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New FINA Backstroke Starting Platform

I have been asked a number of questions recently in regards to the new backstroke starting platform.

Rumour has it that the new backstroke starting platforms are set to be used at a number of swim meets around the world in the next few months.

FINA recently made this how-to video on how to set up and use the new backstroke platform.  It features US Olympic champion backstrokers Natalie Coughlin and Aaron Peirsol and the voice over is non other than the US legend Rowdy Gaines.

Well here it is in the video below.

What do you think about the use of the new backstroke starting platform in backstroke races?

While I believe it will be great for those who get to use it, how wide spread will they be made available?

What happens when a race begins?  Does someone have to remove them from the block so that when a swimmer turns or finishes, they do not hit it?

Where do they get stored during freestyle, backstroke and butterfly races?

It will be interesting to see how their use unfolds over time.


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2 Responses to New FINA Backstroke Starting Platform

  1. Alan March 31, 2014 at 1:10 am #

    Was dubious when I first read the headline. But ok, could prove really interesting. I still need to get some flexibility in my back though!!

  2. Gary March 31, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    Hi Alan, Yes, swimmers will need some back flexibility however the platform will assist to get some height and backward drive.

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