Ryan Lochte's backstroke

Ryan Lochte is swimming a full program of races at the 2012 Games, but backstroke is his specialty. How he does it:

The takeoff

The takeoff

Strong dolphin kick underwater

Strong dolphin kick underwater

Strong dolphin kick underwater

Backstroke

Backstroke

Backstroke

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Deep arch in the back, throwing himself off the block. Head also arches way back.

 

 

Initiates first pull while still underwater. Many swimmers lose speed by breaking the surface before the first pull.

 

Head stays straight while the body rotation is smooth.

Long reach with each arm followed by a strong pull.

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