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Welcome

Thank you for stopping by.  My name is Sergio Lopez Miro and I have been involved in the swimming world as a swimmer or as a coach for almost 40 years.  Swimming has given me a path in life and my goal is to share some of my thoughts and experiences here with you.  Let me know what you think and enjoy!

 

 

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Monday
Jun242013

At the pool the night before starts

After warmup and getting ready to go and have good dinner.

100 Free for our four boys

Go Bolles!!!

Sunday
Jan272013

Passion Burning inside of you

What has helped you develop that passion burning inside of you?

Have you ever asked yourself what was one of the main things that helped you be passionate about your life?  I do that a lot and I have come to the conclusion that it is always developing and there are certain moments that happen randomly that have a profound effect on my outlook at my life and the way I will do things from that moment on.  Sometimes that moment in time just brings me back to how I felt when I was young and trying to understand myself and what I wanted to accomplish in my life (still trying to figure it out ;-).

Well the other day when I was at the Austin Grand Prix I had one of those moments.  The meet went great since I only had two swimmers (one pro and one high school) and I was able to spend a lot of quality time with the high school swimmer.  I always feel that when I can travel with a small number of swimmers like this time I can connect, teach and understand the swimmers better.  I felt this time was a very good growing moment for the swimmer and me as a coach.

Now the “random moment” that made me feel alive and emotional internally was when I was listening to a musician and his band at a bar in Austin.  I was already in the hotel and my friend Mark texted me and said that a friend of his (ex-swimmer) was playing at an Irish Pub in the infamous 6th street in downtown Austin.  So I said “sure I will be there in few minutes”, I did not think twice and don’t ask me why.  I get there and the music is already going on.  The band’s name is Trent Turner and the Moontowers.  We had a table right in front of the stage and watching Trent Turner play the guitar and sing just brought Goosebumps all over me.  I don’t listen to Blues (I don’t know why) but watching Trent playing and signing with such passion made me feel very good.  This guy was in his own world with his eyes closed and just letting everything that he had inside of him come out in the form of music.

What a "Great Moment in Time!!!!"

If every day I was able to be that passionate about my coaching and my swimmers understood and appreciated their talent the way Trent was playing the guitar at that moment in time THE SKY WOULD BE THE LIMIT!

INSPIRING and I can only say THANK YOU to Trent Turner and the Moontowers for sharing that moment with all of us at the bar.

One of the songs that made me buy their CD at the bar is “Billy Badass”.  When Trent was just playing this song he just took me back in time to my beautiful city of Barcelona when I was young and then my city gave me a reason to be who I am.  Thank You!

Now I sure hope some of my swimmers make it this summer to the 2013 World Swimming Championships in Barcelona not just to compete but to see, feel and understand the magic that a city like Barcelona has for everyone to embrace. 

Austin-Barcelona THANK YOU for giving us the opportunity to feel that we belong somewhere no matter how far away we may be.

Here are a couple of things for you to see and listen.  Enjoy and never stop living and appreciating “that moment in time” that happens randomly and has a profound effect on who you are and the direction your life takes.  It is one of the most beautiful things about this life we live and that many times we don’t understand or we are afraid to feel and listen.

Listen to Trent Turner's Billy Badass song 

http://www.myspace.com/music/player?sid=57270609&ac=now

Interview with Trent Turner:

http://www.myspace.com/trentturnerandthemoontowers/videos/interview-with-trent-turner/63463271

Video Youtube of Billy Badass song from last year. Not great quality of video but you can appreciate what i mean

Just Listen, Feel and Don’t Be afraid of what is inside of you.  You will be surprised with what that moment brings you and also where it takes you.  Enjoy the great Journey you live when you are passionate about what your life!

Thank you for reading this long!

My name is Sergio Lopez Miro and I come from Barcelona, Spain!

Wednesday
Nov142012

Tonight I am going to watch Skyfall ;-)

Yesterday my wife and I were invited to a presentation of the new James Bond Movie Skyfall sponsored by OMEGA.  Sandy and I went to the reception at the OMEGA Boutique here in Jacksonville that is located in the St. Johns Towncenter.  Beautiful store and great watches.

We had some champagne and also some great appetizers, took some pictures, look at some beautiful watches and got two tickets for a special screening of Skyfall tonight at Tynseltown.  We are both very excited ;-)

Here are some pictures from yesterday's reception.

In this one I think I am better looking than Him ;-)

 

 Beautiful Watch

 

Countdown to the 2014 Winter Olympics!

 

 Movie Ticket to Watch SkyFall!

 

Thursday
Nov082012

Oliver Luck visits WVU Alumni in Jacksonville at Big Dawgs Restaurant

Last night Michael Walker and I went to Big Dawgs Restaurant to meet Oliver Luck, the Athletic Director at West Virginia University.  Big Dawgs Restaurant is the place where the WVU Alumni Chapter of Jacksonville meets to watch the WVU football games.  Chad Dean is Director of the Alumni Chapter here in Jacksonville and has done a tremendous job with the events.  We have been to the restaurant before, to watch WVU play and now we went to meet and hopefully be able to talk with Oliver Luck. 

The gathering was great and it was good to hear Oliver Luck’s thoughts about the move to the Big 12 and also their projects for updating their athletic facilities.  Also in attendance was JR Rogers, member of Board of Governors for WVU, that he also gave some good insight about the new projects to enhance Morgantown and bring more people to this beautiful city.  Oliver Luck was very nice and spent quality time sitting and talking with every WVU Alumni and supporter.

Michael Walker and I also got the chance to talk with Oliver Luck.  I had many questions that I wanted to ask but I did not want to ruin his visit to Jacksonville ;-)  Michael however asked him a very good question that he did not have an answer for and at the end he told us that he would look into it.  Michael’s question was:

Why has the 2007 Men’s Big East Champions Banner been taken down from the Natatorium and nothing has been hung up to replace that banner? 

We know that we are not there anymore and it is only history, but I want to believe that it is a big part of the WVU Swimming & Diving History.  Hopefully they have a plan to place it back and they don’t take it for granted. The last 5 years in the Big East, they were far from winning a Championship Team Title and it should be there to remind them that it can be done.  Just my humble opinion.

Any way I am happy that I kept my mouth shut about my feelings about where the WVU Swimming & Diving Team has gone these past years.  We were there only for few years but we will be Mountaineers for the rest of our lives.  The three years that I worked there were three amazing years and we build something good and now it seems gone.

My son Cobi, Michael Walker and I will be traveling to Morgantown November 17th to watch WVU play Oklahoma. This is our own way of continuing to be Proud Mountaineers instead of just being Mountaineer History.

If you would like to find Mountaineers in your area go to: http://alumni.wvu.edu/groups

Enjoy the pictures and ONCE A MOUNTAINEER ALWAYS A MOUNTAINEER!

 

Old Pic of Sean Mahoney, Wizard, Jason Calanog, Cobi, Michael Walker and Me at Big Dawgs

Thursday
Oct252012

Ryan Murphy-Swimming World TV- THANKS!

THANKS to Swimming World TV for the great interview with Ryan Murphy.

Ryan talks about his decision to commit to Cal Berkley and also his next goals with High School swimmming.

In case that you have not seen it here it is:

Enjoy!