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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Ecuador's Representatives In The Olympic Marathon Swim

Russia will be represented by two swimmers in the Olympic marathon swimming 10km: Sergey Bolshakov and Vladimir Dyatchin. Germany will also be represented by two men: Thomas Lurz and Andreas Waschburger.

And so will Ecuador.

Ivan Enderica Ochoa will be one of the 25 male finalists and former two-time Ecuadorean Olympian Jorge Delgado will be the assistant referee.

"We are very proud of him," says Ecuador’s greatest swimmer and FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee Vice Chairman Delgado of the young Ecuadorean. "He trains in Cuenca up at 2,400 meters. It’s high altitude training all the time in the city up in the Andean Mountains." While a podium finish is considered unreasonable given the depth of the field, a top 10 finish for Ivan would be a fine showing.

Ochoa is aggressive, swims intelligently, and is not afraid to mixing it up with anyone from the co-favorites of Lurz and Spyros Gianniotis to the Tunisian gold medalist Ous Mellouli.

One thing is for sure: both Ivan and Jorge make Ecuador proud.

A contemporary of Mark Spitz and a world-class swimmer who was a finalist in the 100m and 200m butterflys in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics, Delgado has seen the sport of marathon swimming grow globally since he was traveled the world as an aquatic ambassador since the 1970s. "There are many differences [between the marathon swim at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics]. Now, the sport of open water swimming has so many more participants. The 10K is now a solid event with high expectations from the general public around the world."

Delgado, one of the most highly respected marathon swimming referees in the world will serve as the head referee in the women’s event on August 9th and as the assistant referee in the men’s race on August 10th. "The women are so much harder to officiate," admits fellow referee and 7-time world champion Shelley Taylor-Smith. "There is more physicality and you always have to be alert to everything the women do."

And that is exactly what Delgado does with objectivity and laser-like focus.

Delgado knows that the difference between winning and losing, between medaling and not medaling, is only a matter of seconds and tenths of second – during his era in the pool and in the contemporary world in the open water. This similarity in competitiveness remains, but now the closeness and excitement of the Olympics is shared immediately with the world on television, over the Internet, via digital photos, and videos shared over online social networks. The sport has become real-time entertainment for millions of people around the world who can then immediately share their joy, disappointments and comments globally.

That is a far cry from a world of sport that Delgado experienced in the 1970s. "I moved to California and then Illinois to swim, train and learn English," recalled the Ecuadorean hero known for his calm nature and multi-cultural sensibilities – ideal traits for an Olympic referee. "Everything is different now [compared to earlier eras]. Before [the sport of swimming] didn’t have high technology. Before, everybody trained under the same parameters and competitions were less complicated then than now. Everybody could win."

And the country of Ecuador does win in the sport of open water swimming, especially with two outstanding representatives performing in the Serpentine during the 10K at the Olympics.

For more information on the Olympics marathon swimming 10km - both men and women - visit here.

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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference

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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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