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Monday, July 16, 2012

2012 London Olympics - The Men Of Open Water Swimming

The 25 finalists in the men's Olympic 10km Marathon Swim at the 2012 Olympics are good-looking, seriously-minded, hard-working individuals from 23 countries on 5 continents.

They define the word Olympic hero with their athletic talents, chiseled features, handsome countenance and personable charisma.

The 25 macho ambassadors of the sport are quick to smile, lend an ear and work hard day in and day out. Dashing and charming, the Olympians can melt hearts among women and are brimming with confidence and a joyful zest for life.

These Olympians can light up a room, pool deck, loch or lido.

Who are they? Open Water Source surveyed female fans and this is what they say. For photos of these Olympic heroes, click on their names to link to their Openwaterpedia entries:

1. Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece is a truly a Greek god. He possesses a sculpted physique and is dashingly handsome with a sense of humor and a multicultural charm. He is a world champion and humble ambassador of the sport with a multilingual eloquence and killer work ethic.

2. Thomas Lurz of Germany has a marbled physique as a result of hours spent pushing himself in the water and on his bike. His humble eloquence and deeply felt passion come through in his native German and his educated English accent. Caring and compassionate, he makes friends across borders easily with an obvious sincerity and a warm smile.

3. Sergey Bolshakov of Russia is a husky, tall man full of seriously athletic machismo with a down-to-earth focused nature and a hint of intellectual curiosity and a witty sense of humor.

4. Alex Meyer of the USA is the stereotypical attractive All American swimmer who everyone wants as a teammate, brother, roomate or boyfriend: smart, articulate, funny and laid back with a great body who is easy to talk to and a bit of a free spirit.

5. Ky Hurst of Australia causes hearts to flutter. He is a dream guy: handsome, tan, sexy, a genuine breath-taking hunk who is also a well-rounded surfer, lifesaver and waterman with focused organization skills and a sincere care for others in the sport.

6. Francisco Jose Hervas is a classically dashing Spaniard with a sincere smile and a playful personality. He is cute with a playful look, full of personality who can easily shift between the intensity necessary in competition and a fun-loving ambiance that is magnetic on land.

7. Brian Ryckeman of Belgium is a tall, blonde, handsome eye-candy with a deep sense of affection and passion that belies his outward composure and naturally calm nature.

8. Julien Sauvage of France is a handsome hunk of a man, very attractive with blonde chlorinated swimmer hair and gorgeous blue eyes. Dashing and debonair, his English accent is cute and his smile quick and genuine.

9. Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia has a cute smile and debonair ambiance about him enhanced by multilingual abilities. The multi-time world champion is captivating and solidly husky with a pleasant personality that easily crosses cultures and borders.

10. Andreas Waschburger of Germany is captivating, beguiling and stunningly handsome. He is also thorough, kind, thankful, and considerate; the perfect personality characteristics that attract women. In the water or in the air (he is a sky diver), he is also assertive, aggressive and macho.

11. Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia is a tall, dark and handsome. Studly and chiseled with broad shoulders that taper to a thin waist, the Olympic champion's power in the water and multilingual confidence on land enable him to quickly and easily make friends - male and female, young and old - across cultures and borders.

12. Richard Weinberger of Canada is a young, eye-catching guy with a very cute smile and infectious twinkle in his eyes. The Olympic medalist dark horse can easily make people of all ages laugh and smile while simultaneously possessing a laid-back nature on the outside and passionate intensity on the inside.

13. Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria is a tall, very manly and outwardly assertive. His charisma is immediately evident as hard working, dedicated, and disciplined world champion. His studiously researched and well thought-out opinions demonstrate his passion for the sport and his care for fellow competitors.

14. Valerio Cleri of Italy is a charming Mediterranean magnet. Outwardly serious and intimidating due to his intense passion, the handsome rock-hard swimmer can quickly open up to show his comic touch. He can be simultaneously entertaining among a group and focused on a single individual with a sense of timing and caring that is beyond attractive.

15. Troyden Prinsloo of South Africa is a charming two-time Olympian who is simplistically cute with a swimmer's sculpted body from head to toe that give off a good combination of sex appeal and Olympic intensity.

16. Yasunari Hirai of Japan is an exuberant, a smiling extrovert who gives off fun-loving vibes. He makes the most out of everything and creates a great ambiance for others around him. An interactive, excitable, attractive people-person, he has a stylishly great swimmer's body.

17. Igor Chervynskiy of Ukraine is tall and lean with great blue penetrating eyes. With smooth skin and an expressive mouth, he is at once focused and youthfully exuberant, hard-working and adventurous.

18. Ivan Enderica Ochoa of Ecuador has very deep, deep brown dreamy eyes with a genuine smile. He is a fun-loving, team-oriented charismatic athlete with a sense of fashion and style around the pool and around town.

19. Arseniy Lavrentyev of Portugal is a tall, personable, always attentive to fans and friends. His sincerity comes through via action and his strikingly bright blue eyes. He is rugged, muscularly husky in an attractive way.

20. Yuriy Kudinov of Kazakhstan exudes a deep sense of warmth and sincerity with an uniquely artsy look of intrigue and adventure. Tough and courageous, his chiseled veneer envelopes a kind heart and seriousness of a world champion and Olympian.

21. Erwin Maldonado of Venezuela is a hot-looking Latin with warm skin and dark, dominant features with a naturally friendly nature. Inviting and approachable, he is fun-spirited and genuinely happy, unconsciously creating a pleasing ambiance to those around him.

22. Csaba Gercsak of Hungary has beautiful blue eyes that invite conversation. Multilingual and mature, he is constantly appreciative and humble, always seeking the best in himself and those around him.

23. Mazen Aziz of Egypt is dark and handsome with dominating features and an exotic look over an unobtrusive personality. He is stylish, multilingual and athletic with charismatic communication skills among friends around the world.

24. Daniel Fogg of Great Britain possesses very intriguing blue eyes and a great sense of humor. He is dreamy and handsome with a hip and cute 'do that complements his serious veneer.

25. Benjamin Schulte of Guam is an innocently sweet teenager with a smooth South Pacific complexion and a lean, youthful build whose eyes glisten with wonder and sincerity.

The 2012 London Olympics - 25 Women of Open Water Swimming will also be posted this week. Stay tuned.

Copyright © 2012 by World Open Water Swimming Association


  1. Come on man, do we really need to read this drivel on the male swimmers? What is the line on who will win, place and show?

  2. We have already analyzed the men's race and how we believe the race will shape up and who will medal and why. We will post our analysis once again if you missed it.

    All articles in the Daily News of Open Water Swimming are not meant for everyone. We touch on a wide variety of topics, issues and people (swimmers, coaches, pilots, writers, marine biologists). But we know there are some female fans who want to know more about the male swimmers.


Thank you very much for your interest in the world of open water swimming.

The Staff of the World Open Water Swimming Association

2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference Agenda

Friday, 19 September



Welcome Reception at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Documentary films shown throughout the reception:

Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa – Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way
(film by Bruckner Chase)

Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain
(film by Wayne Ewing about Matthew Moseley's Lake Pontchartrain crossing)

Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska
(film by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko about the relay between Russia and Alaska)

The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau
(film about Simon Holiday's Pearl River Delta crossing)

Saturday, 20 September



Registration and Coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland



Keynote Speech:
Colleen Blair (Scotland) on The History of Scottish Swimming



Christopher Guesdon (Australia) on Multidimensional Roles In The Sport



Colin Hill (England) on Recent Explosion in UK Open Water



Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) on The Feminine Code of Achievement - How a Lady from Down Under Revolutionized Professional Marathon Swimming



Simon Murie (England) on Open Water Swimming Holidays: How A New Sector Was Created Within The Travel Industry



Swimming The Oceans Seven
A round table discussion moderated by:
Kevin Murphy (England), with Stephen Redmond (Ireland), Anna-Carin Nordin (Sweden),
Darren Miller (USA), Adam Walker (England), Kimberley Chambers (New Zealand)



Coffee and Break



World Open Water Swimming Awards Luncheon:
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA)

Pádraig Mallon (Ireland), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year

Olga Kozydub (Russia), 2013 World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year

Bering Strait Swim, 2013 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year

Honoring: Vladimir Chegorin, Maria Chizhova, Elena Guseva, Ram Barkai, Jack Bright, Oksana Veklich, Aleksandr Jakovlevs, Matías Ola, Henri Kaarma, Toomas Haggi, Nuala Moore, Anne Marie Ward, Toks Viviers, Melissa O’Reilly, Ryan Stramrood, Cristian Vergara, Craig Lenning, Rafal Ziobro, Andrew Chin, Jackie Cobell, James Pittar, Paolo Chiarino, Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen, Ivan Papulshenko, Zdenek Tlamicha, Zhou Hanming, Oleg Adamov, Andrei Agarkov, Alekseev Semen, Tatiana Alexandrova, Roman Belan, Elena Semenova, Alexander Brylin, Afanasii Diackovskii, Vladimir Nefatov, Evgenii Dokuchaev, Oleg Docuckaev, Roman Efimov, Dmitrii Filitovich, Olga Filitovich, Victor Godlevskiy, Olga Golubeva, Alexei Golubkin, Alexander Golubkin, Alexandr Iurkov, Oleg Ivanov, Pavel Kabakov, Eduard Khodakovskiy, Aleksandr Komarov, Aleksandr Kuliapin, Andrey Kuzmin, Irina Lamkina, Vladimir Litvinov, Andrey Mikhalev, Victor Moskvin, Nikolay Petshak, Sergey Popov, Vladimir Poshivailov, Grigorii Prokopchuk, Dmitrii Zalka, Natalia Seraya, Viacheslav Shaposhnikov, Olga Sokolova, Andrei Sychev, Alexei Tabakov, and Nataliia Usachaeva [represented by Admiral Konstantin Sidenko and Nuala Moore]



Alexey Salmin Pavlovich (Russia) and Dmitry Dragozhilov (Russia)
on the 2016 Winter Swimming World Championships [film]



Sally Minty-Gravett (Jersey) on Motivating Swimmers



Dmitry Blokhin (Russia) and Aleksei Veller (Russia)
on the First World Ice Swimming Championships [film]



Matthew Moseley (USA)’s Dancing With The Water, Crossing of Lake Pontchartrain [film]



Simon Holliday (England) and Doug Woodring (Hong Kong)’s The Clean Swim – Hong Kong to Macau 2014 [film]



International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
and International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF)

IMSHOF Induction Ceremonies and Dinner
with co-hosts Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia) and Steven Munatones (USA).

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Elizabeth Fry (USA), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Vojislav Mijić (Serbia), IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • James Anderson (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Dr. Jane Katz (USA), IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Indonesian Swimming Federation Open Water Committee (Indonesia), IMSHOF Honour Organisation

  • Melissa Cunningham (Australia), Irving Davids – Captain Roger Wheeler Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Sandra Bucha (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

  • Jon Erikson (USA), ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer [represented by Sandra Bucha]



International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Introduction Video.
Welcome speech by host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)






International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF)
Induction Ceremonies and Dinner with host Shelley Taylor-Smith (Australia)

Recognition of International Swimming Hall of Fame honorees:

  • Mercedes Gleitze (England)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by daughter Doloranda Pember]

  • Dale Petranech (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Contributer and IMSHOF Honour Administrator

  • Claudio Plit (Argentina)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Shelley Taylor-Smith]

  • Judith van Berkel-de Nijs (Netherlands)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by Niek Kloots]

  • George Young (Canada)
    ISHOF Honor Pioneer Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer
    [represented by the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation]

  • David Yudovin (USA)
    ISHOF Honor Open Water Swimmer and IMSHOF Honour Swimmer

Sunday, 21 September



Registration and coffee at Mount Stuart House, Isle of Bute, Scotland



Nuala Moore (Ireland) on The Mindset of 1000m at 0ºC



Admiral Konstantin Sidenko (Russia)’s Bering Strait Swim Chukotka - Alaska in 2013 [film]



Ned Denison (Ireland) on Swimming The World



Bruckner Chase (USA)’s Blue Journey-Amerika Samoa
Stronger Together: The Waterman’s Way



Rok Kerin (Slovenia) on Lifestyle Benefits From Open Water Swimming



Survey distribution and group photo-taking



Swim at Stravvana Bay, Isle of Bute


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."

Copyright © 2014 by World Open Water Swimming Association

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2014 Open Water Swimming Almanac

An Almanac for Open Water Swimming

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