it's silly to call him the "greatest Olympian." Anyone who's followed Olympic sports knows that swimming and multiple medals go together like vodka and regrets.

What Changes to the Rules Have Occurred in Swimming Events Since the Last Olympics?

Quora | Posted 10.06.2012 | Sports

This question originally appeared on Quora. By Carly Geehr, former USA Swimming National Team Member Rule changes in the last four years wouldn't b...

The Real Reason We Make Fun Of Ryan Lochte?

Salon | Posted 08.07.2012 | Women

Ryan Lochte has managed to eclipse the celebrity of his torso. Not through stunning athletic prowess, mind you, but gold-medal-worthy douchebaggery. W...