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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Philip Rush's Incomparable Interview On Open Water Wednesday

Tomorrow's Open Water Wednesday welcomes one of open swimming’s greatest living heroes, a quiet, determined man who played to his strengths in the oceans and lakes around the world.

In this incredible Open Water Wednesday interview, New Zealand’s Philip Rush explains his incredible 28-hour three-way crossing of the English Channel.

He describes his feedings, his strategy, his pilot, his coach and his relentless four-year journey to set this, perhaps unbreakable, record. 'Epic' is used quite often in the marathon swimming world, but the word is certainly apropos for Philip's 63-mile swim.

Philip describes everything from how long he stopped between each leg to how his coach, Tony Keenan, stayed alert watching Philip constantly push himself for over 28 hours at a 70-to-73 stroke-per-minute pace.

Philip also explains his 18-hour mano-a-mano races in the famous Lake St-John professional marathon swims (Lake St-John professional marathon swims) in the mid-1980's where they swam, surged and sprinted for over 40 miles, always to come down to the finish where they both pushed themselves so much, hospitalization was their only answer.

Fast forward 25 years and Philip has not strayed too far from the water’s edge. He not only is responsible for helping guide New Zealand’s best open water swimmers in their quest to make the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim final at the 2012 London Olympics, but also escorts and coaches intrepid marathon swimmers across the treacherous Cook Strait, between the North and South Islands of New Zealand.

Philip talks about sharks circling his swimmers in the middle of the Cook Strait and how he prevents the unspeakable from happening. He speaks about how the courage of athletes meets up with the beauty and mystery of the Cook Strait dolphins who often surround and protect the human swimmers from aggressive sharks.

Prepare to be enthralled by Philip’s descriptions of his numerous marathon swims and the technology that is currently used at the highest echelons of the sport. Learn about his early days in the sport and how he dreamed big – and achieved those dreams with endless hours of dedicated work.

A man with a huge heart, a wide smile and a depth of courage that rivals the deep oceans where he plied his trade, Open Water Wednesday presents the incomparable Philip Rush.

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