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Keep swimming! Hypothermia scare

The original article (with pictures) is posted on Steven Munatones Blog 10k swimmer since 2009-02-18

Cyrise Sanders (nee Calvin) of the La Jolla Cove Swim Club gave us permission to post her first-hand account of a near disaster she faced in the Pacific Ocean near San Diego, California.

Cyrise is one of the most seasoned open water swimmers in the San Diego area where she has swum in the La Jolla Cove for over 20 years. She swam the Catalina Channel in 1992 and the English Channel in 1994 in 10 hours 50 minutes in 59°F water. She has done countless swims of 2-3 miles by herself in the (generally cold or cool) Pacific Ocean.

This is her first-hand account:

...I want you to know that what happened to me was astounding, shocking, and unfathomable. It could happen to anyone. It could happen to you.

Jennifer Figge, 56, Becomes First Woman to Swim Atlantic

The original article by Steven Munatones is posted on 10k swimmer since 2009-02-07

Jennifer Figge reached Chacachacare Island in Trinidad on Thursday, February 5th after taking off from the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa on January 12th. After replenishing her escort boat fuel and supplies, she will start swimming to the British Virgin Islands on the last leg of her journey starting Monday.

Photo shows Jennifer in conditions that she swam in daily ranging between 21 minutes and 8 hours depending on the conditions.

We are currently trying to confirm how many kilometers she swam versus the length of time she spent on her escort boat during her adventure.

Book review: Swimming To Antarctica

The original review about Lynn Cox swim in Antarctic waters is posted on MBB since 2009-02-23

Captain Matthew Webb: first man to swim channel

The original article by Doug Gillon is on The Herald since 2009-01-19

HE was the archetypal English hero of yesteryear, darling of the media which described him in 1875 as "probably the best-known and most popular man in the world".

Mead to take part in swimming project

The original article (with picture) is published on Pilot News since Thursday, 19 February 2009

PLYMOUTH — Mallory (Cook) Mead will again be swimming nationally.

The “Dialogue Across the Seas” project 2009, the brain child of Channel Swimmer Nejib Belhedi, supported by CSA President Michael Read follows on from the first project in 2007. It is a joint venture between the Channel Swimming Association Ltd. and the Tunisian authorities and most importantly enjoys the encouragement of His Excellency, The President of the Republic of Tunisia, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Great challenges are nothing new to English Channel swimmers, but opportunities to put things back into sport, to encourage people to push themselves to new challenges and new limits, to promote healthy activity, to encourage young people to be more active, to demonstrate that sport can be fun, to make and further new friendships with people from other nations, these are challenges too good to resist.

Athlete "gobsmacked" by MBE achievement

he original article (with picture) is on Warrington Guardian since 2009-01-17 | 08:30 AM.

TRANSPLANT games medallist Steve Deakin has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List.

The 47-year-old had kidney transplants in 1984 and 1990 and has received the award after years of raising awareness of the opportunities available to transplant recipients.

In June he took part in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, in San Francisco, swimming for more than 25 minutes in shark infested ice cold water. He also went on to swim the English channel for a second time in 14h 15m.

Steve, who has had both feet amputated, said: “It felt absolutely magnificent to receive the award. Gobsmacked I would say.”

A father-of-three children and two step-children, Steve has competed in the transplant games since 1985. He won five medals for swimming, canoeing and squash at the national transplant games in Sheffield last year.

Robert Vos wins Dutch press photo award

The original article (without the mentioned picture) is on RNW since Sunday 18 January 2009 21:33 UTC

Photographer Robert Vos of the Dutch ANP news agency has won the Zilveren Camera 2008 (Silver Camera 2008). He received the award for his picture of swimmer Maarten van der Weijden immediately after his victory on the men's 10-kilometre open water marathon at the Beijing Olympics.

In the picture, Van der Weijden is being enthusiastically embraced by fellow swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband. The jury spoke of a journalistically perfect photograph telling a story people would still be talking about in 25 years.

photo >>>here<<<

Polar Swimmer Takes on Antarctica

source: about.com
original: about.com
by: ???
date: ???

Polar swimming sensation Lewis Gordon Pugh is set to tackle his toughest challenge yet - a series of three long distance swims in Antarctica in water temperatures expected to be close to freezing. Amongst other swims, Lewis Gordon Pugh was the first person to swim around North Cape in Norway, around the Cape of Good Hope, down a Norwegian fjord and across an African Great Lake. The Norwegian press often refer to him as the "Ice Bear." The British swimmer sets sail on December 11 to chase his dream of becoming the first person in the world to complete a long-distance swim in both the Arctic and in the Antarctic.

The new expedition named the British Antarctic Swimming Expedition ("BASE") comes just months after Pugh broke the record for the most northern swim in the world when he swam 1km off the Island of Spitsbergen near the North Pole.

When Gertrude Ederle turned the tide

source: Telegraph
original: Telegraph
by: ???
date: 12:01am BST 27/04/2008

Gertrude EderleIn 1926, when 19-year-old Gertrude Ederle snatched the world record for swimming the English Channel, it was a triumph for the women's rights movement. But beneath the surface unsisterly rivalries ran deep. Gavin Mortimer reports on a forgotten heroine,

It was 8.45pm on the evening of 6 August 1926, and in the sea half a mile from the English coastline a red-capped head was just visible to the thousands of people crowded on to Kingsdown beach, six miles north-east of Dover. They all knew who it was - Gertrude Ederle, a 19-year-old American from New York - and they all knew that after 13½ hours in the water she was on the brink of becoming the first woman to swim the Channel.

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