Duels in the Pool: Swimming's Greatest Rivalries (Rowman & Littlefield Swimming) (Hardcover)
An individual sport at its core, swimming is defined by iconic rivalries such as those between Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, and Jenny Thompson and Dara Torres. Spanning nearly 100 years, this book highlights the best of these contests, including individual showdowns, team battles, friendly competitions, and heated political rivalries. From their early beginnings through the highlights of their careers, this book follows the top athletes in the sport and the rivals who pushed them to the pinnacle of swimming. Exhaustively researched, Duels in the Pool includes original interviews and rich details, shining a light on some of the sport's finest athletes and the rivalries that propelled them to greatness. This book will appeal not only to sports historians and researchers but also to fans of swimming at every level.
Matthew De George is a reporter for the Delaware County Daily Times, for which he covers live events, including the 2012 U.S. Olympic swim trials and other sports. De George was previously a contributor to SportsGrid.com.