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In addition to being survival modes of swimming, two of these, the dolphin stroke and the torpedo stroke could lend themselves to a high level of competition. Furthermore, the dolphin stroke can easily be used over distances of several kilometres which indicates that it is indeed a stroke that comes naturally. The torpedo stroke on the other hand requires more body control and concentration; dizziness may possibly force swimmer to come to a full stop since it is so demanding. The torpedo stroke represents a great challenge; Raymond-Louis feels that on that basis, it should be fully recognized at the Olympic Games. He also feels that the dolphin stroke should become more popular on the basis of lower resistance to surface waves. Raymond-Louis masters both strokes but yet, he swims faster using the dolphin stroke.

Against all odds, the beautiful free-flowing and swift dolphin stroke may become the fifth stroke to be recognized at he Olympic Games; or even perhaps the sixth stroke following the torpedo…

After all, Dick Fosbury invented the jump named after him (backwards jump with back first); nobody had thought about it before him. He created a new paradigm, simply because he had back pain. At first, it all seemed strange but as he qualified, the belly jump was imitated by all. Likewise, two of those strokes might rejuvenate Olympic Swimming which according to Raymond-Louis has been in a dead end for the past 50 years on account of its being limited to the four traditional strokes.









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