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Monday, January 14, 2013
ISHOF And IMSHOF - Greatness Defined Two Ways
While the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF) honourees are marathon swimmers who are clearly slower (in general) than their International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) colleagues, the venue that individuals refer to is the pool.
There are exceptions, John Kinsella and Greta Andersen, but if you measured the swimming speed of the IMSHOF swimmers to the ISHOF swimmers in any distance in any stroke in a pool, the ISHOF swimmers would clearly come out ahead.
But if you compare IMSHOF swimmers against the ISHOF swimmers in any considerable distance in most open water venues, especially the colder, rougher and longer it is, the IMSHOF swimmers would most probably come out ahead. And, sometimes in rough or cold water conditions, the ISHOF swimmer may not even want to get in the water to start.
Of course, the ISHOF swimmers could accomplish what the IMSHOF swimmers have done, but it is their choice to stick to the pool. The ISHOF swimmers, by and large, do not want to swim across the English Channel, Cook Strait, Tsugaru Channel, Catalina Channel, Molokai Channel or any of the innumerable venues where the IMSHOF swimmers ply their trade. ISHOF swimmers are certainly faster in the 100m butterfly or 1500m freestyle, but ask them to compete in lac St-Jean or down the Paraná River, or across Loch Ness or in Lake Zürich, or in waters where there are Great White Sharks like in the Farallon Islands, Rottnest Channel or Cape Town, and the IMSHOF swimmers are much more likely to finish what the ISHOF swimmers will not start.
So viewed from the perspective of the chlorinated, temperature-controlled, lane line-strewn, indoor pool swimming environment, ISHOF swimmers are clearly better and faster and more accomplished than the IMSHOF swimmers. But viewed from the perspective of cold, rough, jellyfish-strewn waters where the unexpected is expected, IMSHOF swimmers have proven themselves to be the best swimmers in the non-chlorinated, non-rectangularly-shaped world.
From our perspective, "who is better" is a needless discussion and both types of swimmers cannot be compared to one another. The pool and open water swimming communities are different worlds and both are to be celebrated.
Bruce Wigo, President and CEO of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, explains his organization, "The International Swimming Hall of Fame honors 5 aquatic disciplines, including athletes, coaches and contributors. The greatest names in the IMSHOF are also in the ISHOF, including Horatio Iglesias of Argentina, Cindy Nicholas and Cliff Lumsden of Canada, Greta Anderson of Denmark, Abdel Abou-heif of Egypt, Gerald Forsberg, Kevin Murphy, Michael Read, Alison Streeter, and Matthew Webb of Great Britain, Herman Willemese of the Netherlands, Pauly Boynton, Gus Sundstrom, Gertrude Ederle, Lynne Cox, Penny Dean, Paul Asmuth, John Kinsella of the USA. Even Doc Counsilman swam the English Channel. An honoree in the International Swimming Hall of Fame is an honoree, there are no second class honorees.
We have different standards and criteria for entry, which is not based on speed for if it were, we would have no synchronized swimmers or divers in the Hall of Fame. Like synchronized swimmers, divers and water polo players – open water swimming has its own criteria for induction, which is not based on speed in a pool, or Olympic medals won, but on international dominance or overall achievements in the discipline. Historically, I am also told that the size of the competition pool has been a consideration.
And just as there are many IMSHOF honorees who are not in the ISHOF, there are many great athletes in other Halls of fame who have set world records and even won World or Olympic titles who are not in the International Swimming Hall of Fame. It’s a very select group, a more select group, perhaps, but for that we make no apologies."
Photo above shows Larisa Ilchenko of Russia winning the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
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2014 Global Open Water Swimming Conference
Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE
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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