Open-water swimmer focusing on the Olympics

source: bostonglobe.com by John Powers

It’s not as though he was the first guy to splash around in Walden Pond. Henry David Thoreau paddled across it, generations of skinny-dippers have immersed themselves, and triathletes train there. But when Alex Meyer does his extended up-and-backs at the Concord swimming hole, he eventually attracts a cadre of the curious.

“They’ll look at me like I have two heads,’’ said the 23-year-old Harvard graduate. “What’s this guy doing?’’

Just getting in some outdoor work while he preps for this summer’s Olympics in London, where Meyer will be the only US male in the 10-kilometer open-water swim. Because of the recent unseasonable conditions, he hasn’t been making the trek to Walden. He has had to use the “endless pool’’ - essentially a chlorinated treadmill where Meyer can go nowhere fast for three hours at a time - at his alma mater’s indoor facility next to the river.

He and his fellow open-water swimmers inhabit the wild side of the sport. While the Phelpses and Coughlins are doing flip turns in natatoriums, their alfresco counterparts are competing in rivers and harbors and lakes. Their shortest event - 5 kilometers - is more than three times longer than anything indoors.

Daniel Fogg vows to beat David Davies for open water spot

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DANIEL Fogg admits he couldn't have asked for more from his start to the Olympic year - however his happiness won't be completed until he's preparing for two swims this summer.

Fogg booked his place at this summer's Olympics in style at the British Gas Championships in London in March, breaking a 21-year-old English record to win 1500m freestyle gold.

The 24-year-old clocked a time of 14:55.30minutes to better the mark set by Ian Wilson back in 1991 by over eight seconds and become only the third Brit to duck under 15 minutes.

Not only did it secure Fogg a return to London in the summer but it also saw him earn a shot at booking a 10km open water spot at the Olympic qualifier in Portugal in June. (FINA Olympic Marathon Swim Qualifier 2012 on the River Sado, Setubal. Portugal)

It won't be easy with Olympic 10km open water silver medalist David Davies, one of the other Brits to have broken the 15-minute barrier, being rewarded in the same way for his second-place finish.

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At London 2012 the 10km marathon swim will come into the Olympic spotlight once again. The growth of interest in open water swimming since the 2008 Beijing Olympics means the global attention the event receives second time around will be unprecedented.

Boat Race protest heightens concerns for Olympics

LONDON -- Britain's Olympic chief fears the London Games could be marred by a protest like the one that disrupted the Boat Race between Oxford and Cambridge on the River Thames.

Trenton Oldfield jumped into the water and appeared to deliberately cross the path of the rowers halfway through the competition Saturday in a protest against elitism and privilege. He was arrested and later charged with a public order offense.

London 2012: Event disruption threat 'cannot be removed'

A London 2012 official has admitted Olympic events could be disrupted by "one idiot" after the University Boat Race was halted by a swimmer.

The Oxford versus Cambridge race was delayed when a protester began swimming next to the boats in the River Thames.

Trenton Oldfield, 35, of Whitechapel, east London, has been charged under the Public Order Act.

British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan said it would do all it could to protect athletes in the Games.

LONDON 2012: World champion swimmer to be first Olympic torchbearer

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SPYROS Gianniotis, a Greek swimmer born in Liverpool, will be the first to carry the London 2012 Olympic flame.

Gianniotis, who won open water swimming gold at last year's World Championship in Shanghai, will be the first of 500 torchbearers who will take the flame on its eight-day 3,000km journey from the Temple of Hera in Olympia to the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, the site of the first modern Olympics in 1896.

It will then be handed over to a London 2012 representative, who will take it on a specially chartered gold plane to commence the 70-day relay around the UK one day later.

Russian Swim Champion Battles for Olympic Spot

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Open water swimming champion Ekaterina Seliverstova has angered the Russian swim team by training individually in the hope of qualifying for the London 2012 Olympics, head coach Dmitry Belov said Thursday.

Seliverstova won gold at the 2006 and 2010 European Aquatics Championships, both held in Budapest, but has struggled to post competitive times in the last year, finishing outside the top 20 at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai.

This year she has shunned the World Cup circuit to work on her speed.

“Seliverstova’s working according to an individual plan. My reaction to it is negative, I don’t like it, but we’ll see what happens,” Belov told RIA Novosti.

With only one place available for Russia's female marathon swimmers at the London Olympics, Belov warned Seliverstova could herself pushed aside by younger, less heralded rivals.

Erika Villaécija: “Im going to compete in open water swimming as well as the 800m”

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Despite the fact that Erika Villaécija is suffering from tendonitis in her left wrist she is still training as usual, only have to rest her wrist when out of the water.  Her sight is clearly set on competing during London 2012 in the 800m free as well as the 10km in open water swimming, something that very few swimmers are capable of doing “and without a doubt no Spanish swimmer has ever done it” states Villaécija

Open water duo left high and dry

source: theage.com.au

AUSTRALIA'S Olympic open water swimmers have been forced to go hunting for lane space in Switzerland after being told there is no room for them to train with the rest of the swimming team ahead of the London Games.

Ky Hurst and Mel Gorman, the only swimmers so far selected for London, were told before Christmas they were no longer included in plans for the swimming team's two-week staging camp in Manchester, which is held just before the Games.

''[Swimming Australia head coach] Leigh Nugent told us there was not enough room for the long-distance swimmers to join them on the camp … so we have to find somewhere else,'' Hurst said.

The 30-year-old, a seven-time Australian Ironman champion who was 11th in the 10-kilometre swim in Beijing and fifth in last year's World Championships, said the decision was disappointing.

''The camaraderie between the swimmers is always healthy and it's always a positive vibe and it's something I enjoyed last time,'' he said. ''I'm not sure of the reasoning behind [Nugent's] decision but he's the head coach for a reason and he's made it clear that's what is happening.''

Top competition boost for Olympic open water swim qualifier

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The appearance of some top rating Australians, led by world champion Melissa Gorman, should ensure international quality racing for this weekend's crucial Olympic open water swimming qualifier in Taupo.

The State New Zealand Open Water 10km Championship to be staged in Taupo on Saturday doubles as the qualifying event for the London Olympics.

It forms part of the two-day State Epic Swim in Lake Taupo, a range of elite and New Zealand Masters Championship races and recreational events that have attracted approximately 500 entries for the weekend.

The centrepiece is the 10km championship on Saturday where the first two New Zealand swimmers in both men's and women's competition will progress to the June's final Olympic qualifying event in Portugal.