I had been blowing air out as I turned and figured the only other option was a nose clip.
Not so, said Victoria…
After Christina and I both argued that this was physically impossible in the comments section, I decided to contact Victoria on Twitter. I seriously thought she was pulling my leg.
I still thought she was joking because I had tried to do the lip curl several times yesterday! I tried at work, in the shower, and on the couch while watching TV.
Maybe my lip is short or my nose is too high. I don’t know.
In all seriousness, it turns out Victoria WASN’T practical jokin’ on me. Some swimmers can actually use their upper lip to plug their nose on a flip turn. How amazing is that?
This dude has great step-by-step instructions on how to successfully plug your nose.
And yes, it’s true – Olympic swimmer Christina Jones can also do the human nose clip. She says (and I quote), “God gave me an upper lip that can plug my nose, what can I say?"
Can you do the human nose clip?
I’m going to keep trying, but I just don’t think I’m built for it!