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Monday, May 27, 2013

Publicizing The Heroes And Heroines Of The Open Water

One of the original purposes of creating the Daily News of Open Water Swimming was to help make the heroes and heroines of the sport more widely known.

From north to south, from east to west, from fresh to salt, from cold to warm, the goal of the Daily News of Open Water Swimming is to make the names of swimmers household names among the swimming fraternity and to help publicize their accomplishments as well as to disseminate the news, trends, and issues of the day to the global community.

After writing 7,090 articles (at a rate of an average of 5.7 posts per day) since January 2010 (when the Daily News of Open Water Swimming became the new name of the previous blog called 10Kswimmer), we had no clear idea of what individuals have been mentioned in the most number of posts?

So we decided to find out. Below are the listings of the most number of mentions in the Daily News of Open Water Swimming over the past 3+ years:

1. Penny Palfrey 222 times (shown above)
2. Petar Stoychev 194
3. Thomas Lurz 186
4. Stephen Redmond 158
5. Trent Grimsey 158
6. Diana Nyad 157
7. Keri-Anne Payne 151
8. Ned Denison 138
9. Ashley Twichell 128
10. Kevin Murphy 120
11. Alex Meyer 119
12. Forrest Nelson 119
13. Bruckner Chase 118
14. Ous Mellouli 115
15. Lexie Kelly 114
16. Ram Barkai 110
17. Shelley Taylor-Smith 108
18. Fran Crippen 106
19. Anna Carin Nordin 103
20. Jamie Patrick 98
21. Darren Miller 97
22. Angela Maurer 96
23. Chad Ho 95
24. Vito Bialla 95
25. Ana Marcela Cunha 90
26. Lynne Cox 89
27. Lewis Pugh 89
28. Pilar Geijo 89
29. Haley Anderson 87
30. Nick Adams 85
31. Martin Strel 84
32. Evan Morrison 82
33. Richard Weinberger 76
34. Martina Grimaldi 71
35. Greta Andersen 71
36. Nejib Belhedi 70
37. Wayne Riddin 70
38. Colin Hill 64
39. Dave Barra 64
40. Poliana Okimoto 62
41. Liz Fry 62
42. Donal Buckley 61
43. Doug Woodring 59
44. Philip Rush 57
45. Alison Streeter 57
46. Valerio Cleri 57
47. Maarten van der Weijden 55
48. Barbara Held 48
49. Jose Diaz 45
50. Pat Gallant-Charette 44

But when these humans are compared to the denizens of the deep, there is no comparison:

1. Jellyfish 319
2. Sharks 274
3. Dolphins 233

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2 comments:

  1. My grandfather was a competitor in distance swimming, which was certianly in the open water, 100 years ago; winning Across Toronto Harbour for the first time in 1913 and later getting medals in many competitions both outdoors and indoors.
    It's good to see that this variety of swimming has become popular again, I was always amazed to see the old pictures of thousands of people watching the finishing lines, it looks like it's starting to happen again!

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  2. Anonymous, what was your grandfather's name? Can you tell us or email us at head coach@openwatersource.com more about your grandfather and his era of open water swimmers? Thank you very much in advance.

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