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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Andreas Waschburger, Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Hopeful

Open Water Source will look at all the 2012 Olympic hopefuls and dark horses in the series of perspectives on this year's Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the London Olympics.

Fans of the sport know well gold medal favorites like Keri-Anne Payne, Martina Grimaldi, Thomas Lurz and Spyridon Gianniotis, but there are also several up-and-coming swimmers whose training and commitment, mixed with luck and the right conditions on race day, will enable them to realize their dreams of standing on the Olympic podium.

Those dreams will come true for at least one dark horse on August 9th (women) and August 10th (men) in Hyde Park during the 2012 London Olympics.

There is no truer maxim in open water swimming than "expect the unexpected."

And we expect to see some surprises at the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim where hopefuls and dark horses can do - WILL DO - the swim of their lives to capture a bit of Olympic glory.

Andreas Waschburger from Germany, who is always in the shadows of countryman Thomas Lurz, is one of those athletes.

His coach, Hannes Vitense, talks about the up-and-comer. "Andreas is a very strong athlete and a young open water swimmer. Three years ago we started with some spacial workouts for open water swimming - and he learn very fast. He trains very hard in this special workouts. Two years ago, we decide that it could be possible to qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, but we both knew that it is only be possible [to do so] in Shanghai [at the 2011 World Championships] because of Thomas Lurz."

Because of the FINA Olympic qualification rules, Hannes knew that the only hope for qualifying for the Olympics was to place in the top 10 at the 2011 World Championships. "Thomas is one of the best in the world and he would qualify for London. [Therefore] we made a plan for this three-year period leading up to the world championships. This plan included hard races all over the world including World Cup races and European Championships. The first European Championships in 2010 were the first chance for Andreas to qualify for Shanghai, but he finished 17th and missed the qualification. His last chance was the World Cup race in Hong Kong where he had to finish in the top 6. He finished sixth."

Then he had to compete in a three-race series against the other top German swimmers in Brazil, Mexico and Israel. "We both knew it was possible to qualify and he ultimately finished in the top 10 in Shanghai. So anything is possible in London."

Some of Andreas's training sessions gives strong hints of his potential in the sport:

Workout #1 Main Set
100m easy
4x100 - (50m kick - 50m free) with snorkel + 10'' P
4x50 - zoomers (20m fast - 30 easy) at 0.50
4x200 - free pull Pad - at 2.30
2x1200 - 1. fins (100 butterfly, 100 IM, 200 free) all easy + 20 seconds
2. free (300 arms, 100 free full stroke) all easy + 20 seconds
100m easy
3 times
600m free arms at 7.20
2x200m IM at 2.55
2 times
600m free arms at 7.10
8x50m (first: free at 0.40 / second: butterfly at 0.50)
200 easy for a total of 9,000m

Workout #2
100m easy
(race pace)
3000 (300 arms - 200 full stroke (200 free-200 IM) easy - with pace maker + 30'' P
1500 finger pad - (300m easy - 100m fast - 100m faster) + 30'' P with pace maker (overdistance - 2 times)
3x500 at 6.00
10x200 at (6x 2.30´ / 4x at 2.25)
15x100 (3x at 1.15 / 2x at 1.10) - 3 easy - 2 fast
10x50 at 0.40 fast
300 easy

But his training is not limited to the pool. Like his Australian rival Ky Hurst, Andreas does some special training including kickboxing is two times a week and dryland training 3 times a week with a group with very strong triathletes and runners. He also does LnB Motion, a special workout helpful for his mobility.

Some athletes, like Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria or Chip Peterson of the USA, not only have an innate DNA for the open water and an instinctively high navigational IQ, but they also have a mind that is well-suited to pushing themselves to the limit in the open water. Andreas is that type of athlete. Hannes explains, "He has talent for long distances in the open water. He is mentally very strong and is a very hard worker during his training sessions."

The 20-year-old is studying to be a police officer – a profession that his fellow German Olympian marathon swimmer Angela Maurer has achieved. "He is very friendly and knows exactly what he wants in life and in sport including parachute jumping that he occasionally does."

Come August 10th in the shadows of Buckingham Palace, look for the risk-taking hard worker from Germany to be in the lead pack. Andreas has the right tools, mentally and physically, and knows what he wants. Stay tuned.

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The Global Open Water Swimming Conference is a conference on the sport of open water swimming, marathon swimming and swimming during triathlons and multi-sport endurance events.

The conference which has been attended by enthusiasts and luminaries from 6 continents, is devoted to providing information about the latest trends, race tactics, training techniques, equipment, psychological preparation, race organization and safety practices used in the sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons.

The conference's mission is to provide opportunities to listen and meet many of the world's most foremost experts in open water swimming, and to meet and discuss the sport among swimmers, coaches, administrators, event organizers, sponsors, vendors, officials, escort pilots, and volunteers from kayakers to safety personnel.

Dozens of presentations at the 2014 Conference at the Mount Stuart House cover numerous aspects of the vast and growing world of open water swimming where attendees can learn and share the latest trends, race tactics, training modalities, swimming techniques, equipment, race organization, logistics, operations, and safety practices for open water swimming as a solo swimmer, competitive athlete, fitness swimmer, masters swimmer, triathlete, multi-sport athlete, administrator, race promoter, sponsor or referee.

The conference was first held in Long Beach, California as part of the 2010 USA Swimming National Open Water Swimming Championships. It has since been held on the Queen Mary in California, at Columbia University and the United Nations in New York City, and in Cork, Ireland. This year in September, it comes to another iconic location, the Mount Stuart House on the Isle of Bute in Scotland.

"The Global Open Water Swimming Conference was started due to the desire and need for athletes, coaches, referees, administrators, race directors, promoters and sponsors from around the world to share, collect and learn information about the growing sports of open water swimming, marathon swimming and triathlons," said founder Steven Munatones. "Other swimming conferences usually offering nothing on open water swimming or perhaps a speech or two, but we thought open water swimming deserves its own global conference. It is great that the community shares its information via the online social network, but there is nothing like meeting other open water swimming enthusiasts face-to-face and talking about the sport from morning to night."

Speakers at the conference include English Channel swimmers, ice swimmers, record holders, renowned coaches, world champions, professional marathon swimmers, renowned race directors, officials and administrators from the Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania.

"Because the audience is passionate and educated about the sport and its finest practitioners, the Global Open Water Swimming Conference is also the location of the induction ceremonies for the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and the annual WOWSA Awards that recognize the World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year, the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year, and the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards are also occasionally presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the sport over their career."

The 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Programme

Wednesday, September 17th
Leave Glasgow to commence 2-day tour of Scotland [closest international airport is Glasgow]

Thursday, September 18th
Stay Mainland, North of Scotland

Friday, September 19th
14:00 - Swim Loch Lomond
17:00 - Head to Isle of Bute
19:30 - Scottish Banquet
21:30 - Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 20th
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
12:20 - Lunch and WOWSA Awards
13:40 – Speeches
15:40 - Round Table
19:00 - International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Dinner & Induction Ceremony

Sunday, September 21st
09:00 - Registration & Coffee
10:00 - Speeches
14:30 - Swim in St Ninian's Bay on the Isle of Bute

The luminaries of the open water swimming world who will be honored in Scotland will include:

* Sandra Bucha (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Jon Erikson (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Claudio Plit (Argentina), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Judith van Berkel-de Njis (Netherlands), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* David Yudovin (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Mercedes Gleitze (Great Britain), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* George Young (Canada), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Swimmer
* Dale Petranech (U.S.A.), International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Open Water Contributor
* Melissa Cunningham (Australia), 2013 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award winner
* Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* James Anderson (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Dr. Jane Katz (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Administrator
* Indonesian Swimming Federation, , International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Organisation
* Elizabeth Fry (U.S.A.), International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer
* Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year
* Olga Kozydub (Russia), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year
* Bering Strait Swim (international team), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
* International Ice Swimming Association (Ram Barkai, founder, South Africa), the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year

For additional articles on the 2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference, visit:

* Olga Kozydub To Be Honored In Scotland
* Pádraig Mallon To Be Honored In Mount Stuart Castle
* Mount Stuart House, Splendid Setting For Swimming
* Colleen Blair To Kick-off Global Open Water Swimming Conference
* The Man Who Swims Better Than He Walks
* Joining In The Sea Goddess At The Hall Of Fame
* Mercedes Gleitze To Be Honored In Scotland
* The Incredible Career Of Merceded Gleitze
* Jon Erikson To Be Honoured In Florida
* The Incredible Career Of Mercedes Gleitze
* St Ninian's Bay To Host International Swim Conference

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