Butterfly – Online Training Module
The first recorded Olympic 200 meters butterfly gold medal was won by William Yorzyk of USA in 2 minutes 19.3 seconds at the Melbourne Olympics in 1956, Japanese swimmer Takashi Ishimoto was second.
In the women’s event the first Olympic butterfly race was a 100 meters butterfly won by Shelly Mann in a time of 1 minute 11 seconds at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne Australia.
Modern butterfly has come a long way since early butterfly was performed with a breaststroke kick. Butterfly swimming is the hardest stroke to swim over long distances as it requires rhythm, strength and endurance. The most important element in teaching butterfly is to first establish the dolphin rhythm. There are a number of ways to teach beginner swimmers this butterfly rhythm so that the double dolphin action used in modern butterfly swimming becomes automatic and ingrained into the stroke.
The Laurie Lawrence method of teaching butterfly focuses on isolating arm and leg movements before utilising a number of butterfly stroke drills to develop the correct full stroke butterfly.