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Deck Change: Wrapping a towel around oneself to change (typically into or out of a bathing suit) in a public setting.
This is the place where you can talk about the pics, the sport, the weather, and the lack of pictures of deck changes on this site.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Thanks for Stopping By in 2006!

This has been an incredible year for swimming and also for this site! I check the stats every couple days and have been amazed how many people are coming to see deckchange. I hope that is because swimming is growing in popularity. I do love getting a good seat at a meet but I want to see more spectators in the stands! People have been really sweet and supportive of the site. I want to thank all of you who have e-mailed me, posted on the blog, or linked deckchange on your own websites. I was shocked when someone pointed out that we are the top site when searching the words "deck change".

2006 brought us some shocking times in women's racing by long reigning women and quite a few new faces. The men reminded us that the top guys are planning to be there for a while.

On a personal note, I was devastated to learn of the retirement of Ian Thorpe. It was his stroke that showed me the beauty of swimming. His dynamic personality and humanitarianism prompted me to start looking more closely at the other athletes in this sport. I had really hoped that I would see him swim in person some day. And I may still see him around, but not swimming. That I what I was most hoping to see. But it is probaly for the best. I really would have hated seeing him race without the fire to do it.

I have been lucky enough to have photographed the greatest swimmers to have competed in the last 2 years. I have enjoyed seeing people come really close to, and in some cases, even beat their heroes. Proving to themselves that dreams are possible. I have been amazed at the athletes, fans and families that I have met. Every single person has been kind and completely inspiring. You all give so much to the sport and the fans, young and old. So once again, I want to thank you all.

The visitors were many this year. I hope I can continue to give you a reason to come back, and maybe even entice you to say hello.
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