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Brave swimmers take on icy waters for Chilly Dippers

do, 26/01/2017 - 01:19

SWIMMERS braved the freezing weather to take a dip in the icy waters of Cotswold Water Park on Saturday in an event which aims to encourage people to get into open water swimming.

Since its inception two years ago, Chilly Dippers is organised by Waterland Outdoor Pursuits and South West Swim and comprises of a series of four events every winter with the aim to encourage people to try the sport as it grows in popularity across the UK.

read the whole article and see the picture gallery @ Swindon Advertiser

cold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK

Former U.S. National Team Member Dr. Tobie Smith Named to USADA Board of Directors

do, 26/01/2017 - 01:09

Dr. Tobie Smith, a former U.S. National Team member and top open water swimmer, has been appointed to serve on the USADA Board of Directors, Swimming World has learned. She fills the spot of Don Gambril, a former coach of the University of Alabama and of the U.S. Olympic team.

read the complete article with a portrait and pictures of Tobie Smith @ swimmingworldmagazine

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Two-Time Open Water World Champion Keri-Anne Payne Announces Retirement

wo, 25/01/2017 - 07:20

Great Britain’s Keri-Anne Payne, a three-time Olympian and 2008 silver medalist in the open water 10k event, has decided to retire. She posted the news in a tweet containing a handwritten note Monday morning.

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Parents of Fran Crippen Keep Alive His Memory at CeraVe Invitational

di, 24/01/2017 - 01:32

Pat and Pete Crippen waited on the pool deck inside the Sonny A. Werblin Recreation Center at Rutgers University. They joked and chatted with the safety marshals as the last session of the CeraVe Invitational got underway. And then, as the finalists emerged from the water after the 1500-meter free, the Crippens passed out small gifts to the swimmers.

They were at the meet on behalf of their late son and the foundation they established in his honor. But more than six years after he died, it’s possible that before Sunday night, many of the young swimmers in the heat had never heard of Fran Crippen.

read the full article by Emma Miller and see the picture @ SwimmingWorldMagazine

local swim(s)Americas

Charlotte Webby defends NZ open water swimming title

di, 24/01/2017 - 01:26

First National open water championship with FINA new rules (wetsuits). Reliable source says that protest by swimmer without suit is denied. However the protest should be correct because no suits have been approved (as yet!). 

Swimming with wetsuits changes the sport so dramatically that it would no more be the same sport. expresses the need to revise these rules to two separate classes: with and without wetsuits. To some swimmers in traditional attire wet-suits are no less than cheating!


Taranaki swimmer Charlotte Webby retained her title at the New Zealand Open Water Championships in Taupo.

Webby claimed victory in the women's 10km championship while Swimming New Zealand high performance squad member Matthew Scott (Enterprise, Gisborne) took out the men's title on Saturday.

The championships were the first step for swimmers who hope to qualify for the FINA world championships and World University Games later this year, with the top five now heading to the second stage of qualifying at the Australian Open later this month.

read the rest of the article and see the picture @ The Timaru Herald

National ChampionshipAustralia & Oceania

Thrill of the open water

di, 24/01/2017 - 00:30

What actually goes on in the world of open water swimming? Swimmer Ridzwan A. Rahim offers some insight. ONE of the most liberating things I’ve have done for myself was to learn to swim. I used to fear deep water. At 33 however, I decided to change. I took up scuba diving and freediving. I learnt proper swim techniques and even lifesaving. Now at 40, I cannot look at seas and lakes without wanting to jump in. My biggest love is open water swimming. I relish being out in the open sea in little more than swimming trunks and goggles. My body is a vessel. The heart pumps blood to the limbs to carry this vessel across oceans.

Read the complete article @ NewStraitsTimes

Maraton swimswimmers portraitsAsia

Cape Town Swimmers dominate local open water swim

di, 24/01/2017 - 00:19

Sunday’s Eastern Cape Swim Series at Marina Martinique saw what is possibly the faster 10km time in this history of the Series when Cape Town swimmer Danie Marais touched at the end of the 10km marathon race in a time of 1hr 53min and 51secs.

Marais, a national swimmer, was followed home by fellow Western Province swimmers Dylan Wright (2:05.49) and Andrew Ritchie (2:06:02). Securing the clean sweep in the 10km swim for the Cape Town clubs were their ladies with Rebecca Meder (2:06:04) winning the ladies race from older sister Abigail Meder (2:10:09) and Carli Antonopoulos (2:11:03).

read the complete article and see the picture @ RNews

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The largest race in the world joins the GSS… over 16,000 swimmers

di, 24/01/2017 - 00:16

You read that right, there are over 16,000 swimmers in South Africa’s “Midmar Mile“.

This makes it the third incredible race in South Africa to join the Global Swim Series.  In November the”Sanlam Cape Mile” joined the GSS.  It is a large race compared to most open water swims in the world with over 1,000 swimmers.  Then the spectacular “Freedom Swim“ joined.  It is a treacherous ocean swim from Robben Island to Cape Town.  Robben Island being historically significant for holding Nelson Mandela in jail for 18 of his 27 years in prison… before rising to become the President of a free South Africa.

Read the complete article @      GlobalSwimSeries

local swim(s)Afrika

Notts open water swimmer to tackle Irish lake as cold as waters where Titanic sank

di, 24/01/2017 - 00:08

A Nottinghamshire open water swimmer will tackle a swim across an Irish lake in water that is as cold as the waters where Titanic sank.

Adam Walker became the first Brit to swim the Ocean’s Seven, which consists of seven long-distance open-water swims across the world.

He is now preparing to take on a thirty minute swim across an Irish lake in nothing but his swimming trunks.

read the full article and see the picture @ NottsTV

local swim(s)cold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UKIreland (+ N-I )

TEDWomen update: Diana Nyad and EverWalk Nation

ma, 23/01/2017 - 01:31

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 Talks

Maraton swimAmericas

Meet the ice mile: the toughest swimming test on the planet

ma, 23/01/2017 - 00:51

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 Guardian

cold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK

Ein Speckmantel gegen die Kälte

ma, 23/01/2017 - 00:38

"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 Zeitung

cold_water/winter swimmingGermany

Ice swimming being taken seriously by open water swimmers

di, 10/01/2017 - 13:29

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.


cold_water/winter swimmingWorldGermany

Natural born chillers

zo, 08/01/2017 - 15:18

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 Times

cold_water/winter swimmingGreat Britain /UK

My swimming odyssey: ‘It felt like a last chance to prove what I was capable of’

zo, 08/01/2017 - 15:15

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 Guardian

swimmers portraitsGreat Britain /UK

GSS 1st Global Rankings Report of 2017

zo, 08/01/2017 - 15:08

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 @ GSS

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