Olympics: Swimming and diving

A closer look at the swimming and diving events and key competitors:

Missy Franklin’s big backstroke
Michael Phelps kicks into history
Ryan Lochte’s backstroke technique
Phelps-Lochte tale of the tape

Divers David Boudia and Nick McCrory make a splash in London

U.S. divers David Boudia and Nick McCrory won a bronze medal on the 10-meter platform in the synchronized final at the London Games. They also competed individually in the 10-meter platform finals, in which Boudia won the gold medal.

Missy Franklin’s big backstroke

Missy Franklin won four golds and a bronze in London, and two of the golds came in backstroke events. Here is a look at what makes her special:

Michael Phelps kicks into history

All-time Olympic medal leader Michael Phelps is fast off the block going into a powerful dolphin kick for the maximum of 15 meters underwater. Phelps’ V-shaped body gives him little drag, and his short legs provide explosive power.

Ryan Lochte’s backstroke technique

Ryan Lochte battled Michael Phelps and other top swimmers in a number of races at the 2012 Games, but backstroke is his specialty. How he does it:

Phelps-Lochte tale of the tape

A comparison of the two prominent U.S. swimmers as they stacked up before the London Games:

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