To educate, entertain, and enthuse those who venture beyond the shore. Over 15,303 articles on solo swims, pro races, relays, charity events, ice swims, eco-swims, stage swims, marathon swims, trends, products, services, personalities, coaches, governing bodies, rules, demographics, books, films, blogs, conferences, camps, clinics and happenings in oceans, seas, lakes, rivers, dams, canals, channels, fjords, estuaries, lochs, coves, firths, straits, bays, and harbors. Sponsored by WOWSA.org.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Olympic Glory In The Serpentine
The details of the long-awaited course in the Serpentine are now posted online here.
On August 13th this year, the London 10km Marathon Swimming International will act as the London 2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swimming test event. It will be an opportunity for the world’s best swimmers to compete on the Olympic 10K course and battle for medals over six laps of the Serpentine. The test event will also give the organizers, coaches and media an idea of what to expect in 2012.
The first 30 ranked male and female swimmers from the 2011 FINA World Championships 2011 in Shanghai this July will be invited to compete in London event.
In one of the world's most celebrated urban parks, the 60 athletes will swim six loops around the tight 1.66K course. Hyde Park is one of the Royal Parks of London, famous for its Speakers' Corner. The Serpentine (also known as the Serpentine River) is a 28-acre recreational lake within the park that was created in 1730. From a spectator's perspective, the athletes will be easy to watch.
The course (shown here) will demand that the world's fastest marathon swimmers provide their aerobic endurance, navigational skills, physicality, speed and strategic tactics. With two longer stretches, the athletes will have to simply swim extremely fast 12 times. However, those long stretches where the pack will undoubtedly lengthen out will be alternated by two short legs. During these short legs, the athletes will have to make four directional changes within 350 meters or so. If an athlete is boxed out or has poor position around these turns, then any advantages gained on the longer legs will disappear.
What makes the course additionally interesting is that the feeding station is positioned right before these tight turns and athletes will undoubtedly have to feed fast in order to maintain their positioning in the pack.
The athletes will be swimming in the clockwise direction and their split times will be taken every lap as they pass through an intermediate timing gate near the start and finish structure. While the VIP seating is near the start and finish, spectators will be allowed - and encouraged - to stand around the course and take in the majesty of the world's best open water swimming showcasing their skills and level of fitness only meters from the shoreline.
And the finish should be one for the ages. As the athletes make three consecutive right shoulder turns only minutes before they slam hard to the finish line, their perspective will change on the last directional tangent which is oriented to the left. So it is right...right...right...left and then a quick 100-meter dash for Olympic glory.
Copyright © 2011 by Open Water Source
A Thank You Gift from WOWSA
|WOWSA is celebrating the|
1-Year Anniversary of the monthly Open Water Swimming Magazine
by giving you a free copy of the anniversary issue.
Open Water Swimming Magazine Anniversary Issue
File Size: 13MB
Download the file to your computer, and then right-click to extract the magazine which is inside the zip folder. The magazine is in PDF format.
CLICK HERE to download your free copy now.
Open Water Swimming Magazine
Open Water Swimming MagazineThe Open Water Swimming Magazine is the monthly magazine entirely focused on open water swimming heroes and heroines of every age, ability, and background. Published by the World Open Water Swimming Association, the Open Water Swimming Magazine is a free benefit to WOWSA members.
WOWSA Member Benefits include 12 issues of the Open Water Swimming Magazine, the annual 276-page Open Water Swimming Almanac, a free listing in Sponsor My Swim, outstanding product discounts from FINIS, an entry in Openwaterpedia and more...
The Other Shore
The Other Shore follows world record holder and legendary swimmer Diana Nyad as she comes out of a thirty-year retirement to re-attempt an elusive dream: swimming 103 miles non-stop from Cuba to Florida without the use of a shark cage. Her past and present collide in her obsession with a feat that nobody has ever accomplished. At the edge of The Devil’s Triangle, tropical storms, sharks, venomous jellyfish, and one of the strongest ocean currents in the world, all prove to be life-threatening realities. Timothy Wheeler’s documentary brings Diana Nyad’s extraordinary adventure to life as Diana sets out to prove that will and determination are all you need to make the unimaginable possible.
2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac
An Almanac for Open Water SwimmingAn almanac is essentially a body of knowledge which is so complete that it enables people in different fields to make predictions about the future of their respective industries.
This, for example, was the purpose of the traditional farmers almanacs. It enabled farmers to determine as accurately as possible which crops to plant for the greatest harvests in a given year.
But the farmers almanac was just one example among many.
There are, of course, many different kinds of almanacs.
In fact, there is even one for open water swimming...
Preview the Open Water Swimming Almanac:
The trends are very clear.
The tide is rising for open water swimming.