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Thursday, December 13, 2012
Humble And Grateful At The King And Queen Of The Sea
The questions were asked of Ous Mellouli, Trent Grimsey, Valerio Cleri, Alexander Studzinski, Allan do Carmo, Ana Marcela Cunha and Poliana Okimoto. Collectively, these athletes have 9 Olympics, 5 world championship titles, 1 channel record, 3 FINA World Cup circuit titles, and numerous professional marathon swimming victories among them.
Alexander Studzinski: “This is the fourth time I had done the King and Queen of the Sea race. It is a nice race, but it is different than the other races because we run in between each loop. It is definitely fun, but different.”
Valerio Cleri: “It is a great race and very different than the other races. I took a bit of a break after the [London] Olympics, so I am not sure how I will do here this week.”
Ous Mellouli: “I am very excited to be here after being on a break for a few months after the London Olympics. I am trying out different races around the world and this is one of them.”
2009 and 2011 King of the Sea victor Trent Grimsey. “I love this race, probably my favorite race. I have won here twice, but the quality of the race keeps on getting better and better.”
2010 King of the Sea victor Studzinski was asked his strategy to upset Grimsey and Mellouli. “I am going to stick with these guys because the race will all come down to the final 200 meters.”
The field was asked about their plans for the 2016 Rio Olympics that will be held in the same location at the King and Queen of the Sea on Copacabana Beach. 2-time world champion and 2-time Olympian Cleri said, “I only have short-term goals right now, so I do not know about 2016 right now.” English Channel record holder and 2012 FINA Open Water Swimming Grand Prix champion Grimsey answered, “It is one of my goals to swim in the 2016 Rio Olympics. I will do some training camps in Brazil to prepare.”
Double gold medalist Ous Mellouli replied, “I was ready to leave my swimming career behind me after the London Olympics. I felt like I did what I wanted to do in the world of sports. But I have been traveling to exotic places [to do open water swims] and will do a couple more races like here in Rio. But I will be 32 years old by the time of the Rio Olympics which is pretty old for a swimmer.”
When asked how he swims relative to the other swimmers, Grimsey said, “I do best in very choppy salt water. I swim in it more often than the other guys. So on Sunday, I hope it is going to be very choppy with big surf.”
Chad Ho of South Africa, another FINA World Cup champion, echoed Grimsey’s hopes. “Yes, the rougher, the better. Preferably with big waves so we can body surf in and get out fast in huge surf.”
The Brazilian media is very interested in the Ana Marcela Cunha vs. Poliana Okimoto rivalry. The two superstars of the Brazilian open water swimming world have ruled the last three years of the international FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup circuit. Domestically, they trade off places on the victory stand throughout the Brazilian summer season. Cunha, who will get married soon, expects the race to be very close as usual. “We do not know who will win, but the race will come down right to the finish. Last week, we tied and that was also unexpected. When I am training [in my home pool], I am always thinking about what is Poliana doing in her workouts. It is a big motivation.”
Okimoto also diplomatically described her expectations, “We cannot predict who will win, but it will always be a close race.”
However humble their answers may be, it is clear to see that each of the athletes is here to win. Being champions who have tasted victory, their expectations within their hearts is nothing but standing on top the award podium at the end.
Sunday’s televised race in Brazil should be great entertainment.
Copyright © 2012 by Open Water Source
2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
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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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