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  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452822050
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452822051
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,898,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Commings began his swimming career in St. Louis when he was 4 years old, where he was literally thrown into the water at a local Boys' Club. After his initial floundering, Jeff took to the water with ease and joined the Boys' Club team. A year after his introduction to swimming, he signed up for his first meet.

Jeff improved, winning his first trophy at 6 for the 25 fly. Later, as he grew, Jeff found a natural talent for the breaststroke. After rising in the local ranks, he made a name for himself on the national scene with a Top 16 ranking among 11- and 12-year-olds in the 50-meter breast. 1991 came as a breakout year. He was 3rd in the 100-meter breast at the national championships, as well as a berth on the Pan-American team traveling to Cuba where he won bronze.

Jeff attended the University of Texas - Austin on a full scholarship under the tutelage of Olympic Coach Eddie Reese. His highest placing at the NCAA championships was third in the 100 breast his sophomore year. He would end his college career an eight-time All-American, USA Swimming National Team member and four-time conference champion in the Southwest Conference.

Jeff attended two Olympic Trials, in 1992 and 1996. After the 1996 Trials, Jeff moved to Colorado Springs to train under renowned coach and former world record holder Jonty Skinner and then retired in 1998.

In 1999, Jeff discovered Masters Swimming and initially used the workouts as a way to stay in shape, vowing to never compete in another high-stress meet. That vow didn't last long. At the 2003 Masters National Championships, Jeff won five events and set his first national record in the 100 breast. The following summer, Jeff set a Masters World Record in the 100-meter Individual Medley. Another national record and world records followed.

Jeff continues to train with the Phoenix Masters in preparation for Masters swimming competitions. He is Co-Founder of Dolphins Of The Desert Swimming Academy.

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Jeff Commings has provided us with a surprisingly touching insight into the difficulties of "coming out". As a shy teenager brought up by a single mother he contrived to keep his developing sexuality a secret through a successful swimming career and college scholarship. It took a long time to establish a career, let alone a stable relationship. Jeff finally found a way back into the sport he loved, ultimately finding his greatest success to date swimming in the more relaxed world of Masters competitions. But the time was approaching when he would have no choice but to have "That talk" with Mom . . .
Out? Yes. Odd? Definitely not. Jeff is happy to be black, gay and proud!
I discovered on reading this book that I am a de facto PFLAG (Parents, Friends (& family) of Lesbians And Gays). I am proud to be labelled so, and heartily recommend that anyone wishing to apply for the position read this book first.
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By Miguel Gaspar on February 26, 2013
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Loved the book, very nice autobiography. Simple and very easy to read. Recommended reading.
Copy should be available electronically, ebook should be available, unfortunately it is not.
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