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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Video Evidence Of Trent Grimsey's Impeding Disqualification
A mention of the impeding disqualification by Grimsey is included in the first video below at 7:25. Video evidence of the impeding disqualification is shown at 5:13 in the second video. The judge made the decision based on Grimsey's "deliberate zig-zagging across and in front of Prinsloo blocking him from his direct swim path deemed not acceptable."
Scott Rice, the State Harbour Crossing event director, explains, "The decision to disqualify Trent Grimsey was not based on television coverage, but on the eyewitness reports and accounts from our On Water Elite Swim Marshal. The marshal had no doubts in what he saw. The TV coverage was only there to back up his reports for which I viewed in close up frames. The On Water Elite Swim Marshal was alongside the two swimmers at the time of the incident as you can clearly see in the video footage." The infractions as shown in the publicly available footage are not clear in demonstrating Grimsey's impeding from the chosen camera angle, but every race official should ask the following questions when making these types of decisions:
1. Confirm the lead swimmer was zig-zagging in the path of the trailing swimmer. Was the lead swimmer frequently looking back over his shoulder in order to anticipate the trailing swimmer's next move? If the lead swimmer is not looking back over his shoulder at the trailing swimmer, then it is highly unlikely that the lead swimmer is deliberately blocking the path of the trailing swimmer.
2. Confirm the speed of the trailing swimmer is faster than the speed of the lead swimmer at the time of impeding. That is, is the trailing swimmer in the process of overtaking the lead swimmer? If the swimmers are swimming the same speed, there can be no impeding.
3. Confirm the reason for the frequent changes of direction by the lead swimmer. Did the trailing swimmer swim over the lead swimmer's legs? Did the trailing swimmer hit the feet of the lead swimmer? Did the lead swimmer avoid flotsam in the water? Does turbulence or waves in the water have any effect on the direction of the lead swimmer?
4. Confirm which swimmer was initiating the change of direction. If the lead swimmer initiated the change of direction, then that is the right of the swimmer. If the trailing swimmer initiated the change of direction which was then replicated by the lead swimmer, then this is grounds for impeding. If the lead swimmer initiated the change of direction while the trailing swimmer was touching the legs or feet of the lead swimmer, then this may be incidental contact. If the lead swimmer is kicking strongly, then this is a hint that the trailing swimmer is touching or pulling on the feet or legs of the lead swimmer and grounds for impeding by the trailing swimmer.
While the decision of the head referee stands, making a judgment call on a lead swimmer impeding a trailing swimmer, especially under turbulent conditions, is always up for interpretation.
Given the difficulty of making a judgment call on impeding, especially in crowded or turbulent conditions, it is best for officials to clarify their interpretations of impeding before the race and for athletes to understand how and when those judgement calls will be made.
In the videos above, the top men (Ky Hurst, Troy Prinsloo, Codie Grimsey, Trent Grimsey,Phillip Ryan) frequently switched positions as they bounced up and down in crooked tangents across the harbour until Trent clearly pulls away from the field in which he won by over a minute.
Additional articles on the disqualification are below:
What Is Impeding In Open Water Swimming?
Open Water DQ - What Happened In New Zealand?
Disqualification Shakes Up State Harbour Crossing
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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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