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At the age of 64, Diana Nyad became the first person to make the 110-mile swim from Havana to Key West without a shark cage. The swim took her 52 hours and 54 minutes to complete, a lifetime goal she had begun dreaming of in the late 1970s. She made her first attempt in 1978 at the age of 28. Then after decades of not swimming, she decided to try again in her 60s. After three unsuccessful attempts, she made it in 2013.
Read all about it and see the video @ TED TalksMaraton swimAmericas
A few years ago I travelled to Finland to compete in the Winter Swimming World Championships. It was one of their mildest winters for years but, even so, the water was still -0.7C. Adrenaline got me through the very short race – but afterwards I felt like my hands had been slammed in a car door and that my feet had been pounded by mallets. It was brutal.
Read the rest of this interesting impression @ The Guardiancold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK
"Irgendwann fühlt es sich nicht mehr wie eine Hand an, sondern wie ein Klumpen": Bei der Eisschwimm-WM treffen sich Experten und bibbernde Anfänger. Ein Besuch bei den Verehrern der Kälte in Burghausen.
Eisschwimmen, Lektion eins: Kopfsprünge sind verboten, weil durch die Kälte unter Wasser Schnappatmung einsetzen würde. Zweite Lektion: Nicht am Rand schwimmen, denn das Eis holt sich den See schnell zurück und wächst hauchzart nach. Dritte Lektion: Wenn sich der Urinstinkt meldet und sagt "raus hier", kann man ihm gehorchen. Oder weiterschwimmen.
read more in the article by Thomas Gröbner and see the pictures @ Sueddeutsche Zeitungcold_water/winter swimmingGermany
2016-01-09 - Burghausen - Open water swimming is developing into the colder regions... Racing distances in water under 5C is becoming a proper sport. One can see that in the number of participants and the number of countries entering the competitions. The number of events is growing too. Many of the participants are open water swimmers (FINA-federations-swimmers and non-FINA-swimmers alike).
Steven Munatones is writing a series of articles on the World Championships in Burghausen Germany on his website The Daily News of Open Water Swimming. More articles will follow.
Climbers have always flocked to the hills of Snowdonia and the Lake District in winter but now they are being joined by adventurers clad in nothing but their swimming costumes.
The first winter snow has settled on the fells above the town of Windermere, in the Lake District. Purple clouds loom over the peaks, promising more to come. But I’m not here to climb the mountains: I’m about to go for a swim.
My guide, Colin Hill, is one of the UK’s most experienced cold-water swimmers. “For the World Winter Swimming Championship
Read the rest of the article about IMSHoF inductee Colin Hill @ Financial Timescold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK
It seemed like the ultimate challenge: a 5km swim between Greek islands. But would it help me deal with a trauma to come?
I had always thought I could swim. It may have been because I could run. It may have been because I wanted to swim. Or because I only ever did 10 minutes of breaststroke at a time, or splashed off a warm beach. But I really couldn’t swim.
Read the full personal story and see the pictures @ The Guardianswimmers portraitsGreat Britain /UK
2017 is now upon us and here at the Global Swim Series we’re past halfway through our increasingly exciting 2016/17 season. The start of the season, back in 2016, saw things get very competitive between North America and Europe. Now in the middle of their summer the Australians and New Zealanders have their chance to catch up. There’s still a lot more GSS action to take place down under (not to mention in 5 other countries as well!), including the Newport Pool to Peak Ocean Swim taking place this Sunday. With plenty more races the swimmers in our Pacific Region are starting to move up the in the rankings.
read the whole article and see the rankings @ GSSlocal swim(s)World
A WORLD champion swimmer has battled big waves and strong winds to swim the Straits of Gibraltar.
Catalan David Meca, of Sabadell, took 3 hours and 39 minutes to complete the tough 14.3 km (8.9 mile) challenge, which saw him swim from Tarifa to Morocco’s Point Cires earlier today despite a strong south westerly wind.
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The sooner you identify your specific downfall as a swimmer, the faster you’ll be out of the open water and onto your bike. Pick which swimmer best describes you and follow the advice to overcome your weakness.The One-speed Wonder
Your 50 sprint feels the same speed as your 500 easy.
Why you have this problem: Do you swim......
Read the full article with interesting tips @ Triathlete-Europetraining & coachingWorld
The World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) has announced the Samsung Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim as 2016's best open water swimming event in the category of "Offering of the Year."
At the award ceremony American former water polo athlete and open sea swimmer, Steven Munatones, said, "The Turkish Olympic Committee, its staff and volunteers organize and plan, budget and execute one of the finest and most iconic events in the world. The future is very bright for this event and its leadership in the sport of open water swimming is well-established and globally recognized."
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Westport’s Elizabeth Fry has been nominated for the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year award. It is the fourth time since 2009 that she has been nominated, and is one of 14 women nominated.
Read the article and see the pictures @ Westport Newsswimmers portraitsAmericas
The Skaha Lake Ultra Swim has been resuscitated.
The event returns Aug. 13 for the 20th running of the race that was held from 1985 to 2004 with the exception of 1999.
Steve Brown, one of the local organizers, said having the Skaha Lake Ultra Swim return and to be able to celebrate the anniversary is special.
“It was just kind of the synergy of bringing it back,” said Brown, the race director for the Three Lakes Triathlon series. “We want to play that up.”
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PHILIP Seidler won the Pupkewitz Jetty Mile for the fourth year in a row on 27 December while Heleni Stergiadis won the women's category for the first time.
The 10th Pupkewitz Jetty Mile took place at Swakopmund while sea conditions were mild with not much swell.
Read the article and see the picture @ The Namibian.local swim(s)Afrika
Anyone who has enjoyed the children’s book “The Little Engine That Could” has to be impressed with North Andover’s Paige Christie.
While all of 5-foot-1, 110 pounds, Christie has already climbed to heights few athletes of any stature in the world can claim.
In 2014, the former Austin Prep and Smith College standout successfully swam across the treacherous 21-mile English Channel, a feat that only 10 percent of those attempting the challenge complete.
It’s considered twice as hard to swim the channel as it is to climb Mount Everest and the 23-year-old Christie became one of only about 340 women to do it.
Read the full article and see the picture @ Eagle Tribune.swimmers portraitsAmericas
With the coming of the new year comes the installation of FINA’s updated bylaws, as decided by the swimming federation earlier this year.
Many of the new rules focused on open water swimming, with changes to apparel, team relays and a new mandate on wetsuits in especially cold water.
Read the full article @ SwimSwamFINAWorld
This month, along with my usual plans to eat as many varieties of cheese as possible, catch up on Sherlock and re-gift Molton Brown products, I have a shiny new event lined up: an icy sea swim on New Year’s Day.
Along with 79 other regular sea swimmers, I will kick off 2017 by leaping into Margate’s Walpole Bay Tidal Pool to celebrate its 80th birthday. And truly, as the sort of person who normally would still be at the previous night’s party at 10am rather than this sort of revoltingly plucky, ruddy-cheeked affair, nobody is more surprised than myself.
Read the full article and see the picture @ The Telegraph.cold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK
Australia is world-famous as a swimming nation. We have a celebrated beach culture, not to mention more privately owned pools per capita than any other country. Yet few urban Australians would consider swimming in their city’s river.
Almost every major Australian city sits on the banks of a large river. But judging by online reactions to the suggestion of a dip in the Brisbane river, most people are worried about everything from ear infections to a painful death from brain-eating amoebae.
Read the full analysis and see the pictures @ The GaurdianreportWorld
Hundreds of swimmers in Brighton have plunged into the sea for a Christmas dip, despite the “nanny state” council banning bathers from the tradition – meanwhile hundreds more have hurled themselves into freezing waters across the UK.
Parts of Brighton beach were taped off in an effort to stop the swimmers because of health and safety concerns.
Read the complete article and find out what happens to the safety tape.... See the pictures and enjoy @ SwimZa
cold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK
WESTPORT, Conn. — Westport's Elizabeth Fry is one of 13 women in the running for the Woman of the Year award from the World Open Water Swimming Association.
Readers can vote for Fry on the WOWSA website (click here ). Voting closes Jan. 1. Fry is one of four women from the United States nominated for the award.
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Hundreds turned out for a Boxing Day with a difference as swimmers - and even Santa Claus - slipped on their best swim suits and took the plunge into icy waters.
read the article and view the pictures and multiple videos @ Nottingham Postcold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK